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The Dream of Cruising Arrives in Singapore

November 2, 2020 Cruise News, Headline News No Comments

With cruising in Australia still off the agenda for a while it appears, with the Australian Government taking what some might say an over-conservative and protective approach, over in Singapore, renowned for also being a rather conservative and safety focussed country, cruising is kicking off in November, with the first cruise ship, World Dream arriving in the Lion City.

World Dream is Dream Cruises’ 150,695 gross ton megaship, and she arrived in Singapore on the morning of October 25 with 187 crew members aboard, who have completed their 14-day quarantine on the cruise ship prior to arrival in Singapore.

The crew will undergo a further series of mandatory COVID-19 testing as stipulated by the local authorities and are required to test negative before signing-up for active duty.

Prior to her arrival in Singapore, World Dream has been on hiatus in Rotterdam, the Netherlands after being taken out of service in early February, with World Dream to undergo an intensive and thorough cleaning and sanitization process prior to her inaugural “Super Seacation” sailings on November 6, to ensure the health and safety of all passengers on board.

World Dream is the newest built cruise ship to call Singapore home and will be the first cruise ship to restart service in the Lion City, with Genting owned Dream Cruises creating its own new cruise line, featuring a fleet of quality, German built vessels and aiming to be a pacesetter in the global cruise industry.

Genting Dream, the first ship of the fleet, debuted in November 2016, with her sister ship World Dream joining in November 2017, with Explorer Dream joining in 2019 with homeports in Shanghai, Dalian and Tianjin during summer and Australia and New Zealand in winter. Construction has also started in Germany on a 208,000 gross ton Global Class ship that will join the fleet in 2022.

Dream Cruises has been recognized by the Berlitz Cruising and Cruise Guide 2020, ranking Genting Dream and World Dream once again in the world’s top ten Large Resort Ships – the only two highest ships to homeport year-round in Asia. Dream Cruises’ third ship, Explorer Dream, also made her debut in the Berlitz Cruising and Cruise Ships 2020 guide under the “Mid-Sized Ship” category in the Top 20 position.

Dream Cruises was also recently awarded ‘Best Luxury Cruise Line’ at the Annual 30th Travel Trade Gazette’s (TTG) Travel Awards 2019 and ‘Best Cruise Line – Cuisine’, ‘Best Cruise Line – Entertainment’ and ‘Best Cruise Line – Family’ by the Travel Weekly Asia Readers’ Choice Awards 2019.

Unfortunately COVID-19 travel restrictions mean Australians cannot cruise on World Dream…yet!

A report by John Alwyn-Jones

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