PRESS RELEASEOctober 9th, 2000For Immediate ReleaseINTERNATIONAL
STAR CRUISES ANNOUNCES SHIP DEPLOYMENT PLANS
OF STAR CRUISES AND NORWEGIAN CRUISE LINE FLEETS
Star Cruises, "The Leading Cruise Line in Asia-Pacific" is pleased to
announce a number of deployment changes for both the Star Cruises and
Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL) fleets that will take advantage of the Group's
flexibility and position as a single, global group.
The S/S Norway will be redeployed to Asia-Pacific in September 2001. Prior
to her redeployment, she will embark on a summer season of 7-day,
alternating eastern/western Caribbean "farewell cruises" as NCL's flagship.
The three final "farewell cruises", including a 16-day transatlantic voyage,
will feature special onboard amenities and programming designed to celebrate
the ship's legendary heritage and place in maritime history.
S/S Norway will be dry-docked in Europe for three weeks before her 3-week
cruise to a homeport in Asia-Pacific which will be announced at a laterdate.
The S/S Norway is a ship with legendary heritage. First christened as S/S
France in the early 1960's, she has served NCL well following her rebirth as
S/S Norway twenty years ago.
"The deployment of S/S Norway -- which has traditionally been offering
transatlantic cruises to Asia-Pacific will provide Asians with an
opportunity to cruise on a ship with a rich maritime legacy. With the S/S
Norway cruising in exotic Asian waters, her faithful followers from North
America and Europe will have the opportunity to experience Asia onboard a
ship internationally acclaimed with classical opulence," said Dato' KT Lim,
Chairman of Star Cruises.
"The S/S Norway is also the longest cruise liner in the world. Her sailing
in warm Asian waters will cut a stunning profile besides offering a classic
East-Meets-West experience on the high seas not found elsewhere," he added.
"The S/S Norway has served NCL well for two decades and we are pleased that
this historic liner will remain within the Group through her new deployment
in one of Star Cruises' major markets," said Mr. Colin Veitch, President and
Chief Executive Officer of NCL.
Star Cruises will transfer the SuperStar Leo to the NCL fleet to be
positioned in Hawaii. SuperStar Leo will be offering permanent 7-day
year-round itineraries, building on the success of NCL's current 10- and
11-day Hawaii cruise. She will be the only large, new luxury ship offering
year-round, weekly cruises in Hawaii, a move that is certain to have a
tremendous impact on the Hawaii cruise market. The ship's 7-day cruise will
be the only one in the market to include the four main islands of Oahu,
Hawaii, Maui and Kauai plus a stop at Fanning Island, an exotic Micronesian
island to the south of Hawaii.
SuperStar Leo will be delivered to NCL in December 2001. Her maiden voyage
under the NCL flag will depart Honolulu on December 16th, 2001.
"There is no doubt that Hawaii is one of the most attractive vacation
destinations anywhere in the world," added Mr. Veitch.
"Yet it also is a market that has not previously had a modern cruise
offering available, and consequently, it has really not developed as a
cruise destination. The entrance of SuperStar Leo brings with it the
capacity to allow far more passengers to experience this incredible
destination than ever before - and in a relax style that befits the spirit
of the region," added Mr. Veitch.
SuperStar Virgo - which is presently offering Straits of Malacca and South
China Sea Cruises from her homeport in Singapore - will be positioned to
Hong Kong. For the record, SuperStar Virgo is SuperStar Leo's twin sister
ship and will arrive in Hong Kong by end November 2001.
SuperStar Libra - the first of the new-generation Libra-class vessels - will
be delivered to Star Cruises in October 2001 and is scheduled to arrive in
Singapore in November 2001 to replace SuperStar Virgo.
"The strategies employed in these moves ensure the NCL brand of having four
new, 2000+ berth ships by the end of 2002. Further, Star Cruises will
continue to offer a new ship or product each year in its core markets of
Hong Kong and Singapore. This clearly demonstrates the tremendous advantage
the Star Cruises Group enjoys as a single global cruise line. From a global
perspective, the Star Cruises group, incorporating Star Cruises, NCL, and
Orient Lines, is the only cruise line in the world offering regular
seven-night-or-less cruises in the Caribbean, Alaska, Hawaii, Bermuda, the
Mediterranean, Northern Europe, Japan, and Southeast Asia," added Mr.Veitch.
"The acquisition of NCL earlier this year has afforded the Star Cruises
Group the opportunity to map out a ship deployment plan that optimises the
speed, capacity and strength of the fleet enabling us to position the ships
to markets where they are most suitable. Star Cruises and NCL will continue
to explore the various synergies that exist within the Group in areas of
ship deployment, marketing and operations in order to provide cruisers with
world-class products and services that reflect the global presence,
standards and values of all three brands," concluded Dato' Lim.
MORE ON S/S NORWAY
S/S Norway measures 76,049 gross tonnes, 315m in length and 33.5m in width
with twelve passenger decks. She has a capacity for 2,032 passengers and 920
crew. Presently, her facilities include four intimate dining outlets serving
Continental and Italian fare, eight ambient lounges and bars (indoor and
outdoor) serving cocktails, snacks and refreshments, theatre for Broadway
and novelty shows, dazzling discotheques with advanced sound system and
lighting and show lounges.
Sports and recreation facilities include two outdoor swimming pools, a 6,000
sq. ft. Roman Spa with 16 treatment rooms, sauna, massage, aqua pool,
cardiovascular exercise equipment and Jacuzzi for up to eight persons, which
is considered as one of the most comprehensive spas at sea.
S/S Norway also features two Jacuzzis on the Sun Deck, a 4,000 sq. ft.
health and fitness centre with breath-taking floor-to-ceiling windows, a
quarter mile 360-degree jogging/walking track, basketball, ping pong,
shuffle board, volleyball, skeet-shooting and golf driving net.
Other facilities include an Internet Café, children's playroom, duty-free
shops, full-service unisex saloon, conference centre, library and card room.
MORE ON SUPERSTAR LIBRA
At 91,000 grt, SuperStar Libra measures 293m in length and 32.2m in width
with 1,150 cabins of which 45% are cabins with balconies. The 15-deck and
2,300-passenger SuperStar Libra offers luxurious and well-appointed
accommodation with two penthouse suites, ambient world-class food and
beverage outlets with various themes serving international and Asian
cuisine, including an art nouveau wine cellar, numerous bars, lounges and
exciting entertainment and recreation facilities.MORE ON STAR CRUISES
Following the acquisition of NCL Holdings this year, Star Cruises "The
Leading Cruise Line in Asia-Pacific" is now the fourth largest cruise line
in the world and "The First Global Cruise Line" operating a combined fleet
of 20 ships with over 21,000 lower berths. By end 2002, with the three ships
currently on order, Star Cruises with NCL will have about 28,000 lowerberths.
Star Cruises also has one of the youngest and most modern cruise fleets in
the world with the highest safety standards. Star Cruises is the only cruise
line to own a US$5 million world-class ship simulator in its operational
headquarters in Malaysia and together with the Danish Maritime Institute,
trains all Star Cruises' officers in addition to a further 500 officers for
Maersk Sealand and other shipping lines each year. Star Cruises is the
winner of the Third Annual "Salute to Youth and Training 2000" awarded by
Lloyd's List and International Maritime Industry in London in March, 2000.
Presently, Star Cruises' 11 ships are based throughout Asia-Pacific with
Singapore, Port Klang (Malaysia), Phuket, Bangkok, Hong Kong, Taipei, Kobe,
Fukuoka and Pusan as ports of embarkation. Star Cruises' award-winning
fleet has the best services afloat with the highest crew-to-passenger ratio
reflecting the high standards of the hospitality industry in Asia-Pacific.
Star Cruises has offices in Asia (China, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan,
Korea, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan and Thailand); Australia
(Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Perth), Europe (Germany, Sweden and United
Kingdom) and the United States of America. With a number of branches in
some countries such as China, India and Australia, Star Cruises is
represented in 25 locations worldwide.
The NCL group operates a fleet of nine ships under two brands. Norwegian
Cruise Line, with seven ships, offers mainstream cruises in the Caribbean,
Alaska, Europe, Bermuda, and the Exotics. Orient Lines, with two ships,
offers destination-oriented cruises in Europe in the summer months and
worldwide, as far as Antarctica, in the fall-through-spring. Both NCL and
Orient Lines market primarily in North America but also extensively in the
UK, Europe, South America, and Asia.
Star Cruises' web-site is at www.starcruises.com which provides more
information on the cruise line and the itineraries. - end -
For editorial, please contact:MALAYSIAJANE POH
Vice President, Corporate CommunicationsPort Klang, Malaysia
I've been reading all the comments about the Norway and I, for one, am sorry to see her go and especially on a down note rather than a real upbeat one. She is the only ship I have repeated on and if I didn't think I be disappointed in her condition or on a "gloom & doom" cruise, I'd be tempted to sail her one more time for old times sake! There is nothing like being on the Norway on a transatlantic cruise! I did that twice; England to Miami and Miami/N.York/France/England and I never will forget the reception when that ship came back to France! When we sailed away that night for England, the fireworks were spectacular. What an event and wonderful memories from that ship and oh, if she could talk, just think of the stories she could tell. Where else could you have a room and look into the pool? Of course, when they drained it half way at night, the water sloshing took a little getting used to but what fun! I took everyone at my dinner table to see my room with 2 doors and a window to the pool, they thought it was great!!! An ice breaker and conversation piece it was! The public rooms with high ceilings, the indoor
full walk around promenade as well as a full outdoor walk around promenade something some new ships are lacking and shouldn't be. The ship is great no matter what the owners have done, or I should say not done, to keep her in better shape. The Norway is a classic and will remain so - always. Just for the record I was on the Norway in 83, 84, 85 and 96. I did not like the added rooms and super structure; I preferred the old profile but I will always be a loyal Norway fan, no
matter what I read or how bad they say it is. Sue