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Dream Cruises Teams With Pokémon Detective Pikachu



Dream Cruises announced Tuesday it is collaborating with the new Pokémon Detective Pikachu movie.

Through August 31, Detective Pikachu will make guest appearances aboard the three cruise ships of the Dream fleet, including the Genting Dream, World Dream and Explorer Dream. The cruises will give Pokémon fanatics an immersive and thematic vacation at sea.

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During the Detective Pikachu promotional period, guests aboard the participating Dream Cruises ships will have the chance to enjoy interactive programs at sea. The activities include a Detective Pikachu meet-and-greet, Power On language academy and costume party, thematic specialty drinks and afternoon tea sets, arts and crafts workshops and more.

Passengers on the Genting Dream can choose from two- and five-night itineraries from her homeport in Singapore, which transports travelers to scenic destinations in Southeast Asia.

As for the World Dream, the vessel departs from Hong Kong or Guangzhou, China on a variety of short and long-haul cruise holidays. The Explorer Dream sets sail from her homeports in Shanghai and Tianjin, China.

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Royal Caribbean Makes Additional Comment on Future of Buffets



The buffet—as much a staple on cruise ships as anything—will live on in a different form, at least on Royal Caribbean vessels.

A week after Michael Bayley, president and CEO of Royal Caribbean Cruises, intimated that buffets would likely not exist when Royal Caribbean returns to the sea, reports something of an evolution on that stance.

Richard Fain, chairman and CEO of Royal Caribbean Cruises Limited, appeared on Coffee Chat, a weekly talk with travel advisors with host and Senior Vice President of Sales and Trade Support and Service Vicki Freed, and said buffets will change but not go away entirely.

“(Where) everybody reaches in and everybody touches the same tongs, you’re not going to see (that) on land or sea,” Fain said. “(But) it doesn’t mean that you don’t have a buffet. You might have it where all of that is served to you by other people. And there (are) other possibilities. But the point is that it will evolve.”

By way of example, Fain said to consider the Midnight Buffet.

“I don’t think anyone says, ‘Where’s the midnight buffet?’” he said. “You haven’t seen the midnight buffet for years and that was long before we had COVID-19. Tastes change and people change, and cruise lines change to accommodate.”

Fain told TravelWeekly, sister publication to, that cruisers will adapt, much as air travelers did in the wake of the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks.

“If you remember after (that), all of a sudden you had to do a strip search at the airport. You couldn’t take a bottle of water on the plane,” he said. “A lot of people said, ‘Nobody’s ever going to fly. Who’s going to want to go on an airplane?’ Airplane travel didn’t end. In fact, it grew. But it evolved. So it isn’t the same when you go today. You do go through security checks, and you do go through identity checks and frankly, we’ve become accustomed to it and the technology has helped make it easier.”

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