Genting Hong Kong has marked the official start of production on Dream Cruises’ second new ship, World Dream, during a steel cutting ceremony at the Meyer Werft shipyard in Papenburg, Germany.
“This is a very proud moment for Dream Cruises,” said Tan Sri Lim Kok Thay, chairman of Genting Hong Kong.
“Utilising our 23 years of cruise experience in Asia, World Dream, together with her sister ship Genting Dream, are luxury cruise ships designed from inception for the Chinese and Asian markets.
“With only 3,400 passengers, compared with over 4,000 for similar vessels, they will also be the most spacious and luxurious megaships in Asia Pacific,” he added.
With 2,000 crew members, World Dream will have the highest crew to guest ratio for cruise ships based in Asia and their service and dedication will set new standards of excellence at sea.
To further accommodate the needs of regional guests, almost all front of house crew will be bilingual in Putonghua and English.
In attendance at the Steel Cutting ceremony, Thatcher Brown, president of Dream Cruises said: “Like her sister ship, Genting Dream, World Dream will cater to the growing affluent middle class in the Asian region by delivering a dream cruise experience.
“Guests looking for the best can stay in the Dream Mansion, an exclusive, private “ship within a ship” with 142 spacious suites offering European style butler service and special access to members’ only dining, entertainment, sun decks and gyms.”
World Dream will also feature facilities conceived from the first day of design for an international cruise experience with authentic Asian characteristics.
Showcasing over 35 restaurants and bars on-board with a culinary emphasis on Asia offering dining experiences from all the major regional cuisines of China, World Dream will appeal not only to Chinese guests but a broader clientele with international favourites such as Japanese, South East Asian, Italian, and more.
World Dream is scheduled to start cruising in November 2017, a year after her twin sister “Genting Dream” sails in November 2016 from her homeport in Guangzhou.