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Dream Cruises files application for winding up operations

In a major shock to the cruise segment in India, Dream Cruises, which was launched with much fanfare some years ago has filed application for winding up operations. This is a result of its parent company Genting Hong Kong filing for winding up operations two weeks ago after having failed to secure funding to stay afloat following the insolvency of its German shipbuilding subsidiary.

Dream Cruises is one of the operators running cruises to nowhere in Singapore. It had temporarily suspended new bookings, and this was slated to end on Friday (February 4), reports Adeline Tan for The Straits Times.

In a statement last Friday (Jan 28), Genting Hong Kong’s appointed joint provisional liquidators said Dream Cruises filed to wind up the company with the Bermuda courts last Thursday (January 27).

It also added that it is seeking to appoint joint provisional liquidators to develop and propose any restructuring plans in respect of Dream Cruises’ debts and liabilities.

The statement said that restructuring will offer “higher recoveries to all creditors and stakeholders”, compared to liquidation which will destroy the value of Dream Cruises and its subsidiaries.

It added that Dream Cruises’ subsidiaries remain valuable, with potential for business transactions to be pursued in the future that could benefit creditors.

The joint provisional liquidators are in discussion with both Genting Hong Kong’s and Dream Cruises’ management to urgently assess the financial condition of Genting Hong Kong and Dream Cruises’ subsidiaries, and to identify potential remediation plans, the statement said.

Genting Hong Kong also owns two other cruise brands – Star Cruises, which operates in the Asia-Pacific, and luxury brand Crystal Cruises, which is headquartered in Miami, Florida.

(Source: The Straits Times)

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