Cruises and Sailing
|June 20, 2003|
Star Cruises Gears Up For Homecoming Cruises To Hong Kong And Singapore
|Star Cruises has announced the redeployment of SuperStar Leo and SuperStar Virgo from Australia to their original homeports of Hong Kong and Singapore respectively. The vessels are scheduled to arrive in Hong Kong on 31st July 2003 and Singapore on 20th July 2003 respectively. Festivities are presently being planned to celebrate the ships' homecoming.|
SuperStar Leo and SuperStar Virgo were deployed to Australia during the height of the SARS situation in Asia and have, to date, successfully conducted cruises with zero incidence of SARS or suspected SARS due to the strong measures taken by the company, stringent onboard procedures as well as strict compliance to guidelines set out by the authorities. The Australian Quarantine and Inspection Service (AQIS) recognised the company's efforts in this regard by awarding Star Cruises a certificate of commendation aboard SuperStar Virgo in Fremantle earlier this month (June).
"The temporary deployment to Australia has been very successful and we are grateful for the support of the Australian authorities, travel agents, media and customers who have been very hospitable and receptive towards our ships. The sold-out cruises on many of the departures spoke volumes about our product and standing in the eyes of the public," said Star Cruises Chief Operating Officer, Mr. Chong Chee Tut.
"As SARS subsides in Hong Kong, Singapore and regionally in Asia, I believe that the ships' return will provide a bright spark to ignite the cruise tourism industry which has been in inertia for the last three months.
"While it has been a very trying period for all of us, we are confident that the cruise and tourism industry will pick up again," added Mr. Chong.
Homecoming Cruises From Australia To Hong Kong And Singapore
SuperStar Leo will depart Sydney on 19th July 2003 with stops in CID Harbour, Cairns and Darwin and is expected to arrive in Hong Kong on 31st July 2003.
SuperStar Virgo will depart Fremantle on 11th July 2003 with stops in Broome and Darwin and is scheduled to arrive in Singapore on 20th July 2003. Upon her return, SuperStar Virgo will embark on a special cruise to Port Klang, Penang Island and Phuket Island.
The special relocation-cum-homecoming voyages from Australia are open for sale to members of the public who can contact their travel agents for full details of the cruises.