Explorer Dream paves the way for Dream Cruises’ return to Australia

The Dream team, from left, inside sales manager Aaron Eilers, VP Australia and New Zealand Brigita Devries, marketing manager Leonie Fraser and NSW & ACT sales manager Andrew Loving PHOTO: Helen Hutcheon

Successful forward bookings for Explorer Dream’s maiden season in Australia from October until March next year pave the way for the company’s return to Australia, VP Australia and New Zealand Brigita Devries told Seatrade Cruise News on Wednesday.

Devries was speaking at a high-profile industry lunch overlooking Sydney Harbour in the Museum of Contemporary Art at Circular Quay where the menu — beetroot salad, hot and sour soup, red braised wagyu short rib and sauternes custard with osmanthus biscuits — was created by internationally acclaimed Australian chef Mark Best.

Seafood Grill by Mark Best

Best, who will accompany several departures and whose ‘Seafood Grill by Mark Best’ is a highlight of Explorer Dream’s culinary offerings, will take passengers ashore where he will shop at local markets.

US$30m makeover 

Explorer Dream, Star Cruises’ SuperStar Virgo that proved popular with Australians when she relocated to Sydney from Singapore in 2003 following an outbreak of SARS (severe acute respiratory syndrome), underwent a US$50m transformation earlier this year in readiness to be the first in the Dream Cruises fleet to sail outside of Asian waters.

Devries has no doubt that, following the 1,870-passenger Explorer Dream’s inaugural success, Dream Cruises will be back again.

Posted 29 May 2019

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Helen Hutcheon

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Australasia correspondent Helen Hutcheon did her cadetship on a shipping magazine and worked in P&O’s Sydney office for seven years as a public relations journalist. For 19 years she was deputy editor of Travel Week, which was Australia’s leading trade newspaper that covered major local and international industry events. In 2008 the late legendary Rama Rebbapragada presented her with an award from Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd ‘in recognition of her outstanding contribution to the cruising industry.’ In 2010 she won the Neil Frazer Award for ‘outstanding contribution to the cruise industry,’ elevating her to CLIA Australasia’s hall of fame. She has been the Australasia correspondent for Seatrade Cruise Review since 1997 and for Seatrade Insider (now Seatrade Cruise News) since its launch in 2000.

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