How about going on a cruise and contributing towards a good cause while on vacation?
Genting Cruise Lines recently launched its first regional Cruise Voluntourism campaign in Asia through Dream Cruises as part of the group’s year-long 25th anniversary celebrations.
The campaign made its debut on Genting Dream and features complementary shore excursions where guests and crew can choose to help needy communities in the region. It will also be available across the Dream Cruises and Star Cruises fleet regionally, on selected departure dates and itineraries.
“These cruise voluntourism activities are an ideal way for families and friends to enjoy a cruise together and also help make a difference to communities in need throughout the region,” Genting Cruise Lines president Kent Zhu said.
During the launch, cruise participants, crew and the media had the opportunity to visit the Eden Handicap Service Centre in Penang, as well as the Baan Kalim School in Phuket, Thailand.
At the Eden Handicap Service Centre, the volunteers had the opportunity to interact with residents and help with some light maintenance work around the house. Provisions were also donated to the centre on behalf of Genting Cruise Lines.
Cruise passenger Ninad Avinash Patade, 30, said to mStar, “We are on our honeymoon and thought it would be a good experience to be able to help those in need as part of our activities during the cruise. We are from India and voluntary work is something that we are familiar with back home.” Ninad, from Mumbai, was on the cruise with his wife, Rakhi Takkar, 28.
Meanwhile, at the Baan Kalim School, participants not only met with students but also helped repaint the library and meeting room. Genting Cruise Lines donated some children’s books too.
Singaporean Muhammad Hameem Sheik Alaudin, 21, was on the cruise holiday with his parents. “I came across this programme on the cruise brochure. It listed various other programmes as well as a cultural tour. When I read about the volunteer work, I thought it was very unique and felt it would be meaningful to be able to do some good and extend our help to the needy and also learn about the kind of life they are living,” he shared.
“Usually, when people go on a cruise, most of the time is spent having fun on board or sightseeing during shore excursions. So, I feel that getting the chance to volunteer is a good opportunity and it is a great experience to be able to give back to the society,” he added.
Amos Madina, 70, and his wife, Jeanette Lim, 70, were looking for something unique to do on a cruise and were excited to know of the voluntourism activities available.
“This isn’t our first time on a cruise, but it is definitely the first time that such a voluntourism programme is offered to us. We found that to be unique, creative, and a must-have on a cruise. It brought us great joy interacting with the children and seeing the smiles on their faces. We need to have more of such activities to ensure that we can constantly give back to the underprivileged and those in need in our community,” said Amos.