World Dream is the next new cruise ship for Asian based Dream Cruises and she has been floated out of the construction yard onto the water for the very first time.
Dream Cruises in Asia and the Meyer Werft shipyard celebrated the float out of World Dream on Saturday, the next major cruise ship for China arriving towards the end of this year. This is a major construction milestone when building cruise ships and marks the end of actual external construction.
This milestone also marked the unveiling of World Dream’s new hull artwork by renowned London-based, Shanghainese artist, Jacky Tsai. Entitled “A Tale of Two Dreams”, the visual narrative will play upon the age old themes of pure love and harmony.
Mr Kent Zhu, President of Genting Cruise Lines, said:
“Genting Cruise Lines is extremely proud to commemorate the float out of World Dream, the newest member of our family, for Dream Cruises, “Asia’s Luxury Cruise Line.”
“Well on her way to completion, World Dream will effectively double Dream Cruises’ capacity in the Asia Pacific to cater to the high-end and fly/cruise markets in the region with even more enhanced facilities and amenities.”
The large vessel will now be moved to a wet dock where the final fitting out phase will begin. Thousands of workers and outside contractors will work onboard around the clock constructing the interior spaces. Public areas, fittings, decor and more will all be worked on as the interior starts to come alive ready for service at the end of 2017.
After the fitting out phase World Dream will make her way up the Ems River to the North Seas where Sea Trials will take place. The ship will then sail towards China where regular service will begin.
World Dream is scheduled to make her debut in Asia with dual home ports out of Hong Kong and Guangzhou (Nansha). The ship will enter service in November 2017 and is 150,000 gross tons carrying 3,376 guests at double occupancy.