GENTING Cruise Lines welcomed the third member of its Dream Cruises fleet with the christening and inaugural homeport deployment of Explorer Dream at Shanghai Wusongkou International Cruise Terminal in Shanghai, China.
Explorer Dream is the first newly launched cruise ship in the post-recalibration period in the Chinese cruise industry.
Her arrival also marks Dream Cruises’ debut in eastern China, with the cruise liner specifically built for the Asian and Chinese luxury market.
Dream Cruises’ first 200,000-tonne Global Class ship, set to debut in 2021, will also celebrate her inaugural deployment in Shanghai.
Shanghai Baoshan District Government vice-magistrate Su Ping and Genting Hong Kong deputy chief executive officer and executive director Hui Lim were joined by management executives and over 500 guests at the event.
The christening ceremony also featured Grace Chen — the “godmother” of Explorer Dream and one of the most influential fashion innovators in China.
After the launch, Chen presented her Voyage collection with 18 models on a runway at the Palace Pool Deck.
“Dream Cruises is the most recognised cruise brand in Southern China due to World Dream being positioned in the dual homeports of Guangzhou and Hong Kong. The eastern and northern Chinese markets are five times larger than the southern market,” said Lim.
“Dream Cruises will be building two 204,000 gross tonne Global Class ships to be launched early 2021 in Shanghai and Tianjin to accommodate this market.
“These two ships being built in our shipyards in Germany are also designed to be the most advanced and intelligent cruise ships ever to be constructed,” he added.
Explorer Dream is the second cruise ship of Genting Cruise Lines to homeport in Shanghai, thanks to the Shanghai Baoshan District Government.
“The inaugural arrival of Explorer Dream will bring forth distinctive cruise travel products to propel the optimal development of the cruise industry in China,” said Su.
Since its launch, Dream Cruises has garnered numerous accolades for its two cruise ships – Genting Dream and World Dream, including Star Performer Top Ten Ratings in the Large Resort Category, Most Popular Family Cruise Brand in China 2018 by Global Times and Top 5 Cruise Lines in the large/medium-sized cruise ship category by Conde Nast Traveler’s Gold List.
Explorer Dream has 928 cabins and a lower berth capacity of 1,856 passengers.
The signature “ship in a ship” enclave of Dream Cruises – The Palace – aims to provide an unprecedented “True Asian Luxury” experience for travellers.
For culinary delights, the ship will feature an international variety of world-class fare through Seafood Grill by Mark Best. Mozarella Ristorante & Pizzeria, Umi Uma Sushi and other delectable dining options.
Thematic programmes on board are also available, including The Connoisseurs Circle bespoke enrichment programme, featuring specially curated inspirational talks and events for guests of The Palace.
Journeys on Explorer Dream will take guests to popular spots in Japan which range from three-night to six-night itineraries, such as the three-night cruise to Kyoto, Osaka or Kobe, or the two-night round-trip cruise to Okinawa.
In April, when cherry blossoms in Japan are in bloom, guests can enjoy the dazzling floral display on shore, complemented by authentic Japanese experiences on board, such as specialty dishes featuring Japanese wagyu beef and pork, tuna cutting performances, trying on yukatas and poolside festivals.
From July, Explorer Dream will begin her homeport deployment in Tianjin with more summer cruise options for family travellers, who will enjoy the renowned stage productions of Kaixin Mahua at sea.
In October, Explorer Dream will homeport in Sydney and Auckland where she will embark on a variety of seven-night weekly itineraries to Down Under destinations.