Construction begins for Dream Cruises’ new Global Class ship
Genting Hong Kong marked the official start of production on Dream Cruises’ new Global Class cruise ship during a steel cutting ceremony held on March 8 at the MV Werften shipyards in both Wismar and Rostock, Germany.
“After designing the Global Class ships for the last three years and investing over 210 million euros to make MV Werften a state-of-the-art cruise shipbuilding yard, we are very pleased to finally start construction on the first Global Class cruise ship today,” said Tan Sri Lim Kok Thay, chairman and CEO, Genting Hong Kong.
“These ships are not only the largest cruise ships to be built in Germany; they are also the most technologically advanced with artificial intelligence,” he added. According to Tan, the Global Class ships will feature a “widespread use” of technology and artificial intelligence with facial and voice recognition for most onboard services, automated robots and free Internet.
Designed specifically for the rapidly growing Asian cruise market, the Global Class ships will come with popular features such as a Cineplex, theme park, Asian spa, multiple authentic Asian dining experiences, including fast-casual food alternatives, and affordable shopping facilities in addition to luxury retail boutiques.
The Global Class ships will be 342 meters long and 46.40 meters wide with a draft of 9.50 meters. With a capacity of 204,000 gross tons (GT), the ship can accommodate about 5,000 passengers in 2,500 cabins based on a twin share basis. However, the cabins are uniquely designed for the Asian family and can comfortably sleep 2, 3 or 4 persons with split (two) bathrooms, allowing for a wider price point for the Asian market.
With total life-saving capacity of up to 9,500 passengers, the Global Class ships can cater for the extremely high peak seasonal holiday periods in Asia. In addition to the usual 28 large elevators, the Global Class will also have eight sets of escalators connecting the public areas, the first cruise ship to have public escalators.
“Dream Cruises is pleased that the Global Class ships are joining the Dream brand”, said Kent Zhu, president of Genting Cruise Lines. “While originally planned for the Star Cruises family, the benefits of giving scale to Dream Cruises with four of the youngest ships in the world will bolster the Dream Cruises’ expansion plans and global aspirations. However, we are commencing our design for a new class of ships for Star Cruises, which will rejuvenate the Star Cruises brand in the coming years.”
“Building on the successful debuts of Genting Dream in 2016 and World Dream in 2017, the addition of two Global Class ships to the fleet will allow Dream Cruises to offer our partners and guests more itineraries worldwide. Our plans are to have Shanghai and Tianjin as homeports in summer and then, to offer itineraries in Australia, New Zealand, the ASEAN region, and the West coast of the United States in winter,” shared Thatcher Brown, president of Dream Cruises.
Brown added that the expansion of the Dream Cruises brand globally is in tandem with their “aggressive new-build programme that will over double our capacity in by 2021.”