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Dream Cruise Line reviews

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Family-friendly adventures around South Asia and Oceania.

Dream Cruise Line is the Asian equivalent of major players like Royal Caribbean, Carnival or Norwegian Cruise Line. Its owner, Genting Hong Kong, also owns Star Cruises and Crystal Cruises.

While Dream mostly caters to cruisers in Singapore, China and India, it could be a good match for you and your brood.

3 ships

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Target demographic Families, Adults, Honeymooners, Singles, Kids
Number of ships 3 ships
Contact options Phone, Email
Payment options Visa, Mastercard, American Express, Diners, Cash, Debit
Deposit required Deposit at checkout
Deposit required No price matching
Food Food included
Drink Alcohol included
Room service Room service included

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Expert review

Dream Cruise Line markets itself as a luxury cruise, but that’s not technically true. The experience is most like what you’d find on a Carnival, Royal Caribbean or Norwegian Cruise Line ship — mid-tier fares include basic food, amenities and entertainment, but not much else. So if you’re looking for a true all-included luxury cruise around southeast Asia, consider Crystal Ocean Cruises or Seabourn instead.

Around the web, reviews of Dream Cruise Line experiences are mixed. People who anticipated gourmet food and luxurious amenities were disappointed, while cruisers with fewer expectations seem to be pleased. If you’re looking for an American-style cruise, you might want to look elsewhere.

Still, you’ll never be bored on a Dream Cruise Line ship. Especially on the Genting Dream, which features a ropes course, rock-climbing wall, mini-golf course, sports complex, arcade, bowling lanes, virtual sports arena and more. This is amusement park-style cruising at its finest. It can be a wonderful option for families — there’s babysitting services, kids clubs and reduced fare for youngsters — especially if you want to explore places like Bali, Singapore, Japan, Taiwan and New Zealand without paying an arm and a leg.

Where do Dream cruises depart from?

Ships sail from locations around Oceania and Asia. Here’s where you can begin:

  • Auckland, Brisbane, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Singapore, Sydney

Dream Cruise Line destinations

If coastal South Asia and island ports on the Indian Ocean are top on your bucket list, Dream Cruise Line’s itineraries may be just what you’re looking for. Here’s where it’ll take you:

  • Australia, Brunei, China, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, New Zealand, Philippines, Singapore, Taipei, Thailand, Vietnam

What’s included on a Dream cruise?

Your Dream Cruise fare includes accommodations, all-you-can-eat access at select restaurants, onboard entertainment and fitness classes like Zumba.

While coffee, tea and bottled water are also included, you’ll pay extra for Wi-Fi, shore excursions, gratuities and alcoholic drinks.

How much are gratuities on Dream Cruise Line cruises?

Gratuities are not included in your fare. Instead, your shipboard account is charged at the end of your cruise. No gratuities are necessary for passengers younger than 2. Here’s what you can expect to pay aboard each ship:

Ship Name
Cabin classWorld DreamGenting DreamExplorer Dream
Palace-class suites, villas and penthouses150 HKD (About $19.32) 26 SGD (About $18.71)$19.32 (150 HKD)
Balcony-class cabins120 HKD (About $14.50)21 SGD (About $15.12) 120 HKD (About $14.50)
Oceanview class cabins120 HKD 21 SGD 120 HKD
Porthole class cabinsN/AN/A120 HKD
Interior class cabins120 HKD 21 SGD 120 HKD

Data obtained February 2020. HDK stands for Hong Kong dollar. SGD stands for Singapore dollar.

Why you should (or shouldn’t) cruise with Dream Cruise Line

Still trying to decide whether a Dream Cruise Line cruise is right for you? Like its competitors, shore excursions, alcoholic drinks, Wi-Fi and some onboard events aren’t included in the ticket price. But that also means fare is cheaper than what you’d pay for a top-tier cruise.

Here are some other benefits and drawbacks to consider before making your decision:

Pros

  • Lots of activities and things to do onboard
  • Evening entertainment like musicals, comedy and magic shows
  • Kid and family-friendly
  • Mingle with passengers from all over the world

Cons

  • No US departure ports
  • Interior staterooms (cheaper cabins) can feel claustrophobic
  • Food is generally just average, according to online reviews

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