World Dream

Asia’s first lux­ury cruise line now has two ships serv­ing the re­gion. Teresa Ooi sailed on the in­au­gu­ral World Dream voy­age out of Hong Kong.

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On the maiden voy­age of Dream Cruises’ new ship, Teresa Ooi finds a lux­ury ves­sel with a Western mind and an Asian soul.

Just like the mar­ket it serves out of Hong Kong – a pop­u­la­tion of Chi­nese and wealthy ex­pat in­vestors and man­agers, the new World Dream is a blend of East and West. There are Euro­pean and Ori­en­tal but­lers. Her 35 restau­rants in­clude ev­ery­thing from Can­tonese to prime ribs.

We sailed her maiden voy­age to nowhere with the 3,400-pas­sen­ger, US$960 mil­lion ves­sel packed with fam­i­lies from Hong Kong and main­land China.

The star at­trac­tion is the ship it­self. Built with an East­ern heart, a Western mind and an Asian soul, World Dream is poised to sell its socks off to wealthy Chi­nese hol­i­day­mak­ers. Her twin sis­ter, Asia’s first lux­ury ves­sel Gent­ing Dream, now based in Sin­ga­pore, is tar­get­ing Aus­tralian cruis­ers, and the hope is Aussies will also be lured by World Dream’s East­ern mys­tique.

Ac­com­mo­da­tion

Armed with the learn­ings from her sis­ter ship, World Dream has been fine-tuned to ap­peal to those with an eye for el­e­gance and un­der­stated beauty.

If money is no ob­ject, there’s only one place to stay on board the lux­u­ri­ous new ship – the ex­clu­sive Dream Palace.

Drip­ping in lav­ish fur­nish­ings, a but­ler at your beck and call, your own swim­ming pool, Jacuzzi, gym, spa and fine-din­ing venues, you will lux­u­ri­ate in sheer in­dul­gence. You even have pri­vate en­try to an even more ex­clu­sive casino.

The el­e­gant “ship within-a-ship” en­clave of 154 suites in­cludes two pen­t­houses, each with two be­d­rooms. Art­works, mar­ble bath­rooms, fine bone china abound. You don’t have to lift a fin­ger to en­joy your­self. It’s what dreams are made of.

I stay in bal­cony suite 9622, fur­nished in sooth­ing tones of beige with am­ple cup­board space for clothes. The bath­room is gen­er­ous, the shower is pow­er­ful and the sink has twin taps.

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