This swanky Asian cruise is for your inner Titanic fan
We went full-cheese on the Genting Dreams
As a child, not even the promise of a heart-wrenching ending could keep me from lapping up every second of the cult classic Titanic. Followed by the inevitable round of what-ifs. One such question finally found an answer last weekend onboard the Genting Dreams in Hong Kong, because if Titanic were to be remade today (minus the eventual sinking) it would look exactly like this — 335 metres of opulence spread over 18 decks. The hull art even makes concessions for your inner romantic: The stern of the boat eschews the uniform white for a kaleidoscopic depiction of a love story between an astronaut and a mermaid.
Snapchat and Instagram filters at the ready, we set sail from Kai Tak Terminal, Hong Kong into the south sea for a two-night excursion. Which can fly by a lot faster than you’d think, so here’s our all-inclusive laundry list of what you absolutely cannot miss onboard the Genting Dreams.
5 things you have to experience on the Genting Dreams cruise
Wine and dine
…with a roster of 35 restaurants and bar concepts. Experience the Asian hospitality at the Silk Road or if you like to play it safe, internationally acclaimed chef Mark Best has a gourmet line-up that’ll put your well-intentioned diet regimen in mortal peril. If the food coma doesn’t get to you, drop by the bespoke Johnnie Walker house for an immersive Scotch experience.
Because you know your sister won’t allow you through the door until you flash that shopping bag. Choose from Bvlgari, Salvatore Ferragamo, Gucci, Prada, Michael Kors, Burberry, Furla and Tom Ford but be warned — your credit card is up for a massive workout. And did we mention it’s all duty free?
If you want to see all of this mammoth beauty at once, you'd best bring binoculars (and superhuman speed) along. Or... you could go zip-lining 18 decks above the sea. The adrenalin trip can be heady, so we kept the momentum going at the 23-foot high rock climbing wall and the glow-in-the-dark bowling alley.
Cinema at sea
Once you’ve had your fill of the Michelin-starred restaurants, nurse a slow drink over the China’s Got Talent show which put together its first ever production at sea for us. Dream Cruises’ signature show, ‘Voyage of a Lover’s Dream’ is another acrobatic gem, even if it will leave you questioning your own physical coordination (or lack thereof).
Friends were made and friends were lost at the addictive stretch of the casino. Luckily for us, the dilemma of carting all that extra cash around was solved by a quick visit to the Dream Boutiques one flight of stairs later. If you’re looking for something a little personal, the cruise also rents private karaoke rooms for small groups of people. We’d tell you what goes in there, but then we’d have to kill you.
Despite ferrying 3,200 passengers (and about 2,000 crew members), the sheer length of the cruise liner prevents you from bumping into people at every turn. While the ship packs its body weight’s worth in terms of experiences and activities to do, I wouldn’t mind another two-nighter spent just on the sun lounger with this 18-deck beauty sprawled before me.