Dream Cruises shows off its newest ship designs

Andrew Munro 30 August 2017 NEWS

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How to build a dream ship.

You have the Germany's world famous MEYER WERFT shipyards at your disposal, where most of world's biggest and best cruise ships are born. Your objective? Spare no expense on the creation of a cutting edge, tasteful, luxurious and fun-as-anything cruise ship, intended to give your cruise line an intractable foothold in Asia's swelling cruise market.

This is where Dream Cruises found itself while commissioning the World Dream, the eighth ship in the Dream fleet, due to set sail in November 2017. Its home port is Hong Kong/Guangzhou, and one of its first trips, departing on 17 November, will be a weekend getaway at sea. The first international journey with passengers will be a round trip to the Philippines, departing on 19 November.

  • Size - Dream Cruises went bigger. At 151,300 tonnes, 335 metres long and 38 metres wide it's a giant, able to accommodate more than 3,000 passengers in 1,680 staterooms, across 18 decks.
  • Performance - Dream Cruises took care to invest in performance. The World Dream is unusually fast with an ambitious cruising speed of 24 knots, to reach more destinations faster. In a market that might favour compact holidays over the extensive multi-week leisure trips more common elsewhere, this is a must.
  • Service - The ship will room a full complement of over 2,000 crew members to deliver an exceptional level of service, despite the scale of the vessel.
  • Amenities - "We have listened carefully to the feedback of our guests and have fine-tuned World Dream to deliver even more comforts and conveniences to truly provide passengers with the unparalleled dream vacation that only Dream Cruises can offer." says Thatcher Brown, Dream Cruises president.

What you'll find on board

Space is naturally at a premium, even on a ship of this size, so it can be tricky to accommodate all requests, like the World Dream's top deck observatory and virtual reality theatre, without a bit of ingenuity.

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The ship's wraparound boardwalk, which stretches for more than half a kilometre, is cantilevered out to avoid taking up too much interior space. The waterslide park and ropes course meanwhile make use of the airspace. Other features transform depending on the time of day, like multi-purpose youth club by day, and dancefloor by night, and the multi-sports area.

Dream has also prioritised its permanent fixtures in ways that you probably won't find on other cruise lines. For example, with a dedicated mahjong and cards room, an onboard commercial art gallery, VIP helicopter pad and several invitation-only private clubs. It's also set aside a lot of business space, including a permanent business centre and library as well as several executive meeting rooms.

The most luxurious rooms, like the two Garden Penthouses, have also been given an incredible amount of space, occupying a full 225 square metres of floorspace each.

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Each Garden Penthouse curves right around the front of the ship

By contrast, the next level Dream Executive Suites are about a quarter of the size, and the smallest inside staterooms go from around 13 square metres each.

Each cruise ship has its own distinctive style, and the typical cruise-goer's tastes can also vary in markets around the world. In this case, Dream has chosen to accommodate a full range of preferences and needs on one mega-vessel. And on the other end of the spectrum, you might find designs like Ritz-Carlton's Yacht Collection, which focus entirely on a narrow range of passenger types.

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