Dream Cruises’ The Palace, an exclusive luxury enclave on board the Genting Dream, has to be experienced to be believed. Ajeng G. Anindita sails from Singapore
When they are on vacation, one thing that tops most people’s wish lists is privacy. Sure, moving around a new town with a camera in your hands, getting to know the locals and meeting new people might be the ideal way to go. But when you need a bit of privacy and just want to do whatever you like, you just might like to go cruising.
Dream Cruises, Genting Cruise Line’s luxury brand, is no ordinary cruise operator. It has announced a collection of new benefits and services to enhance guests’ travelling experiences in The Palace. This is the vessel’s exclusive “ship-within-a-ship” concept, offering nearly 10,000 sq m of suites, private restaurant, gym, sundeck, swimming pool and additional complimentary services. The Palace promises you a luxury cruising vacation unlike any other.
Let’s start at the very beginning of the journey. All Palace guests are entitled to have priority embarkation and disembarkation at homeports and destinations. It also means priority check-in so you don’t have to wait in a long line. A comfortable dedicated lounge area for relaxing is also available prior the boarding complete with snacks and drinks to enjoy.
Inside the ship, The Palace features all-suite accommodations with approximately 150 luxury suites with access to all Palace facilities. Since it is a dedicated area, only The Palace guests have access to these facilities, including a private restaurant, gym, sundeck, swimming pool, Jacuzzi and children areas, among others.
The Palace suite is twice the size of a regular cabin, where guests can enjoy the finest-quality bed linens, duvets, towels and bathrobes by Frette. Beside the queen-size bed, the room also features a walk-in wardrobe complete with a dressing table, equipped with a full bathtub and Grohe shower system. All suites are also equipped with Nespresso coffee machines and capsules, with complimentary mini bar and fruit plate on the first day of sailing.
One of the things that stands out from other facilities offered by The Palace is the dedicated butler service. Minutes after you arrive at the cabin, your butler will knock on your door and give you all the information you need regarding the ship. You are free to call whenever you need them. The butler will help you with everything from organising reservations, picking up a dress for ironing, escorting you in and out of theatre to a personal tour of the ship. Every time you need something, your butler is only a phone call away, even if it’s 3 in the morning.
The Connoisseurs Circle is also one of the new benefits The Palace offers. It is a bespoke enrichment programme of talks, events and activities such as cooking classes and exclusive wine tastings. On the day of our cruise, we had a cooking demonstration and sharing session with award-winning cookbook author Kelly Randall Sia.
Highlights also include the all-inclusive set meal entitlement at the specialty dining restaurants such as Silk Road Chinese Restaurant, Prime Steak House by Mark Best, Seafood Grill by Mark Best, Umi Uma Teppanyaki and Hot Pot, or, for healthier options, at the Crystal Life café. For drinks, Palace guests are also entitled to enjoy a complimentary premium beverage package at all bars and inclusive restaurant. Complimentary fitness classes by Crystal Life Team are also offered for when you need to exercise during your vacation on board.
For shows and entertainment, Palace guests are entitled to have priority booking and dedicated seating in the front row of the stage. There is also an exclusive entrance, so you don’t have to wait in a long line with hundreds of other guests.
All the experiences on board are designed to make the Palace guest feel a world away from everyday life. From the opulence of the suites, to privileges such as priority access to specialty restaurants, spa facilities and shows, to an incomparable level of hospitality, it could well be like nothing you’ve experienced before.