Dream Cruises passed a new milestone this month as ‘World Dream’ celebrated her first anniversary of Singapore cruise resumptions.
The Genting subsidiary started safe cruising in Singapore and since its inception on 6th November, 2020, ‘World Dream’ has welcomed nearly 200,000 Singapore residents on board with over 150 ‘Super Seacation’ voyages to date.
Bookings for ‘World Dream’ continue to show a positive trend, as most sailings for the remaining months of 2021 are almost sold out, complemented by a strong momentum in the early months of 2022.
“It’s been a remarkable journey and memorable experience so far for many of us here at Dream Cruises and on ‘World Dream’. This month is truly special as we celebrate Dream Cruises’ fifth anniversary as a brand and also our one-year milestone of cruise resumption in Singapore.
“We are deeply appreciative of the continuous support from the Singapore Tourism Board, the local authorities, and the general public, which enabled us to provide Singapore residents with an alternative and safe vacation experience over the past year in these unique circumstances,” said Michael Goh, Dream Cruises’ President.
While cruising out of Singapore, Dream Cruises said that it continued to support and re-activate the local tourism sector across the various tourism networks, including vendors for provisioning to bunkering, engaging cruise terminals, medical sectors, travel partners with promotional expenditures, staffing and creating new job opportunities, including for Singaporeans.
During her year in Singapore, ‘World Dream’ became the first Halal-friendly cruise ship in Asia/Pacific to receive certifications from both the United World Halal Development (UNWHD) and the Global Vegetarian Certification Services (GVCS) in December, 2020.
“We would like to congratulate Dream Cruises on reaching this momentous milestone. They have been our trusted partners, especially over the past year as we navigated the evolving challenges of the pandemic together. As we journey towards being a COVID-resilient nation, we look forward to continuing this partnership to offer more safe voyages and introduce more people to the wonders of cruising,” said Annie Chang, Director, Cruise, Singapore Tourism Board.
“Having achieved this one-year milestone in Singapore with ‘World Dream’, we are looking forward to continue to provide our guests with safe cruises, as well as exciting and unique offerings as we approach the year-end and usher in the New Year to welcome more guests in 2022,” Goh added.
Dream Cruises has also announced that all ‘World Dream’ sailings with effect from 21st November, 2021 onwards, will require its guests to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19, excluding children aged 12 years and below.
Vaccinated guests must receive the full regimen of COVID-19 vaccines at least 14 days before the cruising date to be eligible to board the ship and also test negative for the mandatory pre-boarding Antigen Rapid Test (ART) at the cruise terminal. ‘World Dream’ crew members have also been fully vaccinated in accordance with prevailing national guidelines.
“With Singapore having one of the highest vaccination rates in the world, we have observed that since October, 2021, close to 99% of our cruising guests on board ‘World Dream’ were already fully vaccinated.
“As such, the implementation of mandatory vaccination for cruising guests on board ‘World Dream’ is timely and in line with our continuous effort to provide a safer and worry-free experience on board our ship.
“With ‘World Dream’ being the first in Singapore to be certified under the CruiseSafe programme by the Singapore Tourism Board and also the CIP-M programme by leading international healthcare expert DNV, Dream Cruises will continue to monitor closely the local situation and explore the additional potential safety measures to be applied in the near future,” he said.
Genting has also advised that on 6th November, Dream Cruises’ celebrated 100 days of safe sailings in Hong Kong with ‘Genting Dream’.
Cruises restarted on 30th July, 2021.
This milestone also coincided with the 800th cruise call at Kai Tak Cruise Terminal with ‘Genting Dream’s’ arrival on 12th November.
Since the Kai Tak Cruise Terminal opened in 2013, Genting Cruise Lines has accounted for 50% of all cruise calls to the terminal.
During her return to service, ‘Genting Dream’ has welcomed over 65,000 guests who have enjoyed a ’Super Seacation’ cruise.
Due to an increased awareness of cruises as a holiday option and stronger market education during the pandemic, ‘Genting Dream’s’ bookings have continued to be strong since the restart of operations with an average capacity of over 90% (based on the required 50% reduced capacity), as well as high demand for upcoming cruises.
Repeat guests also increased 28% from the same period in 2019, the last time that a similar comparison could be drawn.
“Following on the recent announcement of ‘World Dream’ completing one year of operations in Singapore since COVID-19 (see above), Genting Cruise Lines is doubly proud to have achieved this second milestone for Dream Cruises in Hong Kong. I would also like to congratulate Kai Tak Cruise Terminal on achieving their landmark 800th cruise ship call and we are thrilled to help them realise this milestone,” said Kent Zhu, Genting Cruise Lines’ President.
“We have been very encouraged by ‘Genting Dream’s’ first 100 days in Hong Kong providing our guests with a safe and fun space at sea and we have received tremendous feedback from guests of all ages and across demographics.
Dream Cruises appreciates the trust that our guests have placed in us, as we provide them with the confidence to savour the feeling of getting away on our Super Seacations and to enjoy all of the activities available on board,” he added.