Dream Cruises on Tuesday kicked off the construction for its Global Class flagship with a keel-laying ceremony at the MV Werften shipyard in Rostock, Germany.
Genting Hong Kong’s chairman Lim Kok Thay and Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania state prime minister Manuela Schwesig placed the traditional lucky coins in the keel before the 95m-high gantry crane lowered the section into place.
The “laying” of the first section measuring 22m long, 26m wide and weighing 410 tons, about half of the full keel, marks the start of construction of the largest cruise ship ever built in Germany.
Amenities on board the 204,000-gross ton ship, which measures 342m long and over 46m wide, will include a theme park featuring a rollercoaster with virtual reality, a Cineplex, Asian and Western spas, shopping facilities, as well as Asian and international dining experiences and fast food restaurants.
The 2,500 cabins will accommodate up to 5,000 passengers on a twin-share basis, and will be able to cater for up to 9,500 passengers during peak holiday periods.