A few days ago Dream Cruises, the first ever Asian luxury cruise line, claimed its place in history when Genting Dream arrived in Hong Kong before sailing to her christening ceremony in Guangzhou (Nansha).
Celebrating Genting Dream’s arrival in Hong Kong Mr. Thatcher Brown, President of Dream Cruises, said: “As the first-ever Asian luxury cruise line to make Hong Kong its home port year-round, we are deeply committed to helping to further develop the cruise market here.” He continued: “We designed the ship essentially as a floating, luxury, integrated resort, and we are confident that Genting Dream will make her mark as the newest “must-experience” vacation attraction for both local and international guests. Genting Dream will cater to multigenerational families with all inclusive activities, the finest Asian and international dining and unforgettable entertainment, with service that is genuinely Asian at heart and international in spirit.”
The next day at the christening ceremony in Guangzhou (Nansha) Mr. Brown adressed the guests: “Our story here actually began in November 2015 when we chose Guangzhou (Nansha) to announce our new Dream Cruises brand. In a scant year’s time, and coupled with the recent homeport of SuperStar Virgo, we have seen passenger numbers grow to over 300,000 resulting in Guangzhou (Nansha) becoming one of the top 3 ports in China today.” He added: “I am truly grateful that we have been able to fulfill this dream of success together with the launch of Dream Cruises and the debut of Genting Dream.”
Genting Dream’s Godmother, Puan Sri Cecilia Lim, the wife of Tan Sri Lim Kok Thay, Chairman and CEO of Genting Hong Kong, christened the vessel before an assembly of prominent officials from the Chinese government as well as top executives from trade and industry by placing a giant lotus flower, symbolising the company’s close ties and commitment to Asia, and smashing a bottle of champagne against Genting Dream.
After the time-honoured exchange of gifts, guests were treated to a preview of Dream Cruises’ signature production show inspired by the hull art of Genting Dream, entitled “Voyage of a Lover’s Dream”. Conceived by pop-art artist Jacky Tsai, this is a story of love, hope and the overcoming of seemingly impossible bounderies between a mermaid and an astronaut.
Following the launch and christening ceremonies guests were welcomed to lunch at one of the ship’s many fine-dining eateries, before being invited to join a guided tour, exploring the ship’s array of attractions and amenities, including the extensive Dream Palace facilities, Zouk Beach Club, waterslide park, Crystal Life Fitness and Spa, “Bistro” by Mark Best, Johnnie Walker House and the little Panda’s Club.
Later in the evening, when Genting Dream set sail on her maiden journey she wowed local onlookers with “I love Guangzhou” emblazoned across her decks in a kaleidoscopic display of her state-of-the-art LED lighting system.