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Star Cruises is a cruise line headquartered in Hong Kong and operating in the Asia-Pacific market. The company is owned by Genting Hong Kong. It is the eighteenth largest[1] cruise line in the world after Carnival Corporation, Royal Caribbean Cruises and 15 others.

Star Cruises
ISINBMG3924T1062 Edit this on Wikidata
IndustryPassenger transportation & Cruises
FounderTan Sri Lim Kok Thay
HeadquartersHong Kong, Asia
Area served
Asia Pacific
Key people
Tan Sri Lim Kok Thay, CEO & Founder
OwnerGenting Hong Kong
ParentGenting Hong Kong
Star Cruises' largest ship, SuperStar Virgo, lying at anchor near Phuket, Thailand

The chairman of Star Cruises is Tan Sri Lim Kok Thay, the son of the late Tan Sri Lim Goh Tong, the founder of Malaysia's Genting Highlands.


SuperStar Libra in Keelung Harbor, Taiwan

Star Cruises was founded as an associate of the Genting Group of Malaysia,[2] incorporated in Bermuda on 10 November 1993 with its corporate headquarters in Hong Kong.[3] The company's first ships were two cruiseferries acquired from the bankrupted estate of Swedish Rederi AB Slite. In the following years, the company purchased several other used ships. In 1998, Star Cruises took delivery of its first new build, SuperStar Leo, followed by sister ship SuperStar Virgo in 1999. Star Cruises also acquired Sun Cruises the same year.

In 2000, Star Cruises acquired Norwegian Cruise Line,[4] including its subsidiaries Orient Lines and Norwegian Capricorn Line, becoming the largest global cruise line in the world. Norwegian Capricorn Line operations were soon merged into those of Star Cruises. Before the purchase of NCL, Star Cruises had several other new builds either planned or already under construction, but with the merger of the two companies, most of the constructed builds joined the NCL fleet instead of Star Cruises.

In 2001, Star Cruises founded a new sister company, Cruise Ferries, which began operating its sole ship, Wasa Queen, on short cruises from Hong Kong to Xiamen followed by overnight gambling cruises from Hong Kong and gambling cruises from Port Klang in Kuala Lumpur. Wasa Queen ceased to function and was sold to another company in 2007.

In 2004, SuperStar Leo, Star Cruises' then-largest ship, was transferred to NCL to take over Norwegian Sky cruises as she had to be rushed into service under NCL America brand due to the Pride of America not being ready on time due to sinking at Lloyd Werft shipyard. Since 2006, the trend has been that new ships were to be built for NCL, and the old ships in the NCL fleet would be transferred to the Star Cruises fleet in Asia.

In early 2008, both NCL America and Orient Lines brands were discontinued, with the latter's sole ship, MS Marco Polo, sold to Greek interests. Also in that year, the first ship from NCL was transferred to the Star Cruises fleet as SuperStar Libra.

Starting from 2011, Star Cruises received a new hullart. SuperStar Virgo, SuperStar Aquarius and Star Pisces have received their new hullart.

It was announced on 27 April 2012 that the Norwegian Dream will join the Star fleet, she will be named as SuperStar Gemini and will start service in 2012.[5]

On 7 October 2013, Star Cruises announced that Star Cruises and their parent company, Genting Hong Kong, have entered into an agreement with Meyer Werft shipyard for the construction of one new cruise ship for Star. The vessel will have capacity for 3,364 passengers at double occupancy.[6] The ship will be delivered sometime in Fall 2016.

Star Cruises announced on 10 February 2014, that a second ship was ordered and will be delivered by Fall 2017. Both ships will 150,000 GT.[7] On 9 February 2015, the first steel cutting ceremony for Genting World was held at Meyer Werft shipyard.[8]

The company announced in March 2018 that one of its ships, SuperStar Libra, would end her public cruise operations for the company on 27 June 2018.[9]

On 8 March 2018, Genting Hong Kong announced that the first Global-class newbuild that was previously allocated to Star Cruises would join the Dream Cruises fleet.[10]

On 11 September 2018, Genting Hong Kong announced that SuperStar Virgo would move to Dream Cruises in April 2019 and be renamed the Explorer Dream.[11] In November 2018, SuperStar Gemini returned to Malaysia for a six-month deployment.[12]


Current fleetEdit

Ship Year built Class Entered service
with Star Cruises
Gross Tonnage Current Home Port Notes Image
Star Pisces 1990 1994–present 2011 40,012 tons Hong Kong Previously Kalypso
SuperStar Aquarius 1993 Dreamward Class 2007–present 2016 51,309 tons Keelung Previously Norwegian Wind
SuperStar Gemini 1992 Dreamward Class 2012–present 2012 50,764 tons Port Klang Previously Norwegian Dream
The Taipan 1989 1994–present 2013 3,370 tons Previously in service as MegaStar Aries (1994–2013) and Genting World (2013–2015)

Future fleetEdit

Genting Hong Kong ordered two Global class ships for Star Cruises in 2016.[13] In 2018, it was announced that the vessels would instead be delivered to Dream Cruises, with a new class of ships planned to be designed for Star Cruises.[14]

Former shipsEdit

Ship Built In service for Star Cruises Gross Tonnage Status as of 2019 Image
SuperStar Virgo 1999 1999-2019 75,338 GT Star Cruises first newly built at the time. Transfer to Dream Cruises as Explorer Dream in April 2019.
SuperStar Libra 1988 2005-2018 42,275 GT Previously Norwegian Sea. Now used as hotel ship for workers at MV Werften
Genting World 2016 Never entered service 150,695 GT Transferred to Dream Cruises as Genting Dream.
World Dream 2017 Never entered service 150,695 GT Transferred to Dream Cruises as World Dream.
SuperStar Leo 1998 1998–2004 75,338 GT Transferred to Norwegian Cruise Line as Norwegian Spirit.
Langkapuri Star Aquarius 1988 1993–2001 40,012 GT Now Pearl Seaways for DFDS.
SuperStar Gemini 1992 1995–2009 19,093 GT Now Celestyal Nefeli for Celestyal Cruises.
SuperStar Capricorn 1973 1997–1998
21,891 GT Now Boudicca for Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines.
SuperStar Sagittarius 1972 1998 16,607 GT Now known as Oriental Dragon.
SuperStar Europe
SuperStar Aries
1980 1998–2004
SuperStar Europe – (1999–2000)
SuperStar Aries – (2000–2004)
37,301 GT Now Saga Sapphire for Saga Cruises.
SuperStar Taurus 1980 2000–2001 15,179 GT Now Celestyal Crystal for Celestyal Cruises.
SuperStar Libra 2001 Never entered service 91,740 GT Now Norwegian Star for Norwegian Cruise Line.
SuperStar Scorpio 2002 Never entered service 92,250 GT Now Norwegian Dawn for Norwegian Cruise Line.
MegaStar Sagittarius 1991 2000–2001 4,200 GT Now Sea Spirit for Poseidon Expeditions N/A
MegaStar Capricorn 1991 2000–2001 4,280 GT Now Caledonian Sky for Noble Caledonia
MegaStar Taurus 1989 1994–2015 3,341 GT Transferred to Crystal Cruises as Crystal Esprit.


  1. ^ "2012 World Wide Market Share". Cruise Market Watch. 20 November 2011.
  2. ^ Group Profile – Star Cruises Limited Archived 6 December 2012 at, retrieved on 27 July 2005
  3. ^ Star Cruises 2004 Annual Report Archived 4 February 2012 at the Wayback Machine, retrieved on 15 March 2007
  4. ^ Alex (20 December 2000). "Star Cruises Acquires Norwegian Cruise Line". Retrieved 30 October 2019.
  5. ^ Norwegian Dream Set to Sail for Star – Cruise Industry News | Cruise News. Cruise Industry News (27 April 2012).
  6. ^ Star Cruises Orders New Ship from Meyer Werft – Cruise Industry News | Cruise News. Cruise Industry News (7 October 2013).
  7. ^ Star Doubles Order – Second Newbuild Due for 2017 – Cruise Industry News | Cruise News. Cruise Industry News (10 February 2014).
  8. ^ "Star Cruises Commences Building of the Genting World Mega Cruise Ship with its First Steel Cutting". Star Cruises. 11 February 2015.
  9. ^ Staff, CIN (2 March 2018). "SuperStar Libra to End Public Cruise Operations". Retrieved 3 March 2018.
  10. ^ Staff, CIN (8 March 2018). "Dream Cruises to Get 2020 Newbuild, Sail Globally". Retrieved 9 March 2018.
  11. ^ Mathisen, Monty (11 September 2018). "SuperStar Virgo to Become Explorer Dream, Transfer to Dream Cruises". Retrieved 29 October 2019.
  12. ^ "Cruise ship returns to Malaysia this November". The Star Online. 25 September 2018. Retrieved 29 October 2019.
  13. ^ "Star Cruises orders two new mega cruise ships for China". Cruise & Ferry. 11 May 2016. Retrieved 14 March 2018.
  14. ^ "Genting to transfer Global Class newbuilds to Dream Cruises brand". Cruise & Ferry. 12 March 2018. Retrieved 14 March 2018.

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