Do you know how many long weekends there are in 2018? Nine! Seriously, I just can’t wait for those weekends to come and fully immerse myself in the fun time! If you are wondering what are some of the long weekend holiday ideas, this post will be very useful to you. In February this year, I went to Genting Dream Cruise with my family and had a wonderful time there. Here’s my Genting Dream Cruise review to help you better spend your weekend there!
Long Weekend Holiday Ideas – Why Genting Dream Cruise
Genting Dream is the first luxury cruise ship that beautifully integrates Asia culture/elements with the western modernity. The enormous ship has 19 levels, accommodates 3,400 pax and easily towers over any other ship in port with it. From a huge waterslide park, a rock climbing wall, a rope course to even a Zouk beach club, the cruise offers abundant of facilities to make your trip fun and memorable.
Long Weekend Holiday Ideas – Genting Dream Cruise Destinations
The inaugural ship of Dream Cruises, Genting Dream arrived in Singapore quite recently in November 2017. Since then, it has added a new option to the ever-growing list of potential holiday experiences easily accessible from Singapore. Apart from sailing to the popular Phuket during its 4D3N cruise, it also has a 6D5N cruise which travels to North Bali, Surabaya and other amazing destinations. For me, I opted for a short 3D2N cruise which travelled to Kuala Lumpur Port Klang. You can find out more about the departing schedule here.
Long Weekend Holiday Ideas – Genting Dream Cruise Rooms
Are you looking for a luxurious room with the ultimate sea view? Do you want to sleep with the sound of the waves and wake up breathing the refreshing sea breeze? If you do, the Balcony Stateroom is your perfect choice.
The room comes equipped with an attached bathroom with a standing shower and a private balcony for the best sea views, a queen-sized bed and single sofa bed, and can comfortably fit up to 4 people. The bed and linen are super comfortable and clean, delivering the utmost relaxing experience you can ever dream of.
Long Weekend Holiday Ideas – Genting Dream Cruise Must-Dos
Curious to know what’s on board Genting Dream? This cruise is very happening, and can have multiple activities happening at the same time. That’s why I highly recommend you to check out the daily timetable flyer placed in your room the night before. Take note of the timings for the attractions you want to go, so that you won’t miss them out. Below are some of the attractions you mustn’t miss. Why? Because you can hardly find them on any other cruise!
Water Slide Park
There are two zones inside the water slide park, one for kids and one for adults. For a more family-friendly kind of splashing, it has 6 looping tubes set to different speeds – perfect both both adults and kids who love a good thrill. You’ll be amazed by the swirling tubes and the exciting screams echoing out from the giant slides. There is a particularly steep vertical drop for one of the slides right at the start, which is like, hurray!!!
Looking for a different kind of adventure? Check out the rope course! You’re about 2m in the air walking over obstacles and climbing walls. It gets rather scary espcially when looking down. But no worries, you are entirely secured and safe.
Stick to the outside of the course where you can look down over the side of the boat, and the vast ocean is right beneath your feet!
The best part is the zipline at the end of the course where you zip over, with your feet dangling above the sea. 😀
After a long day of activity, nothing beats soaking yourself in the hot jacuzzi. Situated right beside the giant pool and the performing area, you get to enjoy the live band while pampering yourself in the hot tub. How awesome…
As night fall, the cruise gets even more exciting. One of the highlights include its in-house shows such as Voyage of a Lover’s Dream, a storyline based on an astronaut and a mermaid falling in love. Although the show doesn’t have much storyline, the acrobatics are mindboggling. And the trampoline act is freaking awesome too. You just can’t help exclaiming “wow” all the way.
Enjoy the Sunrise and Sunset
If you are an early riser, go catch the beautiful sunrise. You’ll see the glowling sun slowly emerging from the sea, casting a shade of glow onto everything it touches.
The sunset is equally gorgeous too, and the colour of the sky changes every second as the ship cruise through the vast ocean.
Long Weekend Holiday Ideas – Genting Dream Cruise Cuisine
Genting Dream boasts of over 35 dining concepts within its ship, but just like other cruises, only selected few are complimentary to guests. The three inclusive dining areas are The Lido (International buffet, deck 16), Dream Dining Upper (Chinese food, deck 8) and Dream Dining Lower (Western food, deck 7). If you love to have a wide variety of food, go for the Lido. The buffet spread is wide and international. But do note that it’s also the most crowded restaurant, so be prepared for some queues.
However, if you love Chinese food that’s more refined, the Dream Dining Upper is definitely a much better choice. You’ll be assigned a table and the food served are delicate and delicious. You easily have to spend close to $100 for a 5-dish set meal like this if you are dining outside in Singapore.
Although they also have a western menu, I didn’t try it as the Chinese one always look a lot more appetizing. That’s why I think Dream Cruise is more geared towards the Chinese customers. Just look at the food!
Long Weekend Holiday Ideas – Genting Dream Cruise Work-out Activities
After eating days and nights, it’s time to work out, so that you can eat more during the next meal! There are many programmes and facilities onboard, and gym is still my favourite. The gym is spacious with a wide range of equipment. I actually spent 2 hours there building up my muscles and felt so good afterwards. 😊
There are also work-out classes conducted by different trainers. You can go for a dance class on the outdoor deck, or a laughing yoga session to train your brain and emotions!
Long Weekend Holiday Ideas – Genting Dream Cruise App and Wifi
When you are onboard, make sure you download the Genting Dream Cruise App. With its help, you can navigate through the ship easily. Not only does it tell you the daily happenings, it also allows you to communicate with each other via text messages without using WIFI or your own mobile plan. In this way, you won’t have to worry about not being able to find your family or friends in this big ship. 😛
If you really need to use the Internet, you can also get your paid Wifi using this app. We got a 2-day Wifi plan at $38 SGD for 2 devices. Such plan is decent enough to let us check out email, whatsapp and carry out trades. So if you are using Wifi for basic usage like us, you can get the same plan. Don’t bother spending more money for the premium plan.
Long Weekend Holiday Ideas – Genting Dream Cruise Review
Since its arrival in Singapore, Genting Dream has received numerous positive reviews from guests all around the world. Watch the video below and let’s hear what the guests have to say about their experience onboard.
By the way, I recently got married in Singapore, and our guests were freaked out by our wedding ideas. Check out the blog post now!
Long Weekend Holiday Ideas – Genting Dream Cruise Verdict
All in all, Genting Dream Cruise offers the ultimate luxurious experience at sea, with abundant of fun activities and amazing food onboard. It’s perfect for a family getaway during the upcoming long weekend holidays. So what are you waiting for? Book your trip now and create a memorable experience with your loved ones with Genting Dream Cruise. Enjoy your trip!