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Royal Caribbean or Genting Dream: Which is better?

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Royal Caribbean or Genting Dream: Which is better?

2 queries:

1. Planning a 2-3 night cruise but unsure of which one is better- A 2 night Genting dream cruise to nowhere or A Royal Caribbean 3 N with dock at Port Klang.

Want to know which one is better in terms of experience and entertainment. Purpose: Honeymoon.

2. Should I book a cabin with balcony or without balcony ocean room?

Considerations are how much time will we spend in the room, Is the balcony really worth it?

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1. Re: Royal Caribbean or Genting Dream: Which is better?

1/ Royal Caribbean

2/ Balcony room is worth every penny

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2. Re: Royal Caribbean or Genting Dream: Which is better?

Getting is known for its casino cruises. Dream is a higher product than Starcruises. A Criuise to nowhere is not really a cruise in my opinion. You naive to mentioned the ship but Royal Caribbean is a well establied cruis company.

Balcony every time. Inside room is like a prison cell,

There is a dedicated cruise forum https:/…ShowForum-g1-i10703-Cruises.html

But cruisecritic is better ( also owned by Tripadvisor)

Edited: 02 September 2017, 18:50
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3. Re: Royal Caribbean or Genting Dream: Which is better?

The balcony is nicer but whether you are spending enough time in your room to use it is dependent on you. Usually balcony classes get priority for boarding and disembarking.

Whether to go for a cruise to nowhere or one that goes to a destination depends on what you want to get out of the cruise. If you just want to enjoy being at sea and the activities and facilities on the ship, then one that goes nowhere is fine. The cruise terminal at Port Klang is 50-60mins away from Kuala Lumpur so you have to join one of the tour excursions arranged by the ship or take a taxi to go to KL. Either is at additional cost. The taxi fare won't be very low. Taking the train is more troublesome and also require getting a taxi partway. https:/…

Edited: 03 September 2017, 08:48
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4. Re: Royal Caribbean or Genting Dream: Which is better?

Comparing a balcony class with an inside stateroom.....I use the cabin only for shower and toilet facilities and to sleep at night. Other than that, I am fully occupied with the daily activities onboard the ship cruise, which is never-ending fun all day. The Genting Dream is 1 yr old ship and its first cruise originating from Singapore is on 3rd Dec 2017. Booking an inside stateroom, I saved SGD 1000 for 3 pax as compared to a balcony class.

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5. Re: Royal Caribbean or Genting Dream: Which is better?

I have tried royal Caribbean both mariner of the sea and ovation of the sea, in my opinion new ship is better which is ovation, and I have also booked a trip in nov onboard dream cruise. It also depends on your Budget and purpose, in your case honeymoon I suppose you would like to have a nice relaxing private time together? Well, I suppose watching sunset at balcony is kinda romantic so I would strongly recommended, normal balcony room comes with shower only but a suite room comes with bathtub (mostly)

In my previous trip with RC, the crowd during mealtime could be a turnoff, as well as queue for various activities onboard, and getting a nice located sun bed in common area is also an issue. I would think that it is more of a family gathering than romantic. But then again I was very impressed with the decor and meal of the main dining room on mariner of the sea, makes me think of titanic when I first enter (wow), but I'm more happy with the various activities like flight simulator, surf simulator, bumper car and rock climbing on ovation of the sea, my 5 cruising days are never bored. So, if u prefer titanic like decor with older design u can go for mariner, for new trendy with more activities go for ovation. ( only 1 sailing in Apr 2018 thou, sadly)

After I fall in love with cruising but ovation not here in sg, I was delighted to hear that dream cruise is sailing in Singapore coming nov 2017, and after my research, I would like to recommend u going for dream suite onboard dream cruise (which I have also booked myself on nov, can't wait! ) as I think that it might be suitable as honeymoon. The reason is that I was delighted to find that suite guest on dream cruise has their own private area which includes Swimming pool, lounges, restaurants etc, their 'ship within ship' concept, so u will able to get your nice cosy area in private carbana, ask your butler ( every suite guest gets their own butler!) for a nice glass of wine ( and it's complimentary!) while love birds can cuddle away watching sunset (how romantic) well, this is what I imagined it to be after i decided to book a suite room instead of just getting a balcony (which is double the price *heart bleed abit* but the thought of free flow alcohol makes up for it) there is promo now for nov sailing with free upgrade to next category room.

So basically, when I compare balcony room of both mariner of the sea and dream cruise, nov sailing seems quite comparable, suite room mariner is cheaper but no use getting junior suite on mariner of the sea, only bigger room.

Other factor u need to consider when booking cruise is:

Wifi - it cost me more than 10 bucks per day on mariner of the sea, not sure how much dream cruise (suite guest gets free)

Beverage packages - ard $8 for soda package and I think $70+ for alcoholic drink packages on mariner per day, suite guest gets free selected alcoholic drink onboard dream cruise! (Can go wild partying in zouk onboard dream cruise!)

Specialty dining restaurant- restaurant that are less crowded because u need to pay to eat, I didn't go to any on mariner of the sea so I have to squeeze the crowd and Q Everyday, suite guest onboard dream cruise get 1 free dining on selected specialty restaurant per day

So in conclusion, if you ask me which cruise is better, I would say Genting dream suite room for honeymoon. The extra perks that was thrown in makes it very worthy, get the nov sailing 4N, if not the gastronomical one in Jan 2018, the dream suite price is cheapest for these 2 dates. Royal Caribbean is well known as family cruise and I wouldn't really think it is romantic (except when watching sunset in main dining room, that is u have to be very lucky to get a window seat too)

If u really tight on Budget, wait for promotion in royal Caribbean, the price often fluctuate and sign a membership, I board ovation with a free $200 credit voucher in USD for my second sailing which I got in special promo period, useful to offset gratuity fee.

If u really like royal Caribbean and have the Budget (which I do for ovation of the sea only), u can consider fly to Hong Kong and sail to Okinawa, my next goal is save up enough for their loft bedroom!

Hopefully this helps and have a nice honeymoon trip!

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6. Re: Royal Caribbean or Genting Dream: Which is better?

Reply please

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7. Re: Royal Caribbean or Genting Dream: Which is better?

Royal Caribbean with Balcony.

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8. Re: Royal Caribbean or Genting Dream: Which is better?

I just went for a 5 day 4 night cruise with genting dream

This is the worst cruise i ever went before, and i cruise very often.

We had 3 elderly, a helper, 3 young children and me and wife (total 9 pax), genting cruise totally ruin the experience and this year end holiday for the elderly and kids.

There are very serious organization and systematic problem with the management of the ship.

1) boarding of ship

Told to come at 6pm on 20 nov and boarding to start at 8pm, however it was delayed until 10pm and it was free for all and people who didnt queue and just push their way in. My son was slapped on the lips and had a bruise in the chaos.

At one point of time, i thought a stampede was really gonna happen and i had to pull family aside to safety.

2) we had three to a room but towel and water only gave 2, we had to argue our way to get extra towl and water. I paid for the tickets for the 3rd passenger but had to "beg" for towel and water???????

3) food was average and its chargeable for extra visit to other inclusive restuarant.

The food quality is only average and served cold, they also have a rule saying that if u visit more than 1 inclusive restuarant during each meal session, you will be charge $15 per pax.

They make u scan your room card for everyone before u can enter to track your usage . The problem is, sometimes the food in that session is so bad we are not full!!! We cant go to other restuarant because of this, this is first time i encounter such rule, isnt cruise suppose to be buffet style?

They also do not provide room service or allow takeaway!!! My kids had to eat biscuit because they were in the kids club and didnt join us for dinner, i cant takeaway due to their rule.

4) queing and timing

The que to food is horrendous,each meal session is too short!!!  if u go for lunch at 1230pm, u have to take que number and come back again at 130pm in order to get a table!!!

Show ticket also have to que 1 hour plus to get book, its ridiculous, you actually spend so much time queing to enjoy but you actually waste so much time queing on board!!!

Payment for bills is also horrendously long, i gave up queing and set alarm at 530am on final day to pay my bill.

I spoke to some of the waiter and waitress and ask them why do they look like zombie and why is it so chaotic during meal time and they seems to be like headless ants, they told me they are overwork ,15 hrs everyday!!

Its a very very good ship, new and nice, but just sadly it is being mismanaged very very badly.

Try your competitor, food session and queing is never heard of, they said u go cruise and gain weight because of all the food, i actually lost 2kg over the 5 days.

This cruise really spoilt alot of families long awaited families holidays and quality time together, including mine, my kids were all so disappointed and sad on this trip.

Everyone in office is asking me of the experience on board this new cruise ship when they know i am going; i told them to check out my post to make this decision

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10. Re: Royal Caribbean or Genting Dream: Which is better?

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>>3) they also have a rule saying that if u visit more than 1 inclusive restuarant during each meal session, you will be charge $15 per pax.

They make u scan your room card for everyone before u can enter to track your usage . The problem is, sometimes the food in that session is so bad we are not full!!! We cant go to other restuarant because of this, this is first time i encounter such rule, isnt cruise suppose to be buffet style?

They also do not provide room service or allow takeaway!!! My kids had to eat biscuit because they were in the kids club and didnt join us for dinner, i cant takeaway due to their rule.<<

Have you never travelled on Star Cruises before? It has always been that you can only choose 1 inclusive restaurant per meal session. There should be 1 buffet-style inclusive restaurant (looks to be The Lido) if you find the portions at non-buffet style restaurants too little. Not allowing takeaway is to prevent people from overconsumption. Making reservations at non-buffet style restaurant is also a standard practice for this cruise operator. It seems to be the buffet-style restaurant would have suited you better. Reading your review, you seem to be expecting the operator to be exactly like the other cruise operator you've travelled with. I'm sure the other operator is more expensive.

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