As part of its Hong Kong/Taiwan dual homeport deployment this year, Dream Cruises’ World Dream made its debut in Keelung on July 8, the special occasion commemorated with an event that was attended by over 300 guests representing government, travel agents, business partners and guest of honour, Yu-Chang Lin, mayor of Keelung City.
“Keelung has played such an important role in the history of Genting Cruise Lines and we are proud to bring our latest Dream Cruises ship, World Dream, to continue our support of this key port city,” said Thatcher Brown, president of Dream Cruises. “Our ground-breaking itinerary allows us to not only bring international tourists to visit this wonderful destination but also provides an opportunity for local guests to enjoy their very own dream vacation on board World Dream from the convenience of their own backyard.”
With three special sailings in July and August, World Dream will bring over 10,000 guests from Hong Kong and beyond to enjoy a cruise holiday to Taiwan.
Meanwhile, 12,000 local guests will have the opportunity to enjoy a round-trip cruise holiday to the ever-popular destination of Okinawa, right from their doorstep in Kaohsiung or Keelung.
Over the years, Genting Cruise Lines has fervently supported the development of various ports and cities throughout Taiwan including Keelung, Kaohsiung, Taichung, Tainan, Hualien, Penghu, Jinmen and Matsu.
Since its first voyages to Taiwan with the deployment of Star Pisces in 1994, Genting Cruise Lines has accounted for more than five million passenger throughput from its fleet in Taiwan serving both the domestic market and bringing in tourists from all across the region and around the world.
World Dream arrived at the Port of Keelung.
During its ongoing homeport deployment in Keelung, SuperStar Aquarius helped grow Taiwan to become the second largest source market in Asia and contributed NTD180 million to the economy of Taiwan in annual provisioning, as well as NTD180 million a year in passenger and port fees.
“Illustrating our commitment in the development of the cruise market in Taiwan, next year we will expand the deployment of Dream Cruises to 10 sailings in March to October, which will bring over 40,000 in-bound tourists to Taiwan, while providing inspirational journeys to local cruise enthusiasts right from their doorstep,” said Brown.