Biggest in passenger volume

Genting Cruise Lines has unveiled its largest cruise ship yet – Global Dream – which is part of the Dream Cruises fleet. The new ship, earmarked for a 2021 launch in Asia, will offer technologically advanced cabins as well as the world’s longest rollercoaster at sea — Space Cruiser.

Nisha Verma

Genting Cruise Lines has unveiled its latest offering — Global Dream — Dream Cruises’ first global-class ship that will arrive in Asia next year. Aimed at India’s growing multi-generation travellers who are seeking new travel options, the 20-deck Global Dream will be the largest cruise ship in the world in terms of passenger capacity, accommodating over 9,000 passengers across 2,350 cabins.

Naresh Rawal, Vice President – Sales & Marketing, India & South Asia, Genting Cruise Lines, says that the ship has been built in their own shipbuilding yard in Germany. “The cabins of Global Dream are technologically advanced and have been designed in a way that is user-friendly and comfortable for a family of three or four members. Even the restroom setup has been split in such a way that two people can use it at the same time. We are calling the rooms ‘smart cabins’, because they are packed with cutting-edge technology and smart systems. Guests can open the cabin using their mobiles and going forward, they may not even need a cabin card. Even within the cabin, one can control the lighting by voice commands.”

For the ultimate indulgence, Dream Cruises’ signature concept and Asia’s largest luxury ‘ship-within-a-ship’, The Palace, will take pride of place on-board Global Dream with 151 lavish suites, exclusive amenities and services. Other than that, the ship boasts of the world’s longest rollercoaster at sea. Rawal reveals, “The top deck will have the rollercoaster, called Space Cruiser, which is about 300 metres in length. The ‘Spike’ car of the rollercoaster can seat two people together and can go up to a maximum speed of 60 km/h. What’s also interesting is that one can control the speed on this Space Cruiser.”

Talking more about Global Dream and other ships in Dream Cruises’ fleet is Michael Goh, President, Dream Cruises and Head, International Sales, Genting Cruise Lines, who says, “With India traditionally having larger extended families and the increasing trend of multi-generation travel, Dream Cruises’ fleet of cruise ships offers convenient travel solutions for different generations through its current roster of Genting Dream, World Dream and Explorer Dream. Especially exciting will be the debut of Global Dream in 2021, our next- generation cruise ship that will enhance the modern travellers’ cruise voyage with exciting offerings, including our Space Cruiser rollercoaster and family-friendly smart cabins.”

Bookings for Global Dream will commence soon. The port from which it will sail is yet to be announced, however, Rawal adds that Global Dream would sail from multiple ports initially and is sure to come to Asian destinations like Singapore and Hong Kong.

With 2019 being a good year for business at Genting Cruise Lines, in spite of some hiccups, he says that the current year also looks good and that they are hopeful of generating good business.

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