SUPERSTAR VIRGO DEBUTS IN SHANGHAI HOMEPORTING FROM JULY TO OCTOBER 2017

Maiden Deployment features Star Cruises’ First Ever Call to Osaka with 13 hour Port Stay to also Enjoy Kyoto and Kobe; Scenic Kagoshima also an Additional Port of Call


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Hong Kong – 26 January, 2016 – Star Cruises, the leading cruise line in the Asia Pacific, announced the debut homeport deployment of flagship SuperStar Virgo to Shanghai from July to October 2017. From her new home in the northern Chinese cruise centre of Shanghai, guests will be able to enjoy 6D5N Japan itineraries to the dynamic metropolis of Osaka, with easy access to both Kyoto and Kobe during her 13 hour port time, and picturesque “Naples of the Eastern World”, Kagoshima, punctuated by the imposing Mount Sakurajima in the middle of Kagoshima Bay.

“We are delighted to deploy our flagship SuperStar Virgo to Shanghai for the summer season, further demonstrating our commitment and support to continue to grow the Chinese cruise industry,” said Mr Ang Moo Lim, President of Star Cruises. “With the fastest cruise ship in Asia, Star Cruises is excited to offer an innovative new Japan itinerary that will allow our guests to experience the many facets of the country, from the vibrant urban triangle of Osaka/Kyoto/Kobe to the idyllic scenery of Kagoshima in Kyushu Island.”

This new homeport and itinerary builds up Genting Hong Kong’s presence in Shanghai to also sell Dream Cruises out of Hong Kong, Guangzhou and Singapore and to prepare the groundwork of the arrival of Star Cruises’ 200,000 gross ton “Global Class” ship to be delivered in 2020.

6D5N Facets of Japan
Experience the many sides of the beautiful country of Japan, from its ancient culture to its modern mega-cities, where you will find excitement in dazzling urban landscapes or tranquillity in bucolic seaside resorts.

Day Destination
Day 1 Shanghai, China
Day 2 Highseas
Day 3 Osaka, Japan
Day 4 Kagoshima, Japan
Day 5 Highseas
Day 6 Shanghai, China

Osaka
The second largest city in Japan, Osaka is an important business center famous for the Osaka Castle, one of the largest and most beautiful in Japan, for its many shrines and for shopping at the Tenjinbashi-Suji arcade. Families can take in Universal Studios or the acclaimed Osaka Aquarium.
Kyoto
Steeped in historic significance, for a thousand years, Kyoto was the imperial capital of Japan and now boasts 17 locations classified as UNESCO World Heritage Sites including the beautiful Kinkaku-ji, Ryoan-ji, and Ginkaku-ji shrines.
Kobe
In the sixth largest city of Japan, guests will have ample time to sample the world famous "Kobe Beef” and also the city’s many hot springs and onsens.
Kagoshima
With a scenic harbour dominated by Sakurajima, an active volcano in Kagoshima Bay, passengers can delight in sampling the over 2,000 hot springs in the area and the city’s distinct, rich food culture.

Cruising in Style
With a gross tonnage of 75,338grt, the 13-storey SuperStar Virgo is Star Cruises’ flagship, featuring state-of-the-art German craftsmanship and providing an all-encompassing cruise experience with deluxe accommodations and a wide variety of entertainment, shopping and dining options, as well as gourmet cuisine prepared by Michelin-starred Hong Kong restaurants. Over 1,300 professional staff on board promise to deliver exceptional service infused with a touch of Star Cruises’-acclaimed Asian hospitality.

Please contact our travel agency offices, Star Cruises representative office, call (852) 2317 7711 or visit Star Cruises official website at www.starcruises.com for more information.

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About Star Cruises

Star Cruises is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Genting Hong Kong, a leading global leisure, entertainment and hospitality corporation. A pioneer in the Asia Pacific cruise industry, Star Cruises has been operating its fleet since 1993, taking on the bold initiative to grow the region as an international cruise destination with a fleet of six vessels including SuperStar Virgo, SuperStar Libra, SuperStar Gemini, SuperStar Aquarius, Star Pisces and The Taipan.

Star Cruises' commitment in offering best-in-class services and facilities is reflected in a host of recognitions and accolades received over the years. These include being inducted into the prestigious Travel Trade Gazette's "Travel Hall of Fame" for a ninth year in 2016 in recognition of winning "Best Cruise Operator in the Asia-Pacific" for 10 consecutive years. Star Cruises was also recently voted "Asia's Leading Cruise Line" at the World Travel Awards for a sixth year in a row in 2017.

About SuperStar Virgo

The 13-storey SuperStar Virgo is equipped with 935 cabins, including sea-view cabins and balcony suites. Offering a wide variety of dining, shopping and entertainment choices, her facilities embrace Chinese, International and Japanese restaurants, an alfresco bar, foot reflexology salon and spa, gym, steam and sauna rooms, hairdressing salon, two-level theatre, duty-free shops, a 100-metre mega water slide, outdoor swimming pool, mini golf course, karaoke room, children's activity centre and more. A calendar of themed entertainment constantly refreshes the onboard fun and excitement, ensuring every voyage is a brand new enjoyable experience.