Okinawa, Japan, 5 April 2017 - Genting Dream, the first ship of Dream Cruises, “Asia’s Luxury Cruise Line”, began her inaugural itinerary to Okinawa, Japan from her dual homeports in Hong Kong and Nansha on 2 April. Over four thousand International guests and crew joined the inaugural cruise arriving in Naha on 4 April, then Miyakojima on the following day, marking the official debut of Genting Dream’s Journey to the Island Gems of Japan summer itinerary.
Local performers welcomed Genting Dream’s guests with an enthusiastic Eisa performance, a traditional drum dance, and cultural presentations highlighted by a Ryukyu dance and traditional folk music performed on an Okinawan Sanshin. The Okinawa Convention and Visitors Bureau also presented a special memento for the passengers showcasing the world-renowned “star-shaped sand” that can only be found at Okinawa.
To celebrate the inaugural cruise, a special ceremony was held on board the ship attended by Japanese dignitaries, executives of Genting Hong Kong, as well as local media. During the Kagami Biraki, a traditional Japanese ritual, Mr. Takao Kadekaru, Director General, Department of Culture, Tourism and Sports, Okinawa Prefectural Government; Mr. Tsutomu Kinjo, Executive Vice President of Naha Port Authority; Mr. Thatcher Brown, President of Dream Cruises; and Captain Carl Magnus Folke Gottberg of Genting Dream cracked open a ceremonial barrel to bestow best wishes for Genting Dream’s inaugural cruise to Okinawa, Japan.
“Okinawa, Japan has always been one of the most scenic destinations with its pristine beaches and crystal clear waters, as well as myriad cultural and historic attractions. On the “Journey to the Island Gems of Japan” itinerary, not only will guests enjoy Naha, Okinawa’s capital city, but for the first-time ever, they will also have the opportunity to sample the beauty of Miyakojima, also known as The Most Beautiful Island in Japan, on the same cruise,” said Mr. Thatcher Brown, President of Dream Cruises. “We invite all guests to join us on board Genting Dream this summer to fall in love with the natural beauty and rich culture of Okinawa!”
“With about 40 inhabited islands, and one of the very few coral reefs in the world, Okinawa is a truly unique destination. The region also enjoys a distinct history, culture and nature that is very different from mainland Japan. Promoting Okinawa as a cruise destination is an absolute priority for us, as the prefecture has made it its goal to attract more tourists,” said Mr. Takao Kadekaru, Head of the Department of Culture, Tourism and Sports, Okinawa Prefectural Government.
On 5 April, Genting Dream arrived at Miyakojima, one of most remote islands in Okinawa, renowned for its spectacular “50 shades of Miyako Blue”. The ship was welcomed at the pier by Japanese dignitaries including Mr. Shimoji Toshihiko, Mayor of Miyakojima and Mr. Tomiyama Kenji, Chairman of Miyako Island Tourism Association, during an official ceremony highlighted by traditional musical performances.
6D/5N JOURNEY TO THE ISLAND GEMS OF JAPAN
Discover the island gems of southern Japan on board Genting Dream. From 2 April 2017, guests can experience the scenic and cultural wonders of the land of the rising sun from the comfort of their own floating, luxury integrated resort at sea.
Naha: The Urban Capital of Okinawa
The thriving urban centre of Naha offers a selection of colourful restaurants, hotels and shops to explore – where you can find for local specialty products! Plan a visit to UNESCO World heritage site, Shuri-jō, a beautifully restored castle that was once the home of Ryūkyū royalty.
Miyakojima: The Jewel of Miyako
The main island in the Miyako group, Miyakojima, regarded as the most beautiful island in Japan, is a magical destination edged with stunning white sand beaches and clear pristine waters. The surrounding cobalt blue seas are famed for their “50 shades of blue”.
Guests who cruise with Genting Dream this summer will also have the opportunity to discover a whole new underwater world in two state-of-the-art submersibles on board Genting Dream. Designed to carry one pilot and four guests, passengers can explore the spectacular sights under the Okinawan waters and marvel at the dazzling array of marine life and seascapes. For guests who are looking for an extraordinary experience with their loved ones, the submersibles are ideal for an unforgettable underwater wedding.
To educate, stimulate and inspire, Dream Cruises has designed and curated a remarkable range of events on board Genting Dream with a diverse programme featuring a series of enrichment talks and events including a Kimono Fashion Show at sea and Kimono Master Class,. Guests can experience Japan’s traditional culture while enjoying a dazzling array of entertainment and gastronomic options on board.
“Our goal is to deliver inspiring journeys and to help create memories that will last a lifetime,” added Mr. Brown. “This summer, we are proud to launch the first-ever Little Astronaut Training Camp, to be hosted by Dr. Leroy Chiao, a former NASA astronaut who once stationed at the International Space Station for 229 days. As well, Mermaid Kat, the professional mermaid from Germany, will also host a Mermaid Academy on board Genting Dream, for a unique and truly unforgettable vacation experience on the open seas.”
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