The Hong Kong–based operator has just expanded its Taiwanese offerings in response to overwhelming market demand for a post-Covid cruise.
Since the debut of Dream Cruises’ Taiwanese island-hopping trips in late July—billed as the first post-pandemic cruises offered anywhere in the world—more than 25,000 passengers have embarked on maritime vacations aboard Explorer Dream. These voyages from the port of Keelung to Penghu, Matsu, and Kinmen have proved so popular that Dream Cruises has decided to roll out a suit of brand-new itineraries for domestic travelers keen to see their home from another perspective. Collectively named “Discover Taiwan,” the options range from six-day circuits of the main isle to overnight journeys around Guishan Island to view the Milk Sea, a natural phenomenon caused by gases rising from hot-spring and sulfur vents on the seabed.
Guests can look forward to circumnavigating Taiwan on the longest itinerary, a five-night sojourn that will see the vessel making stops in Anping—a district of Tainan known for its historical charms—before venturing out to Penghu, Kaohsiung, and sailing up the east coast back to Keelung via Hualien. Dream Cruises says the new routes give travelers the chance to explore a slew of Taiwan’s most well-known destinations “without the hassle of packing and unpacking or catching connections.”
Meanwhile, three- and four-night cruises to Penghu, Kaohsiung, and Hualien are available, with shorter two-night getaways to Anping, where the cruise terminal is set to double as a market offering local delicacies and specialty souvenirs. A two-night sightseeing cruise in the waters off Japan’s Ishigaki Island (without shore excursions) will also be on the cards.
And as international leisure travel remains still off-limits, Explorer Dream will be hosting a lineup of themed events over the coming weeks. Passengers on board from October 7 to 8 can join Oktoberfest festivities, which will involve beer-drinking contests, traditional Bavarian music and dances, and plenty of German fare (think bratwurst and pork knuckle). Spain’s national day on the 12th is being marked with tapas on the menu and tutorials in flamenco and sangria-making, all capped by a Flamenco Night featuring professional performances. The following month, Diwali celebrations are set to take place from November 13–14, with guests welcome to join Indian dance lessons as well as workshops on making paper lanterns and mehndi (a.k.a. henna) hand coloring.
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