When was the last time I did cruising, nearly 18 years ago! Yep, I was still a little kid at that time. I could only recall a few things, things that of course a kid would love. Swimming pool, circus, and casino. Wait, casino? How was a kid supposed to know about casino? Easy..That’s where my parents would go right after me and my siblings fell asleep. And now, 18 years later. I had a chance to be back on cruise again, with Genting Dream by Dream Cruises
Getting on Board with Genting Dream
Originally, the itinerary starts from Singapore-Surabaya-North Bali-Singapore for 5 nights but for some reasons we started from Surabaya and did 3 nights overall. From the airport, we dashed to the port of Tanjung Perak, more or less an hour drive. Entering the port, I saw this big building on distance. And it wasn’t a building. It’s the ship that I’m going to board, man it’s huge! The port was busy, with guests from the cruise hopping down on shore to get souvenirs or just to stay on land. While some other local audiences just hang around the port to marvel this big ship, something that can be rarely seen.
We cleared the registration (make sure you bring your passport) and headed up to the room. I had a double room with a balcony outside. It’s bigger than I thought. The bed was super comfy, seriously I had perfect sleep throughout the night. There’s a sofa to lay down when I’m not wearing my pajamas, complete set of sandals and bathrobes, oh and I love their shower gel, smells good. The little balcony is perfect to chill or to watch sunset. I’m super ready to explore Genting Dream!
Eat while you can
One of a friend told me; before you start cruising, measure your weight and after you’re back home, you’ll be surprised! Now I understand why. There’s no way to not stuffing yourself with all these yummy food. With restaurants serving high quality food, ranging from Asian to Western Cuisine, you’ll forget all your dietaries rule and, just feed yourself.
The inclusive restaurants in Genting Dream are Lido Restaurant and Dream Dining Room. Lido Restaurant serves more varieties of food with buffet style while Dream Dining Room serves Chinese cuisine. I had my breakfast normally in these restaurants. The other restaurants that I also tried were the Hotpot, Bistro by Mark Best, Blue Lagoon, and Umi Uma.
If I had to choose one of my favorite restaurants, I think I’ll go for Bistro by Mark Best and Umi Uma (sorry, I can’t decide between these two). I think the food at the Bistro is just on another level for fine dining. The tenderloin steak was soft and juicy with seasoning on point and the mouth-watering matcha mousse just melt when you take a spoon of it. Thinking of it now makes me regret, why didn’t I order more food?
My other favorite restaurant in Genting Dream is Umi Uma Restaurant. You can guess from its name that it’s a Japanese Restaurant, meaning that there’ll be sushi, sashimi, bento, udon (I love them all!). The highlight of this restaurant is the teppanyaki performance. You’ll be sitting around a table with a chef cooking right on your face.
The chefs are very entertaining. They pull off some fun attractive moves such as singing, juggling, like, spinning the eggs and throw them to the chef’s hat while cooking your food. I really enjoy the interactions between the chefs and the guests, the atmosphere in the restaurant is full of excitement. You definitely have to go to Umi Uma.
Other activities and entertainments in Genting Dream
Frankly, I was thinking what could I do inside the ship for such a long time. But after all the experiences in Genting Dream, clearly there’s nothing to worry about. There are so many things to do and you won’t get bored for sure. Again, the ship is huge. Sometimes I still forgot the direction back to my room. Let’s have a look what’s inside Genting Dream, shall we?
- Zodiac Theater
Every night there will be show scheduled in Zodiac theater. With shimmering outfits and stage, the talented performers will stun you with their dancing skills and acrobatic movements. Voyage of the Lovers Dream is a must to watch in Genting Dream. The theatrical show will take you to a fantasy world of the unique love story between the mermaid and the astronaut. Some dances can be powerful, some features remarkable ballet moves. For me it’s a night to remember.
- The Bridge Tour
See what it’s like to be on a captain seat with the Bridge Tour. The Bridge is the most important area of the ship where the captain and his officers control and ensure that the ship runs safely on the sea. The crew, as a guide will explain how to see the numbers on screen telling the depth of the sea, the speed, etc. You may also have a conversation with the friendly officers.
- Pool, Water Slide, and Sportplex
Pool and sportplex area always get busy during the day. There’s always be activities prepared by the crew such as games, aerobic, and many more. I didn’t try the water slide but I bet it’s gonna be fun. There’s even a basketball court on the ship! I did the wall-climbing, rope course, and the flying-fox. The flying-fox is one of my best experience on the ship, it’s nerve-wrecking. Imagine you’re zip-lining from one end to another with wide open sea below, and it’s like 35 meters high!
- Crystal Life Fitness and Spa
You may eat a lot but at least gotta burn some calories, agree? Head to the Crystal Life Fitness Center in the Dream Cruise and do some cardio workout or weight-lifting, even better. Believe me, doing workout facing the sea is not things you can do regularly, except on the cruise-so make it count! Then you can spoil yourself with the spa treatment, what a life!
- Bar Hopping!
Need a bit of alcohol intake to make yourself a bit more relax? Bars are just on every corner of Dream Cruise. If you’d like to drink while getting your tan line under the sun then Pool Deck Bar or Sun Deck Bar is the place for you. Champagne lovers? straight to the Bubbles Champagner Bar. I prefer the Johnnie Walker House as a fan of whisky (sounds like an old man, eh). Look at this gorgeous Whisky Constellation Wall, offering a comprehensive index of Scotch whisky distilleries.
- Zouk Club and Zouk Beach Club
Surprisingly, my favorite club, Zouk is inside the Genting Dream. I was a regular at the Zouk Club Kuala Lumpur and knowing that there’s another Zouk inside the cruise reminds me of that old nights. The DJs were great, also the lights and lasers are sick, surely meet the Zouk’s standard. If you wanna chill a bit you can go next door to play bowling or billiard. Another best moment in the Dream Cruise.
- Genting Casino
Like my parents, cruising is a fun way to spend your money and bet for your luck in the casino. Get the chips ready and hit the table. Who knows you’ll bring a suitcase of dollars back home.
- Party and Fireworks
The last night on the ship was full of blast! Everyone’s just dancing and had fun in the main pool deck. No matter young or old, people just dance to the music and follow the movements by the crew on the stage, like a flashmob. Looks like everyone enjoying their time, including me. Before calling it a night, we watched the fireworks on the sea and time for sweet dreams.
What a great way to spend year end! Thank you Genting Dream by Dream Cruises for all the amazing experiences. For more detail about destinations and facilities on board, go check their website here. Also big thanks to Panorama JTB for the invitation, it’s a pleasure. Book your Genting Dream experience with Panorama JTB here.
Traveled in 12-15 December 2017
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