With the recently announced resumption of cruise operations of Dream Cruises’ ‘World Dream’, Genting Cruise Lines is also reinforcing its commitment to revive seafaring opportunities in Singapore.
This will be achieved by cultivating local cruise talent through new employment prospects and educational partnerships to provide more jobs for Singaporeans, during this difficult pandemic period.
On 8th October, Genting Cruise Lines announced that Dream Cruises will be the first cruise brand to restart service in Singapore with ‘World Dream’, as she makes her homeport debut from 6th November 2020.
World Dream will be the most recently built cruise ship to homeport in Singapore, offering a series of new two and three-night ‘Super Seacation’ experiences for Singapore residents during the school and year-end holidays.
“Dream Cruises is looking forward to providing cruise travel options to the citizens of Singapore after the many months of coping with the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Michael Goh, President, Dream Cruises. “To provide our guests with the highest level of service and hospitality, we are looking within the Singapore talent pool to fill many different positions available on board World Dream.
“In the past, it was also difficult to recruit Singaporeans, who have many opportunities in the leisure and hospitality industry and cruise lines traditionally tended to use international crew. However, to help alleviate the severe job losses in the domestic economy, due to COVID-19, Genting Cruise Lines is committed to hiring as many Singaporeans as possible to support the local economy.
“Historically, international crew on cruise ships have to work for 11 months with a one-month vacation. As World Dream operates short two and three-nights cruises, Singaporeans joining as crew can work on the ship with shorter work arrangements that could allow them to see their families frequently.
“This will make it very attractive for Singaporeans who have lost their jobs in the travel industry during this pandemic,” he said.
In the lead up to ‘World Dream’s’ inaugural cruise, Genting will search for talent to fill in excess of 100 jobs covering all aspects of cruise ship operations from shipboard officers to cruise operations and galley chefs, media technicians, various hotel and hospitality staff and special cruise ambassadors to ensure the best guest relations.
The search will encompass a broad local footprint ranging from ex-naval or maritime officers and crew to the hard hit food and beverage sector and the hotel and hospitality industry.
As Dream Cruises explores expanded itineraries when travel restrictions begin to ease, regional itineraries will still provide ample shore time for Singaporeans at home versus sea days for crew members.
In addition, Genting is also involved in the long-range nurturing of talent for Singaporeans through the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Nanyang Polytechnic, Ngee Ann Polytechnic, Singapore Polytechnic, Temasek Polytechnic, Republic Polytechnic and the Institute of Technical Education.
Under this collaborative initiative, a series of joint activities, learning projects and internship programmes will be made available to students and graduates who are keen to explore a career in the cruise and tourism related sector.
“’World Dream’s’ debut in Singapore and her new itineraries will be a win-win situation for the local workforce and for Genting Cruise Lines, as we are providing new career opportunities during these challenging times and for the future,” added Goh. “In addition to providing employment opportunities for Singaporeans, the restart of ‘World Dream’ will also benefit all the associated businesses that support cruise operations and the trickle-down effect will no doubt be an important part of the revitalisation of the Singaporean economy. Genting Cruise Lines is proud to play a part in helping Singapore on its road to recovery.”