Genting Hong Kong said the Global Class ships of its Dream Cruises unit will be able to carry up to 9,500 passengers.
“With a capacity of 204,000 gross tons, the ship can accommodate about 5,000 passengers in 2,500 cabins based on a twin share basis. However, the cabins are uniquely designed for the Asian family and can comfortably sleep 2, 3 or 4 persons with split (two) bathrooms, allowing for a wider price point for the Asian market. With total life-saving capacity of up to 9,500 passengers, the Global Class ships can cater for the extremely high peak seasonal holiday periods in Asia,” the company said in a statement.
The ships will be will be 342 metres long and 46.40 metres wide with a draft of 9.50 metres. In addition to the usual 28 large elevators, the Global Class will also have eight sets of escalators connecting the public areas, the first cruise ship to have public escalators.
Genting Hong Kong has marked the official start of production on Dream Cruises’ new Global Class cruise ship during a steel cutting ceremony held on 8 March at the MV Werften shipyards in both Wismar and Rostock, Germany.
“After designing the Global Class ships for the last three years and investing over 210 million euros to make MV Werften a state-of-the-art cruise shipbuilding yard, we are very pleased to finally start construction on the first Global Class cruise ship today,” said Tan Sri Lim Kok Thay.
“These ships are not only the largest cruise ships to be built in Germany; they are also the most technologically advanced with artificial intelligence. The Global Class ships mirror the widespread use of technology and artificial intelligence by our Asians guests in their daily lives, with facial and voice recognition for most services onboard, eliminating most queues; contextual marketing to even out demand on ship facilities; automated robots to perform mundane tasks - allowing the hardworking staff to focus on service delivery - along with other artificial intelligent and digital systems. Internet, an essential service for guests to connect on social media, will be free,” he added.
The Global Class ships are designed specifically for the rapidly growing Asian cruise market with popular features such as a Cineplex, theme park, Asian spa, multiple authentic Asian dining experiences, including fast-casual food alternatives, and affordable shopping facilities in addition to luxury retail boutiques.