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

I have tried virgo many years back. They do allow room service, havent been on it for some time since singapore is not their home port anymore.

If you tried royal carribean (i tired it in singapore), you will notice what i said above is the complete opposite on RC and RC is comparable prices.

Take a look on dream cruise singapore facebook page and see that i am not the only one.

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

Minxbaby ... check out this post ..all the complaints are slowly being surface now.

If u see the face book page of genting cruise, the complaints are all similar

https://www.tripadvisor.com/ShowTopic-g1-i10…

Perhaps you can try yourself on this genting cruise and let us know if they have improved..

Good luck!

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

Hi Jackson, thanks for sharing those reviews. The trip you were on was massively delayed in berthing and boarding so I have no doubt there would be many complaints. It is indeed a shame that you did not enjoy your cruise and I was not discounting all the points you made, only very specific ones based on my knowledge of how they operate.

On the subject of Royal Carribean, coincidentally, I have also been reading many disappointing reviews about their newest ship, Ovation of the Seas, complaining about long queues and not being able to book shows, #5 of this thread also mentioned these issues so they are not perfect either. https://www.tripadvisor.com.sg/ShowTopic-g1-…

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

I have board both ovation of the sea and dream cruise, which I feel they are quite similar in size and passenger load. I do agree that dream cruise need to improve in a lot of area.

1. Boarding - ovation arrive 8am, disembarked till around 11 and next batch of passenger board and set of 5pm, staggering time allows shorter waiting time especially at custom side. Dream cruise ship arrive 6.30 and expect to disembark over 3k passenger in 1.5hrs is really... a dream, thus causing delay in next batch boarding to delay from 8pm to 9.45pm, even more confusion when passenger still trying to alight when next batch boarding. As suite guest I was yelled at by a staff when I try to use the nearest automated lane saying that is for disembark only, when the sign above the automated lane is written: 'to ship', so my fault for going wrong lane when u didn't put correct sign and still get yell at? Where is the butler escort service promised?

2. Service- for ovation, it is great and staff were nice and u get a very good vacation feel. With reservation for dinner I rarely Q except for activities and show. But for dream cruise, like as mention, the staff were overwork thus the grumpy look, and I was told by my butler who show up with a tired look, no smile, that many staff were transfer to New world dream and I heard from other source many quit too. This also result in the Long Q everywhere, I got so scared I hide within my little suite palace area cuz everywhere else is Q Q and more Q. Thou the suite privilege good thing is the butler will bring the guest to jump Q ( I feel a lot of killer stare lol) I really need to compliment the 360 bar staff who give nice warm welcome smile that feels like light in a total darkness of grumpiness lol.

3. Food- ovation food is good, I specially love the Creme brûlée which I will order every night. At night 9pm will order room service with pizza and hot chocolate, in btw meal hungry go 270 eat cakes and salad, non stop eating I never have moment where I feel hungry. For dream cruise, suite guest also need to follow the rule of 2nd serving pay $15, and no room service! Luckily have afternoon tea and supper, so still won't go too hungry. Suite restaurant food is still ok, once I raise my courage to go restaurant downstairs, my butler bring me go no need Q but I see Long Q again outside, but inside half filled only, food waited 20 mins to arrive and I only eat a bite it is the most horrible chicken I ever ate.

In conclusion, ovation is so much better for everything but palace suite is better for relaxation if u can neglect service and only eat at suite restaurant

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

just to add-on : back from a 5 nights cruise on Genting Dreams, first ever asian luxury cruise, colourful, big and steady ship sailing elegantly on the high seas with lots of fun and excitement onboard. What I like most on this cruise is the safety aspect taken seriously by the ship management and crew members with regard to water slides, rope courses, Zipline, wall climbing, swimming pool/ deck free from slippery, careful handling of passengers on shore excurions, etc. Safety Drill is mandatory on the first day - your safety is No.1. A make-up drill is made for those absent on the main one for the next day until all passengers take part - no one is left behind.

My family and me stayed on the 15th Deck, housekeeping is good. Cabin is spacious with a smart TV with a front-cam viewing on the bridge view. Crew members are friendly and helpful with a smile always. Ample seats with free seatings at the inclusive restaurant, no need reservation, ( The Lido) ....lots and lots of food with a dedicated indian vegetarian counter and hassle-free.

Water slides are mind-blowing and challenging. Rope course, Zipline and Wall Climbing is not for the faint hearted. Bowling and Arcade games are fun too. The best is the ZOUK beach club, where endless fun and music dancing into the night. Lots of activites from morning till night and endless entertainment onboard the Genting Dreams. Fireworks on every 5-nights cruise on the last night, such a spectacular scene at night on high seas. This is my most memorable and best cruise.

Genting Dreams deployed 8 of their sleek-looking lifeboats to ferry passengers from the ship to shore excusions from Phuket Deep Sea. A real life experience on the lifeboat with maximum occupancy of 314 passengers.

Wifi access at sea is available onboard at $19 per day per cabin for 2 handphones.

Disembarkation from ship is hassle-free on the last day with priority given to Singaporeans/PR/work permit holders. A cruise not to be missed. Cheers !!

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

@nazeer n, hi

Great report. Thanks for sharing, and so many useful details...

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

A two-night cruise is very short - you'll basically only have one full day on board as you'll probably have to disembark pretty early on the morning you return to Singapore. Not a restful honeymoon! Do the three-nighter - almost certainly a more restful experience.

Balcony cabins are generally quieter than inside (non-window) cabins. This is because the inside cabins generally back onto the centre line of the ship, which is where all the service ducts, etc, will be. I have had quiet nights in an inside cabin, but I've also had a couple of nights in an inside cabin where it sounded like there was a pump running intermittently all through the night, just behind our bed.... Again, not good for a honeymoon! Go for the balcony, or at least a sea-view cabin. Extremely likely to be quieter.

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

Hi Schonefeld, thank you. I appreciate it.

Sharing further on my recent trip, I agree with Mr Tom B that longer nights will be good as the time flies faster on onboard with daily activities and programmes and shore excursions. The weather on my trip was pretty hot at all ports-of-call and I slept peaceful at night, being tired.

Deck 15 have 9 inner staterooms and the rest are suites. The is no Deck 14 on the ship at all (I don't know why). Deck 13 and downwards are mostly balcony class and some inner staterooms in the middle.. My nights at Deck 15 were mostly quieter except from some intermittent sounds from the Bowling sessions.

There are 8 lifts in the aft and another 8 lifts on the forward, so no crowding and not much waiting time... I get the whole lift for myself when going up or down most of the time.

By the way, the ship travels at night and docked in the daytime....not much of a scenery to be seen at balcony class except on the last day when it was cruising in the daytime all the way. Looks like Carribean cruise : Mariner of the Seas was competing on the left with Genting Dreams on high seas to reach Singapore on the last leg of journey....the big ship won.

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

<,Mariner of the Seas was competing on the left with Genting Dreams on high seas to reach Singapore on the last leg of journey....the big ship won.>>

LOVE that....

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

I have been on both - personally, by far Genting Dream Cruise would be preferred.

Balcony cabin is good as you can stand at the balcony to enjoy the sea breeze or see the sun rise or sun set without having to get change.

If you do not mind paying a bit more, I think the Palace Suite on Genting Dream Cruise would be more private for Honeymooners.

Have a good trip!

Edited: 14 January 2018, 22:04
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