Luxury cruise ship makes maiden call to Brunei

|     Rokiah Mahmud     |

BRUNEI Darussalam yesterday received a maiden call from Genting Dream, a member of the luxury cruise line Dream Cruises, during the third stop of a five-night round trip cruise from Singapore, Kota Kinabalu, (Malaysia) and Brunei.

The Genting Dream docked at the Muara Port yesterday, and departed the Sultanate later on the same day.

The ship was carrying 3,000 international passengers from Singapore, Malaysia, China, Indonesia, Australia, Taiwan, and others from across the region and globally.

Deputy Permanent Secretary (Tourism)at the Ministry of Primary Resources and Tourism (MPRT) Wardi bin Haji Mohammad Ali hosted a welcoming reception for the arrival of the Genting Dream at the Cruise Ship Centre in Muara.

The deputy permanent secretary and his delegation were taken on a tour of the cruise ship, where they were briefed on its facilities and activities.

ABOVE & BELOW: Deputy Permanent Secretary (Tourism) at the Ministry of Primary Resources and Tourism Wardi bin Haji Mohammad Ali listens to a briefing from Captain for Genting Dream Cruise Ship Captain Jukka Silvennoinen; and the Deputy Permanent Secretary (Tourism) at the MPRT exchanges souvenirs with Captain Jukka Silvennoinen. – PHOTOS: RAHWANI ZAHARI

The Genting Dream Cruise Ship

Launched in November 2016, the Genting Dream was the first ship built for the Asia and China market, offering guests the highest levels of service and spacious comfort in the region.

The cruise ship has a capacity of 3,300 passengers, 1,900 crew members, and 18 decks measuring 335 metres in length and 40 metres wide.

The luxury cruise line is also equipped with a plethora of onboard facilities such as six waterslide parks, a rock-climbing wall, a 35-metre zip-line that sways above the open waters, and more.

The Dream Cruise is also introducing a variety of authentic international and Asian cuisine, including a section at the Lido offering Halal cuisine options certified by the Department of Islamic Development Malaysia (JAKIM).

The passengers from the cruise ship enjoyed various tours offered by local tour agents, while they were in the country.

On average, there are 15 cruise ships arriving into Brunei via Muara Port each year, bringing in around 400 to 3,000 passengers with each call.

Earlier this year, the Tourism Development Department of the MPRT launched the ‘Discover Muara’ package as part of its efforts to introduce more attractions in Pekan Muara, close to the Cruise Ship Centre and Ferry Terminals, to create more offers and options for tourists arriving at Muara Port.

The Maritime and Port Authority of Brunei Darussalam, Tourism Development Department and the local travel agents are also working closely together with cruise owners and shipping agents to attract more tourist arrivals at Muara Port, with the main objective of increasing overall tourist arrivals in Brunei Darussalam.

Due to its ideal location as a transit hub in the region, the cruise tourism industry can benefit and contribute even more to Brunei’s economy and create jobs as tour guides and coordinators, transportation providers, tour operators and souvenir retailers.

According to statistics gathered by the Tourism Development Department, between 2014 until 2018, there have been more than 130,000 arrivals via cruises and ferries into Brunei.

Statistics from the Department of Immigration and National Registration show that between 2014 to 2018, more than 264,000 passengers entered Brunei Darussalam via the Serasa Ferry Terminal.