CruiseWorld Dream recreates wonders of Japan onboard its summer sailings, including the largest lavender field at sea.

Can't go to Hokkaido? Dream Cruises brings Japan to its seacations

Hokkaido's iconic lavender fields will be replicated at sea aboard World Dream's Zouk Beach Club on the top deck.
Hokkaido's iconic lavender fields will be replicated at sea aboard World Dream's Zouk Beach Club on the top deck.

First came South Korea and Thailand, now passengers in Singapore sailing soon with Dream Cruises can get ready for new Japan-themed experiences onboard World Dream from 28 May to 31 August.

As part of its series of globe-trotting themes to entice local residents to sail with the cruise line, the upcoming sailings will feature replicas of Japan's iconic landmarks, local specialties and cultural experiences so that guests can enjoy"the next best thing" from the Land of Rising Sun.

Among the highlights are a 111sqm lavender field at sea to replicate Hokkaido's famous attraction, complete with DIY sessions for making lavender sachets and crepe paper lavender bouquets. The Crystal Life Spa will also add lavender spa treatments into their menu during these sailings.

Another Instagram-worthy spot will be Kyoto's Torii gates, now available at sea. Apart from the famous vermilion icon, guests can also opt to become a Geisha for a day with the help of a makeup artist, and also learn to create their own hair ornaments to complete the look.

Throughout the sailing, guests can expect a full immersion in the Japanese culture: think live performances of the traditional parasol dance which originated from the dance-drama style, Kabuki; as well as local Yukata (summer attire) fashion shows.

Restaurants are also part of the entire themed sailing, with The Lido serving up Osaka specialties, and Uji matcha green tea desserts at the Lobby Cafe in reference to the Kansai region.

Other popular Japanese islands can also be found represented in restaurants serving Okinawa Wagyu beef and Kyushu delicacies, learning Okinawa crafts such as origami, star-sand bottle making and Bingata dye craft workshops.

With the Tokyo Olympic Games just round the corner, World Dream will host its first-ever Dream Championships — a series of challenges ranging from archery and ropes course, to a climbing wall and waterslides — for guests to vie for the Dream Medal.

Anime fans can also get a chance to dress up as their favourite manga characters for the Cosplay Video Game Challenge, or join the manga drawing class.

The Little Dreamers Club.
The Little Dreamers Club.

Families bringing their kids onboard can make use of the Little Dreamers Programme. Available year-round, complimentary activities include Lego Boost Robot Coding, Advance Maze Challenge, music sessions, craft workshops and Little Dreamers Story Club.

For the period of 28 May to 26 June, additional chargeable special summer programmes will be available, including the Kids Theatre Workshop, the Little Scientists Workshop and the Creative Slippers Workshop — complete with a graduation ceremony and commemorative certificate.

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