Off to a dream be­gin­ning

Cruise Weekly - - News -

THE keel was laid for Dream Cruises’ Global Class flag­ship at Gent­ing Hong Kong’s MV WERFTEN ship­yard in Ger­many last week.

The event at­tracted more than 1,000 busi­ness part­ners, travel agents, & me­dia, in ad­di­tion to spe­cial guests in­clud­ing the Ger­man PM Manuela Sch­we­sig.

The lay­ing of the first sec­tion mea­sur­ing 22m in length, 26m in width and weigh­ing in at 410 tonnes, marked the start of con­struc­tion on one of the largest cruise ships built in Ger­many.

“The Global Class is de­signed from the keel up with more ex­cit­ing pub­lic ar­eas and larger cab­ins than tra­di­tional cruise ships,” said Gent­ing Hong Kong chair­man and chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Tan Sri Lim Kok Thay.

The cer­e­mony rep­re­sents a mile­stone mo­ment for the cruise line which is em­bark­ing on a rapid growth phase in a bid to be­come “Asia’s Global Cruise Line”.

“Ex­pand­ing the Dream Cruises brand glob­ally goes hand-in-hand with an ag­gres­sive new-build pro­gram that will more than dou­ble our ca­pac­ity by 2021,” said Dream Cruises pres­i­dent Thatcher Brown.

Ameni­ties on the Global Class ves­sel will in­clude a theme park with a vir­tual re­al­ity roller coaster, cin­e­mas, Asian and western style spas, nu­mer­ous re­tail out­lets, as well as Asian and in­ter­na­tional din­ing ex­pe­ri­ences.

The ship will host 2,500 cab­ins and ac­com­mo­date up to 5,000 pax (twin share), and caters for up to 9,500 pas­sen­gers dur­ing peak hol­i­day pe­ri­ods.

Pic­tured: Gent­ing Hong Kong’s ex­ec­u­tive chair­man Tan Sri Lim Kok Thaya and Ger­man Prime Min­is­ter Manuela Sch­we­sig place lucky coins in the ship’s keel.

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