Dream Cruises ex­pands to Aus­tralia

Cruise Weekly - - News -

DREAM Cruises will op­er­ate out­side of Asia for the first time in 2019/2020, with par­ent com­pany Gent­ing Hong Kong yes­ter­day un­veil­ing a se­ries of 21 sev­en­day Aus­tralasian voy­ages for the newly trans­formed Ex­plorer Dream ( CW break­ing news).

The 1,870 pas­sen­ger ves­sel, cur­rently sail­ing with sis­ter brand Star Cruises as Su­per­Star Virgo, will un­dergo a US$30 mil­lion makeover next year prior to the down un­der de­ploy­ment, which will of­fer cruises in Aus­tralia and New Zealand to its Asian-sourced pas­sen­gers, ac­cord­ing to Gent­ing Hong Kong ex­ec­u­tive chair­man, Tan Sri Lim Kok Thay.

The re­fur­bish­ment will in­cor­po­rate all new food and bev­er­age op­tions com­bin­ing the best of “East meets West”, a Crys­tal Life Spa, and Dream Cruises’ sig­na­ture The Palace pri­vate lux­ury en­clave with 50 suites and but­ler ser­vice.

“Ex­plorer Dream will of­fer an­other op­tion for our Asia-based guests to ex­pand their travel hori­zons with new rail/cruise and fly/cruise op­por­tu­ni­ties to see the world,” Kok Thay said.

Prior to her Aus­tralian sea­son, the ship will home­port in Shang­hai and Tian­jin dur­ing the north­ern sum­mer of 2019, cruis­ing to Ja­pan, Rus­sia, Hong Kong and the Philip­pines.

The lo­cal de­ploy­ment will in­clude six Bar­rier Reef voy­ages call­ing at Mooloolaba, Bris­bane, New­cas­tle and Glad­stone; eight Tas­ma­nia and Mel­bourne cruises call­ing at Port Arthur, Ho­bart, Burnie, Mel­bourne, Philip Is­land and Eden; and seven New Zealand itin­er­ar­ies cruis­ing to Welling­ton, Mil­ford Sound, Dunedin, Napier, Bay of Is­lands, Akaroa, Pic­ton and Gis­borne.

The Gent­ing chief said the move would help ac­cel­er­ate the com­pany’s vi­sion to “de­velop Dream Cruises into Asia’s global cruise line”.

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