Star Pisces

Former name: MS Kalypso (Viking Line ferry)

Star Pisces current position

Star Pisces current location is at South East Asia (coordinates 2.80488 N / 101.32233 E) cruising en route to PKL BCT. The AIS position was reported 19 minutes ago.

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Specifications of Star Pisces

Year built1990  /  Age: 31
Flag state Panama
BuilderMasa-Yards (Turku, STX Finland)
Building costSEK 650 million
OwnerGHK-Genting Hong Kong Ltd
OperatorGenting Cruise Lines (via Star Cruises Asia)
Speed22 kn / 41 kph / 25 mph
Length (LOA)176 m / 577 ft
Beam (width)29 m / 95 ft
Gross Tonnage40053 gt
Passengers1552 - 1900
Passengers-to-space ratio40
Decks with cabins12
Last Refurbishment2018
Sister-shipsPearl Seaways
Former namesMS Kalypso (Viking Line ferry)
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Launched in 1990, Star Pisces is one of the Star Cruises ships, together with SuperStar Aquarius, SuperStar Gemini and SuperStar Libra.

History - construction and 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 (Norwegian Spirit). Sistership SuperStar Virgo followed in 1999.

Star Pisces cruise ship

The 40,053-ton, 1,900-passenger cruise ship Star Pisces was built in 1990 as the cruise ferry MS Kalypso by Masa-Yards (Turku, Finland) for Rederi AB Slite for use in Viking Line traffic. In 1993 Star Cruises purchased Kalypso (Star Pisces) and her sister ship Athena (Star Aquarius).

The cruise ships in the fleet of the company are recognized by their funnel design. Star Pisces was the first with such design. Later the cruise company based all of its ships on the Star Pisces' funnel design.

Cruise itinerary program

Star Pisces itinerary program is based on short Southeast Asia cruises with home port Hong Kong and popular ports of call in Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia. Occasionally Star Pisces sails 3d/2n cruises to Xiamen.


Star Pisces provides a total of 776 staterooms in 13 categories. The largest aboard Star Pisces are the Genting Suites (602.77 ft2). While most cabins are small, they are efficiently laid out and have all amenities expected of the newer cruise ships - perfectly adequate for the short Star Pisces cruises.

Shipboard dining options - Food and Drinks

Star Pisces 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.

Follows the complete list of Star Pisces restaurants and food bars.

  • Mariners Restaurant (Buffet-style restaurant, offers International cuisine of high quality with fresh ingredients - a hallmark of Star Cruises)
  • Ocean Palace (Chinese cuisine restaurant with a selection of Cantonese specialties)
  • Tai Pan (a la carte Chinese restaurant, a section of Ocean Palace for more upscale Chinese cuisine)
  • Rua Thai (serves authentic Thai cuisine)
  • Umigawa (a la carte Japanese Restaurant)
  • Blue Lagoon (serves fast food and snacks).

Shipboard entertainment options - Fun and Sport

After Star Pisces was purchased by Star Cruises, the cruise company took a decision to refurbish and enter it to service in Hong Kong (1994). During the years Star Pisces was sailing near the waters of Hong Kong. Star Pisces remains popular. Every time she sails at almost full capacity. Star Pisces cruises South China Sea for one night - the best getaway for fun-loving travelers who prefer a short trip to enjoy a lively atmosphere over the weekend.

Star Pisces cruise ship

The Galaxy of the Stars presents the "Carnaval De Brazil" production show with very talented dancers from Brazil and Europe performing famous street and Latin ballroom dances. More entertainment is to be seen in the Galaxy show lounge with the Summer Star Canton Band, performing three sets nightly.

Follows the complete list of Star Pisces lounges, clubs and other entertainment venues for kids, teens and adults.

  • Star Club; Star Karaoke
  • The Health Club; Oscar's Beauty Salon
  • Star Boutique
  • Maxim's Lounge; Premium Club
  • Entertainment Lane; Piano Bar
  • Genting Palace; Genting Club; Genting Lounge
  • Galaxy of the Stars
  • Pool Deck, 2 pools, 3 Jacuzzis; Sun Deck; Star Track.

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The vessel was originally launched as "ms Kalypso" for Viking Line (owned by Rederi AB Slite) in 1990. The cruise ferry was transferred to Star Cruises in 1994. She was sent to dry dock in Finnyards (Rauma) where she was rebuilt as a cruise vessel and renamed to "ms Star Pisces". She has only one sister vessel which sails as "Pearl Seaways".

The ship is powered by SULZER marine diesel engines (model 9ZAL40S) with total power output 23,74 MW.

The ship's last drydock refurbishment was in January 2018 (Shenzhen China). The 19-day long drydock refit was done by the Northern Ireland-based MJM Group (cruise vessel refurbishment and interior design company). The refit project included major interior renovations of all 15 separate public areas on 5 passenger decks.

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