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Global Dream

Global Dream Review and Specifications

Specifications of Global Dream

Year built2020 new ship
BuilderMV Werften (Wismar and Rostock) Germany
Building costUSD 1,1 billion (EUR 940 million)
OwnerGHK-Genting Hong Kong Ltd
OperatorGenting Cruise Lines (via Dream Cruises Asia)
Speed23 kn / 43 kph / 26 mph
Length (LOA)342 m / 1122 ft
Beam (width)46 m / 151 ft
Gross Tonnage204000 gt
Passengers4700 - 9500
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Review of Global Dream

MS Global Dream cruise ship is the first of two Global-class passenger vessels ordered by the shipowner GHK (Genting Hong Kong) for the company's two subsidiaries / brands - Dream Cruises and Star Cruises. The first liner (Global Dream) is scheduled for launch in 2020 (inauguration in December). The second vessel (sistership) will be for Star Cruises (scheduled launch and inauguration in 2021) but its name is yet to be announced.

History - construction and ownership

GHK is a global entertainment, hospitality, and leisure company based in Hong Kong. It ordered two cruise vessels to be custom-built to serve the Asian market, specifically China. With the new Dream Cruises brand, the company concluded its mission to offer a separate brand for each of its cruise market segments, with the other two being Crystal Cruises (luxury segment) and Star Cruises (contemporary segment).

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The financing package for both Global Class units (EUR 2,6 billion / ~EUR 1,3 billion per vessel) was structured by KfW IPEX-Bank GmbH as part of a consortium which also included BNP Paribas (France), Citibank (USA), Crédit Agricole Group (France), DescriptionCredit Suisse Group AG (Switzerland) and DescriptionDNB ASA (Norway). The newbuilds are planned for assembly at 3 different MV Werften-owned shipyards. GHK's total investment in this shipbuilding project is ~EUR 3,1 billion ()~USD 3,44 billion. The package was backed/guaranteed by Finnvera (Finland).

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What is known so far is that the Global Dream ship will be China-deployed the whole year-round leaving on roundtrips from homeport Shanghai. Since April 2019, in Shanghai is also homeported the fleetmate MS Explorer Dream (managed by Star Cruises). The new Dream Cruises ship Global Dream will be homeported in China during summer, and during winter - in either Australia or the USA-Caribbean.

With GT 204,000 tons and max passenger capacity 9500, Global Dream is one of the largest passenger liners in the world. For comparison, the ever-largest (Royal Caribbean's Oasis-Class) have GT tonnage 228,000 tons. In May 2019 were unveiled more Global-Class vessel details. The ships will have industry's first theme park at sea, largest cinema at sea, world’s longest roller coaster at sea, self-guided robotic assistants, industry's largest standard-category staterooms (sized 20 m2), panoramic Atrium alevators (glass-walled and bottomed) and 2-lane escalators.

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On March 8, 2018, the vessel's construction officially started with the steel-cutting ceremony held at MV Werften's shipyard in Bremerhaven Germany. Initially, the ship (hull number 125) was allocated to the sister-brand Star Cruises. The shipowner GHK also has an order for a second (Global-class) unit set for delivery in 2021. There were speculations about this one could also be built for Dream Cruises. The shiporder has optional 2 more vessels of the same class.

On March 8, 2018, MV Werften actually conducted two 2 steel-cutting ceremonies - one at the Wismar Shipyard and another at the Warnemunde-Rostock Shipyard. Vessel's production takes place in both yards, with final assembly in Wismar. The construction process involves around 600 companies (subcontractors / equipment producers and suppliers). The steel-cut ceremonies were attended by Tan Sri Lim Kok Thay (GHK's CEO and Chairman).

On July 31, 2018, the shipbuilder MV WERFTEN Wismar GmbH contracted Almaco Group to install new ship's staterooms (pre-fabricated cabin modules) and other equipment. By this deal, Almaco will install all the Wismar Shipyard-produced staterooms (all passenger and crew cabins), various crew-only areas, hallways and staircases. Almaco will manufacture and supply all the ship's suite cabins, which will be installed at the Warnemunde-Rostock  Shipyard. The contract was signed by Esko Karvonen (Almaco's CEO).

On September 11, 2018, at the Warnemunde-Rostock Shipyard was held the vessel's keel-laying ceremony, with which officially started its construction. During the special event was lifted and placed the first keel block (bottom hull section) with length 22 m (72 ft), width 26 m (85 ft) and weight 410 tons. This section is nearly half of the entire keel. A total of 30 large-sized sections were pre-fabricated and assembled in Stralsund and subsequently shipped to Wismar for final assembly. At the Wismar Shipyard's outfitting quay was installed (specially purchased for GHK's Global-class project) a 125 m (410 ft) high gantry crane.

On October 26, 2018, MV WERFTEN Wismar GmbH signed a deal with two Turku Finland-based companies (Deltamarin and Elomatic) which were contracted to provide Global-Class vessel's design. The contracts; values were ~EUR 16,5 million for Deltamarin Ltd (specializing in ship design, offshore engineering and construction support) and ~EUR 17 million for Elomatic (marine engineering and consulting and software developing). Both companies were contracted also to provide shipyard services during the vessel's construction. Both contracts were signed by Janne Uotila (Deltamarin' CEO) and Patrik Rautaheimo (Elomatic's CEO).

GHK-Genting's Global-Class ships feature artificial intelligence technologies (including facial and voice recognition for expedited passenger services - boarding, disembarkation, payments), robots (performing mundane tasks), Cineplex (theme park), Asian spa complex, multiple Asian dining venues (including fast-food), both affordable and premium retail shopping facilities, roller coaster, water park (with 5 slides), surf simulator. Staterooms are designed for Asian families and can sleep 2-4 persons. Most cabins are with two (split) bathrooms. Each ship has 8 sets of escalators and 28 elevators. Technologies implemented in the staterooms also include Bluetooth cabin door locks, touch-screen control panel, smartphone-control of different en-suite functions (mood lighting, air-conditioning, etc).

The vessel's waste and water management system was provided by Evac (world's leading company building integrated waste-wastewater-water management systems). ’The company's Complete Cleantech Solution package includes vacuum collection system, wastewater treatment plant, dry and wet waste treatment plant, freshwater desalination plants (based on reverse osmosis). The freshwater generation plants have capacity to produce 3000+ m3 of freshwater per day. The contract with Evac was signed on January 3, 2017.

On January 9, 2017, was signed a contract with ABB for delivery of Azipods (power-propulsion units), automation systems and the marine software for all 5 new Genting ships ordered for the brands Crystal and Star. The 3 Crystal vessels are from the Crystal Endeavor series superyachts (Polar Class 6). These are the first purpose-built ships for the contemporary Chinese market regarding onboard amenities and services (food, culture events, shows, enrichment programs, shopping, tours/excursions.

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