Star Cruises cut the first steel for its new 4,500-passenger ship due to enter service in the fall of 2016. The ceremony took place in Papenburg, Germany on 9 February 2015.
The still unnamed ship, and a similar one scheduled for delivery in fall 2017, will sail in Asia.
Both vessels are to be built at Meyer Werft shipyard, and will be the largest in the fleet of Star Cruises at 151,000 GT. Currently, the largest ship of the line is the 75,000-tons SuperStar Virgo, with capacity for 2,000 passengers.
According to Tan Sri Lim Kok Thay, CEO of the company owning Star Cruises, Genting Hong Kong, the delivery of the two newly commissioned mega ships would enable them to continue to further enhance their competitiveness across key source markets.
The new 21-deck luxury cruise ships will offer a wide range of itineraries and entertainment options. One of the unique features of the newbuildings will be the “street night market” featuring hawker stalls with Asian delicacies. The megaships will also boast theaters and water parks with slides.
Upon completion, both vessels will be the new flagships under Star Cruises brand. Travelers can expect world-class Asian hospitality and ultimate freestyle cruising experience.