'After the successful debut of Genting Dream last November and the wonderful reception the ship has experienced from our guests, we are excited to start the construction process on World Dream,' said Tan Sri Lim Kok Thay, chairman and ceo, Genting Hong Kong.
Lim predicted World Dream will 'push the bar even higher' through quality construction and customized design, service and a diverse range of entertainment, dining, leisure and recreation options—all part of Dream Cruises 'Asian at Heart, International in Spirit' brand promise.
During the keel-laying ceremony, block No. 3, one of 92 blocks that will go into the 151,000gt ship, was lifted into the building dock to officially start World Dream's assembly.
Dream Cruises president Thatcher Brown placed lucky coins under the keel block.
'Genting Hong Kong is proud to build on its commitment to the Asian cruise and tourism industry. We are equally pleased to offer our valued travel partners and guests more destination choices and vacation experiences,' he said.
When World Dream joins sister Genting Dream in November, Dream Cruises will have the newest fleet wholly dedicated to the Asia market.
The 21-deck World Dream will be able to accommodate more than 3,300 passengers in nearly 1,700 staterooms, 70% with balconies. Over 100 of the staterooms are connecting. Special attention has been given to the meetings and incentive market with spaces and services designed for group needs.
World Dream will also sport the Dream Palace exclusive ship-within-a-ship concept with European-style butler service, Crystal Life Spa and Wellness facilities, more than 1,000 square meters of luxury shops, a water park with six slides and a Zouk night club. The ship will offer numerous food and beverage outlets such as gourmet restaurants, bars and cafes specializing in Asian and international cuisines.
Building on the Genting Dream concept, World Dream will enhance food and beverage offerings with culinary and lifestyle partnerships.