Cruising resumes

The first international cruise company to resume operations, Dream Cruises, re-started its operations of Explorer Dream on the 26th of July in Taiwan with island-hopping itineraries out of Keelung to Penghu, Matsu, Kinmen and Hualien. With 22 sailings successfully completed in the past two months, over 25,000 guests have treated themselves to a long-awaited holiday at sea, enjoying a ‘vacation away’ style travel experience with Dream Cruises. 

In response to this very positive reaction to the island-hopping itinerary, the company has now launched ‘Discover Taiwan’ cruises on board Explorer Dream, with 1- to 5-night itineraries from Keelung to Anping in Tainan, Penghu, Kaohsiung and Hualien, as well as sightseeing cruises to view the ‘Milky Sea’ that surrounds Guishan Island in Yilan and the Keelung Islet. Guests can discover the beauty of Taiwan under the new norm of post-COVID era cruising with total peace of mind.

Kent Zhu, President of Genting Cruise Lines said, “We are proud that Explorer Dream, the first cruise ship to resume operations after the global industry shutdown, has been operating in Taiwan for nearly two months without any incident and has garnered high scores in terms of passenger satisfaction. As global travel continues to be put on a hold due to the Covid-19 pandemic, we are seeing a pent up demand among travel enthusiasts to satisfy their wanderlust. We are confident that our ‘Discover Taiwan’ cruises on Explorer Dream will bring about a new trend of the ‘vacation away’ style travel experience without having to leavehome, through which they can explore the beauty of Taiwan by sea, and with total peace of mind.”

Explorer Dream’s ‘Discover Taiwan’ cruises include a 5-night itinerary from Keelung to the four scenic destinations of Anping in Tainan, Penghu, Kaohsiung and Hualien, allowing travelers to visit some of the most iconic destinations on the main island and outlying islands without the hassle of packing and unpacking or catching connections. The voyage is also a golden opportunity to enjoy the spectacular Penghu Bay International Light Festival from a panoramic and unobstructed vantage point at sea.

For those who prefer shorter trips, 4-night and 3-night cruises to Penghu, Kaohsiung and Hualien, or 2-night getaways to Anping in Tainan are available, where the cruise terminal will be transformed into a traditional market featuring local delicacies and specialty souvenirs. Other highlights of the ‘Discover Taiwan’ itineraries include a 1-night cruise around the Keelung Islet and Guishan Island in Yilan, known for its ‘Milky Sea’, a natural phenomenon caused by the combination of seawater and a saltwater hot spring; as well as a 2-night sightseeing cruise to the turquoise waters surrounding Ishigaki Island.

A cruise holiday on board Explorer Dream allows travel enthusiasts to take in scenic destinations in Taiwan while enjoying panoramic views of the ocean and skies, perfect for a unique treat to be shared with friends and family during festive occasions. In collaboration with the Korea Tourism Organization, Dream Cruises will host a series of Korean-themed festivities aboard Explorer Dream from the 30th of September to the 6th of October, starting with an authentic Chuseok Korean harvest festival experience with traditional Korean delicacies, dance and music on the mid-autumn festival sailing, which will also feature traditional Chinese mid-autumn festival customs, such as lantern riddles and mooncake making workshops. Guests who sail on Explorer Dream’s inter-island cruise to Anping, Tainan departing on the 9th of October will celebrate the Double Ten Day long weekend with a spectacular fireworks display in the skies above Yuguang Island of Tainan on the 10th of October.

Guests can further ‘experience the world’ with unique international activities on board Explorer Dream.  Oktoberfest festivities will take place on the 7th and 8th of October, where guests can enjoy traditional Bavarian dance and music, delicacies such as bratwurst and pork knuckle, as well as interactive activities like beer drinking contests and the giant beer pong.

To celebrate the National Day of Spain in mid-October, guests can experience flamenco dancing and Sangria tutorials, as well as traditional tapas, the country’s famous bite-sized morsels of Spanish delicacies. Guests will be invited to don their favorite polka dot or traditional Flamenco outfits to join Explorer Dream’s Flamenco Night, where they can indulge in traditional Spanish cuisine, music and professional performances of flamenco.

Festivities in October will wrap up with a big Halloween party on the 30th and 31st of October, where guests will be in for spooky ‘monster’ surprises, and children can get ready for trick-or-treating at sea with complimentary face painting. Diwali celebrations will take place on the 13th and 14th of November, where guests will learn traditional dances, as well as enjoy interactive workshops on paper lantern making and Mehndi Hand Coloring.

Highlights of Explorer Dream’s ‘Discover Taiwan’ itineraries include a 1-night sightseeing cruise to view Guishan Island in Yilan, known for its ‘Milky Sea’, a natural phenomenon caused by the combination of seawater and a saltwater hot spring. 

Stringent food safety and hygiene protocols have been implemented aboard Explorer Dream
Self-service at buffet restaurants have been suspended, all food and beverages are served to guests
by crew members wearing face masks and disposable gloves instead. Guests are guided by onboard signage to practice social distanced queuing in public areas and dining outlets.

Onboard amenities, including the theatre, operate at reduced capacity with social distancing in place.

To safeguard the health and safety of guests, extensive preventive measure will be in place throughout the ship including social distancing measures with theatres and recreational facilities operating at reduced capacity, sanitization of the theatre before and after each show, cleaning and disinfection of all toys, games and Little Dreamers Club facilities at least twice daily and after every use, as well as disinfection of recreational equipment once every two hours and before guest usage.

All of Genting Cruise Lines’ ships, including Explorer Dream, allow for 100% external fresh air to be filtered and supplied to each passenger cabin as well as on board public areas ensuring a constant and healthy flow of fresh air throughout the cruise ship. As confirmed and endorsed by Dr Chen Jia-kun, Associate Professor, Institute of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences, National Taiwan University, Explorer Dream is equipped with a positive pressure system that allows the continuous exhaust of air to the outdoors, which ensures that only filtered fresh air can enter the interior of the cruise ship; every stateroom and public area is also equipped with standalone air ventilation systems, as well as separate vents for fresh air supply and exhaust, which guarantees that the air will not re-circulate and prevent cross-contamination between staterooms and public areas. 

 About Dream Cruises
Featuring a complete fleet of quality, German-built vessels for Asian-sourced passengers, Dream Cruises aims to be a pacesetter in the global cruise industry, meeting the needs of the ‘emerging generation’ of confident, independently-minded and upwardly-mobile Asian travellers. Dream Cruises offers inspirational journeys, which are Asian at heart and international in spirit.

Purpose-built for the Asian market, Genting Dream, the first ship of the fleet, debuted in November 2016, with her sister ship World Dream joining in November 2017, offering guests cruising from Guangzhou, Hong Kong and Singapore the highest levels of service, as measured by crew to passenger ratio, and most spacious comfort as measured by gross tons per lower berth. Further expanding the Dream Cruises family, Explorer Dream joined in 2019 with homeports in Shanghai, Dalian and Tianjin during summer and Australia and New Zealand in winter. Construction has also started in Germany on the 208,000 gross ton Global Class ship that will join the fleet in 2022.

Dream Cruises has been recognized by the Berlitz Cruising and Cruise Guide 2020, ranking Genting Dream and World Dream once again in the world’s top ten Large Resort Ships – the only two highest ships to homeport year-round in Asia. Dream Cruises’ third ship, Explorer Dream, also made its debut in the Berlitz Cruising and Cruise Ships 2020 guide under the ‘Mid-Sized Ship’ category in the Top 20 position.

Dream Cruises was also recently awarded ‘Best Luxury Cruise Line’ at the Annual 30th Travel Trade Gazette’s (TTG) Travel Awards 2019 and ‘Best Cruise Line – Cuisine’, ‘Best Cruise Line – Entertainment’ and ‘Best Cruise Line – Family’ by the Travel Weekly Asia Readers’ Choice Awards 2019.

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