Genting Cruise Lines last week held a special event to celebrate its 25th Anniversary, as well as recognise the partnerships and support of the various ports and cities in the Greater Bay Area and in Greater China in developing the region into a major cruise destination.
Over 500 government personnel, travel agents and business partners present at the event, which took place onboard World Dream at Kai Tak Cruise Terminal.
During the event, guests were treated to an sneak preview of Dream Cruises’ new Global Class ship with the unveiling of a specially constructed balcony show cabin.
Accommodating up to 5,000 passengers, the 340m-long Dream Cruises’ Global Class will be the largest cruise ship in the world by passenger capacity and will boast 2,500 cabins. Global Class ships will also feature Dream Cruises’ signature 151-suite luxury ship-within-a-ship concept.
At 20m2, the Global Class cabin will be the industry’s most spacious staterooms. It will also have two bathrooms, as well as a privacy curtain as the two-person-designed cabin can also accommodate up to four. Cabins will also boast Bluetooth locks, smart sensors to detect occupants in the cabin, and a new smart system allowing passengers to control different functions such as the LED mood lighting and climate control with a smartphone app, voice recognition or through a touchscreen control panel.
“Genting Cruise Lines is honoured to have played a pivotal role in the transformation of the Greater Bay Area and Greater China into a leading destination in the world-wide cruise industry. We remain committed to the evolution of this region as it continues to grow in importance and stature in the global cruise market,” said Lim Kok Thay, Genting Hong Kong’s chairman and CEO.
Over the past 25 years, Genting Cruise Lines accounted for more than 25 million passenger throughput from its fleet just in the Greater Bay Area alone – in Hong Kong, Guangzhou and Shenzhen. Throughout 2018, Genting Cruise Lines’ year-round deployment in the region was responsible for over 1.4 million passenger throughput, of which approximately 30 per cent were from outside the Greater Bay Area.