CruiseRamadan and Hari Raya-themed cruises are underway in April and May for the halal-certified World Dream.

World Dream gets into Raya cheer

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Food will take the spotlight during World Dream's Hari Raya sailings. Above: Dream Cruises executive chef Chris Bartolome with celebrity chef Mel Dean, who will be joining on the 16 May voyage.
Food will take the spotlight during World Dream's Hari Raya sailings. Above: Dream Cruises executive chef Chris Bartolome with celebrity chef Mel Dean, who will be joining on the 16 May voyage. Photo Credit: Dream Cruises

With the Islamic holy month less than a month away, Dream Cruises is all set to sail into the festive season with its Ramadan and Hari Raya-themed cruises aboard the Muslim-friendly World Dream in April and May.

The latest Muslim-oriented offerings come on top of the year-round line-up of thematic sailings on board World Dream, which recently became the first cruise ship in Asia Pacific to receive certifications from both the United World Halal Development as well as Global Vegetarian Certification Services.

“Since the launch of our halal-friendly experiences aboard World Dream in December last year, we have been greatly encouraged by the positive reception in the market," said Michael Goh, president of Dream Cruises.

"We are pleased to announce that Dream Cruises will host her first-ever Ramadan and Hari Raya cruises on World Dream this year, where guests can enjoy a hassle-free vacation at sea that fully caters to their needs when observing two of the most important religious festivals in Islam.”

The Ramadan sailings will include communal prayer sessions and spiritual lectures on board, as well as early morning Sahur meals served in The Lido’s dedicated halal section from 13 April to 12 May 2021.

This will be followed by two special Hari Raya Festival at Sea Super Seacations on 16 May and 23 May — with food taking the spotlight.

Apart from lavish spreads of festive specials in the restaurants, celebrity halal chef Mel Dean will teach guests how to whip up some of his most famous signature dishes during the three-night cruise departing on 16 May, while chef Sarah Ariffin will sail on the 23 May voyage, imparting some serious pastry baking skills for the sweet-toothed.

For these festive sailings, guests will also be treated to the gala screening of Not My Mother’s Baking — the love story between a Malay-Muslim celebrity chef and a son of a Chinese meat seller. The movie's crew and celebrity guests Mastura Ahmad and Seriwahyuni Jaes will be in attendance, plus stars of popular travel series Ole Ole Temasya, Ahmad and Jaes will also be on hand to share memorable highlights from the show.

Lionel Wong, CEO of SATS-Creuers Cruise Services (far left) with winner Amin Abdul Rahim (centre) and Michael Goh, President of Dream Cruises (second from right).
Lionel Wong, CEO of SATS-Creuers Cruise Services (far left) with winner Amin Abdul Rahim (centre) and Michael Goh, President of Dream Cruises (second from right). Photo Credit: Dream Cruises

In the spirit of giving back, Dream Cruises recently signed an MoU with Jamiyah Singapore to donate a percentage of proceeds from selected group cruise sales bookings and also cabins for fundraising activities to the non-profit organisation throughout the year.

World Dream has also invited underprivileged families and Jamiyah Singapore volunteers to join World Dream's special Super Seacation cruise on 23 May.

Dream Cruises, together with the Marina Bay Cruise Centre Singapore, recently marked the milestone of reaching 100,000 passengers at the port since cruises restarted in Singapore on 6 November 2020.

For being the 100,000th passenger since Singapore's cruise restart, Amin Abdul Rahim and his family won a host of prizes, goodies, and an upgrade to the ship's top tier, all-inclusive The Palace on board World Dream during the 12 March sailing.

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