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A new ship is on the block.

A new ship is on the block.

It’s not often that a fresh cruise line comes along and changes up the game, but that’s exactly Dream Cruises have done for cruise holidays in the last few years. Arriving Down Under for the 2019/2020 cruise season, Explorer Dream is about to introduce Kiwi cruise holidaymakers to all that this bold new line has to offer. Both the ship itself and the Dream Cruises experience onboard will give guests the chance to experience a holiday at sea which joyously breaks many of the old moulds that local cruise fans have come to expect. Read a little further to discover more about Explorer Dream and what makes it such a refreshingly excellent option for Kiwi cruisers.

Savour

Explorer Dream treats guests to all sorts of Asia-inspired and international cuisine.

There’s no denying it: for most people, a huge part of any cruise holiday is all about loosening the belt and consuming indulgent amounts of delicious food. Explorer Dream provides a bit of a twist on the kind of cruise fare most will be used to, while still catering for those who just want to enjoy some comfort dishes. Dream Cruises is a line which brings distinctly Asian influences to the world of cruising, and that certainly extends to the food onboard. There’s a generous array of cuisines inspired by various cultures around the region, from refreshingly light Japanese fare to rich Southeast Asian dishes.

If you’re on the lookout for flavours which feel a little closer to home, Explorer Dream has you covered there too. Designed by one of Australia’s most influential chefs, Seafood Grill by Mark Best serves up sumptuous contemporary seafood dishes in a grill-style canopied outdoor area. If you’re lucky enough to be staying in The Palace, Dream Cruises’ exclusive luxury experience, you cannot miss a visit to Palace Restaurant. With a stunning array of dishes from all around the world, you’re sure to find something that suits you to a tee. For more casual Western-style options, you could always pick up a pizza slice from Mozzarella Ristorante & Pizzeria or a tasty pastry from Breadbox.

Relax

It’s hard to find a better place for a relaxing cruise holiday than Explorer Dream.

If food is one major pillar of cruising, lazing around is definitely another, and Explorer Dream provides guests with plenty of ways to unwind. If you’re keen to spend a fair amount of your time onboard relaxing by the pool, Parthenon Pool on the main top deck will be your relaxation venue of choice. Families with kids will gravitate toward the nearby waterslide, but if you never want to leave your lounger, no one’s going to judge you - that’s what cruise holidays are for after all. If you’re feeling adventurous, you could always consider budging from your comfy spot occasionally to melt your stress away in one of the nearby hot tubs. To shift your Explorer Dream relaxation into a whole new gear, simply pay a visit to the Crystal Life Spa, where you can indulge in pampering which might just have you feeling like a whole new human by the time you’re done.

Of course, there are more ways to relax than just lying around. Enjoying the excellent entertainment options aboard Explorer Dream is another way to wash the stress away. The Zodiac Theatre is home to Broadway-style shows crafted to enthrall and delight guests, while those looking for a slightly less traditional entertainments can head to the futuristic ESC Experience Club to play around in virtual reality or try out the Action Zone, a lounge filled with gaming consoles. However you like to relax, you can rest assured that Explorer Dream has the perfect opportunity for you.

Indulge

Guests at the Palace will enjoy an exclusive pool area among many other perks.

While Dream Cruises is not actually a luxury service, unlike lines such as Azamara, Seabourn and Regent Seven Seas, any voyage on Explorer Dream will be sprinkled with luxurious touches which improve guests’ quality of life. For example, guest capacity is smaller on Dream Cruises vessels, lending a more personal feel to each voyage. Staterooms are also larger than average, just one more little luxury to enhance your holiday.

But if you really want to experience next level luxury, Explorer Dream can provide that too. The Palace, mentioned briefly above, is an exclusive enclave featuring over 140 sumptuous suites and two extremely luxurious Palace Villas. But there’s much more to it than that. When staying at The Palace, luxe accommodations are only the start. Palace guests are also treated to a raft of perks like 24-hour butler service, ship-wide WiFi, a premium beverage package, and exclusive dining entitlements at Palace Restaurant.

With amazing features like these, the Explorer Dream is an extremely tempting option for those considering a cruise holiday this coming summer. To make booking a cruise even more attractive, this is the very final week of Cruise Sale Finder’s Deck-ade of Cruising promotion, and all bookings (and enquiries with deposit) will go into the draw for our spectacular Grand Prize - a Dream Cruises holiday of your own choosing.* It all wraps up after this week though, so don’t miss your chance to step aboard the Explorer Dream yourself, free of charge!

*See T&Cs for details.

From party cruises in the Baltic to a classy Cunard voyage, I’ve been lucky enough to experience the full spectrum of cruise life. Onboard you’ll probably find me by the pool with a doorstop sized book in one hand and a mojito in the other, or sampling an array of delicious foods.

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