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Star Cruises is owned by Genting Hong Kong (GHK) and is ranked world's 3rd biggest cruise company, following Carnival Corporation and Royal Caribbean Cruises LTD. The company dominates the Asia-Pacific market and is listed on the Singapore Exchange and Hong Kong Stock Exchange. In 2015, GHK introduced the corporation's newest cruise line brand - Dream Cruises. The new company started with 2 newbuilds - both top-luxury mega liners, built specifically for the Asian / Chinese market.

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The company's introduction on the global cruise 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.

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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 China. The first ships of the company were two cruiseferries bought from the bankrupted estate of Swedish Rederi AB Slite. Star Cruises was the world's first major cruise company to recruit Filipinos for its ships.

The company purchased several other used vessels in the following years. In 1998, it took delivery of the first newbuild - SuperStar Leo (now Norwegian Spirit). 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 Star Cruises fleet and be renamed to SuperStar Gemini starting service in 2012.

Star Cruises new ship design

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 vessel. 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.

New ships

On May 10, 2016, the parent company GHK (Genting Hong) signed with Lloyd Werft Group in Wismar Germany a shipbuilding contract for all 10 new cruise vessels. In 2015, GHK purchased a majority stake in Lloyd Werft (dockyard in Bremerhaven Germany). In 2016, GHK purchased Lloyd Werft's remaining 30%, plus the three shipyards owned by Nordic Yards (Wismar, Warnemunde, Stralsund), thus forming Lloyd Werft Group.

Of the 10 newbuilds, 6 are riverboats plus 2 ocean-going (all 8 for the GHK's subsidiary Crystal Cruises) and 2 are mega liners for Star Cruises.

  • The new Star Cruises ships are sister-vessels in the new Global-class, each with gross tonnage 204,000 GT tons, LOA length 341 m (1120 ft)  and passenger capacity 5000 (lower berths). Ship deliveries were scheduled for 2019 and 2020.
  • The shiporder has optional 2 more vessels of the same class.
  • The vessels' waste and water management system was provided by Evac (world's leading company building integrated waste-wastewater-water management systems). ’The company's Complete Cleantech Solution package includes vacuum collection system, wastewater treatment plant, dry and wet waste treatment plant, fresh water desalination plants (based on reverse osmosis). The fresh water generation plants have capacity to produce over 3000 m3 of fresh water per day. The contract with Evac was signed on January 3, 2017.
  • On January 9, 2017, was signed a contract with ABB for delivery of Azipods (power-propulsion units), automation systems and the marine software for all 5 new Genting cruise ships ordered for both brands - Crystal and Star. The 3 Crystal vessels are from the Crystal Endeavor series expedition yachts (Polar Class 6).
  • These are the first purpose built ships for the contemporary Chinese market regarding onboard amenities and services (food, culture events, shows, enrichment programs, shopping, tours / excursions.  Cruise ticket prices will be be affordable.

The GHK-owned Lloyd Werft Group has capacity to produce annually 2 mega liners (over 200,000 GT tons each) plus 1 mid-sized vessel (around 50,000 GT tons). Lloyd Werft has 2 new covered drydocks, a new ship launching platform and over 0,5 million m2 of covered fabrication halls.

Star Cruises vacation 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.

Genting fly-cruise deals

In June 2017, "Genting Cruise Lines" (consisting of the companies Dream Cruises and Star Cruises) and Asia's largest airline "China Southern Airlines" signed a Memorandum of Understanding on an exclusive "flight and cruise" partnership in China.

  • The deal is for discounted fly-cruise deals on cruises leaving from port Guangzhou - a premium travel hub and cruise ship homeport in Asia.
  • By this strategic agreement, both China Southern Airlines and Genting combined their resources in sales, marketing, promotions and product development, creating a competitive travel product by the new “Air + Cruise + Travel” program. The program targets both individual and group travellers.

Genting Cruises Private Island Resort

In early November 2017, GHK corporation signed an agreement with the Macleod Island's owner "Tint Tint Myanmar Group" (headquartered in Yangon Burma) to jointly built new cruise ship facilities on this private island.

Cruise line private Islands are among the best known assets of the world's largest cruise shipping companies (Carnival CorporationRCCL Royal CaribbeanNCLMSC). However, most such private island resorts are located in the Caribbean.

GHK's partnering with Tint Tint Myanmar Group makes Macleod Island the first Asian private cruise resort destination. It is opened exclusively for Genting cruise ship tourists visiting the island on liners operated by the GHK-owned Dream Cruises and Star Cruises. Among GHK's other Asian projects are Guangzhou Nansha Port development (in China) and Port Danang (in Vietnam).

Macleod Island was first visited by a Star Cruises ship (SuperStar Libra) on November 3, 2017. The 5-night / 6-day itinerary also included Penang (Malaysia) and Phuket (Thailand).

Itinerary of Star Cruises

Star Cruises and the new brand Dream Cruises are both Chinese cruise companies owned by the Genting Hong Kong corporation.

Star Cruises 2017-2018 itinerary program featured an introduction of multiple homeports per vessel, in addition to the company's fly-cruise program. The new program allows cruise ship tourists in Southeast Asia to have more flexibility to choose a homeport (departure port, aka turnaround port for roundtrip departures). Each of the homeports is a well-connected and large port city, especially Kuala Lumpur - a major flight hub in Asia.

  • In 2017-2018 (December-April), Star Cruises homeported in Laem Chabang (Bangkok, Thailand) the ship SuperStar Gemini. The ship had scheduled roundtrips between December 17, 2017 and April 27, 2018. During its deployment, SuperStar Gemini operated on roundtrip 3-night / 4-day itinerary visiting Sihanoukville Cambodia and Koh Samui Island (epartures every Sunday), 2-night / 3-day itinerary to Sihanoukville (departures every Wednesday) and 2-night / 3-day itinerary to Koh Kong Island (departures every Friday).
  • In 2017, Star Cruises homeported in Keelung Taiwan the ship SuperStar Aquarius. The roundtrip itinerary program offered visiting ports in Japan - NahaIshigaki Island and Miyakojima Island.
  • In 2017 (March 21 through May 30), Star Cruises homeported in Kaohsiung Taiwan the ship SuperStar Virgo. The 5-night / 6-day roundtrip cruise itinerary (themed "Golden Triangle Journey”) has as ports of call Manila (Philippines), Laoag (Philippines) and Hong Kong (China). The new itinerary allows Taiwanese tourists to embark / disembark in Hong Kong, Manila or Kaohsiung.
  • As of September 3, 2017 SuperStar Libra has 3 homeports located in Kuala Lumpur via Port Klang and Penang (Malaysia), plus Phuket (Thailand). The new deployment offers 2 Port Klang roundtrip cruises per week, including 3-night itinerary (Port Klang-Phuket-Penang) and 4-night itinerary (Port Klang-Langkawi-Phuket-Penang).

Star Cruises' Early Bird Discount program offers pricing from TWD 18800 (USD 620 ) per person (double occupancy) and standard pricing TWD 31333 (USD 1040) per person. Third and fourth passengers received additional 50% discount.

In 2017 (July through November)  Star Cruises offers roundtrip itineraries from Japan, Itinerariess have length of 8-days / 7-nights leaving mainly from Port Yokohama.

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