You never thought you would live like a royal, until now. Introducing Dream Cruises’ The Palace, unimaginable luxury for everyone.
In a day where princes can be met in Sydney nightclubs and on blind dates, royal fairytales are happening in the unlikeliest of circumstances to ordinary folk. For those of us who dare just dream, World Dream steps in to sweep us off our feet.
The Palace is World Dream’ exclusive part boutique hotel, part clubhouse onboard luxurious ships Genting Dream and World Dream, which sail to exotic destinations in Asia including Bintan Island (Indonesia), Miyakojima (Japan), and Sihanoukville (Cambodia).
The Palace guests will feel a world away from their everyday as soon as they board. From the opulence of their suite or villa, to privileges such as priority access to specialty restaurants, spa facilities and shows, to an incomparable level of hospitality, The Palace is like nothing you’ve experienced before.
When it comes to accommodation in The Palace, there is opulence in every detail. Each Palace Suite boasts generous space, uninterrupted views of the ocean from its private balcony, a sumptuous queen bed, fine Italian linen, a pillow and duvet menu, a Nespresso machine and luxe bathroom amenities. The Palace Penthouse offers a little more space with a king bed, separate living and dining area, a full bathtub and a separate shower. While the Palace Villa is unimaginable indulgence: sleeping up to six people, it has both a king- and queen-size bed, an enormous 40-square-metre balcony, separate living and dining, a private sun deck with spa, three TVs, a full bath tub and separate shower, a grand piano, and daily champagne on ice.
As if that isn’t enough, there to meet the needs of the most discerning of guests, Dream Butlers offer bespoke 24-hour service. Your butler can unpack your luggage, press your garments, shine your shoes, arrange reservations, serve afternoon tea or cocktails to your suite, but most importantly, they will make you feel at ease, relaxed and completely cared for the entire cruise. The royal treatment, indeed.
What to do on board
However, if you decide to come out of the lavishness of your Palace cocoon, you won’t be disappointed. Genting Dream and World Dream are extraordinary ships with extraordinary experiences. Guests can scale a mountainous rock climbing wall; play mini golf; have thrills at the waterslide park; enjoy a drink at Bar 360 where incredible performances, such as high-wire artists, happen above you; be wowed by fireworks displays; explore under the sea on board two state-of-the-art submersibles; dance and swim at Zouk Beach Club; and get the adrenaline pumping on the 35-metre zip line. And, those on board World Dream can take their trip to another dimension with ESC Experience Lab, a thrilling virtual reality concept. Phew!
There’s plenty of zen to be found, too. Unwind in the spa (the most affordable at sea), with its range of traditional and unique treatments including the Himalayan salt stone massage (a first at sea). Or try some traditional Asian therapies in the Asian spa, including reflexology or acupressure, and soak in the vitality pools. Utter bliss.
Oh – and the food (and wine!)
Of course, what’s a cruise without a gastronomic feast? Indulge in flavours from around the world with more than 35 restaurant and bars to choose from – all included in your Palace privileges – including fine dining Chinese at Silk Road, and the freshest catches prepared to your liking at Seafood Grill on World Dream. Palace guests also have their own exclusive Palace restaurant, which serves local and international cuisine and an extensive wine list. But the stand-out is undoubtedly Bistro, helmed by Australian chef Mark Best on board Genting Dream. The menu blends Western food with Asian-inspired flavours, with a focus on Australian beef, lamb, river fish and seafood.
Wine connoisseurs on World Dream will be delighted by the Penfolds Wine Vault, which houses rare wines and fine vintages. Guests can drop by to sample wine with the sommelier. And for those who prefer whisky as their tipple, the very first Johnnie Walker House at sea has a selection of the rarest variants and single malts not available elsewhere.
Not as expensive as you think, either.
If you are thinking that such luxury would cost a king’s ransom, you would be wrong. Dream Cruises has an unbelievable offer on World Dream whereby you save 60 per cent for two people and can take along two friends for free. A two-night cruise in Kuala Lumpur starts at $518 per person for a Palace Suite; a three-night cruise in Phuket starts at $651 per person for a Palace Suite, while a range of five-night cruises start at $1064 per person for a Palace Suite.