When Hong Kong resident Mimi Lo set sail on her cruise on Oct 14, 2018, little did she realise that it was to be a one-in-a-million chance of a lifetime.
Every member of the three generations of her family was accorded special treatment while on the six-day-five-night trip to Naha and Miyakojima in Okinawa, Japan.
The crew popped the champagne and presented them with special gifts, including signed prints by artist Jacky Tsai who created the distinctive design on the ship’s hull. They were taken on a private tour of the bridge of their cruise ship World Dream, attended an exclusive photo shoot and given other treats.
On their arrival in Hong Kong at the end of the cruise on Oct 19, a special welcoming party comprising top executives of Dream Cruises were at the Kai Tak Cruise Terminal to welcome them home with a short celebration.
Those in the welcoming party comprised president of Dream Cruises Thatcher Brown, managing director of Worldwide Cruise Terminals Jeff Bent, Captain Robert Bodin of World Dream, senior vice-president and head of marketing and communications at Genting Cruise Lines Christine Li and hotel director of World Dream Ann Zhang.
It was only then that Lo was informed that she was Dream Cruises’ 1,000,000th passenger. And for Dream Cruises, it was extra special – the milestone was reached on Genting Hong Kong’s 25th anniversary. Dream Cruises, which operates the cruise ship World Dream, is part of the Genting Group.
Lo said Dream Cruises had provided her family with an ideal vacation option, one that offered a choice of activities to her children and parents.
“We were also impressed with the facilities in The Palace (a boutique hotel cum clubhouse onboard) as well as the great service from the butlers and the crew,” she added.
World Dream, which made her debut in November 2017, represented a major milestone in Hong Kong’s rise as a hub for cruise ships. It was the first mega cruise ship to be christened in the city, along with sister ship Genting Dream, previously the biggest cruise ship to make a port call at the city.
Brown attributed the success of Dream Cruises in hosting its first million passengers in such a short time to its “remarkable crew” and the support from government bodies, business partners, the media and the public.
From her dual homeports of Guangzhou (Nansha) and Hong Kong, World Dream sails to the beautiful Okinawa islands, the picturesque Danang and Halong Bay in Vietnam, and the tropical Subic Bay and Manila in the Philippines.
For those who wish to take a quick break with family and friends, World Dream offers two-night weekend cruises. From its home port in Singapore, Genting Dream takes passengers on two-night, three-night or five-night cruises to Penang, Phuket, Langkawi, Kuala Lumpur (Port Klang), Surabaya, North Bali and Macleod Island.
Soon to join the Dream Cruises fleet is Explorer Dream, which will make her debut next year, followed by several global class ships in the first quarter of 2021.