To date we have only been on two cruises in the region, the Royal Caribbean Legend Of The Seas, and The Mariner of the Seas. Both times we enjoyed ourselves tremendously and have been looking for a chance to cruise again, although preferably not on the same ship.
I was super excited when I received the invitation to go onboard Genting’s new cruise line the Genting Dream, touted to be Asia’s first luxury cruise liner!
I won’t bore you with all the various details because you can find it elsewhere, but I’ll share my honest thoughts with you. We have only been on the two ships I just mentioned. Compared to Mariner of the seas, the Genting Dream is definitely a newer, larger ship. But the difference is not really by leaps and bounds. And unfortunately I have yet to go on a ship from Royal Caribbean’s Ovation category – many ships are newer and larger than Mariner, so that would have been a much fairer and interesting comparison.
Genting Dream is the first of the ships from Genting’s Dream Cruises range, and to be honest, in Singapore, Star Cruises which also belong to Genting, have not been getting much publicity, especially when compared to Royal Caribbean. However I have heard a lot about Crystal Cruises from our friends, and after the acquisition, that line is now part of the Genting portfolio.
My first impressions was Wow! Everything was so spanking new! It even had the new woody smells! I love the clean lines and contemporary design. Very classy!
I remember the bathroom on the ocean view cabin on the Legend of the Seas to be so tiny that you had to be careful you didn’t hit your elbows on the shower stall while washing your hair. So I paid attention to the cabin toilets on Genting Dream and they looked lovely and well spaced, AND the rooms are a lot more luxurious than the ones on Royal Caribbean (Legend and Mariner).
Instead of the Pullman beds that pull down above the twin beds in a cabin on RC, the Genting Dream has one Pullman style bunk bed, plus a sofa bed which unfolds to a super single or similar. I did not see BOTH open together, but I’m assuming that would be possible. This would be great for families!
As we had stayed in the Grand Suite on Mariner of the Seas, I wanted to have a look at the suites on Genting Dream but they said that the passengers had already checked in to the rooms. They really know how to max out their docking time.
Many of the dining areas are very well decorated and have different themes. They have over 35 restaurant and bar concepts, but from what I understand, only a select few are included in the cruise price and the rest are optional.
As part of the media tour, we were treated to a 3 course lunch, and I have to honestly say that I didn’t enjoy my main of cod fish very much. It was edible, but just barely. And could have been much much better. Maybe it was just my one piece of fish which wasn’t up to standard, and hopefully it’s just some teething problems (hur hur). The wines, however, were young but very approachable, and made up for any misgivings I had about the cod. Ha! Years ago, before I went on the Legend of the Seas I’d read media reviews of how wonderful the food was, only to be surprised and a little disappointed, and that experience taught me to take a large dollop of salt when it comes to media food reviews.
We were treated to the Genting Dream main show entitled Voyage of a Lover’s Dream, and boy was it exciting and impressive! The Dream is themed around an Astronaut and a Mermaid. The amazingly clear LCD backdrops and theatrics were very entertaining too.
Then there are the adventure ropes – gosh, older kids would love this! Apparently there is also a 3 lane bowling alley but we didn’t see this.
And the pools! There is a large pool area and 3 giant slides, which I’m sure will entertain kids for hours. If not they can try their hand at the small rock climbing wall.
There is also the Little Pandas Club, which we weren’t allowed to tour inside and could only see it from the counter, so here is a shot of it. As well as the arcade for older kids.
They have incorporated a Zouk Beach Club, and I’m not sure if kids are allowed here, but it looks like a wonderful place to chill.
We waited for quite a long time before we were allowed to board the ship, then we had to rush through the tour and lunch, so we didn’t get to see all of the ship. Not even the shops! So I don’t know if there is a main promenade kind of area or a main buffet restaurant.
Would I recommend the Genting Dream? I am sure that any family would enjoy cruising on this vessel. At the time of the media tour, we were informed that the ship would be sailing from Hong Kong only, but apparently it will now be berthed in Singapore from December 2017. More information can be found on their website here.
If you have been on the Genting Dream I would love to hear your thoughts on it!