China: The Real Deal

Peter Newall

Image courtesy of Dream Cruises

China is a rapidly expanding market and whilst major cruise lines have started positioning ships in China, Dream Cruises is the first Chinese-based company to have ordered ships specially designed for Chinese cruise travelers.

On December the 4th the keel laying ceremony took place at Meyer Werft, Papenburg for GENTING DREAM, the first purpose-built ship for the Chinese market. She is also the first of two 150,000-ton ships to be constructed for Dream Cruises, the Chinese subsidiary of the entertainment and casino giant, the Malaysian-based Genting Group.

The Genting Group celebrates its 50th anniversary this year. Since the opening of its first casino in the beautiful Cameron Highlands in Northern Malaysia, the company has expanded rapidly across the globe. In 1993 it formed Star Cruises 1993 with a single ship, the former Baltic ferry STAR AQUARIUS (1989/40,012gt). It later transformed Norwegian Cruise Line, which it acquired in 2000, and this year bought Crystal Cruises from NYK.

The 23.4-knot, 3,360-capacity GENTING DREAM will have 1,680 cabins, 70% of which will have private balconies. This attractive-looking ship will also feature 35 bars and restaurants, a wrap around promenade and a large observation lounge. She enters service in November 2016 and will offer short cruises based in the Chinese ports of Guangzhou, Hong Kong and Sanya. Her sister ship WORLD DREAM will make her debut in November 2017.

For more details, including deck plans, see


Peter Newall

Peter Newall

A well-known shipping writer, cruise journalist and cruise ship lecturer,
Peter Newall is a former British Airways executive who has, in the past 57
years, visited and travelled on many famous ships.  As well as numerous
articles he has written nine highly acclaimed books including the
definitive histories of Union-Castle, Orient and Cunard Line.  He also owns
the Newall Dunn Collection, the extensive collection of historic merchant
shipping images.
Peter Newall

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