Genting's mega cruise ship books Singapore stop

'Global-class' ships can carry up to 9,500 passengers, will be sailing in Asia in 2021

Passengers boarding the Genting Dream cruise ship at Marina Bay Cruise Centre. Dream Cruises, the only cruise line operating from Singapore on a year-round basis, has carried more than 400,000 passengers in the last year and Genting Hong Kong hopes to gro
Passengers boarding the Genting Dream cruise ship at Marina Bay Cruise Centre. Dream Cruises, the only cruise line operating from Singapore on a year-round basis, has carried more than 400,000 passengers in the last year and Genting Hong Kong hopes to grow that number.ST PHOTO: NG SOR LUAN
The pool area on Genting Dream. A partnership to promote Genting Dream’s Singapore sailings aims to bring in more than $250 million in tourism receipts
The pool area on Genting Dream. A partnership to promote Genting Dream’s Singapore sailings aims to bring in more than $250 million in tourism receipts

Genting Hong Kong, the cruises arm of Malaysian casino and leisure giant Genting Group, is ready to position more ships in Singapore - a move that will boost the country's global cruise hub ambitions.

The first of a fleet of "Global-class" ships - potentially the largest cruise ships in the world by capacity - will be cruising in Asia in 2021, carrying up to 9,500 passengers, Genting HK chairman and chief executive Lim Kok Thay said yesterday at the company's 25th anniversary commemorating its first cruise from Singapore in 1993.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on December 15, 2018, with the headline 'Genting's mega cruise ship books S'pore stop'. Subscribe