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What is Dream Cruise Line?
Dream Cruises is part of Genting Cruise Line -- a division of Genting Hong Kong, which also owns Star Cruises and Crystal Cruises and has been active in the Asian cruise industry for the last 23 years.
Its new offering, Dream Cruise Line, was designed to cater to a new generation of Asian traveller, which it describes as "confident, independently-minded and upwardly-mobile".
It launched with the debut of Genting Dream in November 2016, with sister ship World Dream joining the fleet in November 2017. Explorer Dream will join the fleet in April 2019.
How many ships does Dream Cruise Line have?
There are currently just two ships in the Dream Cruise Line fleet, but they will soon be joined by a third. Star Cruises' SuperStar Virgo is being transferred to Dream Cruises and will undergo a US$30 (AUD$42 million) transformation to become Explorer Dream.
Where do Dream Cruise Line cruise ships leave from?
Genting Dream is homeported year-round in Singapore. Meanwhile, World Dream homeports in Hong Kong and Guangzhou.
When it launches in 2019, Explorer Dream will be based in in North China with homeports in Shanghai and Tianjin during the northern hemisphere spring summer season. It will then head south to be based in Australia during the southern hemisphere cruise season.
Where do Dream Cruise Line cruise ships sail to?
Dream aims to showcase the 'best of Asia' in its itineraries with destinations including Vietnam, the Philippines, Japan, Indonesia, Thailand, Singapore, Myanmar, Malaysia and Hong Kong.
Are Dream Cruise Line cruise ships very different from each other?
Both vast, Genting Dream and World Dream share a lot of the same features such as the waterslide park, rope course, rock climbing wall and mini golf. Entertainment options are also similar with both home to a Zouk Beach Cub, which also transforms into an open-air cinema.
Similarly sized, they both have 35 restaurants and bars with almost identical offerings. However, unlike Genting Dream, the newer World Dream has the ESC Experience Club, which is a virtual reality games room.
Meanwhile, Explorer Dream, which launches in April next year, is a far smaller ship and so will be a little different. The vessel was formerly Star Cruises' SuperStar Virgo and so it also has a layout that is not quite like the others. For example, instead of the waterslide park, it will have a Roman-style pool deck with a waterslide.
In terms of entertainment, Explorer Dream will offer passengers the virtual reality ESC Experience Club and the Zodiac Theatre, which hosts Broadway-style performances as seen on Genting Dream and World Dream. But it won't have the Zouk nightclub as seen on the other two vessels.
It will have less than half of the dining options of its larger siblings, but many of the restaurants will be the same. It will also debut Mozzarella Ristorante e Pizzeria.
All three vessels offer the luxury Palace accommodation option, which is a private enclave of spacious suites with 'special privileges' like a butler service.
Spa and fitness facilities are similar on all vessels with a jogging track, sportsplex, beauty salon and gym.
Who goes on Dream Cruise Line cruise ships?
Dream Cruise Line has specifically targeted Asian travellers with its cruise offering. Families are also a focus, with each vessel offering a number of kid-friendly features.
The cruise line has also specifically targeted high-end travellers with the inclusion of its luxurious palace suites, which include a butler service.
Do I have to dress up on a Dream Cruise Line cruise?
Resort casual is acceptable up until 5 pm in most indoor public areas. But after 5 pm men are encouraged to wear smarter attire such as polo shirts, collared shirts, jackets, long pants and smart jeans with closed toe shoes required. Women are asked to wear 'elegant' evening wear. In the evenings, slippers, swimwear, dressing gowns and active wear are not allowed within the indoor public areas.
What are Dream Cruise Line's most popular activities?
Genting Dream and World Dream have one heck of a top deck with waterslide parks, rope courses with a zipline, a rock-climbing wall and a mini golf course. No surprise then that these features are a great hit with travellers both old and young.
The vessels are also equipped with two underwater submersibles, which can carry up to four passengers deep under the ocean to discover the beauty that lies beneath the sea.
Is everything free on Dream Cruise Line?
No. Your fare includes your accommodation, meals at selected restaurants, entertainment and access to leisure facilities.
So what does that actually mean? Most shows and activities are included in the price. But those that carry a charge are the Virtual Reality Arcade aboard World Dream, Glow Bowling on Genting Dream, karaoke and the video games arcade.
On the dining front, all meals in the Dream Dining Room and The Lido are included in your fare. Restaurants that carry a charge are Blue Lagoon, Seafood Grill and Prime Steakhouse, Crystal Life Cuisine, Hotpot, Lobby Café, Silk Road and Umi Uma. Drinks are not included.
Shore excursions also carry a charge.