Every second cruiser I have met lately has talked to me about Genting Dream Cruise, the Palace that sails over the Asian waters. This cruise, they say, is the finest blend of Asian hospitality and adventurous sea vacation. The magnanimity of this 19-floor luxury vessel will leave you spellbound, said one of my friends. So I decided to explore it on my own. I mean who doesn’t want to stay in a stateroom and zip line above the ocean, right? Add to that, the line of speciality restaurants that specialise in different Asian and international cuisines. The cruise is a walking itinerary that demands unlimited visits.
Day 1 When the Dreams Set Sail
On a sunny day in December, I flew down to Singapore early morning as the cruise departs at 4 PM from the Marina Bay Centre. As soon as, I boarded the cruise, I was welcomed by the Cruise mascots, dressed in Santa and Elf costumes. That early Christmas vibe instantly boosted my cruising spirit! After getting a couple of pictures with the mascots, I paved my way through the zig-zag pathway until finally arriving at the Cruise’s main lobby on the 8th floor. This lavish promenade gives you a hint of what the actual cruise may offer you over the weekend. Wherever you look around, you will notice cruise opulence shining brighter than your holiday lights.
Knackered from the long journey, I decided to come back to this part of the cruise later. At the moment, I just wanted to unwind and freshen up in my sea-facing stateroom. So, I hurried to the 10th floor where the stateroom 10122 was waiting for me to unveil its sophisticated offerings. It’s situated just a few steps from the lobby entrance and the elevators. Needless to say, I was impressed when I first walked into the 22 sqm luxurious space of the Deluxe Balcony Stateroom. Fitted with a compact French patio, this stateroom offers stunning views of Marina Bay and Singapore Strait, when parked at the port. Even when the cruise is on the move, you get uninterrupted sea views at your disposal.
Right at this moment though, I was looking at the flickering Marina Bay Sands and the Giant Singapore Flyer on my left. At 7 PM, the sky had begun to grow slightly dark yet the infinite archipelago of the Singapore Strait was shining with a soft light. I let the warm breeze caress my face for one last time before returning inside, to unpack and get ready for the dinner. I had a dinner reservation for 8 PM but I had 30-minutes before that so I decided to have a look at the grand Deck. This part of the cruise is always buzzing with music, and by large, a chilling cosplay of swimmers. This is a perfect spot to take a quick dip in the middle of the ocean. Whether or not you swim, you must come to the deck pool to soak in the utmost relaxing vibes.
Next up, was dinner at Umi Uma Teppanyaki, a Japanese speciality restaurant. My gastronomy journey with Umi Uma was heart-melting, to say the least. I have, in fact, jotted down a separate blog to cover the culinary culture I experienced here. But in short, this is a fine dining restaurant that offers great food dipped in a large dose of happiness. Umi Uma inspires mealtime togetherness, and for that, they have the iron plate tables. The whole idea is to eat and get entertained together. While you are here, try the Japnese Beer and the Dream Shinto Scallops. With an impressive display of Asian dining and iconic entertainment, Genting Dream certainly makes Asia’s most inspiring staycation.
Post dinner, I re-visited Promenade to get a good look at it. Encircled with illuminating radiation, this is where you will find exquisite oriental decoration, fuelled with LIVE performances. The shows truly exhibit the hallmark cultural enrichment of Asia. After sauntering around for a while, I strolled back to my deluxe balcony stateroom. I made myself a cup of hot coffee, by using the in-room tea/coffee facilities and then spent hours sitting in the stateroom patio. While, soaking-in raw sea views blooming with a sky full of stars, is quite a therapy, the hot breeze gets to you in a while. So, I slumbered back to my bed and cuddled up to the plush bedding and feather-soft pillows for the night. I slept like a baby.
Day 2 When the Dream Journey Begins
Next morning, I woke up and had my morning black coffee in the balcony again. This time with infinite sea views. With over 1,700 staterooms, I expected to see a lot of guests on the balcony. But as I said, it gets really hot around this side so you can barely sit out for a few minutes. If you keep the curtains open in the night, then the chances of sunlight waking you up are high. The sun in this area rises around 5.30 AM. The lazy morning stretches soon turned into a balcony escapade, where I caught up with passing cruise liners and islands on a cup of hot coffee. By 7 AM, Genting Dream was hitting the Malaysian turf.
Around 7:30 AM I decided to get myself some authentic Asian breakfast at the Dream Dining Room on Deck 7. Just like, a Cantonese teahouse, this restaurant serves you on the table. Here, I had the pleasure to relish authentic Asian breakfast, including steaming hot Dimsums, noodles, pork buns etc. That followed by endless cups of Asian tea. Even though the wait time is high at this restaurant, the staff is extremely polite and courteous. Post breakfast, I took a good walk at the outer deck which was cloaked in a vibrant sun-kissed morning. Mere a walk on the outer deck indicated that I could take up many outdoor activities on the cruise today. Whether it be a dip in the pool, rock climbing, or zip lining – everything was possible under that clear sky. Genting Dream hosts an array of endless possibilities for adventure seekers.
For lunch, I hit up the celebrity restaurant, Bistro by Mark Best. Mark Best, is an Australian Celebrity Chef, who has collaborated with Genting Dream and has launched his onboard restaurant – Bistro by Mark Best. At this restaurant, you will find extended culinary mastery and tailored special menus, curates especially for the Genting Dream guests. I savoured a Surf & Turf platter at this signature restaurant. Post lunch, I rested for a while then took a small tour to the restricted zone of Dream Palace. This luxurious area on the cruise is like a destination within a destination. The Dream Palace facilities, however, are restricted to Palace Suite guests. They have a separate pool lined with premium seating, as well as, a dressed-up mermaid inside the pool. This zone is a hydrotherapy abode with hot tubs and ultra relaxation jets.
Around 3 PM, I paid a visit to the main pool deck. Behind which, there is a whole new world of adventure activities. Here, I tried rock climbing, zip-lining, and waterslides. For Dinner, I visited the Silk Road, a Chinese speciality restaurant onboard. Here I savoured a 5-course set menu meal and I have a written a separate blog describing my experience. Later that night, I also watched the world-class act by Tsai at the Zodiac Theatre. It was called “The Voyage of a Lover’s Dream.” This musical theatre performance was unbelievably good. The artists were doing gymnastics, ballet dancing and every time that helped them float around seamlessly. Everyone else in the theatre was seated awestruck. By midnight, I was back in my room, admiring the super-moon from the stateroom patio. It was a clear starry night with Cygnus constellation in my direct sight. Soon after, I crashed on the comfortable bed and woke up to a beautiful day, the next morning.
Day 3 Dream Sea Vacation Concludes
After downing 1 large cup of black coffee, I headed to the Lido restaurant to get a taste of the western breakfast. On Deck 7, this restaurant hosts various breakfast options. With many stalls to choose from, I picked pancakes, waffles, made-to-order eggs, hot dogs, cold meats, hash brown, cherry tomatoes, olives, puff pastry, and a few other grilled appetizers. After finishing breakfast, I returned to the stateroom as it was time to pack. By 12 we queued up to disembark the cruise. However, the memories will stay with me for a lifetime. Cruising is all about sexy views, therefore, even though the Genting Dream deluxe balcony staterooms cost slightly more, get one, for its views and facilities. Believe it or not, it’s heaven to have your own little patio, in the middle of the ocean. For the souvenirs, you may keep both your cruise pass, as well as, your room key. Don’t forget to collect your immigration form before the final exit.