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Just Back From Genting Dream: 5 Tips Before Booking Dream Cruises
Genting Dream (Photo: Dream Cruises)

October 10, 2019

Roderick Eime
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Dream Cruises is sending its first ship to Sydney later this year -- the new Explorer Dream -- with passengers also allowed to board in Newcastle and Brisbane for a range of local sailings (see the list below). If you’re still unsure whether to book, let us help you decide based on our recent experience of its fleetmate, Genting Dream.So, who is Dream Cruises? This unusual brand belongs to the massive Asian multinational corporation, Genting, which operates casinos, oil, gas and biotechnology. In 1993 the Genting group founded Star Cruises and then in 2015 acquired Crystal Cruises. It also held a large stake in Norwegian Cruise Line before selling out last year.In late 2015, Genting inaugurated its premium cruise brand, Dream Cruises, and ordered two Breakaway-class ships from German builder Meyer Werft. The first ship, Genting Dream, launched in 2016, followed a year later by World Dream. A third ship, the 1,870-passenger Explorer Dream, was created from Star Cruises’ former SuperStar Virgo after a US$30million refit and it’s this vessel that will spend time in AU/NZ waters (20 Oct 2019 - 21 March 2020).{#widget:image|decorators:article_image|image:18672878|title:The Palace on Genting Dream (Photo: Dream Cruises)|description:The Palace on Genting Dream (Photo: Dream Cruises)#}Here are five things to know about Dream Cruises.### 1. The onboard atmosphere is different.This isn't an Aussie ship, but if you’ve ever been shopping in a big Asian city mall, the decor and atmosphere will be familiar. Dream Cruises bills itself as ‘Asian at heart, international in spirit’, so while you’ll get a flavour of Asian culture, it’s a lot like taking a holiday in Singapore, Hong Kong or Kuala Lumpur. Just how much of that vibe translates to its Australian deployment remains to be seen, but be assured that Dream Cruises is taking our market very seriously and many features will be adjusted for local tastes. Unfortunately these tweaks don’t include gratuities, which are AU$20-$25 per person per night, depending on your cabin category.{#widget:image|decorators:article_image|image:18672877|title:Mark Best Bistro on Genting Dream (Photo: Dream Cruises)|description:Mark Best Bistro on Genting Dream cruise ship (Photo: Dream Cruises)#}### 2. Australian chef Mark Best has overhauled the fleet’s cuisine.If you like Asian food, you are in for a treat -- but that is just the beginning. Dream Cruises has engaged an Aussie celebrity chef Mark Best to overhaul the cuisine across the whole fleet, and his name is attached to restaurants such as The Seafood Grill. Passengers can sign up for a market-to-plate tour where a small group of guests go shopping ashore with him and then everyone comes back to cook with him in the demonstration kitchen. Furthermore, the range of dining venues aboard Explorer Dream is vast -- you would have to dine in a different venue every night to cover half of them. Highlights are Best’s signature venues as well as UMI UMA Teppanyaki, where the chefs will entertain you with cool spatula tricks while cooking your meal. For quick meals, the Blue Lagoon food court delivers great noodles and ‘street food’ style snacks.Traditional Chinese food can be found at Silk Road, healthy fare is at the serene Palm Court and many creative Italian dishes are the stars of Mozzarella Ristorante e Pizzeria.Drinks packages are also available, priced from AU$209 (non-alcoholic) to AU$599 (premium drinks and cocktails) for seven nights.{#widget:image|decorators:article_image|image:18672876|title:Chef Mark Best dining on Genting Dream (Photo: Dream Cruises)|description:Chef Mark Best dining on Genting Dream (Photo: Dream Cruises)#}### 3. Activities range from outdoor workouts to etiquette classes.Passengers have plenty of opportunities to offset calorie consumption with cardio-friendly and conscience-quenching venues like the gym, boardwalk and basketball court. Fitness enthusiasts can join the outdoor workout groups on deck, try out the ropes course, climb the rock wall or go nuts on the huge waterslide. More peaceful purges come in the form of yoga and spa treatments.For parents bringing children, there is plenty to entertain them in the dedicated ‘Young Dreamers’ space. The kids program includes arts, music, dancing and even manners and etiquette! When Explorer Dream is in Australia and NZ, The Zone video arcade will be reserved exclusively for teenagers (surcharge applies).{#widget:image|decorators:article_image|image:18672879|title:Waterslide on Genting Dream (Photo: Dream Cruises)|description:Waterslide on Genting Dream ship (Photo: Dream Cruises)#}### 4. The Palace offers true luxury for suite guests.One of the standout features of all Dream Cruises vessels is The Palace, an exclusive, ship-within-a-ship offering. An entirely separate section of the ship is put aside for The Palace guests with upscale dining, enrichment and recreation options. These suites are really something to behold and would be ideal for honeymooners or people celebrating milestone events. Travellers with extended family and multi-generational cruisers will find this option worth exploring.{#widget:image|decorators:article_image|image:18672882|title:Genting Dream suite The Palace Villa (Photo: Dream Cruises)|description:Genting Dream suite The Palace Villa (Photo: Dream Cruises)#}### 5. Gamblers will love the options onboard.Fans of gambling can find every type of game of chance, cards and slot machines, plus a Mahjong Lounge for those who like to engage in this ancient Chinese game of strategy. Yes, there’s bingo too.Other tips before booking: Online check-in is available from seven days up to 24 hours prior to departure. Pre-cruise shopping can be done up to three days before your cruise. Before you board, download the Dream Cruises app, which will help you navigate the ship and keep track of your bookings. Short itineraries, from two to five nights, have been added to Explorer Dream’s Australasian cruise schedule. One-way and weekend cruises depart from Brisbane, Newcastle and Sydney. From Newcastle, the line has a new seven-night roundtrip cruise departing 25 November, calling at Gladstone, Brisbane, Sunshine Coast and Sydney, and a four-night one-way cruise to Brisbane departing 4 November 2019 visiting Gladstone and the Sunshine Coast. If you need special dietary attention, advise the cruise line well in advance.For bookings, go to the

Dream Cruise Line

website. Australians and New Zealanders can also contact Richard Davey at Ambassador Travel on 1800 777 989; email: ambassador@ambassadortravel.com.au

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