With the holiday season having come and gone, we might nurse a fervent desire to hold onto the fresh pine smells of our hard-won Christmas tree a while longer while the festive sentiment lasts, but that does not mean we need to hold off on planning our next getaway! For travel-starved Hongkongers, staycationing in a five-star hotel has become about as routine as popping off to the shops—but voyaging by sea is looking more enticing by the day.
“Seacations” have been growing in popularity during the pandemic, especially in ocean-hugged Hong Kong. What’s not to love about a fun-filled, all-in-one destination that combines gourmet delights, exciting activities, best-in-class entertainment, luxurious cabins, and blue sea as far as the eye can see? Genting Dream, the first ship of the Dream Cruises line, has all that and much more, and is now welcoming bookings for sailings in January and February.
If you are looking for date ideas and an amorous way to spend Valentine’s Day, this is it—read on to find out what sensational romantic adventures await you aboard the Genting Dream and an exclusive savings offer!
Allow your taste buds to be pampered with the diverse range of dining and drinking venues aboard Genting Dream! From international buffets featuring your favourite breakfast dishes and upscale Chinese banquet halls to a seafood grill and steakhouse presented by acclaimed Australian chef Mark Best, Genting Dream boasts a wealth of options for you and your sweetheart to indulge in delicious flavours and intoxicating tipples by romantic candlelight.
Hit up Umi Uma with your loved one for a ravenous feast of sushi, teppanyaki, shabu-shabu, and Korean barbecue served with stunning sea views, while Silk Road Chinese Restaurant is dressed to impress with its sumptuous reds and exquisite menu—a perfect date night spot for the couple that likes to explore gastronomic pleasures together. Don’t miss Seafood Grill and Prime Steakhouse by Mark Best, a contemporary restaurant that peddles fresh seafood and premium steaks. Special Valentine’s Day menus are available at the above restaurants, with exclusive cocktails and mocktails for the occasion.
Hawker-stall-inspired Blue Lagoon is sure to please with its array of Asian and international dishes, available into the wee hours of the night, while Hot Pot dials up the comfort levels with its peppery soup broths. Head to one of many lounges—Johnnie Walker House or Bubbles Champagne Bar, perhaps?—for a post-dinner drink.
Featuring innovative attractions and creative activities, there’s never a boring moment on Genting Dream. Challenge your beloved to a daredevil adventure above the waters and take on the zip-line, suspending yourself 18 floors above the ocean as you speed across the deck, followed by a balancing act on the rope course! Do like Spider-Man and climb to new heights on the outdoor rock climbing wall, and splash around in the pool afterwards for a well-deserved cooldown. Six fantastic waterslides are at your disposal so you can experience even more thrills!
If taking things indoors is more your speed, the arcade should be your first port of call. From adrenaline-pumping air hockey to heart-pounding movement on Dance Dance Revolution, there’s plenty to keep couples energised for another round of lively games. Meanwhile, Glow Bowling gives your usual alleys a run for their money—drenched in pulsating neon and ultraviolet lights, this four-lane attraction is designed to amp up the fun levels.
Genting Dream plays host to multiple award-winning live shows and music performances, and even boasts three cinematic immersion experiences to keep you entertained on your ocean-bound journey. Catch spectacular seasonal productions—including riveting Chinese opera concert “Yin Yang”—or opt for the family-friendly and whimsical “Bubble Doodle” in the Lobby, where fabulous bubble artist Liu Hongwei brings soap bubbles to life!
Indulge your inner film buff with 3D blockbusters at the Zodiac Theatre, where an impressive Dolby surround sound system is ready to envelop you in a multi-sensory adventure. Similarly, the Dream Screen in the Lobby and the open-air Zouk Beach Club both offer high-definition cinematic experiences on a rotating schedule.
Balance out all the excitement of high-octane activities and entertainment with a rejuvenating visit to the spa. While the gents file off to the Gentlemen’s Barber for a traditional wet shave and a trim, ladies can relish being on the receiving end of a glamorous mani-pedi at the hands of expert beauticians at Le Salon. Meet up afterwards for a couple’s massage or a signature reflexology treatment at Crystal Life Spa, where experienced practitioners offer both traditional and progressive body and beauty therapies to help you recharge.
Even when you are on vacation, there is no need to skip the gym—allow a personal trainer at Crystal Life Fitness to help you and your partner reach your workout goals. Open 24 hours, the state-of-the-art fitness centre provides innovative weight training and cardiovascular equipment, as well as a schedule of classes for everything from boxing and spinning to Pilates and yoga. Don’t forget to fuel up on healthy juices at Crystal Life Cuisine!
What’s a holiday without a bit of shopping? Don’t be caught unawares—going on a romantic seacation with your beau means you should spoil them with a thoughtful souvenir to remember the trip by. Go all out at The Dream Boutiques, where you can browse sophisticated designer goods from the best luxury brands in the world and take advantage of seasonal sales and discounts, such as 50 percent off on selected sunglasses, leather, and fashion items; a free diamond bracelet when you book a private shopping experience (minimum spend applies); and a discount at Bulgari for their Diva’s Dream carnelian pendant. Meanwhile, the Art Gallery offers miniature prints of the Dream Cruises collection throughout the ship for purchase.
Love is in the air aboard Genting Dream, and the cruise ship is welcoming you to express your love through a myriad of different ways. Allow the cabin crew to help you with your amorous declarations through top-up packages, such as Timeless Romance ($830*), where a bottle of sparkling wine, a cake and a greeting card, Valentine’s Day décor, and a special message broadcast on the lobby video screen await you and your sweetheart. Delight the foodie in your life with the Dream Romance ($2,500*)—you will be indulged with all of the above, as well as a set dinner for two at Prime Steakhouse by Mark Best, and a Dream Cruises ship model to take home as a keepsake.
Make sure to take plenty of photos of your romantic trip—lovebirds can also take advantage of the Instagrammable spots all across Genting Dream. Go on a magical stroll along the wraparound deck and snap away with the boundless sea as your backdrop, or head to Zouk Beach Club for some fun action shots.
* Subject to 18 percent service charge
Ready to take to the seas and pamper your darling with the best seacation there is? Make it an intimate couple’s trip this Valentine’s Day with Genting Dream and take advantage of their buy-one-get-one-free offer! Genting Dream is also doling out a buy-one-get-three-free group package, so besties can once again travel the high seas together. Whether you are planning a relaxing getaway with your loved one or a vacation to remember with your ride-or-die crew, this flagship vessel is making dreams come true with its limited-time offer and unbelievable savings.
Applicable to sailings between 2 January and 27 February 2022, the promotion period lasts from now until 10 January 2022. Chill out in a four-person balcony stateroom starting from just $447 per guest, lapping up the azure waves from the comfort of a queen-sized bed and the undisturbed luxury of a private balcony. For the ticket price of one guest, three more persons get to share the same room at a base fare of $0.#
# Peak season voyages are excluded from the offer and the base fare does not include gratuities and port charges. Cruise bookings are open to all Hong Kong residents with permanent and non-permanent Hong Kong ID cards. Vaccination requirements are in place. A negative PCR test result with a test specimen collected within 48 hours prior to 1 pm of the departure date is required for all guests embarking on the cruise. Please refer to Dream Cruises’s website for the full terms and conditions.