Rolling good times: The World Dream mega-ship seeks to be all things to all travellers


1 Families

Christmas show

Verry Christmas is a musical production with acrobatic elves, rollicking Santas and sequinned, singing angels. Tailored for Singapore residents who can only dream of a wintry getaway this year, the producers have created drifting "snow" in the 45-minute show. An international cast performs in this glitzy fantasy.

Festive fun

Plan some me-time while the kids get immersed in Christmas storytime or craft festive decor, such as quilling a card. Or bond with the young ones by decorating a 3D mini wooden tree.

2 Foodies


World cuisines 

The ship abounds with more than 35 international dining and bar concepts. Speciality restaurants include Australian celebrity chef Mark Best's duo, the Seafood Grill and the Prime Steakhouse. Step into the Silk Road Chinese Restaurant for old-world glamour or watch chefs at Umi Uma Teppanyaki slice, season and flip your meal on a sizzling grill.

Never go hungry

For a tipple, pop by the Johnnie Walker House, the first on a ship. Alongside it are a champagne bar and wine bar. Still hungry and thirsty after dark? The Blue Lagoon, open 24 hours, has a casual menu that includes fried rice and salted-egg fish skin.

3 Thrill seekers


Test limits

There are six water slides, from kiddie to speedster levels. Or climb a rock wall. A ropes course twinned with an 18-deck-high zipline over the sea promises adrenaline - though this attraction will open only after maintenance is complete.

Virtual world

Play virtual games at the Esc Experience Lab, including the Finger Coaster. You design your roller-coaster ride, then have a realistic spin strapped into a seat that heaves while air whooshes. Or, shoot assassins and rabbits.

4 Entertainment lovers

Light and sound 

Catch a five-minute laser show at sea each night with music. No fireworks for now, however.


At the plush Zodiac Theatre, catch the musical duo Twice As Nice, the dreamy Verry Christmas and other live acts.

5 Wellness enthusiasts



Celebrity instructors have been rostered for cruises. Television host Denise Keller leads ocean-facing yoga classes. Or, balance the indulgent cruise life with High Intensity Interval Training and aqua kickboxing.

Immunity cocktails, spa

Watch your health - pleasurably - during the pandemic. Mixologists concoct cocktails with immunity-boosting and detoxing ingredients. Or, pick up health trends from the Raffles Medical Group. Then glide into the double-storey Crystal Life Spa for an array of treatments, including a Himalayan-salt stone massage.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on November 17, 2020, with the headline 'Rolling good times: The World Dream mega-ship seeks to be all things to all travellers'. Print Edition | Subscribe