SuperStar Libra Review and Specifications
Specifications of SuperStar Libra
|Year built||1988 / Age : 32|
|Builder||Wartsila Marine (Turku, Finland)|
|Building cost||USD 120 million|
|Owner||GHK-Genting Hong Kong Ltd|
|Operator||Genting Cruise Lines (via 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||Norwegian Sea, MS Seaward|
Current position of SuperStar Libra
Review of SuperStar Libra
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, 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 cruise ferries 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.
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 the 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).
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 is the Executive Suites (384.91ft2). The suites are equipped with a DVD player, mini-fridge and a separate sitting area.
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.
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.
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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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