Dream Cruises’ Cruise to Nowhere Part 2: Food Options

Written by Katherine

November 3, 2021
Last Updated on November 11, 2023

LATEST UPDATE (01 February 2023):

This post was written based on Dream Cruises when it was doing Cruise to Nowhere in Singapore during the pandemic. Dream Cruises has since been rebranded to Resorts World Cruises’ Genting Dream. For a more updated version of my experience on board the rebranded Genting Dream, check out the following posts instead:

20 May 2022 – Genting Dream to start trips from Singapore under the new Resorts World Cruises brand: As quoted from the article on Channel News Asia, Resorts World Cruises would offer complimentary cruise credits of “equivalent value” to all paid affected passengers by World Dream’s cruise cancellations in Singapore between Mar 2 – Aug 31 this year as a “gesture of goodwill”. The credits will be valid from June 15 to the end of March 2023.

Welcome back to Part 2 of my sharing about our Cruise to Nowhere experience with Dream Cruises’ World Dream in Singapore! In this part of the sharing, I will be sharing about our dining experience onboard the Dream Cruises on its food options. (o_ _)ノ彡☆

Why Dream Cruises?

If you have read my previous post, you would know that babe and my parents have commented about the standard of the food on board the Royal Caribbean during our last trip. Hence we wanted to find out if Dream Cruises provide better food options for them if we go on a cruise trip in future.

I will tell you what is good and what to avoid. So let’s find out if Dream Cruises’ food options are better (based on what we have experienced)!

Dream Cruises World Dream Food Options

We took the Balcony Stateroom instead of upgrading to the Palace Suite since we didn’t want to pay too much for a cruise trip. It includes complimentary dining at the following two restaurants:

  • The Lido – Buffet-style restaurant that includes Halal and Vegetarian Options
  • Dream Dining Room – Restaurant that provides food based on a set menu

Dream Cruises provide quite a number of chargeable food options onboard the World Dream, which you can refer to the full list here. Of the full list, we have decided to try out a few of them, just for the fun of it. I mean, we come on board to enjoy the cruise experience, and besides eating, it’s just eating, right? So might as well try some of the chargeable ones to see how good they might be.

Reservations are a MUST!

Prior to our trip, a colleague mentioned to me that it is a must to make reservations once onboard as timeslots are limited at each restaurant. While waiting for our ART results, babe and I discussed the probable restaurants that we would go to for lunch/dinner so that we could make the reservations once we boarded the cruise.

I am not sure there was a booth for you to make reservations, but at least we didn’t see any when we were on board. Reservations have to be made by calling the Restaurant Reservation hotline, which babe had a hard time connecting through. Seems like a lot of people had the same thoughts as us!

After getting through the hotline, we managed to make a reservation for both the Umi Uma and Hot Pot restaurant. We were given a later time for the Hot Pot restaurant as the time that we wanted was no longer available. The Hot Pot restaurant gave us a call the next day and told us that an earlier slot was available, so we took it. So guys, IT IS A MUST TO MAKE RESERVATIONS! Just make the reservations, and if you decide not to go, just remember to cancel to give someone else a chance. (o˘◡˘o)

Restaurant Credits

Or, however, you called it ‘cos I don’t remember the term. (*/_\) This information was not shared anywhere on Dream Cruises’ website, but you could probably see it being displayed on the LED screens around the cruise ship. We spotted this information on our TV while deciding what to do and what to reserve.

So apparently, you can purchase these restaurant credits/packages at any of the dining places on the Dream Cruises, and you will be given extra credits to spend on food and beverages at any of the dining outlets. The package is simple; for example, you pay SGD50, and you will be given SGD55 to spend on any food and/or beverages. I don’t remember the details because your girl here did not take any photos, as I didn’t expect myself to blog about it here. (ง ื▿ ื)ว

Anyway, it will be good to estimate the amount you will spend on food so you can decide on which package to get. We roughly estimate the amount that we will spend at both Umi Uma and Hot Pot and go with the package that best fits the spending. The excess will go into spending on more food and beverages to get fat! (っ˘ڡ˘ς)

The Lido, Eat All You Want Buffet

In my very honest opinion, being an inclusive restaurant on the Dream Cruises, The Lido has a really good variety of food options, and the food was really better than what I have read online. I am usually a picky eater, so if I think the food is good, I think it’s safe to say that they are edible for most people. ☆ ~(‘▽^人)

Breakfast – Going the Classic Way

On our last day, we had our breakfast at The Lido. The crowd was kind of terrible, probably because it was the last meal before we disembarked. We had to wait a while before we got a seat outside the restaurant, which is usually open for tea break/supper time. But nevertheless, we still enjoyed our breakfast, the classic Nasi Lemak!

Have you ever realised that Nasi Lemak usually appears in breakfast buffets in Southeast Asian countries? Seems like it is always the staple food item. Once again, we were impressed with the nasi lemak. Another must-eat breakfast item for me is the porridge. I had a bowl of simple chicken porridge with added braised peanuts. It would have been better if there were salted eggs to up the umami level. (´・ᴗ・ ` )

Lunch – Simple and Better Than Expected

The Lido was already open for lunch when we got onboard the cruise on the first day! Doesn’t seem like a wide selection of food at this time, as compared to the days when the cruise was cruising. But given the options, the food we had was actually not bad!

The cream pasta might look meh in my photo, BUT it was better than expected. The mutton (shown on the top left of the pasta) was really nice and soft as well. We had some of their bread, but I would have preferred it to be saltier, though it was very soft. In comparison, the dessert was normal, as with all desserts served at ANY international buffet. Never great, but always just okay. ┐(‘~` )┌

Tea Break/Supper Food

Snacks are being served outside of The Lido throughout the day, so whenever you are hungry or just want to nibble on something, you can just drop by the outdoor area of The Lido. It seemed like they usually serve fried food such as chicken nuggets, mini puffs and fries.

Personally, we felt that the snack options were just alright; nothing much to shout about. Just something to fill your tummy when you feel like it. Do note that when we were there for supper, it was super crowded, and we couldn’t even find seats (table-sharing is not allowed now, so it makes it tougher). Apparently, nighttime has the most number of hungry people out looking for food. (o_O)

We had some snacks and got to enjoy some lovely sea views and sky art. Sadly the cruise was not moving, most likely because there wasn’t anywhere to move to until we had to turn back, so it was rather hot to sit outside. (#><)

Halal Section – Must Try for the Extra Flavour

We also managed to try some food from the Halal section for our second lunch. The food was also not bad! Sorry, I am really bad at describing food, so if it’s not bad, it just means good/edible/will not die from eating. Dessert, once again, was normal. I would prefer the fruits over the dessert. Tell me why desserts are never wow-ing at an international buffet. ლ(¯ロ¯”ლ)

Dinner – Take Note of the Speciality Items!

Unfortunately, we didn’t really have dinner at The Lido since we had both our dinners at the chargeable restaurants.

Our cruise had a Japanese theme, and it seemed like there was a special Japanese section during dinner. A lot of people were queuing up for the speciality items. We did not see any speciality items during lunch, so it must be a dinner thing. Do not miss this if you’re interested! I would think if your cruise has a theme, there will definitely be something special for dinner.

Surprise Surprise, Look What They Have!

So after our dinner at the Hot Pot restaurant, we decided to check out The Lido to see if there are any dessert/fruit options. Yeah, I really have no love for their dessert. BUT THEY HAVE PULUT HITAM! AND I LOVE IT. A MUST EAT. ╰(*´︶`*)╯The Halal section also had fish crackers! I LOVE FISH CRACKERS, and why does this place serve fish crackers? I don’t know, and it was such a surprise, and I wish I could have more. ٩(。•́‿•̀。)۶

Dream Dining Room, Erm… Please Avoid?

I don’t know what got into us to try the Dream Dining Room. I mean, we had such a lovely time enjoying the buffet at The Lido, so we thought it shouldn’t be too bad at the Dream Dining Room, with their set menu, right? RIGHT?! ( `ε´ )

The Chinese menu was more appealing to us, so we decided to go for the Chinese menu. Honestly… The worst decision we had ever made onboard this cruise ship. NEVER. EVER. EAT. THE. CHINESE. MENU.

The taste of every single item was so… URGH. Porridge was URGH. Like how bad can porridge be!? If I give an 8 for the porridge at The Lido, this place gets a 2. I mean, I don’t know how the food here can be SO BAD. Half of the time, we didn’t know what we were tasting. We kept referring back to the menu, but everything tasted the same, just BLEAH.

Steamed Dried Shrimp and Vegetables, Bao tasted more like just BLEAH vegetable bao. Could have just made some simple lotus paste bun, and it would have been 1000% better! Steamed Hai Tong Dumplings tasted like the same BLEAH vegetable bao but in dumpling form. Braised Bee Hoon with Shredded Duck and Vegetables is just stir-fried been hoon with bits of duck. WHAT SHREDDED?! Maybe the Steamed Glutinous Rice with Chicken was a bit of a saving grace, but everything just tasted BLEAH. (」><)」

Since this was an inclusive meal, we can’t go to The Lido to try to get our appetite back as second dining in a 2nd inclusive restaurant will be chargeable. We don’t know what the Western menu was like, but given an option again, it’s always gonna be The Lido for us. AVOID THIS AT ALL COSTS!

Umi Uma, An Entertaining Meal

We chose Umi Uma as one of the chargeable restaurants to visit on the Dream Cruises as we didn’t want to have Western or Chinese food since both are rather typical in their selection. We are also not steak-people, so the Prime Steakhouse was out for us as well. Such an easy choice, right? (´・ᴗ・ ` )

The Restaurant

Due to social distancing, each teppanyaki table has only two couples/families, based on what we observed. That’s also the number one reason why timeslots are limited since seats are more limited due to the restrictions.

The Menu and Dining Experience

We were given the menu once seated and the choice was rather easy for me since I am usually a prawn/shrimp kind of person. So I had the Dream Ocean Shinto menu, which includes Sea Scallops & Jumbo Shrimps, while babe had the Chicken Thigh menu. All the teppanyaki menus are served with a salad with sesame dressing, teppanyaki vegetables, garlic fried rice, miso soup, as well as your choice of dessert.

If you have ever been to a teppanyaki restaurant, you would know that teppanyaki chefs are always known to be performers when they are cooking for you. There is no exception for Umi Uma as well. Note that you might be called to participate in their act as well, which babe did with one of the chef’s tricks. (¬‿¬ )

Music Credit: jayaindra from Pixabay

Is Umi Uma Worth It?

The answer you have been waiting for to that question on your mind! Is it worth the price (if you are not a Palace guest)?! My answer is no. Babe felt the same way too. SGD68 for my Dream Ocean Shinto menu; I really don’t think it’s worth that much, even more so for babe’s Chicken Thigh menu at the most basic teppanyaki price of SGD58. But if you’re looking for something interesting besides The Lido, then I think Umi Uma is great. The chef’s engagement was entertaining, and after all, you are on board to experience something different, right? So yeah, I say go for it for the experience but nope for the price.

Umi Uma also has Korean BBQ as well as other ala carte menu items, which we didn’t get to try. The couple at our same table ordered some sashimi, and they looked great, so you can try those if you’re not in for the teppanyaki. But taking away the teppanyaki “performance”, other food options will just be normal dining, isn’t it? (´・ᴗ・ ` )

Hot Pot, Just Simply Hot Pot

Interestingly, they didn’t give this hot pot place a better name but just simply a Hot Pot. (/▿\ )

The Restaurant

Anyway, we had dinner at this restaurant on the second day. I’m not sure what the arrangement was prior to the pandemic, but the hotpot is based on an individual pot concept instead of everyone sharing from one pot. So if you want the whole family to happily eat from one pot, you’re not getting it here.

The Menu and Dining Experience

Both babe and I had the Meat Set Combo each, and our set also came with a platter of vegetables. You also get to choose your choice of soup. I had the Mala Soup, while babe had the Tom Yum Soup, the two most exciting options from the soup selection. The other choices include Chicken Soup and Vegetable Soup.

Similar to many hot pot restaurants, you will be able to mix your preferred ingredients to make your own sauce. Over here at Hot Pot, they had a mobile sauce mixing cart so you can choose your preferred ingredients for the staff to mix for you. We were slightly disappointed by the selection as they didn’t have any special chilli sauce, which we both thought was something especially important for hot pot restaurants.

Music Credit: Royalty-Free Music from Bensound

Is Hot Pot Worth It?

Our Meat Set Combo costs the basic set price of SGD38. Quantity is okay, but honestly, we don’t think it is worth it. For the combined price of SGD76, we could have quite a good selection back in Singapore’s hot pot restaurants.

I was also expecting the weather to be windy so that we could enjoy the sea breeze while enjoying the sea view. But erm… Seems like we are not getting that. The cruise wasn’t exactly moving for a long period of time, as I have mentioned, so having a hot pot was not exactly the most comfortable thing to do.

Also, I was expecting some sunset but ermmm… Once again, nope. Apparently, we were on the wrong side, so no sunset. We overheard another couple asking as well, and they, too, were disappointed since that would probably be the best thing to see while dining.

I would recommend this place if we have the sunset, and if not, the sea breeze. Without them, it’s just nothing much. Of course, we enjoyed looking at the sea view, but you can do that if you get a window seat at The Lido. You even got to enjoy some aircon while dining, with lots more food options! (´・ᴗ・ ` )

The Sunset That Should Have Been There

We went to see the sunset on the other side of the deck after our meal at Hot Pot. If this was there, I would have given the restaurant more points though. I just have to put this here because this was what I wanted to see while having hot pot. (¬‿¬ )

Music Credit: Lesfm from Pixabay

Dining Options for Supper

If you can’t be satisfied by the snacks provided by the inclusive restaurant on the Dream Cruises or just want to avoid the crowd, I will recommend trying the room service or Lobby Cafe for more food options.

Room Service from Blue Lagoon

Based on the menu, it seems like the items are from the Blue Lagoon. Blue Lagoon is a 24-hour cafe as well, so you can dine there as well. We had wanted to have supper at The Lido, but the crowd was terrible. The Lobby Cafe was already closed as well, so we decided to order room service.

Food came within 30 minutes or so, rather fast, in our opinion. We ordered two items, Chinese dumplings (guotie) and spring rolls. Both are okay, in our opinion! Once again, I don’t remember the price for the items, but the dumplings were super worth it for the price. It was definitely a filling supper before we went to la-la-land.

Lobby Cafe, A Cafe With Good Food

We had drinks here when there were activities going on at the plaza beside the cafe. The Lobby Cafe is a good place to chill and do some people-watching on the Dream Cruises while waiting for your food and beverages. But that’s not the main thing. You should DEFINITELY come here for the laksa. The gravy was thick and super mega delicious. It was definitely not because I was hungry because we had that for supper. It was super delicious and, I think, one of the best food items onboard the cruise. MUST TRY!

Genting Dream-Related Posts

As mentioned earlier, this is an outdated post about Dream Cruises food for the Cruise to Nowhere in Singapore. For a more updated version of my experience on board the rebranded Resort World Cruises’ Genting Dream, check out the following posts instead:

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