World Dream launches the first Halal-friendly cruise ship

Reta Lee
·Editor-in-Chief, Lifestyle
·3 min read

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SINGAPORE – In anticipation of the Islamic holy month, Dream Cruises announces the launch of Hari Raya themed cruises aboard World Dream in May 2021, where guests will enjoy festive culinary and entertainment experiences as they celebrate the annual Muslim festival on the first Halal-friendly cruise ship in the Asia-Pacific. 

“Since the launch of our Halal-friendly experiences aboard World Dream in December last year, we have been greatly encouraged by the positive reception in the market. We are pleased to announce that Dream Cruises will host her first-ever Ramadan and Hari Raya cruises on World Dream this year, where guests can enjoy a hassle-free vacation at sea that fully caters to their needs when observing two of the most important religious festivals in Islam. We remain dedicated to curating exceptional cruise experiences that cater to the lifestyle of Muslim guests, to become their vacation of choice,” said Mr Michael Goh, President of Dream Cruises.

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Ramadan spread onboard the cruise. (PHOTO: Dream Cruises)
Ramadan spread onboard the cruise. (PHOTO: Dream Cruises)

To further spread the spirit of Hari Raya through the act of giving, Dream Cruises also signed an MoU with Jamiyah Singapore on a new CSR campaign that will encompass charitable donations and fundraising initiatives throughout the year to support underprivileged communities in Singapore.

To help guests observe Ramadan onboard World Dream, a special early morning Sahur meal will be served in The Lido’s dedicated Halal section during designated times from 13 April to 12 May 2021.

In celebration of the end of Ramadan two special Hari Raya Festival at Sea Super Seacations on 16 May and 23 May will provide guests with a host of fun activities and culinary delights for passengers of all faiths.

With food playing such an important role during this time, celebrity chefs will host special cooking demonstrations to share their secrets in the kitchen. One of the most prominent figures in Singapore’s culinary scene, chef Mel Dean will teach guests how to prepare some of his most famous signature dishes during the 3-night cruise departing on 16 May. 

Chef Sarah Ariffin. (PHOTO: Dream Cruises)
Chef Sarah Ariffin. (PHOTO: Dream Cruises)

On the third night, 23 May voyage, chef Sarah Ariffin will host Halal pastry cooking demonstrations to indulge everyone’s sweet-tooth. And throughout, these two cruises, chef Mel Dean’s signature dishes will be available in The Lido’s dedicated Halal section along with special Hari Raya drinks and mocktails.

In addition to festive entertainment programs for Hari Raya, such as special flash mob performances on the cruise ship, as an additional special treat on the 23 May sailing, guests will be able to attend a gala screening at sea of Not My Mother’s Baking, the story of how the daughter of a Malay-Muslim celebrity chef falls in love with the son of Chinese meat seller, with the director, producer, cast members and celebrity guests Mastura Ahmad and Seriwahyuni Jaes in attendance. 

The stars of the popular travel series Ole Ole Temasya, Ahmad and Jaes will also be on hand to share colorful and memorable highlights from the show for guests on World Dream.

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