STAR CRUISES TO SELL SUPERSTAR GEMINI
MALAYSIAN-owned Star Cruises says the sale of the SuperStar Gemini is to be concluded in the following weeks.
The ship will be chartered back from the, so far unidentified, new owner until December 2008 to continue cruising for Star.
The 19,093 gt SuperStar Gemini has been part of Star Cruises' Asian fleet of mid-sized ships which also now includes the SuperStar Virgo, SuperStar Aquarius, SuperStar Libra, Star Pisces, Megastar Taurus, Megastar Aries and Wasa Queen, since 1995.
Star Cruises" president David Chua says: ?SuperStar Gemini has an extremely loyal following especially from the Australians as it is a truly unique ship that offers an ambience that is filled with a very personalised level of service and genuine warmth and hospitality. The crew onboard are very dedicated and many repeat guests have fondly commented that it really does feel like they are part of an extended family onboard, and this is what keeps them coming back time and time again."
But he adds: ?The sale is part of the company"s fleet optimisation plan in line with the realization of new growth opportunities in the region. Such a need to sell or replace selected ships in the fleet will occur as and when opportunities from potential buyers arise to enable us to acquire bigger, better vessels as well as to renew and further enhance our products and services to better cater to our guests" needs. An example is the arrival of the SuperStar Aquarius recently in June this year to Hong Kong, with greater capacity and features to cater to the needs and tastes of our guests.?