Beijing, 28 August 2019 – “Genting Cruise Lines today officially announced the name of her first 208,000 gross ton Global Class ship at IBTM China, the nation’s largest business travel and MICE show, in Beijing. Building on the successful debuts of Genting Dream, World Dream and Explorer Dream, the Global Class vessel -- Global Dream will enter into service in early 2021 to invite even more Asian travellers to sail globally on inspiring voyages on board the largest cruise ship to homeport in the Asia Pacific.
This event also provided guests the chance to experience an exclusive sneak preview of Global Dream through a specially constructed, full-scale smart show cabin on display during the event as well as to officially launch of the Chinese edition of “The Berlitz Cruising and Cruise Ships Guide” - the “bible” of the cruise industry.
Among the guests representing government, travel agents and business partners, notable attendees at the event included Guest of Honour, Mr. Song Yu, Director of the Beijing Municipal Bureau of Culture and Tourism, Mr. Cao Pengcheng, Deputy Director of the Beijing Municipal Bureau of Culture and Tourism, Mr. Zheng Weihang, Executive Vice President of China Cruise & Yacht Industry Association, who joined Mr. Colin Au, Group President of Genting Hong Kong and Mr. Kent Zhu Fu Ming, President of Genting Cruise Lines for this special occasion.
“Global Dream, the first Global Class ship of Dream Cruises, belongs to a new generation of cruise ships designed for this region featuring the most advanced technology and state-of-the-art facilities. Global Dream will deliver a cutting-edge cruising experience through Artificial Intelligence that will maximize both convenience and speed for our guests on board,” said Mr. Kent Zhu. “To balance the new with the traditional, our guests will also be able to enjoy an authentic Asian experience and our signature heartfelt Asian hospitality on Global Dream, developed through the Genting Group’s over 50 years of experience in the Asian hospitality industry.
During the event, guests were treated to an exclusive sneak preview of Global Dream with the unveiling of a specially constructed balcony show cabin, built in Germany and shipped over for the occasion. Featuring 20 square metres of space, the luxurious Global Class cabins will be the industry’s most spacious staterooms, at approximately 15% larger than standard cabins found on most other cruise lines.
Designed for two guests, the staterooms can also accommodate up to four with a unique two bathroom design to allow several people to get ready at once and a sofa bed that easily unfolds to sleep two comfortably. A thoughtful touch is a privacy curtain that can be closed to divide the room into separate seating and sleeping areas, making the cabins suitable for families and group travellers.
State-of-the-art technology will include Bluetooth locks and a new smart system allowing passengers to control different functions such as the LED mood lighting and climate control with a smartphone app, voice recognition or through a touch-screen control panel. Smart sensors will also be able to detect occupants in the cabin to automatically adjust the lights and temperature for better energy efficiency and triple vent air-conditioning outlets ensure even air distribution for maximum comfort.
The event also served as the official launch of the Chinese edition of the Berlitz Cruising and Cruise Guide 2019. Since the publication of its first edition in 1985, the Berlitz Cruising and Cruise Guide has been meticulously updated every year by cruise expert Douglas Ward, the Guide’s eminent author. The 34th edition of the Berlitz Cruising and Cruise Guide in 2019 contains unbiased reviews and fascinating details on almost 300 ocean-going cruise vessels and grades them on service, food, entertainment and facilities, using an internationally recognised rating system.
“The author is the most feared critic in the business,” said The Times, London and the Berlitz evaluations and ratings – created objectively and independently by the author and his editorial team – have set the standard for the cruise industry and is widely recognized as the bible of the industry.
Global Dream and her sister ship will enter into service in early 2021 and early 2022, joining the current Dream Cruises fleet of three vessels. Both Dream Cruises’ Genting Dream and World Dream have been recognized as two of the top 10 large cruise ships by the Berlitz Guide to Cruising 2019 and are the only two highest-rated cruise ships to be operating in Asia. Dream Cruises’ third ship, Explorer Dream, commenced service this year in Eastern and Northern China and has enjoyed record occupancies. At the end of the year, Explorer Dream will be repositioned to Australia and New Zealand for Asian sourced passengers who are looking to escape the cold northern winter to enjoy summer cruises in the southern hemisphere.
By 2022, Dream Cruises five ship fleet will be the youngest and most modern in the world. As the only global cruise line with all “Made in Germany” cruise ships, Dream Cruises’ fleet will feature the highest safety standards, build quality, speed, power and luxury finishes. Coupled with the Genting Group’s over 50 years of experience in the Asian hospitality industry, Dream Cruises will provide its Asian-sourced guests with the best food, entertainment and service standards on board the finest vessels sailing to all the popular destinations in the world.
The Global Class ships have been designed for the rapidly growing Asian cruise market, which will see the largest increase in the number of middle-income households in the world over the next decade. Innovative new features and facilities on board the ships will include the industry’s most spacious staterooms and most luxurious suites, the first-ever cruise ship theme park featuring the world’s longest roller coaster at sea and the largest cinema at sea with eight theatres to meet the leisure and entertainment needs of travellers and MICE guests. Zouk, the 3rd best club in the world, will also have a presence on Global Dream while Dream Avenue will provide guests with a multi-purpose outdoor leisure and recreational space. The ship will also be equipped with voice and facial recognition technology and self-guided mobile assistants to usher in the future of cruising.
Accommodating up to 9,000 passengers and with lower berth capacity of 4,700 passengers, Global Dream will be the largest cruise ships in the world by passenger capacity and brings affordable, high-end cruising to a wide range of passengers with 2,350 cabins consisting of a variety of categories including villas, penthouses, suites, themed suites, balcony cabins and inside cabins. Global Dream will also feature Dream Cruises’ signature 151-suite luxury “ship-within-a-ship’ concept, “The Palace”.
“Dream Cruises is excited to begin a new chapter in its story when Global Dream begins her journey to take Asian travellers around the world on grand voyages to Australia, New Zealand, the Baltic Sea and the Mediterranean in the future,” added Mr. Zhu. “We invite everyone to come on board to experience our innovative facilities, thoughtful amenities, impeccable service, authentic Chinese cuisine and the largest variety of Asian and International dining at sea.”
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