CruiseIn 25 years, the pioneer in cruising welcomed more than 25 million passengers in just the Greater Bay Area, which it believes to have continued importance for regional cruising.

Genting looks to the past and future at 25th anniversary

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Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor, Chief Executive of HKSAR, and Tan Sri Lim Kok Thay, chairman and chief executive officer, at Genting Hong Kong’s 25th anniversary onboard World Dream.

“These are heady times for Hong Kong's cruise business, and Genting's remarkable progress has been a central reason behind our cruise tourism development,” said Lam, referring to the boom in cruising in Hong Kong.

Genting Hong Kong celebrated its 25th anniversary on May 24 under a theme of “Greater Bay, Greater China, Greater Opportunities”, at an event onboard World Dream which saw over 500 guests including Carrie Lam, chief executive of Hong Kong.

“These are heady times for Hong Kong's cruise business, and Genting's remarkable progress has been a central reason behind our cruise tourism development,” said Lam, referring to the boom in cruising in Hong Kong.

The event looked back at the 25 years of operation since Star Cruises took to the seas.  A pioneer in the region, Genting’s fleet started sailing to Chinese ports since 1994 with a roll call listing Haikou in 1994, Sanya in 1995, Xiamen in 1996, Zhangjiang in 1997, Shantou and Beihai in 1998. Shanghai was added in 2002, which saw then-SuperStar Gemini being the first ship to homeport in China. The first 25 years of operation counted more than 25 million passengers in just the Greater Bay Area alone.

The event also looked forward to the importance of the Greater Bay Area for regional cruising.

“Last month, Genting launched a new ‘One Day Greater Bay Cruise’, taking passengers between Hong Kong and Nansha aboard World Dream,” said Lam. “Genting, of course, has long championed cruise destinations throughout the Greater Bay Area and surrounding region. And I'm confident the new venture will help boost regional cruise culture, while buoying cruise co-operation throughout the Greater Bay Area.”

“Dream Cruises is the only cruise line that operates 360 days a year in China,” said Thatcher Brown, president of Dream Cruises. “We are pioneers in the Greater Bay Aare and have been here for so many years we understand the market. We remain very optimistic.”

During the event, the cruise company also unveiled Dream Cruises’ upcoming Global Class ship, to be launched 2021. Weighing in at over 200,000 tonnes with a length of over 340m, the upcoming ship will have a capacity of up to 9,000 passengers in 2,500 cabins, which will showcase a contemporary palate of white and blue and cutting-edge technology.


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