As the Resorts World Cruises rejoiced its first sailing on June 15, Michael Goh, President of Resorts World Cruises couldn’t be more thrilled. Speaking with TravelScapes on the sidelines of the much-awaited sailing of Resorts World Cruises, Goh shared his key thoughts and expectations from the Indian market as well as the differential factors of this fresh Asian luxury cruise brand. Apprising that the growth looks quite promising from Indian travel trade and consumers, Goh summed up his excitement by adding that the brand is consistently exploring newer opportunities in the Asia region with a series of the planned fleet in the near future
For this particular launch sail, has the Indian market responded as you expected? What per- centage of Indian travellers do you expect to be cruising in 2022?
The response from India has been fantastic and very encouraging from both the travel trade and consumers. This is clearly reflected in our confirmed bookings of over 20,000 cabins from India in just under two months since we first opened bookings. We expect bookings from India to continue to grow and dominate the Fly-Cruise sector for our sailings with the Genting Dream in Singapore. In addition, we also observed a significant surge in demand for the MICE segment in India, contributing to the overall growth of the cruise sector.
How is Resorts World Cruises aimed at reinvigorating the cruise industry in Southeast Asia?
For the cruise industry in Southeast Asia and greater Asia to continue to flourish, it’s important to have Asian representation in the cruise industry; and Resorts World Cruises is that brand to do so. As a home- grown Asian brand with decades of valuable affiliated experiences, we are committed and focused on making the region one of the major year-round cruise destinations in the world. Starting with the Singapore deployment, we are exploring new opportunities in the region with a series of the planned fleet in the near future.
What key and differential offerings do Resorts World Cruises has in comparison to the older Genting fleet? What makes it unique for an Indian traveller?
Resorts World Cruises has reimagined and elevated its cruise offerings to a new level, redefining personalized cruising lifestyle experiences with diverse international offerings. Our unique highlights include our High Energy Zones, packed with fun-filled and adrenalin-pumping activities, as well as our Quiet and Chill Zones, for that alternative relaxing atmosphere.
We are also introducing a fusion of entertainment and dining experiences that is truly unique to the senses, complemented by fusion cuisine at different venues, which include Omasake, Korean-Japanese cuisine, Asian popular delights and more. The Genting Dream is also the world’s first OIC/SMIIC standard Halal-friendly cruise ship, which offers Halal and authentic Jain Vegetarian certified cuisines in dedicated venues. On top of that, the luxury The Palace – ‘A ship- within-a-ship’ private enclave with exclusive amenities will continue to be a popular choice of accommodation for many travellers from India.
What can guests expect in the years ahead? More ports, new experiences, or key developments?
Resorts World Cruises will continue to strive to deliver the ultimate cruise adventure aboard the Genting Dream, the first ship of a planned fleet that is “Resorts Cruising At Seas”, expanding the Resorts Brand from land experiences to the seas of the world. We have already announced our new destinations cruises starting July 1 to Indonesia, Malaysia and soon Thailand. We will continue to explore new possibilities with new ports in the following year.
Overcoming the times of pandemic, when things are more in favour of responsible tour- ism, what sustainable practices is the brand putting to action?
The post ripple effect of the pandemic had shifted the mindset of consumers and cruise lines alike on safety. At Resorts World Cruises, the safety and well-being of our guests and crew are our first priority; and we have implemented enhanced and best practices in our safety and precautionary measures from ship to shore, based on global standards and local government guidelines.
We remain committed to sound environmental practices in which a high standard of responsibility has been established to preserve the environment in which we operate. These include increasing energy efficiency, conservation of fuel and water, reducing solid waste generation, increasing recycling, protecting marine life and preventing oil pollution. For instance, our ship is equipped with Eniram trim optimization; and the exterior hull coating system incorporates the most advanced silicone-based paint to decrease drag in
the water and increase fuel efficiency. Also, we follow the highest marine industry standards and our Bio Waste Treatment system is equipped with dryers with the ability to incinerate or bag waste materials for offloading and disposal.