By Muhammad Hasif Mohd Jelani on July 9, 2019

 

Cruising is the best option if you are looking for a more peaceful, laidback vacation. With just you, the ship and the sea, it can be an intimate experience for many a traveller. The moments will be even more unforgettable if the ship were to offer a myriad of things, ranging from spacious cabin and toothsome gastronomy to state-of-the-art facilities and world-class on-board entertainment.

Just like many of you, I too once dreamt of experiencing it all. But the thought of having to pay exorbitantly and the difficulty in finding halal or Muslim-friendly food made me push this dream to the bottom of my bucket list. However, my recent opportunity to experience cruising on one of the Dream Cruises vessels for four days and three nights changed my mind – finding the right cruise ship that meets your expectations and budget is not that hard after all, especially when you choose Genting Dream!

Genting Dream at a glance

  • It is the first of the three premium vessels of Dream Cruises.
  • The ship’s current homeport is Singapore with Penang and Phuket as port-of-calls.
  • The gross registered tonnage is 150,695 tons.
  • It is 335 metres long and 40 metres wide.
  • It has 18 decks.
  • It can accommodate 3,352 passengers (lower berth).
  • It has as many as 1,674 staterooms.
  • The ship is manufactured by Weyer Werft, Germany.
  • Every guest will be provided with an access card. It functions as on-board identity card, on-board charge card, gangway security pass and cabin key card.
  • Safety drill is compulsory for all guests. The assembly station is stated on the access card.

The cabin

Genting Dream offers eight types of cabin but among the popular ones, which I experienced, is the Balcony Stateroom. It has one queen-sized bed and one single sofa bed. With a space of 20 square metres, the cabin can accommodate up to four persons (extra bed will be charged). The cabin is also equipped with facilities such as television, water heater, mini fridge, basic toiletries and hair dryer. But the feature that is most appealing is the private balcony where guests get to admire the breathtaking sea view and take in the sea breeze during the voyage.

View from the balcony

The view from my cabin’s balcony.

Those with more cash to burn should stay at The Palace. With the concept of ‘ship-within-a-ship’, The Palace boasts 140 suites where guests can luxuriate in VIP facilities such as swimming pool, spa, gym and dining outlets. To make your stay even grander, there is a personalised European-style butler service provided!

The food

Among the halal foods served at The Lido

Among the halal foods served at The Lido.

There are 19 restaurants and bars on Genting Dream, three of which are inclusive restaurants (The Lido, Dream Dining Room Upper and Dream Dining Room Lower). That being said, you are bound to be spoiled by so many choices available, ranging from Asian to international cuisines. For Muslim travellers, there is a Halal-certified section within The Lido and the menu changes daily so you can have a different taste every breakfast, lunch or dinner. 24-hour snacks are also available here.

Good to know:

Genting Dream is the only cruise in Asia to have Halal certification by the Department of Islamic Development Malaysia (JAKIM).

The facilities

Waterslide Park

The Waterslide Park that is a must-experience for all guests.

If you think swimming at the pool is a bit too mundane, wait until you experience the Waterslide Park on Deck 20, which is the highlight of this cruise and a must-do for every guest! The experience is definitely unique. I mean, where else could you get the chance to whizz down waterslides on a moving ship in the middle of the ocean?

While it also has a large swimming pool on Deck 16, guests can also partake in various sports and recreational activities using the facilities such as sportsplex, mini-golf, rock climbing wall, ropes course, zipline, jogging track, children’s water park and more. On top of that, Little Dreamers Club caters to little and teenage guests, including an arcade where they can have absolute fun.

The ship has onboard beauty and wellness amenities too such as gymnasium at Crystal Life Fitness, Crystal Life Spa, Le Salon, The Gentlemen’s Barber and Crystal Life Asian Spa.

For entertainment, guests should spectate live production shows such as China Got Talent and Some Like It Hot at Zodiac Theatre on Deck 7 (prior booking is needed). If you feel like partying, there is even Zouk Beach Club on Deck 17 and karaoke room on Deck 6. Firework shows on the third night is also provided and trust me, the experience is magical!

With that long list of facilities offered, it is hard to get bored on Genting Dream. If you are confused on what to do, the Dream Daily newsletter that is placed at your cabin door every morning might help.

Tip:

Download Dream App on your phone from Google Play or App Store before boarding. You can utilise the app to chat cabin-to-cabin, book your seats for any shows onboard, view the Dream Daily and check your current spending.

Conclusion

Genting Dream

The iconic Genting Dream from afar.

I totally recommend Genting Dream for travellers who seek a hassle-free and rewarding vacation. Since it offers Halal-certified food option, Muslim-travellers, in particular, can take pleasure in what the ship has to offer even further, besides the slew of on-board non-stop entertainment and exciting leisure options. Be it families, couples or solo travellers, Genting Dream suits all.

Travellers may contact POTO Travel and Tours should they want to experience Genting Dream through https://www.pototravel.com.my/ or +6 03 9200 6640.

This article is featured on Gaya Travel Magazine Issue 14.2. Read other contents HERE.

 

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