CruiseName of world’s largest cruise ship to be revealed at IBTM China

Genting’s Global Class ships secure funding boost

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Dream Cruises fleet of three vessels will be joined by two Global Class ships, the first of them in 2021.
The Global Class ships have been designed for the fast-growing Asian cruise market and will be the largest cruise ships ever built in Germany and the world’s largest cruise ships in terms of passenger capacity.

Genting Hong Kong (GHK) has signed loan agreements of EUR 2.6 billion (US$2.88bn) with a consortium led by KfW IPEX-Bank for construction and post-delivery financing for Dream Cruises’ two new Global Class ships.

At an overall cost of EUR 3.1 billion, the two new vessels are currently being built at GHK owned MV Werften in Germany.

“Dream Cruises’ focus now is to launch the Global Class ships at IBTM China in Beijing, building on the foundation established by Explorer Dream in East and North China this year,” said Tan Sri KT Lim, chairman and chief executive of Genting Hong Kong.

The Global Class ships have been designed for the fast-growing Asian cruise market and will  be the largest cruise ships ever built in Germany and the world’s largest cruise ships in terms of passenger capacity.

Each 204,000 gross tonne ship will feature 2,500 suites and cabins providing 5,000 lower berths.

Accommodating up to four passengers in each cabin, the ships will have a maximum capacity of up to 9,000 passengers, serviced by 2,500 crew during peak holiday seasons.

Design features such as escalators and the deployment of the most advanced digital technology will ensure smooth movement of passengers.

The two Global Class ships will enter into service in early 2021 and early 2022, joining the current Dream Cruises fleet of three vessels.

The official launch of the first Global Class ship will take place at IBTM China, in Beijing on August 28. During the event, the new name of the first Global Class ship will be announced and a special large-scale Dream Cruises exhibition will showcase its star attraction, a full-scale reproduction of a typical 20-sqm Global Class cabin.

At approximately 15% larger than standard cabins found on most other cruise lines, the Global Class cabin offers a luxurious environment for two yet can comfortably accommodate a family of four with its unique two-bathroom design and a large sofa which can transform into a king-size bed for an additional two guests.

The official launch of the first Global Class ship for other Asian markets will be at ITB Asia in Singapore on October 16-18 this year.


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