All aboard, cruises are back! I was thrilled when I received an exclusive invite from Resorts World Cruises (RWC) for the inaugural voyage (from 15 to 17 June 2022) of their flagship Genting Dream from her Singapore homeport. RWC plans to have an entire fleet of luxurious ships as part of what they envision as ‘Resorts Cruising At Sea’.
This trip gave us a taste of the 2 Nights Wednesday Getaway Cruise (from S$267, subject to change) to nowhere. We stayed in the Balcony Deluxe Stateroom, and this is a sneak peek of the interiors— nothing less than the feel of a 4 star hotel, if you ask me!
We settled in comfortably, and enjoyed the balcony view of a stunning rainbow across the skies— what a fabulous start to the trip.
Walking through just a small section of the huge ship (335 metres end to end) to get to our room got us excited to see everything the vessel had to offer. Was 2 nights enough? Keep reading to find out.
What I did on the RWC Genting Dream Cruise
I repeat, Genting Dream is a massive ship and it gives guests a boatload (haha, I kill me!) of activity options. Whether you want to socialise, relax, learn a skill, get an adrenaline rush, or just while the time away, they have you covered.
There are 3 options that are completely free— the buffet at The Lido, Dream Dining Lower Deck & Dream Dining Upper Deck. Just saunter in and eat to your heart’s content. That should be sufficient for most couples and families on a short cruise.
If the fare gets repetitive or if you want to savour some fine dining, there are a host of specialty restaurants to pamper your palate. We tried the Hot Pot, and Bistro.
Picture (I’ll help you) having spicy soups and sizzling meats while feasting your eyes on the vast ocean— this was simply breathtaking! Proud to report that we took our time with this meal.
A Premium Meat Combination Set (US Kurobuta Pork Belly, Sliced Lamb, Premium Australian Striploin, Farm Fresh Chicken, Beef Ball, Pork Meat Ball, Pork & Cabbage Dumpling, Chicken Sausage, Pork Sausage) will set you back S$68 (serves 2 pax).
The menu also features Luxury Seafood Combination Set (S$93), Vegetables Mock Set (S$38), and other platters. They also have an extensive range of à la carte dishes for you to choose from.
The Bistro serves up beautifully-plated western food and the dishes here were exquisite (you may want to dress up a little for this place). I enjoyed the Lobster Spaghetti (S$68) and Premium Steak (S$88) which came with peppercorn sauce and a side of potato wedges. I’d go back just for this meal.
The Genting Dream is the world’s first OIC/SMIIC standard Halal-friendly cruise ship, which offers Halal and authentic Jain Vegetarian certified cuisines in dedicated venues.
Altogether, 35 individual food and beverage facilities comprising inclusive and speciality restaurants, a Bar City and more pepper the ship. You will not go hungry or thirsty on this vessel, people.
Want to burn off the calories? Thrill seekers should head to the Rope Course and Zipline for a dose of adrenaline and wind in your hair. The zipline platform is located off the side of the ship so that riders cruise over nothing but blue water for 35 metres accompanied only by the lovely zzzzzzzzz sound of the zipline trolley on the rope. Definitely something to try while you’re here!
Water babies who want to jump into water instead can spin themselves into a tizzy on the 6 different waterslides that range from the short and straight to the long and bendy. Whichever one you take, it ends with a splash in the huge cool pool on the sun-filled deck. There is also a jacuzzi and a kiddie pool.
RWC has really gone all out in the entertainment front. The troupe of professional entertainers and dancers on board are wonderful. Their warm and jovial personalities got even the most introverted guests to drop their inhibitions and participate.
I noticed that some of the dancers double up as instructors for the hip hop classes. These classes are quite popular because the criteria apparently is to choose the instructor you find the most attractive. You can also attend yoga classes on board (using the same instructor criteria). Ha!
The dance classes, though, are what you need to brush up on your boogie skills because there is ample space and opportunity to put them into practice. Genting Dream is home to Zouk Beach Club, a name that will bring a smile to the faces of all 80s and 90s kids (me!).
On the second night of the cruise’s maiden voyage as a new cruise line, we fixed our eyes (and ears) on Che Molly, Guest DJ from Zouk Singapore! Could this get any better?
Zouk hosts a foam party in the evening before the place transforms into clubbing central with indoor and outdoor dance floors.
I must say it really is something to be in the middle of nowhere, with open views of the sea, and getting all foamed! I could get used to this.
Oh, no! Where are the kids? Oh, right. You left them safe, happy and very entertained at the Little Dreamers Club. The caring staff here supervise exciting activities and classes for kids between the ages of 2 and 12.
If you’re looking for a fun family activity, bowling always ranks highly. The best time to visit Genting Dream’s bowling arena is at night when the neon lights make the venue come alive.
If you enjoy a more creative time as a family, the live production shows at the Zodiac Theatre will enthral you with their line-up of world-class performers.
After all that enjoyment and excitement, wind down at the Crystal Life Spa where you can rejuvenate mind, body and soul through Asian and Western relaxation practices. Some of us (ahem) prefer retail therapy instead and for that, there are the Boutiques. Get your hands on the luxury brands you love, all at duty-free prices.
The 2 days and 2 nights of our cruise went by so fast! It was a blur of excitement, eating, entertainment and experiences. In fact, it was over so quickly that I did not get to do everything I planned despite staying up way past my regular bedtime.
RWC has created the entertainment program on this cruise in such a way that I cannot imagine anyone not loving their time on board. It so comprehensive and covers just about every genre you could think of. My recommendation is that you sign up for a package that is 3 nights long to get the best value for money.
As early as 1 July 2022, Resorts World Cruises will be the first cruise line to sail from Singapore to Indonesia, offering the 2-Night Bintan and Batam Islands Weekend Getaway Cruise. Subsequently, the Genting Dream will also sail from Singapore to Malaysia with the 2-Night and 3-Night cruises to Kuala Lumpur and Malacca, as well as Penang. In October 2022, Resorts World Cruises will add a series of new itineraries with more destinations to Malaysia (Langkawi), Indonesia (North Bali, Surabaya) and Thailand (Phuket, Krabi).
Needless to say, I’m already planning my next sail!
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