From experiential flourishes to inspirational touches, Dream Cruises offers the travel sophisticate the chance to set sail on the luxury voyage of a lifetime.
Since time immemorial, embarking on a journey surrounded by azure waters, cloudless skies and an unending expanse for as far as the eye can see has long heralded restorative and inspirational secrets to be yielded to the inquiring wanderer. Today, a journey of inspiration, imagination and untold promise awaits the well-heeled traveller, with the Asian luxury Dream Cruises fleet.
Genting Dream, the first lady of the line, is set to sail from her dual homeports of Hong Kong and Nansha, Guangzhou, on five-night luxurious journeys to the stunning and picturesque maiden destinations of Naha and Miyakojima in Okinawa, Japan, this April. Guests looking for a quick getaway can also enjoy a two-night weekend sojourn, departing from the cosmopolitan backdrop of Hong Kong and across the idyllic waters of the South China Seas.
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The 18-deck, 335m-long Genting Dream will be home ported in Singapore sailing to Surabaya, North Bali, Kuala Lumpur, Penang and Phuket in December this year and can accommodate 3,400 guests and 2,000 crew members, emphasising service delivery with a leading crewto- guest ratio. In addition, the cruise liner has been outfitted to deliver a new and inspired ‘integrated resort’ experience at sea, bringing its own signature brand of luxury and service to the doorstep of guests.
For the traveller looking for a redefinition of luxury travel, this is your port of call. A suite of exclusive accommodation and amenities await with the Dream Palace. This ‘ship-within-a-ship’ enclave of 142 suites feature a vast tapestry of bespoke experiences designed to cater to the every anticipated need of guests. Over 70 per cent of the staterooms offer private balconies with striking ocean views. Guests here have unfettered access to a range of
services designed to indulge in at every turn, including fine-dining in a private restaurant, an exclusive pool and sundeck, and the use of an exclusive gym. The theme of catering to guests’ every need continues with a variety of leisure and lifestyle venues, including one of the world’s largest Asian reflexology spas at sea, Crystal Life. Here, guests can experience a full range of decadent treatments designed to pamper their every sense.
And to ensure the luxury experience translates from sunup to sundown, Genting Dream also provides a European-style butler service, where highly-trained butlers cater to guest expectations. The Dream Butlers are available to arrange priority spa, dining and excursion reservations. Providing food and beverage expertise, and ensuring guests are fully-immersed in the full scope of bespoke experiences on board, this is the ultimate home away from home. Dream Palace is the proverbial nirvana of the seas, where guests are able to pamper themselves in a setting focused on delivering personalised and privileged service at every turn.
For gastronomic connoisseurs, a stunning range of over 35 dining concepts will be at your fingertips, for the choosing. And if it is premium exclusivity without borders that you seek, then you shall find exactly this on board. This includes Bistro by Mark Best, helmed by the internationally-acclaimed Australian chef Best. This is his inaugural restaurant at sea, offering guests the chance to enjoy a lauded amalgam of Western and Asian-inspired ingredients and flavours that will tantalise their palates.
This is only the beginning of a serendipitous gastronomic journey, as the Genting Dream team has curated an impressive range of firsts for guests to choose from – including the first-ever Johnnie Walker House at sea. Here, the sophisticated connoisseur will partake in ‘whiskey conversations’ as they indulge in luxury Scotch whisky, set in the atmosphere of provenance and the historical tapestry of the brand. And for those who wish to indulge in rare wines and fine vintages as well, the iconic flagship Penfolds Wine Vault offers celebrated selections such as the Penfolds Grange 2010. For a night that never ends, the iconic Zouk Beach at seas rounds out Dream Cruises’ impressive arrays of firsts, and will feature world-class deejays on the decks, so festivities can continue into the early hours of the morning.
However, although the range of options to entertain and be entertained is impressive, the team at Genting Dream is taking the immersive experience to the next level by offering guests the opportunity to connect with their physical environment in an authentic, unsurpassed manner. The exploratory nature of the cruise is heightened exponentially by offering guests the luxury of broadening their horizons with a series of lectures delving into the historical ties between Okinawa and China. They can also engage with noted and award-winning photographers, thought leaders and explorers of land, sea and air to create a signature and personal experience for themselves whilst en route to their destinations. The intentional nod to the erstwhile boundary-breeching ethos of explorers past and present would appeal to the well-heeled and sophisticated traveller who is seeking to engage with his environment and embark on an inspirational trip, bar none.
So for those for whom wanderlust beckons, set your sights on the horizons and even look to the stars for a journey of epic proportions, for this is the stuff that dreams are made of.
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