Huge roller coaster on Dream Cruises’ newest ship

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Genting Cruise Lines’ Dream Cruises has announced that its newest global class ship will include a theme park featuring the largest roller coaster at sea. The Global Dream, first named in August 2019 at ITBM China, is designed to appeal to the growing Asian cruise market.

“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 at 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 optimise convenience for our passengers and also provide innovative leisure, entertainment and recreation options to appeal to a broad range of guests.”

The cruise line is working with Maurer Rides to develop the amusement ride for the vessel. Each of the three Spike carts will fit two riders per vehicle, seated on inline seats. An integrated throttle will allow guests to control the speed of the ride. The positioning of the roller coaster will give the driver of the Space Cruiser the feeling of flying over the sea.

“Outfitted with powerful electric motors and a positive-locking drive system, the coaster defies the physical limits experienced by conventional roller coasters, thus allowing acceleration over 1g almost everywhere on the 300m (984ft) track,” said Marco Hartwig, project manager, Maurer Rides. “All this guarantees a spectacular and breath-taking ride at up to 60km/h (37mph) over the heads of fellow passengers.”

Other theme-park entertainment features on the ship will include a Bounce Activity Park, the Shark Bay bungee trampoline, surfing wave simulator Wipe Out, and mini-carts for smaller children.

The ship’s other entertainment amenities will include a Cineplex, Asian and Western spas, shopping, as well as Asian, international and fast food restaurants.

The ship’s 2,500 cabins will accommodate up to 5,000 passengers on twin occupancy and more than 9,000 passengers during peak holiday periods. Global Dream will also feature Dream Cruises’ signature 151-suite luxury ‘ship-within-a-ship’ concept, The Palace.

Technological features include Bluetooth locks and a new smart system allowing passengers to control functions such as the LED mood lighting and climate control with a smartphone app, voice recognition or through a touchscreen 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.

“Global Dream, the first Global Class ship of Dream Cruises, belongs to a new generation of cruise ships designed for this region, featuring the most advanced technology and state-of-the-art facilities,” said Kent Zhu Fu Ming, president of Genting Cruise Lines, when the ship was announced at ITBM China. “Global Dream will deliver a cutting-edge cruising experience through artificial intelligence that will maximise both convenience and speed for our guests on board. To balance the new with the traditional, our guests will also be able to enjoy an authentic Asian experience and our signature heartfelt Asian hospitality on Global Dream, developed through the Genting Group’s over 50 years of experience in the Asian hospitality industry.”

Image: Genting Cruise Lines

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Marisa has been writing about transport design and the passenger experience since 2013 and is also a contributor to sister titles Aircraft Interiors International and Business Jet Interiors International. She has travelled the world extensively by car, plane, train and cruise liner.

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