Dream Cruises will feature the world’s longest roller coaster at sea on board its new 208,000 tonne Global Class ship called the Global Dream. The 5,000-passenger ship (with the capacity for 9,500) is under construction in Germany and debuts in 2021. The ship also has robots, AI features and the first escalators at sea.
The 300-meter roller coaster will be the centrepiece of the Dream Park at the Pier, the first-ever theme park at sea. The Space Cruiser will be the highlight of the park and reach speeds of 60 km/h (37 mph).
“Dream Cruises is excited to unveil the innovative and exciting Space Cruiser on board the newest addition to our fleet, the first Global Class ship named Global Dream, which is set to debut in early 2021,” said Michael Goh, President of Dream Cruises and Head of International Sales, Genting Cruise Lines.
“As part of our commitment to develop the most technologically advanced cruise ships in the world, the newly constructed Global Class ships will dazzle guests with cutting-edge features and facilities that will optimize convenience for our passengers and also provide innovative leisure, entertainment and recreation options to appeal to a broad range of guests.”
Dream Cruises has teamed up with Maurer Rides to develop the roller coaster. “Outfitted with powerful electric motors and positive-locking drive system, the coaster defies the physical limits experienced by conventional roller coasters, thus allowing acceleration over 1g almost everywhere on the 300-metre track,” said Marco Hartwig, Project Manager, Maurer Rides. “All this guarantees a spectacular and breathtaking ride at up to 60 km/h (37 mph) over the heads of fellow passengers.”
Each of the three carts will provide interactive driving excitement for up to two riders per vehicle with inline seats and an integrated throttle allowing guests to control the speed of the ride. Due to the unusual perspective, the driver of the Space Cruiser will have the feeling of flying over the sea.
With something for everyone, Dream Park at the Pier assembles a myriad of other attractions including:
- “Bounce Activity Park” – Spread out over the size of a basketball court, this inflatable park isn’t the same old bouncy castles found at kiddie parties. Guests can run, bounce, dance and jump their way around the massive bouncy obstacle course for the ultimate nostalgia trip.
- “Jump!” – Bounce around to your heart’s content in a special trampoline park that will have you jumping for joy!
- “Shark Bay” – Unleash your inner daredevil on our bungee trampoline. Accomplish acrobatic feats while attached to a safety harness for maximum fun.
- “Wipe Out” – Ride the waves at our on board surf simulator. Whether you hang ten or hang out, you’ll have a wet and wild time with your friends.
- “Cosmic Chaos” – Spin, twirl, give it a whirl. Become a human gyro and get ready to tumble.
- “Kranky Kraken” – Kiddies can make friends with our amiable octopus and fly around in one of his many arms.
- “Little Dreamers Ride” – Tiny tots can test their driving skills in our mini karts for some race-car hijinks – all in a safe and controlled environment.
Apart from the theme park, amenities will include a Cineplex, Asian and Western spas, ample shopping facilities, as well as authentic Asian and international dining experiences and fast food restaurants.
The ship’s 2,500 cabins will be able to accommodate up to 5,000 passengers 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.
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.
Global Dream will also feature Dream Cruises’ signature 151-suite luxury ship-within-a-ship concept called The Palace.
State-of-the-art technology will include Bluetooth locks and a new smart system allowing passengers to control different functions such as the LED mood lighting and climate control with a smartphone app, voice recognition or through a touch-screen control panel.
Smart sensors will also be able to detect occupants in the cabin to automatically adjust the lights and temperature for better energy efficiency and triple vent air-conditioning outlets ensure even air distribution for maximum comfort.
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 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.
Global Dream is designed for the rapidly growing Asian cruise market and will join the Dream Cruises award-winning fleet, allowing Dream Cruises to offer cruise itineraries across the world as Asia’s Global Cruise Line.