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Star Cruises, member of Genting Hong Kong, is the 3rd biggest cruise line in the world, following Carnival Corporation and Royal Caribbean Cruises. The company dominates the Asia-Pacific market. It is owned by Genting Hong Kong, and is listed on the Singapore Exchange and the Hong Kong Stock Exchange.

The foray of the line into global shipping market allowed Star Cruises to tap into profitable and more mature markets in Europe and North America. Its services cater to Asian guests, as well as to Europeans, Australians and North Americans, interested in Asian destinations. Star Cruises chairman is Tan Sri Lim Kok Thay, son of the late Tan Sri Lim Goh Tong, founder of Genting Highlands, Malaysia.

Star Cruises was established as an associate of Genting Group of Malaysia, incorporated on November 10, 1993 in Bermuda, with corporate headquarters in Hong Kong. The first ships of the company were two cruiseferries bought from the bankrupted estate of Swedish Rederi AB Slite. Star Cruises purchased several other used vessels in the following years. In 1998, the company took delivery of its first newbuild, SuperStar Leo. Sister ship SuperStar Virgo followed in 1999. The same year Star Cruises acquired Sun Cruises.

In 2000, Star Cruises also acquired Norwegian Cruise Line, including the subsidiaries Norwegian Capricorn Line and Orient Lines, becoming the biggest global cruise line in the world. The operations of Norwegian Capricorn Line were soon merged into the operations of Star Cruises. Before the NCL purchase, Star Cruises had several other newbuilds either under construction or planned, but with the merger of the two firms, most of the constructed builds joined the fleet of Norwegian Cruise Line. However, in August 2007, Star Cruises sold 50% of Norwegian Cruise Line for $1 billion to Apollo Management. As of June 30, 2014 Star Cruises only has a 28% stake in the cruise line.

In 2001, Star Cruises founded a sister company, Cruise Ferries, which started operating its sole cruise ship, Wasa Queen, on short sailings from Hong Kong to Xiamen. These were followed by overnight gambling voyages from Hong Kong and gambling trips from Port Klang, Kuala Lumpur. Wasa Queen stopped operating and was sold to another company in 2007.

The then-largest ship of Star Cruises, SuperStar Leo, was transferred in 2004 to Norwegian Cruise Line to take over Norwegian Sky voyages. Since 2006, the trend has been that newbuilds were to be constructed for NCL, and the old ships in the Norwegian fleet would be transferred to Star Cruises fleet in Asia.

In 2008, both Orient Lines and NCL America brands were discontinued, with Orient's sole ship, ms Marco Polo, sold to the Greece-based Global Maritime. The same year, the first ship from Norwegian was transferred to the fleet of Star Cruises as SuperStar Libra.

In 2011, Star Cruises received a brand new hullart. SuperStar Aquarius, Star Pisces and SuperStar Virgo, won their new attire.

On April 27, 2012 it was announced that Norwegian Dream will join the Star Cruises fleet, she will be renamed SuperStar Gemini and start service in 2012.

On October 7, 2013 Star Cruises announced that together with their parent company, Genting Hong Kong, had entered into an agreement with Meyer Werft, Germany for the construction of one new Star cruise ship. The vessel will be able to accommodate 3,364 passengers at double occupancy and will be delivered in Fall 2016.

On February 10, 2014 Star Cruises announced that a second ship was ordered and scheduled for delivery by Fall 2017. On February 9, 2015 the first steel cutting ceremony was held for Genting World at Meyer Werft shipyard. Both newbuilds will weigh 150,000 GT. 

Star Cruise Experience

The big appeal to western clients of Star Cruises is that its ships not only take guests around Asia, but also let you experience Asian lifestyle.

The SuperStar ships were the first to offer the largest number of restaurants afloat. This innovation later passed on to Norwegian's "freestyle dining." SuperStars Virgo and Leo offer Italian, Asian, Japanese and Chinese restaurants. Virgo also boasts the only Indian restaurant afloat. Naturally, Star Cruises ships offer the usual one formal dining room, casual buffets and poolside grills. All dining venues offer open seating for ultimate flexibility. 

The "Asia afloat" feel extends to Star Cruises onboard entertainment. Onboard shows feature spectacular Chinese acrobats, the card rooms are filled with Mah Jong fans, and all vessels have private rooms for parties and extensive karaoke facilities. 

Service is Asian-style - friendly, impeccable and discreet. Star Cruises operates a no-tipping policy and features one of the highest crew-to-passenger ratios in industry, with one staff member for every two guests. 

Star Cruises predominantly markets to Asian vacationers. Folks from other regions might choose for a first Star experience the internationally focused SuperStar Virgo, attracting passengers that range from Japanese to Malaysians and Australians to New Zealanders, together with adventurous-spirited North American and European cruisers.

Itinerary of Star Cruises

CruiseMapper's Star Cruises hub combines the fleets of two Chinese companies (both owned by Genting Hong Kong) - "Star Cruises " and the corporation's new brand "Dream Cruises".

Dream Cruises

In January 2017, Dream Cruises announces the inaugural cruise itineraries of the line's first newbuild vessel Genting Dream. The ship will be homeported year-round in Singapore (starting December 3, 2017), making it the first large-sized (151,300 GT tons) cruise ship based there for year-round operations. Genting Dream is a latest generation vessel (built in Germany) and will be calling at more than 10 ports in Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand and Vietnam during 2018.

  • Beginning December 3rd to the end of March 2017, Dream Cruises offers a range of 2-Nights week-end cruises and alternating 5-Nights Sunday cruises from Singapore to destinations in the Straits of Malacca and in Java Sea. The 5-night "Straits of Malacca Cruise" features the popular Kuala Lumpur-Penang-Phuket itinerary to the launch of a brand new and highly anticipated 5-Night itinerary in Java Sea to Surabaya and North Bali, capable only with the high speed design of the Genting Dream, which can sail at over 23 kn. Passengers can combine both itineraries (Straits of Malacca and Java Sea) into a back-to-back cruise (12-night combined itinerary) with the option of spending the weekend in between either on the cruise ship or in a Singapore hotel.
  • From April to October 2018, new itineraries offer new destinations in South China Sea and Java Sea.
  • Onboard entertainment features comprehensive Dreamscape educational and enrichment program, Crystal Life (health and wellness facilities), over 1100 m2 duty free shopping arcade, 6-slide waterpark, ropes course, zip-line, the world’s first Johnnie Walker House at sea, the world’s first Penfolds flagship Wine Vault at sea, private board rooms, real-time language translation capability (up to 4 languages) in the Zodiac theatre for 400 guests.

The new line's second 151,300 GT tons ship World Dream is currently being built at Meyer Wert shipyard (scheduled inaugural cruise in November 2017) from Singapore to Hong Kong.

Genting Hong Kong introduced its Star Cruises brand also in Singapore - in 1993.

GENTING DREAM's ITINERARIES

Departing from Singapore from 3 December 2017 – 25 March 2018:

  • 2 Nights Weekend Cruise (Every Friday)
  • 5 Nights Singapore-Kuala Lumpur-Penang-Phuket Cruise (Every Sunday on Odd Week)
  • 5 Nights Singapore-Surabaya-North Bali Cruise (Every Sunday on Even Week)
  • 12 Night Cruise combining the above 3 cruises with the alternative of a land hotel instead of the weekend cruise.

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