I had been due for a vacation for a few months. That is when a friend called up and asked me if I’d like to take up a cruise adventure. Who can say No to a casually elegant cruising experience, right? As it turned out, we were to board Asia’s largest luxury cruise from Singapore. From what I had heard, friends had whispered, it’s a cruise that truely lets you see, smell, hear, feel and taste the sea. I have sailed European cruises cloaked with cold winds, but Asian waters were new to me. After producing the cruise and the travel tickets, I got my Singapore visa from India in exactly 48-hours. Two days after that, I landed in Singapore, the Lion City.
At 4 PM the same day, I reached the Marina Bay Cruise Centre in Singapore. Most luxury cruises depart from here. After 2 hours – I was through with all the security procedures. I suggest you must keep your passport handy for the security check. As soon as, I got through the other side of the security – I saw a large vessel parked like a boss. It was the tall Genting Dream I was boarding.
As much as, I would have loved to stand on the narrow bridge, to soak in the sea-cation vibes, I had to keep moving forward with people. This bridge I was walking on, would detach in a while so everyone just kept moving forward. Keep walking until you reach a carpeted floor, that my friend, marks the embarkment of a luxurious journey. To tell you a secret, if you ever get lost on the ship, follow the flower trail on the floor carpets. They are a secret map that will guide you to the central lobby. (A smart way from keeping their guests from getting lost in the cruise alleyways.) With that start, I was convinced that Genting Dream is a surprise package. From sea-facing staterooms and entertainment to culinary treasures, this cruise will show you what you may have never experienced. For me, the sea adventure began the moment, I opened the door of my Deluxe Balcony Stateroom on the tenth floor. The first thing you see, when you enter the stateroom, is a vast archipelago through the floor to ceiling glass windows.
Walk into the balcony and you will find a stunning sunset glorifying the beauty of the Marina Bay Hotel. It’s a phenomenal view – something I can barely narrate in words. Other than a super sexy, compact but still a private patio, Genting Dream’s stateroom also flaunted a large bed facing LCD TV, a small work desk, empty mini-fridge, sofa, phone, tea-coffee facilities and an en-suite attached washroom with complimentary toiletries. Best feature – they have charging points on either side of the bed. The bed is super comfy and even boasts a golden high-end designer headboard. Altogether, this stateroom is great for a couple, or for two travellers. In fact, the bed is large enough to accommodate 2 small kids in addition to two adults. Solo travellers will be pleased by ample of space.
As I approached the washroom, I noticed a switchboard indicating on/off and Makeup room button. Every time you press the makeup room button, an assistant will arrive for your help. Whether you need help with dressing up or doing your hear, the assistant will try and resolve all your problems. Inside the washroom, you will find sea Breeze dispensers, premium Tuscan Soul toiletries and a handy amenity kit.
While the world inside this stateroom might be super comfortable, on a cruise, you are always excited about trying new things. For me, that excitement rolled in with my first iron table dinner. From all the fine dining restaurants on the cruise, I picked Umi Uma Teppanyaki for my first dinner. This signature Japanese restaurant on Deck 8 features iron table culture, that inspires mealtime togetherness. What better way to celebrate Asian culture, right?
Later that night, China’s Got Talent was running its auditions on the Genting Dream Cruise. I was much tired from my extended journey from India so I decided to retire to my stateroom. I didn’t sleep right away though. I spent hours admiring the seductive swirls of a starry night. By 10 PM, Genting Dream had sailed far enough into the deep waters of the Singapore Strait. The morning was just as sensational, as the curtains drew open to a bright sun-kissed morning. Allowing me to sunbathe in the shimmer of the expansive seascapes. Day or night, the deluxe balcony stateroom is an escape with cinematic views. So is, Genting Dream Cruise, on the whole.