Dream Cruises offers Hari Raya-themed trips, Ramadan spiritual experience

Dream Cruises president Michael Goh speaking at a signing ceremony on March 17, 2021.
Dream Cruises president Michael Goh speaking at a signing ceremony on March 17, 2021.ST PHOTO: TIMOTHY DAVID
The cruise will feature halal cooking demonstrations by celebrity chefs.
The cruise will feature halal cooking demonstrations by celebrity chefs.ST PHOTO: TIMOTHY DAVID

SINGAPORE - Dream Cruises is launching a Hari Raya-themed trip on the World Dream cruise liner to celebrate the end of Ramadan.

The three-night cruises to nowhere will have two sailings, departing Singapore on May 16 and 23.

They will feature halal cooking demonstrations by celebrity chefs, who will whip up halal pastries and mocktails.

A new menu will be introduced at the vessel's Crystal Life Spa, offering massages and body scrubs that use alcohol-free products.

The Straits Times understands that the Hari Raya cruises have been "selling very well" since the operator began marketing them last month.

While the cruises cater to Muslim guests, non-Muslims can also buy tickets. Dream Cruises said tickets for the sailings in May start from $179 a person.

While the Hari Raya-themed cruises will take place after Ramadan, measures are in place for Muslim guests who take to the high seas on other cruises during the fasting month, which falls between April 13 and May 12.

Guests will be able to join communal prayer sessions and spiritual lectures on trips from April 11 to May 14 as part of a Ramadan spiritual experience, the first itinerary of its kind on board a cruise liner.

Muslim guests boarding the World Dream during Ramadan can also have meals served before they start their fast at dawn.

The cruises announced on Wednesday (March 17) come after World Dream received positive feedback from guests for its halal-friendly trips introduced in December 2020.

The World Dream has welcomed about 5,000 Muslim passengers since it was recognised as the first halal-friendly cruise ship in the Asia-Pacific on Dec 11, said Dream Cruises president Michael Goh.

More than 100,000 people have taken trips on the World Dream and Royal Caribbean International's Quantum of the Seas ship since the pilot programme to reboot the cruise industry began in November 2020.

(From left) Qamaruzzaman Abdullah, Muhammed Ohn Abdullah, Madam Farhana Ahmad Mashon and Maskurah Shamsudin, one of the families under Jamiyah Singapore, at the signing ceremony on March 17, 2021. ST PHOTO: TIMOTHY DAVID

Meanwhile, Dream Cruises signed a memorandum of understanding with non-profit Jamiyah Singapore on Wednesday.

Part of the collaboration involves Dream Cruises donating 10 per cent of its proceeds from selected group sales bookings to Jamiyah Singapore. Ten families receiving aid from Jamiyah Singapore will also be invited on board the Hari Raya cruise on May 23.

"Many helping hands are needed to restore confidence and support to people whose earnings and incomes have been affected by the loss of jobs due to the Covid-19 pandemic," said Jamiyah Singapore president Mohd Hasbi Abu Bakar.