Genting Hong Kong’s Lim Kok Thay, Dream Cruises’ Thatcher Brown, and Meyer Werft’s Henning Stellermann and Bernard Meyer during the traditional lucky coins ceremony
Genting Hong Kong and Germany’s Meyer Werft shipyard earlier this week celebrated the keel laying of World Dream, the second new-build ship for Asian luxury cruise line Dream Cruises.
During the traditional ceremony that marks the formal start of a new ship’s construction, block number 3 – one of the 92 blocks that will complete the 151,000-tonnage ship – was lifted into the building dock to officially start the block assembly for World Dream.
In keeping with tradition, Thatcher Brown, president of Dream Cruises, laid customary “lucky coins” under the keel block as a symbol of good fortune and to bless the ship.
Upon completion, the 21-deck World Dream will be able to accommodate over 3,300 guests in 1,700 staterooms, of which 70 per cent have private balconies and over 100 offer connecting rooms.
Facilities onboard will include a spa, over 1,000m2 of luxury shops, six water slides, a Zouk nightclub, as well as numerous F&B options. Special attention will also be given to the meetings and incentive market, with numerous spaces and services designed to accommodate group needs.
Lim Kok Thay, chairman and CEO, Genting Hong Kong, said: “World Dream will push the bar even higher for the cruise industry through her quality construction and customised design, best in-class service and diverse range of entertainment, dining, leisure and recreation options.”
World Dream is scheduled to debut in November this year to join sister ship Genting Dream.