Star Pisces

Former name: MS Kalypso (Viking Line ferry)

Star Pisces current position

Star Pisces current location is at South East Asia (coordinates 5.41888 N / 100.34665 E) cruising en route to MY LGK>MY PEN. The AIS position was reported 6 minutes ago.

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Specifications of Star Pisces

Year built1990  /  Age: 32
Flag state Bahamas
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
Crew750
Passengers-to-space ratio40
Decks12
Cabins776
Decks with cabins4
Last Refurbishment2018
Sister-shipsPearl Seaways
Former namesMS Kalypso (Viking Line ferry)

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The 1990-built Star Pisces cruise ship is owned by GHK (Genting Hong Kong, part of Genting Group Malaysia) and managed by the GHK's subsidiary Genting Cruise Lines via the Star Cruises brand. Fleetmates are SuperStar Aquarius, SuperStar Gemini, SuperStar Libra.

The vessel (IMO number 8710857) is currently Bahamas-flagged (MMSI 311000164) and registered in Nassau. The previous flag-state was Panama (MMSI 352861000).

History - construction and ownership

Star Cruises is part of Genting Cruise Lines (subsidiary of GHK-Genting Hong Kong Corporation) - the world's 5th-largest cruise shipowner, after Carnival Corporation, RCG-Royal Caribbean Group, MSC and NCLH-Norwegian. The company (listed on Singapore Exchange and Hong Kong Stock Exchange) dominates the Asia-Pacific cruising market. Star Cruises was established as a subsidiary and travel brand of Genting Group of Malaysia (incorporated in Bermuda in 1993), with corporate headquarters in Hong Kong China.

The fleet's first ships were two cruiseferries bought from Rederi AB Slite (1947-founded/1993-bankrupt, see VIKING LINE). In the following years, Star Cruises purchased several other second-hand ships, then followed two newbuilds - SuperStar Leo/Norwegian Spirit (1998) and the sistership SuperStar Virgo (1999).

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The 1900-passenger ship Star Pisces was originally built as the cruiseferry "MS Kalypso" (by Masa-Yards, Turku Finland) for Rederi AB Slite's brand Viking Line. In 1993, Star Cruises purchased Kalypso (Star Pisces) and her sistership Athena (Star Aquarius).

Both ships are easily recognized by their funnel design. Star Pisces was the first with such design. Later the company based all of its ships on the Star Pisces' funnel design.

Decks and Cabins

Star Pisces staterooms (776 total) are in 13 categories. The largest accommodations are the Genting Suites (600 ft2 / 56 m2). While most cabins are relatively small, they are efficiently laid out and have all the modern amenities expected of newer ships.

The boat has 12 decks, of which 90 are passenger-accessible and 4 with cabins.

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.

Itineraries

Star Pisces itinerary program is generally based on Southeast Asia short-breaks/mini-cruises with homeport Hong Kong visiting ports in Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia. Occasionally, the ship offers 3-day/2-night roundtrips to Xiamen China.

Following the Coronavirus crisis, Star Pisces restarted operations on December 22, 2021, with a Malaysian deployment based on roundtrips from homeport Georgetown (Penang Island, Malaysia). The ex-Malaysia program included the 2-night/3-day itinerary "Langkawi Escape" alternating with the 1-night/2-day itinerary "Straits of Malacca".

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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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