Sumary of What it’s like to sail on a ‘cruise to nowhere’:
- The Genting Dream cruise ship was completed in 2016. Marc Fernandes/NurPhoto/Getty ImagesDream Cruises has come up with a fitting alternative vacation option — a voyage with no destination, taking passengers from and to Hong Kong by sailing in a big loop.
- Boarding the Genting Dream — a 335-meter-long vessel (almost 1,100 feet) that can normally hold more than 3,000 people — was reminiscent of getting back on a plane, but with the additional health measures of much other travel in 2021. Ticket sales are capped at half-capacity;
- but aside from that, guests cheerfully disregarded suggested social distancing measures while milling around by the swimming pool and exploring the labyrinthine corridors of the 18 decks, as dusk fell and the ship glided slowly out of Victoria Harbor.
- Not all of these facilities were open throughout the cruise — but staff were attentive, helpful and pleasant, ready to open a closed-off rock climbing wall or pour drinks at one of the many bars that sat empty as guests packed out the dining rooms.
- Tara Mulholland/CNNTwo buffet-style restaurants were included in the ticket price, serving a mix of Asian and Western dishes.
- While paid-for restaurants were available, most people on board got their money’s worth by piling their school dinner-style trays high with a mishmash of meals.