It’s the rise of Asian luxury with the arrival of the new Dream Cruises Genting Dream. The ship, which will be the first from the brand new cruise line, epitomises what high-flying Asians what out of their holiday experience. Launching in next week, she will have 35 bars, restaurants and cafes, a specialty nightclub Zouk, karaoke rooms, a dedicated VIP area of the ship and more. Like their Western counterparts, Asians enjoy fine dining options, top-of-the-line spa treatments and decadent cabins. But there are a few nuances which set apart the East and the West. Cruise&Travel Asia shows you 10 luxurious offerings onboard the new Genting Dream.
Asians love their food which is why onboard the Genting Dream, there will be 35 restaurants, bars and cafes. Of those offerings, the Genting Dining Room will offer banquet style Chinese menus with local delicacies. Guests can choose from a range of seafood, poultries and meat and bookings are required. Cruisers can also try the freshest Japanese food from the Umi Uma restaurant.
A ship within a ship
The private VIP area on the Genting Dream is the crème-de-la-crème of the entire ship. It is a ship within a ship where passengers will get special treatment. There are two floors of lavish suites and passengers staying in the Dream Mansion area will get their own personal butler. In the Dream Mansion, there is also a private pool deck for those who wish to take in the sea air. There is also a private pool if cruisers wish to take a dip.
Dreamy Dream Suites
The largest accommodation offering on the Genting Dream is the Dream Suite. Measuring up to 183 square feet, cruisers will get European-style butler service. In the Dream Suite, there is a grand piano, a living room, dining room and a private deck. But never fear, if you can’t afford this lavish suite, around 75 per cent Genting Dream’s cabins will have balconies.
The spa facilities on the ship will rival that of the best spas around the world. Genting Dream will have both an Asian and Western spa where guests can indulge in treatments from the Crystal Life Spa. Asians enjoy their spa treatments, and typically, still gravitate towards traditional Eastern remedies. On the Crystal Life Asian spa, cruisers can try the reflexology lounge which will boast 100 chairs in a tranquil and relaxing setting. In the Crystal Life Western Spa, guests can try a variety of treatments from Swedish, Thai, Hawaiian Lomi Lomi, Balinese to Japanese massages. There are a number of other treatments like warm wraps and scrubs. For men who are looking for a little bit of spruiking, there is also a gentleman’s barber.
Wine and whisky
Asian’s love their fine liquor which is why on the Genting Dream, there will be a dedicated JOHNNIE WALKER HOUSE which is a bar where whisky connoisseurs can learn about the blends they are tasting. Guests can pair their drinks with canapés and tasting plates under a decorative “whisky constellation wall”. Collectors and enthusiasts can also buy some of the rarest John Walker & Sons ancient single malt blends. This will be the first JOHNNIE WALKER HOUSE ever at sea. For wine lovers, there will be a specialty bar where some of the top sommeliers will offer you wines from around the glove.
While most cruise lines are offering shore excursions, Dream Cruises will be one of the first lines to offer underwater excursions. Be like David Attenborough in your own private underwater submersible and discover the beautiful coral beds of Vietnam and Thailand. You’ll see some amazing wildlife. The Genting Dream will have two luxury submersibles, each carrying up to four passengers.
Asians love their entertainment onboard the ship which is the reason why Dream Cruises has jam-packed its offerings onboard. There is the Zouk nightclub which will also have an outdoor venue where you can watch fireworks at sea. There is also a special cabaret show as well as karaoke rooms. For those who want to hit the tables, there is the Genting Casino as well as special mah-jong rooms.
There will be 1,100 square metres of luxury shopping space – think designer handbags, Swiss watches and more. LVMH subsidiary, Starboard Cruise Services will be providing the luxury goods onboard Genting Dream. The ship will also have a unique ‘retail-tainment’ concept will also be introduced, providing highly personalized shopping experiences such as trunk shows, personal shoppers and in-cabin services throughout the journey.
Dream Cruises will be homeported in Guangzhou (Nansha Port), China from November 13, 2016, and will offer 2, 5 and 7-night Vietnam destination experiences.
From November 13, 2016 to January 1, 2017, there will be five-night cruises which will call at Vietnam’s Da Nang and Ha Long Bay; from January 1 to March 31, 2017, the ship will call at Nha Trang and Ho Chi Minh City during the five-night cruise. Both itineraries will have an option of a two-night weekend cruise to Hong Kong.
Visit DreamCruiseLine.com for more information.