Music, fire spinning and fireworks, champagne and speeches celebrated the first-ever night time keel-laying at MV Werften Rostock in northern Germany.
We are here for the keel-laying for the second Global Class ship, to be delivered early 2022, and I feel like we are in a Cirque de Soleil show,
The guest of honour was Genting Cruse Lines’ second Global Class ship, aka ‘Global 2’.
Guests invited to witness the auspicious event included Genting Hong Kong’s chairman and CEO Tan Sri KT Lim, deputy CEO Hui Lim, group president Colin Au, Genting Cruise Lines president Kent Zhu, Dream Cruises president Michael Goh and MV Werften’s CEO Peter Fetten, alongside government and media representatives.
“We are here for the keel-laying for the second Global Class ship, to be delivered early 2022, and I feel like we are in a Cirque de Soleil show,” said Mr Lim.
“This was a great show,” said Mr Goh of the keel-laying ceremony where guests also lined up to place coins under the first section of the keel for good luck. “The future is here, the future is Global.”
Global 2’s highlights promise a theme park at sea, including a rollercoaster with VR, as well as a multiplex cinema, enhanced wellness options that offer Asian and European spas, advanced technology, numerous restaurants and fast food outlets and entertainment and shows on board.
“In today’s world, consumer behaviour changes even in a short span of a year,” said Mr Goh. “We must continue to innovate and change some of the fixtures to give to the market. There will be, therefore, some differences in the offerings on board the second Global Class ship, but the general set up will be very similar.”
Ship-within-a-ship The Palace will continue to provide luxurious suites to passengers, and for the Taiwan market this is particularly important, said Matthew Wu, chairman of the International Cruise Council, Taiwan and president of Apple Travel Service.
“The first priority for Taiwanese passengers is The Palace,” he says. “Genting’s contributions to the more than two decades-long Taiwan cruise market, and their efforts leading and improving the market, especially now with the new Global Class ships, are central to the country’s mature industry,” he added.
Itinerary plans for Global 2 will remain dynamic, as the team engage with business partners, tourism boards and consumer feedback to further understand what the market wants, with plenty of time before the 2022 launch.