SuperStar Libra Review and Specifications
Specifications of SuperStar Libra
|Year built||1988 / Age : 30|
|Builder||Wartsila Marine (Turku, Finland)|
|Owner||(GHK) Genting Hong Kong Ltd|
|Operator||Star Cruises (Asia)|
|Speed||20 kn / 37 kph / 23 mph|
|Length (LOA)||216 m / 709 ft|
|Beam (width)||28 m / 92 ft|
|Gross Tonnage||42285 gt|
|Passengers||1480 - 1500|
|Decks with cabins||10|
|Former names||MS Seaward, Norwegian Sea|
Review of SuperStar Libra
Launched in 1988, SuperStar Libra is one of the Star Cruises ships, together with Star Pisces, SuperStar Aquarius, SuperStar Gemini and SuperStar Virgo. The ship cost $120 million to build and was last refurbished in 2013.
History - construction & ownership
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. 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.
The 42,285-ton, 1,480-passenger cruise ship SuperStar Libra is a modern cruise ship built in 1988 by Wärtsilä Turku New Shipyard in Turku, Finland to meet the new challenges of the cruise market. The first name of the cruise ship was Seaward (1988) when the vessel was operated by Norwegian Cruise Line (renamed to Norwegian Sea in 1997). It was renamed SuperStar Libra in 2005, the year when the vessel began operation for Star Cruises. During the period when the cruise ship was sailing as a part of the fleet of Star Cruises, there were several cruises in the Mediterranean, Adriatic, and Aegean seas in the mid-2006. SuperStar Libra was directed to Mumbai in the end of September 2006. The next 2 years the cruise ship sailed in Vietnam. During November 2007 - March 2008, SuperStar Libra was used for destinations from Hong Kong and operated 2-7 night Cruises to China, Vietnam and Taiwan. For some weeks of the year, the vessel sailed from Singapore (November 2008 - January 2009).
Cruise itinerary program
SuperStar Libra itinerary program is based on 1-3-day short breaks / mini-cruises in Southeast Asia. The ship's 2017 cruise schedule (starting September 3) was based on 3 homeports - Port Klang (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia), Penang (Malaysia) and Phuket (Thailand). with weekly operated 2 roundtrips from Malaysia, including 3-night itinerary (Kuala Lumpur-Phuket-Penang) and 4-night itinerary (Kuala Lumpur-Langkawi Island-Phuket-Penang).
Star Cruises' 2017 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) on SuperStar Libra. Each of the homeports (turnaround ports for roundtrip departures) is a well-connected port city, and especially Kuala Lumpur - a major flight hub in Asia.
SuperStar Libra provides a total of 740 staterooms in 15 categories. The largest aboard SuperStar Libra are the Executive Suites (384.91ft2). The suites are equipped with a DVD player, mini fridge and a separate sitting area.
Dining options - Food & Drinks
SuperStar Libra is operated as a "freestyle" cruise ship, which means passengers have the choice to dine when, where and with whom they choose. All food presentation is a treat for the eye. All meals are included during the voyage at the main dining restaurants.
Follows the complete list of SuperStar Libra restaurants and food bars.
- Four Seasons Restaurant
- Mariners Restaurant (Buffet-style restaurant, offers International cuisine of high quality with fresh ingredients - a hallmark of Star Cruises); Patio (outside on Pool Deck)
- Ocean Palace (family-style Chinese restaurant)
- Tai Pan (a la carte Chinese restaurant for more upscale Chinese cuisine)
- Blue Lagoon (serves fast food and snacks).
Entertainment options - Fun & Sport
SuperStar Libra resembles a floating resort, with unforgettable facilities and recreational activities. Guest on board the cruise ship can become familiar with Asian culture and meet Asian hospitality. The vessel offers relaxing atmosphere, resort-style cruise experience, excellent services and the highest possible standards. It is a place where guests can get away from the stress in their everyday life.
Follows the complete list of SuperStar Libra lounges, clubs and other entertainment venues for kids, teens and adults.
- Star Club
- Health Club; Beauty Salon
- Activity Centre; VIP Room
- Crystal Court; Park Avenue; Lickety Splits
- Boomers Disco
- Star Boutique; Internet Cafe; Photo Gallery; Card Room
- Galaxy of the Stars (Theater)
- Sports Deck, Shuffle Board; Basketball Court
- Pool Deck, Pool Bar, 2 pools, 2 Jacuzzis; Sun Deck; Jogging Track.
SuperStar Libra wiki
- The vessel was launched in 1988 as "ms Seaward". Initially, it was operated by the NCL (Norwegian Cruise Line). The NCL line changed the name of the vessel after 9 service years – in 1997 she started sailing as "Norwegian Sea". Renamed "SuperStar Libra", the ship was transferred to the fleet of Star Cruises in 2005.