Dream Cruises will convert the top deck of World Dream into a giant lavender field to resemble that of Hokkaido for a new collection of Japanese-themed sailings that will operate out of Singapore.
Between 28 May and 31 August 2021, World Dream – which currently operates 2- and 3-night sailings to nowhere – will feature a number of installations that will showcase regions of Japan, such as the Torii gates in Kyoto, while presenting guests with local speciality dishes and cultural experiences, offering guests the “next best thing” to visiting the Land of the Rising Sun.
The Wonders of Japan journey will begin in the North, starting with Hokkaido – an idyllic summer holiday destination renowned for its lavish fields of lavender during the month of July. World Dream will mark the period with the world’s first-ever lavender field at sea, spread over 110 square metres.
Onboard, guests will be able to indulge in special lavender spa treatments at the Crystal Life Spa, and also learn to make their own lavender sachets and crepe paper lavender bouquets.
To embrace the spirit of Akihabara, the haven for all manga and anime lovers in Tokyo, guests will be invited to dress up as their favourite characters and join the Cosplay Video Game Challenge, where the most well-versed manga and anime enthusiasts will put their knowledge to the test; for those who wish to create their own Manga Japanese comics, there will be Manga Drawing Classes.
The Wonders of Japan journey next travels to Kansai region, where Osaka, the ancient capital city of Japan is located. The famous vermilion Torii gates of Fushimi Inari-taisha, one of the most iconic landmarks in Kyoto, will be re-created at sea for the first time ever on World Dream.
Also known as the Geisha Central, geishas dressed in elaborate kimonos and strolling in the streets of Gion is one of the most exquisite sceneries that can only be found in Kyoto. Guests of World Dream will have the opportunity to witness the magical transformation of the iconic Geisha look by makeup artist; for those who wish to channel their inner Geisha, they can also learn to create their own Geisha hair ornaments to complete the look.
Guests are also invited to learn and appreciate the Japanese culture through live performances of the traditional parasol dance, as well as Yukata fashion shows, the traditional Japanese attire usually worn during the summer season.
For food lovers, specialities from Osaka will be served in The Lido, the complimentary onboard restaurant, as well as decadent desserts made with Uji matcha, the green tea that hails from the cultural city of Uji in the Kansai region, at the Lobby Café.
Distinctive cultural and culinary experiences have also been curated to highlight the islands of Shikoku, Kyushu and Okinawa for guests to enjoy, without stepping foot outside of Singapore, such as origami, star-sand bottle making and Bingata dye craft workshops.
The “Super Summer Seacation” is currently only available to Singapore Residents.
Lead image: Lavender field in Zouk Beach Club (all images supplied)