Asia’s new luxury cruise liner emerges from shipyard

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World Dream, the new luxury cruise ship dedicated to the Asian market, has been “floated out” of the shipyard in Germany, bearing distinctive Chinese artwork on its hull.

The new 18-deck, 335-metre-long vessel, will become the second ship in the fleet of Dream Cruises, the new upmarket cruise line operated by Genting Hong Kong, the parent company of Star Cruises and Crystal Cruises.

World Dream emerged from the Meyer Werft shipyard in Papenburg on 26 August 2017, marking a major milestone in its development. The ship will leave Germany next month, heading down the River Ems to the North Sea, ahead of its long journey to Asia. It will then operate a series of regional cruises from its dual homeports of Hong Kong and Guangzhou.

World Dream emerges, bearing its distinctive hull artwork
World Dream emerges, bearing its distinctive hull artwork

World Dream’s hull artwork was created by London-based Chinese artist, Jacky Tsai. Entitled “A Tale of Two Dreams”, the design is based on the “themes of pure love and harmony”, according to Genting.

“Genting Cruise Lines is extremely proud to commemorate the float out of World Dream, the newest member of our family, for Dream Cruises,” said Kent Zhu, president of Genting Cruise Lines. “Well on her way to completion, World Dream will effectively double Dream Cruises’ capacity in the Asia Pacific to cater to the high-end and fly-cruise markets in the region with even more enhanced facilities and amenities.”

The 151,300-tonne World Dream will become one of the world’s largest cruise ships. It will have a capacity of 3,352 passengers and over 70% of its staterooms will feature private balconies. There are also more than 100 connecting rooms, allowing the ship to cater to extended families and groups. Two floors of suites in the “Dream Palace” area will feature butler service and VIP passenger privileges.

“With the finest Asian and international dining, exceptional service, enthralling entertainment and inspirational experiences, World Dream aims to redefine vacation travel with a transformational journey at sea,” Genting says of its new ship.

Dream Cruises launched its first ship, Genting Dream, in November 2016, with more vessels expected to follow.
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