GENTING CRUISE LINES CHRISTENS DREAM CRUISES’ WORLD DREAM IN HONG KONG

First-Ever Cruise Ship to Be Christened in the History of the City

Hong Kong, 17 November 2017 – Genting Hong Kong celebrated the arrival of Dream Cruises’ second new ship, World Dream, today at the Kai Tak Cruise Terminal with a special blessing and christening ceremony to impart good fortune and luck to the vessel. Puan Sri Cecilia Lim, World Dream’s official Godmother and the wife of Tan Sri Lim Kok Thay, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Genting Hong Kong, delivered her inspirational message and activated the traditional breaking of the champagne on the hull of the new ship 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 receiving a Star Performer Top Ten rating in the Large Resort category of the highly-revered Berlitz Cruising and Cruise Guide 2018 along with ‘Best New Ship’ and ‘Best Cruise Line – Entertainment’ recognitions at the Travel Weekly Asia Reader’s Choice Awards 2017, and will double the capacity for Dream Cruises, Asia’s luxury cruise line, in the region.

Notable attendees at the debut and christening included Guest of Honour The Chief Executive of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, the Honourable Mrs Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor and Mr Edward Yau, Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development, Ms Cathy Chu, JP, Commissioner for Tourism and Dr Peter Lam, GBS, Chairman of Hong Kong Tourism Board.

“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, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Genting Hong Kong. “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.”

Said The Chief Executive of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, the Honourable Mrs Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor: “World Dream represents a major milestone in Hong Kong's rise as a cruise ship hub. It will be the first mega-cruise ship to be christened here. It will also be the biggest cruise ship to call Hong Kong its year-round home. That, ladies and gentlemen, speaks of the importance that Genting Hong Kong attaches to the Hong Kong market and the ability of Hong Kong to appeal to regional and global cruise ship lovers.”

Said The Chief Executive of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, the Honourable Mrs Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor: “World Dream represents a major milestone in Hong Kong's rise as a cruise ship hub. It will be the first mega-cruise ship to be christened here. It will also be the biggest cruise ship to call Hong Kong its year-round home. That, ladies and gentlemen, speaks of the importance that Genting Hong Kong attaches to the Hong Kong market and the ability of Hong Kong to appeal to regional and global cruise ship lovers.”

The Honourable Mrs Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor continued: “The number of ship calls in Hong Kong this year will reach an all-time high of about 250, with passenger throughput hitting a record-breaking 850,000. That welcome news would not be possible without the support of Genting Hong Kong and other cruise lines, along with our travel trade partners and the Hong Kong Tourism Board.”

Guest of Honour, The Chief Executive of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, the Honourable Mrs Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor, and Tan Sri Lim Kok Thay, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Genting Hong Kong delivered their messages to the audience followed by the customary exchange of gifts and souvenirs to the various VIPs in attendance. Guests were also treated to a dazzling sneak preview performance of World Dream’s brand new signature stage production, Sonio, a picturesque production inspired by the dawn of a new dream, and the much anticipated blessing by the God mother and the smashing of the bottle of champagne activated by the simple touch of a spectacular full moon to symbolize the attainment of one’s dreams.

Unique in the cruise industry, 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. Along with serving the regional high-end market, World Dream will also appeal to multi-generational families with all inclusive activities, the finest Asian and international dining and unforgettable entertainment – all delivered with service that is Asian at heart and international in spirit.

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. The well-received Dream Palace “ship within a ship” concept on board World Dream will offer more suites and all-inclusive options and privileges. Several new restaurant concepts along with new entertainment options that combine both high tech and high touch experiences will be announced shortly. The recognized Crystal Life Spa brand will operate both the Western Spa and Asian Spa on World Dream.

A special highlight when World Dream is in port in Hong Kong on Friday nights will be her participation in the revamped "A Symphony of Lights" show, the multimedia show involving more than 40 buildings on both sides of the harbour, which will begin in December this year.

Complimenting World Dream’s on board attractions, diverse itineraries featuring new, authentic destination experiences will take guests on tropical and cultural journeys in Asia. Specially designed voyages taking in sun-drenched, popular destinations for the winter feature 6-day/5-night cruises to Manila and Boracay in the Philippines alternating with 6-day/5-night journeys to Ho Chi Minh and Nha Trang in Vietnam. As well, World Dream will be offering Weekend Vacations from Hong Kong for the ultimate stay-cation at sea.

Featuring the finest Asian and international dining, exceptional service, enthralling entertainment and inspirational experiences, World Dream and Dream Cruises will continue to redefine vacation travel for every guest through transformational journeys at sea.

World Dream, the second luxury cruise ship of Dream Cruises arrived in Hong Kong on 17 November.World Dream, the second luxury cruise ship of Dream Cruises arrived in Hong Kong on 17 November.

Guest of Honour, The Chief Executive of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, the Honourable Mrs Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor presented commemorative couplets to Tan Sri Lim Kok Thay, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Genting Hong Kong and Puan Sri Cecilia Lim, World Dream’s official Godmother.Guest of Honour, The Chief Executive of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, the Honourable Mrs Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor presented commemorative couplets to Tan Sri Lim Kok Thay, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Genting Hong Kong and Puan Sri Cecilia Lim, World Dream’s official Godmother.

In celebration of World Dream’s Inaugural ceremony, the Hong Kong Tourism Board has specially arranged a spectacular pyrotechnics presentation to light up the skies above Kai Tak Cruise Terminal.In celebration of World Dream’s Inaugural ceremony, the Hong Kong Tourism Board has specially arranged a spectacular pyrotechnics presentation to light up the skies above Kai Tak Cruise Terminal.

Group Photo(Centre) The Chief Executive of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, the Honourable Mrs Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor , (7th left) Tan Sri Lim Kok Thay, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Genting Hong Kong  and (7th right) Puan Sri Cecilia Lim, World Dream’s official Godmother toasted to the inaugural of World Dream with government dignitaries, business and trade partners.

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