SuperStar Aquarius

Former names: Norwegian Wind, MS Windward

SuperStar Aquarius current position

SuperStar Aquarius current location is at South East Asia (coordinates 2.79041 N / 101.33043 E) cruising en route to MY PKL OPL. The AIS position was reported 5 minutes ago.

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Specifications of SuperStar Aquarius

Year built1993  /  Age: 28
Flag state Bahamas
BuilderChantiers de l'Atlantique (Saint-Nazaire, STX France)
Building costUSD 240 million
OwnerGHK-Genting Hong Kong Ltd
OperatorGenting Cruise Lines (via Star Cruises Asia)
Speed21 kn / 39 kph / 24 mph
Length (LOA)229 m / 751 ft
Beam (width)32 m / 105 ft
Gross Tonnage51309 gt
Passengers1750 - 2150
Crew700
Passengers-to-space ratio32
Decks13
Cabins756
Decks with cabins8
Last Refurbishment2013
Former namesNorwegian Wind, MS Windward

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The 1993-built SuperStar Aquarius cruise ship is one of Star Cruises liners, with fleetmates Star Pisces, SuperStar Gemini, SuperStar Libra.

The vessel (IMO number 9008421) is currently Bahamas-flagged (MMSI 308273000) and registered in Nassau.

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). 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).

SuperStar Aquarius cruise ship

The 2150-passenger ship SuperStar Aquarius debuted in 1993 (as "Windward”) build by Chantiers de l'Atlantique (shipyard in Saint-Nazaire France) for Kloster Cruise (now NCL-Norwegian Cruise Line). In 1998 the boat was renamed "Norwegian Wind" after being drydock-lengthened by inserting a 40-m / 130-ft long midsection. In 2007, SuperStar Aquarius was transferred to Star Cruises.

Star Cruises ships are 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

SuperStar Aquarius provides a total of 765 staterooms in 18 categories. The largest accommodation is the Owner Suite (710 ft2 / 66 m2). All suites are equipped with HDTV, DVD player, mini-fridge, separate lounge area.

The boat has 13 decks, of which 10 are passenger-accessible and 8 with cabins.

Shipboard dining options - Food and Drinks

SuperStar Aquarius 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. Oceana, Mariners, Spices and Dynasty restaurants offer a good variety of dining. All meals are included during the voyage at the main dining restaurants.

Follows the complete list of SuperStar Aquarius restaurants and food bars.

  • Oceana Barbecue (outdoor international buffet & grilled specials; also the location for welcome and farewell party)
  • Spice Restaurant (Halal Restaurant; serves Malaysian cuisine)
  • Mariners Restaurant (Buffet-style restaurant, offers International cuisine of high quality with fresh ingredients - a hallmark of Star Cruises)
  • Dynasty Restaurant (family-style Chinese restaurant)
  • Tai Pan (a la carte Chinese restaurant for more upscale Chinese cuisine)
  • Blue Lagoon (serves fast food and snacks).

Shipboard entertainment options - Fun and Sport

A curious fact about Star Cruises' ship SuperStar Aquarius is that on board there is a no-tipping policy, and the highest crew-to-passenger ratio in the cruise industry (with 1 staff member for every 2 passengers).

SuperStar Aquarius cruise ship

SuperStar Aquarius has to offer many features and activities to her guests. The ship has a stylish design and spacious cabins, all expressing the Asian culture and style. Travellers are attracted by the comfortable amenities and activities like playing Mah Jong and watching shows with stunning flexible Chinese acrobats. The ship offers extensive karaoke facilities and private rooms for parties.

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

  • Star Club; Skyline Karaoke Lounge
  • The Health Club; Oscar's Beauty Salon
  • Ins' Spa & Sauna
  • Star Boutique; Internet Cafe; Card Room
  • Lagoon Bar (Wine bar); Tea Corner
  • Aquarius Lounge; Champ's Bar
  • Video Games Arcade; Child Care Centre
  • Genting Palace; Genting Club; Genting Lounge
  • Stardust Lounge (Theater)
  • Pool Deck, 2 swimming pools, 2 Jacuzzis; 18-hole golf putting range; Sun Deck; Jogging Track.

Itineraries

SuperStar Aquarius itinerary program is based on Asia cruises (to Japan) leaving from Taiwan. The ship is homeported in Keelung (Taipei City) and offers round-trip itineraries to Naha, Ishigaki Island and Miyakojima Island,

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Having been built in France by Chantiers de l'Atlantique for USD 240 million, the vessel debuted in 1993 for Kloster Cruise (currently NCL) as "ms Windward". Five years later (1998) she was renamed to "Norwegian Wind" after being lengthened by 130-ft insertion (as midsection). SuperStar Aquarius was transferred to Star Cruises in 2007. She has one sister vessel sailing currently as SuperStar Gemini.

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