(L to R)  Tan Sri Lim Kok Thay (Chairman and CEO, Genting Hong Kong), Thatcher Brown (President, Dream Cruises), Henning Stellermann (Project Manager, Meyer Werft) and Bernard Meyer (CEO, Meyer Werft) with the traditional lucky coins

Genting Hong Kong and Meyer Werft recently noted the keel laying of World Dream during a special event held in Papenburg, Germany on Tuesday, January 10.

“After the successful debut of Genting Dream last November and the wonderful reception the ship has experienced from our guests, we are excited to start the construction process on World Dream,” said Tan Sri Lim Kok Thay, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Genting Hong Kong. “World Dream will push the bar even higher for the cruise industry through her quality construction and customized design, best in class service and diverse range of entertainment, dining, leisure and recreation options – all complemented by Dream Cruises’ Asian at Heart, International in Spirit hospitality.”

During the official ceremony, block number 3, one of 92 blocks that will eventually complete the 151,000 tonnage ship, was lifted into the building dock to officially start the block assembly for World Dream. In keeping with tradition, Thatcher Brown, president of Dream Cruises, laid the customary "lucky coins" under the keel block of the new vessel as a symbol of good fortune and to bless the ship.

When World Dream joins her sister ship Genting Dream this November 2017, Dream Cruises will have the newest fleet, 100 percent dedicated to the Asia cruise market, according to a prepared statement.

"Genting Hong Kong is proud to build on its commitment to the Asian cruise and tourism industry. We are equally pleased to offer our valued travel partners and guests more destination choices and vacation experiences,” said Brown.

World Dream is scheduled to make her debut in the Asia Pacific in November of this year.