Genting Hong Kong has celebrated the arrival of Dream Cruises’ second new ship, World Dream, at the Kai Tak Cruise Terminal with a christening ceremony to impart good fortune to the vessel.
Puan Sri Cecilia Lim, World Dream’s official godmother and the wife of Tan Sri Lim Kok Thay, chairman of Genting Hong Kong, delivered her inspirational message and activated the traditional breaking of the champagne on the hull of the new ship.
The event took place in the presence of more than 1,000 guests including government dignitaries, business and trade partners and media.
World Dream is the sister ship to Genting Dream which debuted last November to great acclaim.
“We are truly excited to christen World Dream in Hong Kong – and to be the first-ever cruise ship to have this honour in a city that holds such significance to Genting Hong Kong and Dream Cruises.
“As the pioneer of the Asian cruise industry 24 years ago, Genting Hong Kong developed the Asian cruise industry with the founding of Star Cruises, with its headquarters in Hong Kong,” said Tan Sri Lim Kok Thay.
“Now, with Genting Dreams’ arrival in the Pearl River Delta a year ago, she has delivered over 300,000 international passenger trips from across the region.
“Hundreds of jobs have been created and tourism receipts in hotels, airlines and destination management industries for the Pearl River Delta have grown significantly.”
During the event, Tan Sri Lim also expressed the importance of Hong Kong to both Genting Hong Kong and the overall cruise industry in the Asia Pacific and reiterated the company’s commitment to showcase the city and grow the Pearl River Delta region into a world-class, cruise destination hub.
Dream Cruises was created to bring guests’ dreams to life through transformational and inspirational voyages at sea.
With the well-received launch of Genting Dream last year, Dream Cruises has been able to build on the success of the inaugural ship to fine tune World Dream to better cater to the needs of affluent, independently-minded and confident Asian travellers.
World Dream will provide guests with the highest levels of service and spacious comfort that Dream Cruises has become known, with over 70 per cent of staterooms featuring private balconies and a selection of connecting rooms catering to extended families and groups.