Star Cruises Showcases SuperStar Libra in Dubai En route to Summer Deployment in Eastern Mediterranean

Published May 25th, 2006 - 06:41 GMT

Star Cruises, the Leading Cruise Line in Asia-Pacific, announced the maiden arrival of SuperStar Libra, at the Dubai Cruise Terminal today, (Wednesday, 24 May 2006), en route to be the first ever ship in the Star Cruises Asian fleet to operate in the Mediterranean. The 216m long, 28m wide vessel with a gross tonnage of 42,000 and a capacity of 1,900 passengers berthed at Dubai Cruise Terminal, Port Rashid for an overnight call before departing for Bahrain on 25 May 2006.

More than 450 invited guests comprising members of the media, travel trade, corporates, government and port officials, attended the special reception onboard, followed by a preview of the entire luxury liner.

SuperStar Libra represents an important addition to Star Cruises’ extremely popular cruise vessels that offers the ultimate “at sea” experience by combining comfort, greater space and sweeping ocean views. Formerly known as Norwegian Sea, under Norwegian Cruise Line, a wholly owned subsidiary of Star Cruises, the vessel joined the Star Cruises fleet in 2005.

Mr. Chong Chee-Tut, Star Cruises’ Chief Operating Officer said, “SuperStar Libra is truly a destination in herself, presenting her passengers endless options to be entertained and served. As one of the popular Star Cruises liners offering first-class facilities on board SuperStar Libra has attracted a large number of holiday-makers this season.”

SuperStar Libra’s call at Dubai is a part of her relocation cruise from Mumbai, India. Scheduled to arrive in Bahrain on 26 May at 7:30 in the morning, the ship will depart Bahrain at night on the final leg of her relocation cruise and arrive in Valletta, Malta on 6 June 2006, where she will be home-ported this summer.

SuperStar Libra’s inaugural season in the Eastern Mediterranean now offers holiday–makers from the Middle East the added option to cruise either in Europe or Asia. They can opt for a range of 7 to 13 night cruises to a host of interesting destinations along the east and west coasts of Italy, the islands of Greece and to Egypt and Istanbul or a choice of exciting itineraries in Asia on SuperStar Virgo and SuperStar Gemini.

Mr. Chong added, “Holiday–makers on SuperStar Libra will also have the flexibility of embarking the ship in Rome, Venice, Istanbul or Valletta, Malta via a choice of fly-cruise options from the Middle East.”

SuperStar Libra’s journey to the Mediterranean coincides with the World Cup and passengers onboard the luxurious vessel will be thrilled at the opportunity to enjoy live the World Cup drama along with the sun, sea and sand.

Star Cruises has been actively promoting cruises in the Middle Eastern markets and has plans to continue to do so in the region which is ideally situated between Europe and Asia. The company’s ships are specially designed to cater to the vacation needs for leisure and enjoyment providing a memorable holiday for those who sail on them.

Star Cruises Group is the third largest cruise line in the world and the leading cruise line in Asia-Pacific. Its fleet of modern ships feature the highest safety standards, world-class cuisine and exceptional service, hallmarks of an 8-time award winner for 'Best Cruise Operator in Asia-Pacific' by TTG Asia.

More on SuperStar Libra
SuperStar Libra is a 42,000 gross-tonne ship with 740 well-appointed cabins with a passenger capacity of 1,480 lower berths. Measuring 216m long and 28m wide, she has 8 restaurants and bars, 7 entertainment outlets, meeting facilities and a host of sports, health and recreational facilities.

About Star Cruises Group
Star Cruises, the third largest cruise line in the world is a global cruise brand with a combined fleet of 22 ships in service, including 2 to be delivered, with about 35,000 lower berths, cruising to destinations and islands in Asia-Pacific, North and South America, Hawaii, Caribbean, Alaska, Europe, Mediterranean, Bermuda and the Antarctica under the Star Cruises, Norwegian Cruise Line, NCL America, Orient Lines and Cruise Ferries brands.

Star Cruises is represented in more than 20 locations worldwide with offices in Australia, China, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, New Zealand, Philippines, Singapore, Sweden, Taiwan, Thailand, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom and the United States of America.

 


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