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Genting Dream: Luxury, adventure and good food in the open sea
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By Dinna Vasquez

Genting Dream, Asia’s first luxury liner, caters to the region’s growing high-end market that appreciates luxury in terms of experiences, goods and services.
Genting (pronounced gen-ting) is derived from the Latin word for gentleman or well-born.
To those who have been to Malaysia, Genting Highlands, otherwise known as Resorts World Genting, is a hill resort in Malaysia developed by Genting Group.
Now Genting Dream is the first ship of Dream Cruises, a sister company of Star Cruises and Crystal Cruises.
We recently embarked on the Genting Dream’s maiden Asian voyage in an itinerary that took us from Singapore to Vietnam and finally, to Hong Kong.

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Our small group—consisting mostly of editors and writers from the Philippines—was never bored or hungry during the voyage which also took us to Ho Chi Minh, Nha Trang and Da Nang.
Genting Dream, which was built at a cost of about one billion euros, had just arrived from a shipyard in Germany. The ship is indeed luxurious with over 70 percent of staterooms having their own balcony. There are ocean-view staterooms as well as 100 connecting staterooms to accommodate families and large groups.

Genting Dream has swimming pools and sun decks, six giant water slides, ropes courses and a rock-climbing wall. There’s a cigar lounge, a karaoke room, a club for kids, health club, beauty salon, spa and a barbershop.

POOL DECK
The Pool Deck

SUNDECK BAR
Sundeck Bar

LITTLE PANDAS
Little Pandas playroom for the kids

Crystal Life Asian Spa RELAXATION LOUNGE
Crystal Life Asian Spa relaxation lounge

Genting Dream also has a 610-meter wraparound promenade to allow dramatic seaside dining and lounging from sunrise to sunset in a multitude of themed venues. There are over 35 restaurant and bar concepts, including famed Singaporean nightspot Zouk and the world’s first Johnnie Walker House.

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Palm Court wraparound promenade

ZOUK BEACH CLUB
Zouk Beach Club

At Umi Uma, where the teppanyaki tables are the largest in any cruise ship, all the chefs are Filipino. The sushi bar is always packed. Silk Road has the finest Chinese and fusion dishes.
Internationally-acclaimed Australian chef Mark Best brings his culinary artistry to the table with his very first restaurant at sea, Bistro.

At night, we enjoyed shows at the Zodiac Theater such as The Voyage of a Lover’s Dream, featuring live dance and acrobatic performances as well as high technology stage sets and special effects; Rhythm Divine, a Latin Ballroom Dance Show featuring international ballroom dance champions from Belarus, Italy, Slovenia and Moldova, and the After Dark with Dreamgirls show at midnight at the Silk Road and Cabaret.

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Silk Road turns into a cabaret at midnight

You can also go shopping at the boutiques (Ferragamo and many other luxury brands are available) or look in the art gallery. While we were on board, there was a live Art Auction by the Park West Art Gallery featuring works of Thomas Kinkade, Peter Max, Pablo Picasso and many others.

My day was never complete without stopping at the bakeshop for a cup of coffee and delicious cookies, which I would take to the room and enjoy while looking at the sea and marveling how such beauty and serenity could be possible.
Blue Lagoon is a South East Asian style a la carte restaurant where guests can enjoy a quick meal such as a bowl of laksa.

BLUE LAGOON
Blue Lagoon looks like a fancy food court

Speaking of rooms, I have never been on a cruise but those who have warned me the rooms would be small. Well, those in the Genting Dream were not as big as hotel rooms but it was spacious enough for two people to share without bumping into each other.

I loved the beds, which were from leading brand Custom Comfort. The beds and pillows are very comfortable, thanks to Genting Dream’s Dream Beds concept.
Dream Beds is a collaboration between leading bedding brands from around the world that aims to deliver a restful sleeping experience. This concept combines high quality mattresses, silky-smooth Frette sheets, bouncy duvets and a mountain of pillows.

Dream Suite
The Dream Suite

To know more about Dream Cruises, call 836-6830 to 32 or email salesmanila@starcruises.com.
http://www.dreamcruiseline.com

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