Dream Cruises’ second Global-class ship has started production, a year after the keel laying of the flagship of the series
Genting Hong Kong chairman and chief executive Tan Sri Lim Kok Thay pressed the button for the first steel cutting for the 342 m long, 46 m wide, 208,000 gt cruise vessel.
“We are delighted that our comprehensive investments at three shipyards are bearing fruit and we can today celebrate the first steel cutting for another technologically advanced vessel for our shipping company Dream Cruises,” Mr Lim said. “Also thanks to the use of artificial intelligence, Dream Cruises’ second Global-class ship will offer our guests a very interesting, modern and highly comfortable travel experience.”
Dream Cruises’ second Global-class ship is identical in construction to its sister ship, due to enter operation under the name Global Dream in 2021.
Production work on the vessel with the yard number 126 is being divided among all three locations of MV Werften. Up to 30 large sections are being built in Stralsund for final assembly in Wismar, where a 125-m high crane, purchased specially for the Global project, is currently being installed at the outfitting quay. The keel laying of the ship is planned for 9 December 2019, with delivery scheduled for 2022.
MV Werften chief executive Peter Fetten said “Building these sophisticated high-tech ships is a challenge, but above all an enormous opportunity for us. We would like to thank all colleagues and partners for their great work during the planning and design phase, and we are glad to start production.”
Like its sister ship, Dream Cruises’ second Global-class ship is also intended for the Asian market. With 2,500 passenger cabins accommodating over 9,000 passengers and a crew of 2,200, Dream Cruises said Global Dream and the second Global-class ship are the first vessels worldwide capable of carrying more than 10,000 people. In terms of passenger capacity, they are the largest ships ever built in Germany. They are equipped with state-of-the-art digital technologies, such as face and speech recognition, climate control, mood lighting etc via app, and are optimally designed to meet the advanced digital requirements of the Asian cruise market.
The standard cabins are the most spacious in the sector – at 20 m² about 15% larger than those offered on other cruise ships.
The 2,500 passenger cabins and 836 crew cabins for the new ship are being produced as completely prefabricated modules at MV Werften Fertigmodule in Wismar. More than 600 firms are involved in constructing this ship.