Dream Cruises has announced that its inaugural vessel, Genting Dream, will be home ported year-round in Singapore starting from December 3, 2017. This marks a first for Singapore to host a brand-new and large-scale 151,300-tonne cruise ship year-round.
The 18-deck, 151,300-ton ship can accommodate 3,400 guests, and currently home-ports at Guangzhou and Hong Kong.
With the move to Singapore, she is expected to attract about 200,000 foreign cruise passengers and generate about S$80 million ($56 million) in tourism, says the Singapore Tourism Board.
Genting Dream is designed specifically for the Asian market. Built by Meyer Werft in Germany last year, she will call at more than 10 ports in Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand and Vietnam during 2018.
The significant growth in the Asian cruise industry over the recent years has presented new opportunities for the region, and Dream Cruises says it aims to be a pacesetter in Singapore by being the first cruise liner to offer inspirational luxury, which is Asian at heart and international in spirit.
Domestically, the number of Singapore citizens departing by sea in 2015 was 1,753,954, up 12 percent compared to 2012, which accounts for 19.2 percent of total outbound travellers in Singapore. With an absolute increase of 35 percent in port calls over the 2013-2016 period, Singapore had a combined annual growth rate of 10.6 percent.
Genting Dream will increase available cruise days in Singapore by over 20 percent in 2018.
Dream Cruises’ second 151,300 ton cruise ship World Dream is currently being built at Meyer Wert shipyard and is scheduled for its inaugural sailing in November 2017 from Singapore to Hong Kong.
Genting Hong Kong, Dream Cruises parent company, introduced Star Cruises in Singapore 23 years ago. Dream Cruises and Star Cruises will offer the largest cruise capacity days in Singapore and Asia by the end of 2017.