Cruise into the Year of the Pig

Writer Joyce Yip | January 29, 2019

The Genting-operated cruise line brings in new menus, new shows and a special guest – Mr. Monopoly – onboard to bring wealth and prosperity during festive times.

The two-night weekend journey from Hong Kong is just enough time to indulge in CNY-themed parties, a Kung Hei Fat Choi Trivia Wall, a CNY countdown party, and for kids – story time illustrating traditional Chinese fables and festive legends as well as a Mr. Monopoly Tea Set, where the property tycoon may just make a surprise appearance.

It’s not Chinese New Year a feast that requires some elbow-digging, and poon-choi – or a mountain of Chinese delicacies piled in a pot – does just the trick. If the mound of sea cucumber, abalone, oyster and shrimp don’t impress, opt instead for the full CNY menu, with favourites such as crispy suckling pig, sweet and sour fish and, to pay homage to Northern China, hand-made dumplings.

For those who want an unconventional holiday meal, the ship houses a total of 18 restaurants ranging from Okinawan fare and teppankayi to international buffets and outdoor hotpot.

Hop into the theatre on the eight dinner for some post-dinner fun. With two new shows, Dulce Habana tells of a love story set in the Caribbean, complete with flamboyant dresses and a percussion team flown in directly from Cuba. Faith, on the other hand, illustrates a seafaring journey of a boy who encounters “creatures” that are fluent in acrobats, aerial hoops, and trampoline jumping. If song and dance aren’t for you, sit back and enjoy the breathtaking costumes and stage setups.