Star Cruises Moves SuperStar Virgo For 2014

Star Cruises has announced it will send the 75,338-GRT SuperStar Virgo on a 6-month seasonal deployment to East Asia, homeporting the vessel in Hong Kong to offer itineraries to Keelung (Taipei), Taichung and Kaohsiung in Taiwan, Sanya in Hainan Island and Vietnam’s Halong Bay. The line is looking to capitalize on growing interest for cruising in these markets by offering the flagship’s greater capacity and facilities, as it faces stiff competition from western rivals in recent years.

Currently based in Singapore, the ship will embark on a 6-day repositioning cruise, calling at Ho Chi Minh City and Nha Trang enroute to Hong Kong. From 7 April to 26 October 2014, she will sail 3 short-duration itineraries out of the Special Administrative Region, a 4-day voyage to Kaohsiung and Taichung, a 4-day cruise to Sanya and Halong Bay, as well as a 1-night high seas cruise to nowhere. A monthly 7-day itinerary will take cruisers to Keelung, Kaohsiung and Taichung. After completing her deployment, on SuperStar Virgo will return to Singapore on 28 October 2014 via Sanya and Ho Chi Minh City.

Star Cruises has been adjusting capacity in its various markets, with a particular focus on Northeast Asia. The line added the SuperStar Gemini earlier this year to sail from China, allowing it to move sister ship SuperStar Aquarius to Borneo.

Currently operating 5 mid-sized ships across Asia, Star Cruises is working with German shipbuilders Meyer Werft on a new 150,000-GRT vessel, which will be its biggest yet offering over 1,680 cabins and carry over 3,000 passengers.

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