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The surprising location for dream dining

By: Aoife Mackenzie

Most of us long for a pampering, stress-free holiday. And while it might not be the first option that springs to mind, cruising is the ideal way to escape the grind and let others do the work for you. Dream Cruises are luxe liners shaking off stereotypical views of mainstream cruising and offering thoughtful, chic and opulent breaks on the high seas. The company aims to differentiate itself not only through its emphasis on sleek service and expansive accommodation but – calling all foodies – through its gastronomic excellence (hello, Michelin-starred chefs!). We’re talking lobster, champagne and wine tastings here on these cruises from Hong Kong.

It all makes for a boutique travel experience where you can expect lavish features like butler services and fine dining inspired by different corners of the globe – from modern Cantonese to French-Chinese fusion and grand banquets. Add to this the company’s variety of itineraries and destinations to choose from, and you can see why it’s causing something of a stir.

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Relax by the pool

Celebrity chefs

“Taste the Dream – Wine and Dine at Sea” is the cruise line’s new culinary concept. Guests who book the “Taste the Dream 2-Night Weekend Escape” can board a World Dream cruise between June and November, 2018, to enjoy not only the exclusive gastronomy experience, but also a stay in the plush Palace Suite. An unprecedented collaboration between six celebrity chefs and the on-board culinary team, guests will have the pleasure of experiencing an amazing culinary experience in sumptuous surroundings. This is a five-star journey at sea and the perfect option for the modern discerning traveler.

The star chefs chosen by Dream Cruises are celebs for a reason and are legends on the dining scene. Alvin Leung is a triple-Michelin-starred expert in molecular gastronomy, better known as “The Demon Chef”, and owner of HK’s Bo Innovation. Chef Chan Kwok Keung (KK), also Michelin-starred, specialises in Cantonese cooking and holds the title of “World Champion” in the Chinese Cuisine World Championships to prove it. Vicky Cheng is the youngest chef to receive a Michelin star in HK and is noted for his ability to fuse French and Chinese cuisine seamlessly. Christian Yang, or the “Culinary Magician”, brings with him skills honed from years spent in European Michelin-starred restaurants. You’re also in safe hands with Wan Tat Kong; a guru with over 50 years’ experience cheffing up in Japan, Hong Kong and Canada. Martin Yan is a world-renowned celebrity chef and host of the award-winning cooking show Yan Can Cook.

Guests will be able to interact with chefs onboard and discuss the inspiration behind the limited-edition menus.

The private dining room

Dining with a difference

Book the “Taste the Dream” package and you can savour the exquisitely curated four-hand menu, prepared by one of the guest chefs, as part of your complimentary inclusive. Highlights include dishes crafted from ingredients such as foie gras, Okinawa wagyu beef, lobster, and fresh sashimi, to name a few. If you weren’t feeling spoilt enough, one you are on board you can opt to experience the guest chef’s full menu privately in the deluxe Vintage Room – something to consider for your next special occasion.

Speaking of special: all this delicious fare can be paired with premium spirits and wine, curated by the onboard sommelier. If you can see yourself lolling on deck at sunset, sipping a glass of 1998 Château Montrose Bordeaux, or, popping a bottle of champagne over dinner, Taste the Dream might just be an offer you can’t refuse.

Rates for “Taste the Dream – Wine and Dine at Sea” start from HK$4,596 per person for a two-night weekend escape. Vintage Room dining package is extra. More information at dreamcruiseline.com.

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A Dream Cruise luxe liner

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