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.
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.
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.