I’m sure that, just like me, you have been trying to find ways to liberate yourself from these pandemic blues, with our mobility restricted by various quarantine levels for the past seven months. Wouldn’t it be nice to really live life, once again, and enjoy everything in the world that God has gifted us with?
Well, here’s good news for us—Genting Cruise Lines, which offers the widest and most imaginative spectrum of cruise products for the modern traveler, will restart its service very soon. Homeporting in Singapore on November 6 will be the brand’s 18-deck megaship, World Dream, which can carry a maximum of 3,376 passengers in 1,686 staterooms (cabins).
In case you still haven’t been on one, there are a number of reasons why you’ll enjoy cruise holidays. Take it from me. I’ve been on more than a dozen of them to different parts of the world.
First, cruise lines offer value-for-money because your ticket includes accommodations, meals, top-notch onboard entertainment, and even gratuities for the staff. You can even prepay for your chosen shore excursions, which makes it easy for you to stick to your original budget.
On a cruise, you’ll always find something to do. The moment you board the ship, and every evening thereafter, you’ll find in your stateroom a newsletter detailing the activities you can join the following day. And if you don’t like the suggested activities, you can always go to the gym or do several laps in the pool, rejuvenate your body in the spa, shop in the ship’s mall, watch Broadway-style entertainment every evening, or try your luck in the casino.
Of course, there are also the health benefits of going on a cruise. Besides the healthy diet menu always available in the ship’s restaurants, there are always the invigorating sunshine on the ship’s open decks and the fresh ocean air flowing from all directions. And the way the ship’s employees pamper you and cater to everything you need makes you feel like royalty.
This cherished, happy feeling triggers “happy hormones” which, according to health experts, promote positive emotions that safeguard your heart rate and improve your digestion.
To ensure the safety and health of its passengers, Genting Cruise Lines has imposed the following protocols: Online check-in is required, with mandatory COVID-19 test prior to embarkation of guests 13 years old and older; temperature screening and health declaration are required before boarding the ship; all staterooms have been subjected to increased levels of sanitization and disinfection using hospital-grade disinfectants.
The ship’s public areas have undergone two-tier sanitization process through cleansing, fogging, and wiping of frequent touch-points. Restaurants, bars, and galleys are being sanitized three times daily.
Every passenger is required to wear a face mask at all times, except when dining or engaging in sports activities. Food and beverage staff wear face masks and disposable gloves. To further protect passengers from any virus, 100 percent external fresh air is filtered and supplied to all staterooms and public areas.
Dream Cruises’ “Super Seacation” on November 6 will be a three-night cruise on the open seas. Guests will have the opportunity to experience the finest Asian and international dining, spacious comfort, exceptional service, enthralling entertainment, and inspirational experiences that will bring favorite tourist destinations on board the megaship.
More information on the brand’s cruise schedules may be obtained through www.gentingcruiselines.com or (02) 8836-6000.
I’m so excited with World Dream homeporting in Singapore because it will now be easier for me to hop on to another sea-based adventure. I can almost see myself on the ship’s sun deck—turned bronze by the golden sun, the soothing sea breeze gently caressing my body, and, with my favorite drink in hand, enjoying every ticking minute of life at sea without a care in the world!
This is what I have been dreaming of. After all, just like you, I’ve been restricted to home-detention the past months. Don’t you think it’s time we reconnect with the world? So, let’s do this and, as my seafarer-friends are wont to say, “Sea You Soon!”
YOUR WEEKEND CHUCKLE: A father goes to the doctor with his 5-year-old son. “Doctor, my son swallowed a key.” The doctor asked, “When did it happen?” “Ten days ago,” said the father. The bewildered doctor replied, “And you came to me only now?” The father justified, “Yes, because we had a duplicate key, but today, we lost it!”
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