New Homeport Deployment and Ports of Call to Help Boost the Local Cruise Industry

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Tokyo, 21 February 2017 – Genting Hong Kong, a leading global leisure, entertainment and hospitality company, invited guests in Japan to experience the ease and convenience of a cruise vacation during a special “Scenic Journey to the Extraordinary” event on 21 February to launch new homeport deployments, ports of call and fly/cruise opportunities for Star Cruises, Asia’s leading cruise line, and Dream Cruises, the first luxury cruise line in Asia.

During the event, Star Cruises announced that SuperStar Virgo will homeport in Japan, beginning her new deployments in Tokyo and Osaka on 8 July 2017. From her new home, guests will be able to enjoy a new 8D7N Golden Journey embarking from either Tokyo or Osaka to take in the many splendours of cosmopolitan Shanghai, majestic Mount Fuji and idyllic Kagoshima.

Guests will also appreciate the convenience of a cruise vacation as they can visit multiple destinations without the hassle of multiple flights or bus journeys and without the stress of having to pack and unpack and travel to different hotels. For an in depth cultural experience, Star Cruises’ shore excursions will focus on sightseeing with a local traditional show in the ship’s theatre prior to departure.

“The deployment of SuperStar Virgo to Japan reaffirms our commitment to this important source market for Star Cruises,” said Mr Ang Moo Lim, President of Star Cruises. “Our Japanese guests will now be able to enjoy the most popular tourist destinations in China and Japan with all the comforts and convenience found only on a cruise vacation. With weekly departures from Tokyo and Osaka, we are confident this new itinerary will further boost the outbound cruise travel industry in Japan.”

With one of the most robust outbound tourism markets in the Asia Pacific, Japan saw over 15.6 million tourists take a journey outside of the country in 2016. Bringing new travel options for the flourishing Japanese market, Star Cruises is dedicated to further growing the cruise industry in the country with its innovative itineraries and its acclaimed Asian hospitality.

SuperStar Virgo Cruise Itineraries Departing from Tokyo and Osaka
7-Night Tokyo (Yokohama) - Mt. Fuji (Shimizu) – Kagoshima – Shanghai - Osaka Cruise
7-Night Osaka - Tokyo (Yokohama) - Mt. Fuji (Shimizu) – Kagoshima - Shanghai Cruise

Beginning 2 April 2017, Japan will also get its first look at Dream Cruises when Genting Dream, the line’s first new ship, makes her maiden calls to Naha and Miyakojima in Okinawa from her dual homeports in Hong Kong and Nansha, Guangzhou.

“With the success of our current Vietnam cruises, we are further developing exhilarating itineraries that will capture the beauty and diversity of Asia and excite the passions of our guests,” said Mr Thatcher Brown, President of Dream Cruises. “With pristine beaches, crystal clear waters and myriad cultural and historic attractions, Okinawa Japan is a natural and popular choice for Genting Dream this summer.”

As an option for Japanese guests to experience the Dream Cruises brand for themselves, Genting Dream will begin her homeport in Singapore for one year starting 2 December 2017 to cater to the regional fly/cruise market.

Dream Cruises’ inaugural vessel, Genting Dream is a luxurious floating integrated resort designed specifically for the Asian market and is destined to become Singapore’s newest landmark at Marina Bay Cruise Centre. This also marks the first time Singapore has hosted a large-scale, 151,300-tonne cruise ship for an extended period and the first homeport for Genting Dream in Southeast Asia.

Singapore is a popular and well developed travel hub for the region. For international visitors, Singapore offers a unique multicultural Asian experience with all the comforts and convenience of a modern, international metropolis including an excellent transport system and outstanding cruise centre facilities. Its prime geographic location also makes it the ideal destination for cruise ships such as Genting Dream to visit fascinating cities in South East Asia.

Genting Dream Cruise Itineraries Departing from Singapore
• 2-Night High Seas Cruise
• 5-Night Singapore-Kuala Lumpur-Penang-Phuket Cruise
• 5-Night Singapore-Surabaya-Bali Cruise

For more information about Dream Cruises, please contact your preferred travel agent or visit or call: +81 3 6403 5188.

From L to R: Mr Yamamoto Yusuke, Assistant Vice President, Sales, Genting Hong Kong (Japan); Mr Shinsuke Ito, Yokohama Harbor Chief of Bureau, Port of Yokohama; Mr Thatcher Brown, President, Dream Cruises; Mr Takashi Namba, Vice Governor, Shizuoka Prefecture; Mr Colin Au, Advisor and Founding President, Genting Hong Kong; Mr Shuichi Tsuda, Deputy Director-General for Engineering, Affairs Ports and Harbors Bureau, Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism; Mr Ang Moo Lim, President, Star Cruises; Mr Yoshimasa Ikeda, Director, Economic Affairs Bureau, Industry and Commerce Section, Shizuoka City Economic Affairs Bureau Port and Harbor Administration Division; Mr Michael Goh, SVP, Sales, Genting Hong Kong

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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 Dream Cruises

Genting Hong Kong brings over 23 years’ of Asian cruise industry experience together with internationally-acclaimed luxury cruise expertise in creating its new cruise line – Dream Cruises.

With a heritage of international and regional cruise expertise embedded in its DNA, Dream Cruises is the first-ever Asian luxury cruise line and caters specifically to the large and rapidly growing high-end market in China and Asia.

Dream Cruises aims to be a pacesetter in the cruise industry in the region, meeting the needs of the ‘emerging generation’ of confident, independently-minded and affluent Asian travellers. Dream Cruises offers inspirational luxury, which is Asian at heart and international in spirit.

Purpose-built for the China and Asia market, Genting Dream, the first ship of the fleet, debuted in November 2016, with its sister ship World Dream scheduled for November 2017, offering guests the highest levels of service and spacious comfort in the region.

Accommodations reflect both size and choice for travellers with over 70 per cent of staterooms featuring private balconies and over 100 connecting rooms catering to extended families and groups. Lavish suites in the exclusive Dream Palace will feature European butler service and special guest privileges.

With the finest Asian and international dining, exceptional service, enthralling entertainment and inspirational experiences, Dream Cruises aims to redefine vacation travel with a transformational journey at sea.

About Genting Hong Kong Limited (“Genting Hong Kong”)

Genting Hong Kong is a leading corporation principally engaged in the business of cruise and cruise related operations along with leisure, entertainment and hospitality activities.

As a pioneer in the Asian cruise industry, Genting Hong Kong took on the bold initiative to grow the Asia-Pacific as an international cruise destination with the founding of Star Cruises, “The Leading Cruise Line in the Asia Pacific”, in 1993. To further expand its cruise portfolio in the region, Genting Hong Kong launched Dream Cruises, the first-ever Asian luxury cruise line to cater to the high-end market. Recognized as “The World’s Most Awarded Luxury Cruise Line”, Crystal Cruises extends

Genting Hong Kong’s reach in the global up-scale market. The establishment of the German shipyard MV Werften in 2016 will capitalize on the growing demand for new cruise ships and realize the company’s global expansion plans for its three cruise brands.

Initiating the Group’s foray into land-based attractions, Resorts World Manila was the first integrated resort in the Philippines when it opened in 2009. A one-stop, non-stop entertainment and leisure destination, Resorts World Manila features world-class entertainment, unique events, and exciting lifestyle options throughout its extensive premises. Genting Hong Kong’s investment in iconic Singapore nightlife brand Zouk – a world-class entertainment institution and trendsetter in Asia’s dance music scene, and perennial top-ten fixture in the annual DJ Mag Top 100 Clubs global poll - further diversifies the company’s appeal to a younger and more dynamic clientele.