Dream Cruises’ World Dream is preparing to start her sea trials in the North Sea (Image: Dream Cruises)
Dream Cruises’ World Dream is preparing to start her sea trials in the North Sea after leaving the Meyer Werft shipyard in Papenburg, Germany on 17 September.
World Dream, which has been undergoing final interior outfitting in Meyer Werft’s wet dock since her float out from the yard’s dry dock on 26 August, was towed down the river Ems to Eemshaven in the Netherlands to undergo initial testing. Sea trials will take place in the North Sea near Bremerhaven, Germany.
Meyer Werft will officially deliver World Dream to Dream Cruises on 26 October, before the ship begins her journey from Germany to Gibraltar, through the Mediterranean Sea and the Suez Canal, across the Indian Ocean with visits to Sri Lanka and Singapore, before arriving at her new dual homeports in Hong Kong on 17 November and Guangzhou, China on 19 November.
“Genting Cruise Lines is proud of the progress we have made with World Dream and are eagerly awaiting her arrival in Asia to begin taking our guests on unforgettable journeys and creating unforgettable experiences for our passengers,” said Kent Zhu, president of Genting Cruise Lines, parent company of Dream Cruises. “World Dream’s dual homeports in Guangzhou (Nansha) and Hong Kong underlines our ongoing commitment to continue to support the Pearl River Delta as major cruise hub in the Asia Pacific.”
World Dream will accommodate more than 3,300 guests in nearly 1,700 staterooms, 70% of which have private balconies. Other onboard highlights will include the Crystal Life Spa and Wellness facilities, over 1,000 square feet of luxury boutiques, six waterslides, Zouk nightclub and the Dream Palace, an exclusive ship-within-a-ship concept with European-style butler service. The ship will also offer multiple food and beverage outlets specialising in Asian and international cuisines.
“We are extremely excited to welcome World Dream in Guangzhou and Hong Kong this November and to introduce our guests to our much anticipated second ship,” said Thatcher Brown, president of Dream Cruises. “We will continue to build on the strengths of her sister ship Genting Dream to deliver exceptional service and experiences that are Asian at heart and international in spirit. We are grateful for the support of our travel partners and loyal guests who are already booked for the inaugural season.”
To find out more about World Dream’s interiors, read our interview with Thatcher Brown in our new issue of Cruise & Ferry Interiors. You can also find out Brown’s itinerary plans for World Dream and Genting Dream in his interview in our Itinerary Planning Special Report 2017.