On 14th July, 2021, Dream Cruises provided the officers and crew of ‘Genting Dream’ with two doses of the Fosun Pharma/BioNTech Comirnaty COVID-19 mRNA Vaccine (BioNTech).
The company claimed that this move completed an important step in the planned resumption of its Hong Kong cruise operations.
As part of the comprehensive guidelines laid down by the Hong Kong Government, all crew members on board ‘Genting Dream’ will be fully vaccinated in order to provide the safest environment on board the ship for guests and crew alike when she resumes sailing on 30th July.
Crew members received their first dose of the BioNTech vaccine on 23rd June.
“We are extremely excited to be the first cruise ship to return to Hong Kong – a historically important home port for Dream Cruises and one of the most stunning skylines in the world.
“After being away for nearly a year and a half, we truly miss Hong Kong and we can’t wait to welcome our guests back on board,” said Capt Jukka Silvennoinen of ‘Genting Dream’. “’Genting Dream’ arrived in Hong Kong on 9thJune and, to fully comply with the Hong Kong Government’s quarantine regulations, the ship has been anchored off Lamma Island.
“Since this time, the crew has been preparing ‘Genting Dream’ for her re-launch on 30th July with heightened cleaning and disinfection of the entire ship and Dream Cruises providing crew members with ongoing training on the company’s enhanced health and safety protocols,” he said.
Of high importance was the checking and replacing of all the air filters to provide the highest levels of air quality for guests. ‘Genting Dream’s’ design enables 100% external fresh air to be filtered and supplied to the cabins and on board public areas – ensuring a constant and healthy flow of fresh air throughout the vessel with no recirculation of air between cabins.
The 100% fresh air system on board ‘Genting Dream’ allows 25 cu m of fresh air per person per hour, as well as six to 15 air changes per hour.
Dream Cruises has also updated ‘Genting Dream’s’ on board hardware. A Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) machine will provide medical laboratory level testing for COVID-19 on board, while available negative pressure isolation wards located inside the medical centre and expandable quarantine cabins can be instantly activated in an emergency situation, the company explained.
No-touch hand washing stations at the all-inclusive restaurants will dispense water, soap and paper towels automatically to promote good hygiene and temperature monitors throughout the ship will help to detect cases of fever among guests.
Genting Dream will offer two and three-night ‘Super Summer Seacations’ and will be the only cruise ship to be operating out of Hong Kong during the summer holidays.
“Genting Cruise Lines has been working hard to make sure ‘Genting Dream’ will be ready for her re-start on 30th July by utilising our resources, experience and expertise from across our fleet and the region,” said Kent Zhu, President, Genting Cruise Lines. “As a home-grown cruise company, we have been fortunate to be able to mobilise manpower and resolve logistics on short notice to deliver a memorable cruise experience for our guests this summer and beyond.”