SuperStar Libra

Former names: Norwegian Sea, MS Seaward

SuperStar Libra current position

SuperStar Libra current location is at Baltic Sea (coordinates 53.89986 N / 11.44731 E) cruising The AIS position was reported 2 minutes ago.

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Specifications of SuperStar Libra

Year built1988  /  Age: 33
Flag state Bahamas
BuilderWartsila Marine (Turku, Finland)
Building costUSD 120 million
OwnerGHK-Genting Hong Kong Ltd
OperatorGenting Cruise Lines (via Star Cruises Asia)
Speed20 kn / 37 kph / 23 mph
Length (LOA)216 m / 709 ft
Beam (width)28 m / 92 ft
Gross Tonnage42285 gt
Passengers-to-space ratio28
Decks with cabins6
Last Refurbishment2013
Former namesNorwegian Sea, MS Seaward

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The 1988-built SuperStar Libra cruise ship is one of Star Cruises liners, with fleetmates Star Pisces, SuperStar Aquarius, SuperStar Gemini.

The vessel (IMO number 8612134) is currently Bahamas-flagged (MMSI 308188000) and registered in Nassau.

NEWS: On March 2, 2018, via letters and emails sent to all booked customers, the shipowner Genting Hong Kong (GHK) announced that the liner SuperStar Libra ends its passenger shipping operations for Star Cruises on June 27, 2018. Since August 2018, the vessel serves as a hotel ship in Wismar (Germany) for the shipbuilding company MV Werften. SuperStar Libra is permanently docked (moored) at MV Werften Wismar shipyard's quay.

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 Libra cruise ship

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.

The 1500-passenger ship SuperStar Libra is a modern cruise ship built in 1988 by Wartsila Marine at 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 NCL-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 at 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).

Decks and Cabins

SuperStar Libra provides a total of 740 staterooms in 15 categories. The largest accommodations are the Executive Suites (385 ft2 / 36 m2). All suites are equipped with HDTV, DVD player, mini-fridge, separate lounge area.

The boat has 10 passenger decks, of which 6 are with cabins.

Shipboard dining options - Food and 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).

Shipboard entertainment options - Fun and 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 a 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.

SuperStar Libra cruise ship

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 swimming pools, 2 Jacuzzis; Sun Deck; Jogging Track.


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.

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The vessel was launched in 1988 as "ms Seaward". Initially, it was operated by the NCL (Norwegian Cruise Line) under the name "Norwegian Sea". NCL changed the name of the vessel after 9 years of service - in 1997, when it became Norwegian Sea. Renamed "SuperStar Libra", the ship was transferred to Star Cruises in 2005.

On December 4, 2019, Columbia Cruise Services Ltd (Hamburg Germany-based company) was contracted by Genting Group as ship management company for SuperStar Libra. Columbia Cruise Services specializes in managing cruise passenger vessels and mega-yachts. The deal with Columbia was for providing food-beverage, housekeeping, logistics, purchasing and administrative services.

In 2018-2020, the cruise liner was permanently berthed in Wismar Germany and used as ship hotel for MV WERFTEN Wismar Shipyard personnel (yard workers and contractors) involved in GHK's Global-Class shipbuilding project (MS Global Dream) scheduled for completion in 2020.

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