SuperStar Virgo’s Maiden “Golden Sea Route” Voyage Garners Gold-Stars from Guests

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Hong Kong – 14 July 2017 – Star Cruises has successfully completed SuperStar Virgo’s trendsetting “Golden Sea Route” maiden voyage with delightful feedback from guests of this very popular cruise. From 6 July to 30 November, there are 21 sailings where guests can get a chance to experience this specially-designed itinerary showcasing four amazing destinations in China and Japan. With overwhelming response from the market only limited cabins are left for the summer.

This first-of-a-kind 8-day/7-night “Golden Sea Route” cruise holiday experience outclasses regular air and land travel packages, allowing guests to visit multiple destinations without the hassle of several flights and land transportations, as well as the inconvenience of packing and unpacking from different hotels.

The “Golden Sea Route” offers a variety of flexible shore excursion options, allowing guests to better appreciate the cultural and natural wonders of Osaka, Tokyo, Mount Fuji and Kagoshima, as well as enjoy more time at each destination – whether they prefer to do more shopping, savour more traditional delicacies, explore more exciting entertainment or just enjoy local life.

In addition to the comprehensive itinerary and fun-filled excursions, the “Golden Sea Route” on board experience at SuperStar Virgo incorporates Chinese and Japanese culture in its entertainment and enrichment programs, including the new “Virgo the Yoshimoto @Cruise” show, the first-ever collaboration between Star Cruises and renowned entertainment company Yoshimoto featuring traditional Manzai stand-up comedy. Guests who joined the maiden voyage also enjoyed traditional Japanese arts and crafts including ikebana flower arrangement classes, sushi making demonstrations, origami workshops and sumo suit parties. In line with the Japanese itinerary, traditional Japanese cuisine and wagyu beef delicacies are served on-board; all guests also enjoy complimentary local snacks such as takoyaki or octopus balls.

Many children took part in the popular Junior Cruiser Program, where they enjoyed tailor-made activities and games, including cosplay and prince and princess parties, while teens joined enrichment programs such as DJ mixing and hip-hop classes.

Over 2,000 guests joined the maiden voyage, many of which shared their happy experience on social media channels, highlighting the family-friendly features of SuperStar Virgo and the fun-filled visits to various destinations.

Mr. Sun, who travelled with his wife and son from Shanghai shared : “This itinerary is great for family travel – it is hassle free so that’s perfect for traveling with children, and it includes four destinations in Japan, such a great value for money. The ship itself is also very family-friendly with lots to do, like having a feast of Michelin-starred cuisine and watching stage production shows.”

Mrs. Sun was particularly pleased with the shore excursions: “We had plenty of time to enjoy each port of call on this cruise… after taking tons of photos at Mt. Fuji, we went crazy shopping at Gotemba Outlet Mall! The natural springs at Kagoshima are truly impressive as well. My child was thrilled when we got Hakuhinkan Toy Park at Ginza… we literally had to drag him out of there!”

PuPu from Chinese reality show “Let Go of My Baby” also had a lovely time at the Junior Cruiser Program on SuperStar Virgo: “I learned how to make pizza, I joined the dining etiquette class, and I made a lot of new friends!”

Mrs. Wong from Hunan, who cruised for the first time with her husband and son said: “We were so excited to learn that there were fencing activities on the ship! We have heard of fencing but never had a chance to try it; this is such a pleasant surprise!”

Ms. Zheng from Jiangsu took this amazing photo of Sakurajima as the ship sailed into Kagoshima Port: “I have never seen a live volcano before… it was such a wonderful view from the open deck, with the clear blue skies and layers of clouds, it was like a scene from a Japanese anime!”

The “Golden Sea Route” experience incorporates Chinese and Japanese culture in its entertainment and enrichment programs as well as a variety of traditional arts and culture, fun performances and local delicacies, such as the “Virgo the Yoshimoto @Cruise”.

The vibrant celebrations included a lively performance by comedian Pikotaro who performed his popular “PPAP” song in Osaka.

Itinerary of SuperStar Virgo Golden Sea Route Deployment – now to 30 November 2017

Day Destination Arrival Departure
Thursday Shanghai - 15:00
Friday Cruising Day - -
Saturday Osaka 09:00 (10:00) 19:00 (20:00)
Sunday Tokyo (Yokohama) 14:00 (15:00) 23:00 (23:59)
Monday Mount Fuji (Shimizu) 06:00 (07:00) 13:00 (14:00)
Tuesday Kagoshima 15:00 (16:00) 23:00 (23:59)
Wednesday Cruising Day - -
Thursday Shanghai 06:00 -
( ) local time indicated in brackets
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Genting Cruise Lines is a division of Genting Hong Kong comprising of three distinct cruise brands - Star Cruises, Dream Cruises and Crystal Cruises - providing a range of products from contemporary cruises to ultra-luxurious vacation experiences spanning the sea to air.

Established in 1993, Star Cruises is the pioneer in the Asia Pacific cruise industry currently with a fleet of six ships catering to the contemporary market segment. As "The Most Popular Cruise Line in Asia", Star Cruises will further expand its footprint in the region with the delivery of two new "Global Class" ships, each measuring 201,000 gross tons, in 2020 and 2021.

"Asia's Luxury Cruise Line", Dream Cruises delivers the highest level of guest service and spacious comfort in the region via newly launched Genting Dream (November 2016) and the upcoming World Dream (late 2017). Developed for the high-end consumers in China and Asia, Dream Cruises will provide passengers with more choice, comfort and value to create a perfect dream voyage.

Crystal Cruises is "The World's Most Awarded Luxury Cruise Line", having earned more "World's Best" awards than any other cruise line, hotel, or resort in history. Recently, Crystal has embarked on a significant brand expansion introducing two new classes of cruising - Crystal Yacht Cruises and Crystal River Cruises - and reaching new heights with Crystal Luxury Air and Crystal AirCruises.

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 the 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.