All staff members at TTG Asia Media Singapore office were recently given the chance to sail onboard the 150,000-tonne Genting Dream cruise ship over the course of a weekend.
The relatively-new boat – completed in October 2016 – is able to carry 3,400 guests and 2,000 crew. Facilities include spas, 35 F&B options, several pools, six water slides, a rope-climbing course, a mini golf area, and bowling alley. Other unique elements include the first Zouk nightclub at sea, as well as the first Johnnie Walker Bar on a ship.
For meeting organisers or corporate events, there are numerous spaces to choose from. For example, cocktail events can be held in the 495m2 Palm Court, conferences can be conducted in the 999-seater Zodiac Theatre, while the SportsPlex facility can be used for outdoor teambuilding activities.
A teambuilding activity was created for all staff members, and to ensure everyone would participate, a complete-the-activity sheet was given to us, where a stamp would be received for every activity we completed. We were split into five groups based on department, and had to do varied tasks together.
We were also a fairly large group, which meant that boarding and disembarking could potentially be messy, take a long time, and difficult to manage.
Another challenge was to ensure everyone was kept in the loop in case of last minute venue changes, or in the case of emergencies.
Our teambuilding activities included an hour-long Bollyrobics Dance Fitness class, Bubble Football, and Laughter Yoga, and it was heartening to see almost everyone participating enthusiastically. This allowed us to build camaraderie as we laughed, bounced and pranced our way through the various activities.
To further motivate us, Dream Cruises also sponsored prizes such as travel adaptors and suitcase organisers, that were presented upon the quickest completion of the activity card.
To ensure everyone was on the same page and we could contact each other, Dream Cruises provided the group with complimentary Wi-Fi. This allowed announcements and reminders to be sent out to all participants.
Photos could also be conveniently sent across, where we could easily relieve our uproarious antics.
The itinerary ensured that the group was constantly kept entertained, though I felt Dream Cruises did not have to fret one bit as there was an extensive list of activities and entertainment to go around. Aside from scheduled activities like archery and poolside games, there were musical performances such as Voyage of a Lover’s Dream, and a Latin ballroom dance show. In fact, our schedule was so packed, free time was hard to come by!
Boarding was surprisingly smooth, and after a 20-minute wait at the Marina Bay Cruise Centre, the crew handed us our passports and room keys, and we could immediately board the ship, leave our luggage in our cabins before we went exploring.
Checking out was also done efficiently – where our passports could be collected and bills settled the night before – and fuss-free. The group had to simply gather in one of the ship’s restaurants, and when it came to our turn to disembark, we were ushered to an exit where we had our key cards checked once more, before being allowed to cross the gangplank.
Event: TTG Cruise Away 2018
Organiser: Dream Cruises
Venue: Genting Dream
Date: February 9-11, 2018
Number of participants: 42