One Covid-free month and 20,000 passengers later, Genting Cruise Lines is tapping on insights following its cruise restart in Hong Kong, and responding to "strong" local demand with an upcoming series of travel-themed festivals next.
“Genting Cruise Lines is proud to have achieved this milestone for Dream Cruises in Hong Kong. Completing one month of cruise operations [since the end of July] without any Covid-19 related incidents has shown our precautionary measures are effective
and has provided more peace of mind for our potential customers,” said president Kent Zhu.
Similar to other global cruise lines, Hong Kong cruisers starved
for vacation experiences post-Covid are willing to splurge onboard.
This includes paying for Genting Dream's premium suites at The Palace, which has been clocking near 80% stays across its two Palace Villas and 140 Palace Suites. Numbers are based on local prevailing rules, which currently dictate 50% reduced capacity of about 1,676 passengers.
Also, as post-pandemic studies have found, small group and family travel continue to lead the way, where 55% of Genting Dream's guests since end July consists of family members. TWA understands that the youngest sailing passenger was just seven months old, while the oldest was a 94-year-old cruiser.
According to the cruise line, bookings have been robust since Hong
Kong operations restarted, and this looks set to continue, with some 25% of Genting Dream's first batch of passengers already indicating their intention to rebook a next cruise onboard.
Some 60 passengers joined for two special classes hosted by local fitness influencer Coffee Lam in August.
Another drawcard on the high seas this past month — a Yoga Cruise hosted by local fitness influencer Coffee Lam, with 60 passengers joining her two classes.
Up next, similar to sister ships Explorer Dream (Taiwan) and World Dream (Singapore), Genting Dream will be bringing international experiences and themed festivities for its Hong Kong sailings — Japan throughout September, and Germany's iconic Oktoberfest from 3-29 October.
“From Japan to Germany, Dream Cruises is bringing the world onto Genting Dream to satisfy the desire for guests to reacquaint themselves with the pleasure of travelling again,” added Zhu. “Until we are able to holiday abroad, let Dream Cruises provide
you with the next best thing to being there!”