Crystal Cruises and Dream Cruises now rank among the world’s top cruise lines.
Crystal Cruises has been placed among the top three cruise lines in the Small Size category at the recently concluded Gold List Awards.
Dream Cruises emerged among the top five in the Large/Medium Size category in the same event under China’s Condé Nast Traveler’s Gold List.
Nominations for the awards, launched in 2014, are made by editors of Condé Nast Traveler and votes are cast by readers and professionals from around the world.
The Condé Nast Traveler’s Gold List is the gold standard for cruise liners.
Genting Cruise Lines, which owns both Crystal Cruises and Dream Cruises, expresses its gratitude to the readers and editors of Condé Nast Traveler for the recognition of the accomplishments of its growing portfolio of cruises.
Kent Zhu, president of Genting Cruise Lines, attributes its success to the hard work by the crew of Crystal and Dream as well as their colleagues “who have continued to deliver on their respective brand promises”.
Crystal Cruises is an industry leader in the delivery of incomparable luxury experiences for a discerning international clientele. Dream Cruises, Asia’s youngest cruise fleet, is establishing itself as the continent’s leading cruise line and is on the cusp of a global expansion.
Both brands have strong awareness and appeal in source markets across Asia.
“We are proud to have been named among the top cruises lines in the Condé Nast Traveler’s Gold List. We will continue to work hard to earn the accolades,” says Thatcher Brown, president of Dream Cruises and head of Crystal Cruises Asia Business Development.
He says Crystal Cruises is also encouraged to see more affluent outbound Chinese travellers enjoy the experience of its many products – from River Cruises and its renowned ocean-going liners to the exhilarating Crystal Skye private jet flights.
“After its acquisition by Genting Cruise Lines, Crystal embarked on an ambitious expansion to usher in a new era of luxury travel with the ‘Crystal Difference’ through our Crystal Cruises, Crystal Yacht Expedition Cruises, Crystal River Cruises, Crystal AirCruises and Crystal Luxury Air,” Brown explains.
“Taking luxury to new heights, Crystal AirCruises’ Crystal Skye, which was launched in September last year, embarked on adventures to the exotic islands of Tahiti and Fiji in the South Pacific during the Golden Week holidays. It then counted down the New Year twice – in Sydney and Honolulu, and spent Chinese New Year in the wilds of the Maasai Mara National Reserve in Kenya,” he says.
“Apart from its selection of carefully curated, all-inclusive itineraries, Crystal Skye is also available for private charter for the ultimate in personalised travel,” he adds.
The homeports of Dream Cruises’ ships – Genting Dream and World Dream – are Singapore and Nansha, Guangzhou. They offer inspirational and aspirational journeys at sea for a wide selection of guests.
“From the value-minded to the extravagantly inclined, Dream Cruises offers experiences to suit the diverse lifestyle interests of the Asian vacationer. At the top end is The Palace – a luxurious ‘ship within a ship’ enclave that feature 140 suites and private VIP facilities, including its own swimming pool, spa, gym and dining venues,” Brown says.
“The luxurious essence of The Palace is further embodied in the meticulous, personalised service of its renowned Dream Butlers who are on hand to cater to every whim of the guests.
“For events with a difference, Dream Cruises’ MICE products have been well-received by the market. Our wide selection of dedicated conference, meeting and event venues can cater to any event for as few as eight and as many as 999 guests. The brand’s experienced team can tailor our products to meet the needs of different occasions, be it for MICE or a large-scale social gathering,” Brown adds.
To grow its fleet, Dream Cruises is scheduled to receive its first “Global Class” vessel in 2020. The new ship will be designed specifically for the rapidly growing Asian cruise market and will be among the most technologically advanced ships with artificial intelligence and will feature a wide array of leisure, entertainment and dining experiences.