In conversation with Mr Thatcher Brown, President of Dream Cruise
You once remarked that “…our ship is luxury. It’s like walking into a Gucci purse…” what does that experience mean to you?
Genting Dream is such a rich, textured and beautiful experience. The atmosphere makes you feel elegant, relaxed and attractive. The quality, craftsmanship and thoughtful design invested in the details of our ships are remarkable.
Can you speak about the out-of-this-world dream concept behind Dream Cruises, represented by the mermaid and the astronaut motif?
We have woven the mermaid motif around a story inspired by the dramatic “Voyage of a Lover’s Dream” hull artwork, painted by the Chinese pop artist Jackie Tsai, on our first ship, Genting Dream. The colourful artwork featured an emotive love story between a mermaid and an astronaut (who co-exist in inner space––the ocean, and outer space––the galaxy). The story conveys the “inspirational” nature of Genting Dream’s onboard experiences that promise to bring dream vacations to life. The story also creates a romantic fantasy that attracts the imagination of our audience and inspires guests to break free from the familiar and to reach for their dreams––whether they are dreams of extraordinary vacations, unforgettable discoveries or something more. With Dream Cruises’ newest ship, World Dream, we are introducing a new chapter to the mermaid and astronaut fantasy with another beautiful visual narrative by Jackie Tsai, entitled “A Tale of Two Dreams.”
What do you see as an exciting, new trend in luxury cruise travel and what are your plans to exceed expectations in this area?
Travellers in the luxury space are no longer solely drawn on luxurious offerings alone but are looking for unique experiences all together––we have learned this from our sister brand Crystal Cruises. Our ability to offer inspirational luxury, which is Asian at heart and international in spirit will remain a key differentiator that will continue to set us apart from our competitors.
What is the most luxurious dining experience offered on Genting Dream?
Internationally-acclaimed Australian chef Mark Best, who is among a distinguished few to achieve 19/20 in the Good Food Guide published by the Sydney Morning Herald, brings culinary artistry to the table for discerning diners of Genting Dream with his very first restaurant at sea –– “Bistro by Mark Best”.
However, the most luxurious dining experience offered on board our Dream ships would have to be our new vintage room concept that was inspired by Crystal Cruises––a private dining room concept for up to 12 guests where there is a chef’s table reserved in advance. Vintage Room winemakers’ dinners have been long regarded as one of the most memorable and enriching culinary experiences onboard Crystal Cruises, intriguing the savviest of connoisseurs.
Can you let us in on the thoughts that led to the development of Dream Palace on Genting Dream and the latest exclusive amenities you are offering?
Dream Palace is a unique ‘ship-within-a-ship’ luxurious enclave of style and service. Dream Palace offers 140 spacious suites that including its own swimming pool, spa, gym and dining venues. The luxurious essence of Dream Palace lies within its staff, chosen for their genuine personalities, language skills and renowned for their gracious service and unparalleled expertise.
Guests will savour complimentary dining in the exclusive Dream Palace outlets, five specialty restaurants, and enjoy our recently introduced exclusive Al Fresco Seafood BBQ hosted on the private pool deck area during the last sea day of all five-night cruises. In addition, Dream Palace guests will have first priority at booking the newly launched Vintage Room private food and wine Chef’s table.
How does Genting Dream uniquely meet the multi-generational trend in travel for luxury Asian travellers?
Both ‘Genting Dream’ and ‘World Dream’ were designed to cater to the growing multi-generational trend in travel for luxury Asian travellers with tailor-made facilities including quad occupancy staterooms, over 70% of staterooms featuring private balconies and over 100 connecting rooms catering to extended families and groups. In addition, multi-generational families can also look forward to exciting family thematic cruises.
How are you catering to adventurous luxury travellers on-board Genting Dream? What types of excursions do you offer the adrenaline-seeker?
With Genting Dream, we have a wide array of exciting excursion plans waiting for guests to explore, including sea canoeing at Phang Nga Bay, whitewater rafting, elephant mud bath, ATV ride, 200-metre zip line adventure and Island Safari Camp at Phuket, as well as water activities featuring snorkelling, parasailing, donut boat, superman bowl, jet plane, flying fish, banana boat, glass bottom boat, and deep sea diving at North Bali.