January 24, 2018

Star Cruises celebrates the return homeport of Superstar Virgo in Manila beginning March 5 - New itineraries will feature Okinawa, Japan and Keelung, Taiwan

Manila, Philippines – January 2018 – Star Cruises, “The Most Popular Cruise Line in Asia”, today celebrated the upcoming return homeport deployment of SuperStar Virgo where she will take guests on summertime itineraries to Naha and Ishigaki in Okinawa, Japan and Keelung, Taiwan beginning on 5 March.



On hand to help celebrate at the event were representatives from the Department of Tourism along with model and social media sensation LA Aguinaldo, Miss International 2016 Kylie Versoza, Philippine Basketball Association Legends led by Alvin Patrimonio, DJs Patty Tiu and Tom Taus, up-and-coming singer, Daryl Ong, business partners, media and executives from Star Cruises and Genting Cruise Lines.



“Star Cruises is looking forward to returning to homeport in Manila especially after the fantastic support of our Filipino guests during last summer’s debut of the Jewels of the South China Seas itinerary,” said Mr Ang Moo Lim, President of Star Cruises. 

“We are also proud to continue to support the Philippines’ tourism industry with the first-ever homeport deployment of an international cruise ship in Manila, providing more tantalizing options for the booming Philippines outbound tourism industry and developing the fly/cruise market for the country.” 

A pioneer in the Asian cruise industry, Star Cruises continually strives to deliver specially-curated, quality itineraries to appeal to a broad range of guests. SuperStar Virgo new summer cruises from Manila will provide a scenic journey to the popular tourist hotspots of Naha and Ishigaki in Okinawa, Japan and the vibrant port city of Keelung, Taiwan with easy access to Taipei.
Perfect for the summer holidays, SuperStar Virgo’s 5-Night cruise will allow Filipinos to embark on a new adventure with #NoVisaRequired!

To introduce another layer to this exciting summer vacation option, Andrea Manzano, Assistant Vice President for Sales and Marketing for Star Cruises announced an exciting opportunity for discerning travelers fit to serve their all-inclusive holiday vacation needs with themed cruises.

With key sailing dates during SuperStar Virgo’s 3-month deployment in Manila, Filipino cruisers are able to enjoy different kinds of experiences during these unique cruise sailings:


The Greatest Hits Cruise with The Boyfriends and VST & Co. 


Experience a blast from the past, as SuperStar Virgo launches her 2018 deployment with a throwback treat on the March 5 sailing. Headlined by members of the 70’s top Filipino bands The Boyfriends and VST & Co., guests can expect to sail smoothly as they serenade and croon their hits onboard this special concert cruise. 


The PBA Legends High Seas Tour 

This March 30 Holy Week sailing will feature top Philippine Basketball Association legends: “The Captain” Alvin Patrimonio, “The Tower of Power” Benjie Paras, “The Flying A” Johnny Abarrientos, and “Defense Minister” Jerry Codinera as they join this sports cruise offering basketball clinics for kids and a Legends basketball showcase.


Labor Day Party Cruise


Celebrate the Labor Day Weekend a different way as SuperStar Virgo offers an alternative way to celebrate summer through the Labor Day Party Cruise this April 29! Sailing with two of the top Filipino club DJs, Patty Tiu of Deuce and Tom Taus, Labor Day Party Cruise gives the young and old alike to let their hair down and party the nights away on SuperStar Virgo. 


Mother’s Day Cruise
Mothers are in for a treat, as SuperStar Virgo allows them to the queens of the high seas during the Mother’s Day Cruise on the May 9 sailing. Fun and amazing variety of engaging activities are available onboard for moms and their offspring meant to make their travel an unforgettable one. On top of all these special activities, mothers will also be serenaded by one of the country’s up-and-coming singers, Daryl Ong.


Pororo At Sea!



Bring your kids aboard SuperStar Virgo this May, as Pororo the Little Penguin brings his friends along for a cruise on the high seas! With two shows every May sailing, our Junior Cruisers not only get a chance to explore the wonders of cruising around Asia, they can also get to watch Pororo and his adventures onboard SuperStar Virgo.

SuperStar Virgo in Manila 2018: 05 March to 29 May 2018


Day
Destination
Arrival
Departure
6D5N
Summer Getaway


2018 Departures:
MAR 05, 10, 15, 20, & 25 (LOW)
MAR 30 (MID)
APR 04 & 09 (MID)
MAY 09, 14, 19, & 24 (MID)
Day 1
Manila

17:00
Day 2
Cruising Day
-
-
Day 3
Naha, Japan
11:00 (12:00)
20:00 (21:00)
Day 4
Keelung, Taiwan
12:00
21:00
Day 5
Cruising Day
-
-
Day 6
Manila
08:00
-
( ) local time indicated in brackets




Day
Destination
Arrival
Departure
6D5N
Summer Getaway


2018 Departures:
APR 14, 19, 24, & 29 (MID)
MAY 04 & 29 (MID)
Day 1
Manila

17:00
Day 2
Cruising Day
-
-
Day 3
Ishigaki, Japan
08:00 (09:00)
18:00 (19:00)
Day 4
Keelung, Taiwan
12:00
21:00
Day 5
Cruising Day
-
-
Day 6
Manila
08:00
-
( ) local time indicated in brackets



Naha
The capital city of Okinawa Prefecture and the political, economic, educational, culinary and transport hub of the Ryukyu Islands, Naha is renowned for its mild sub-tropical climate and sights and attractions where tourists can shop and dine at Kokusai Dori, the main shopping and entertainment street, or visit the many temples and shrines that dot the area.


Ishigaki
Famed for its natural beauty, Ishigaki boasts unspoiled beaches, coral reefs in dazzlingly clear waters, palm tree forests, pineapple plantations and tropical vistas that many believe to be “the most beautiful place in Japan.”

Keelung
Located along the rugged northeast coast, the port city of Keelung is also the centre of Northern Taiwan’s fishing industry. From its Taiwanese aboriginal origins to periods of Spanish, Dutch, Qing Dynasty and Japanese rule, Keelung is steeped in rich history.


In addition to enticing ports of call, guests on board SuperStar Virgo can look forward to setting sail in style and luxury with an all-encompassing cruise voyage comprising of deluxe accommodations, sumptuous inclusive meals daily, spectacular entertainment, a range of recreational facilities to pamper or invigorate and much more – all part of Star Cruises’ promise to deliver exceptional cruise experiences highlighted by its signature, heartfelt Asian hospitality.


About Star Cruises
Star Cruises is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Genting Hong Kong, a leading global leisure, entertainment and hospitality corporation. A pioneer in the Asia Pacific cruise industry, Star Cruises has been operating its fleet since 1993, taking on the bold initiative to grow the region as an international cruise destination with a fleet of six vessels including SuperStar Virgo, SuperStar Libra, SuperStar Gemini, SuperStar Aquarius, Star Pisces and The Taipan. To further evolve the brand, Star Cruises also announced an order for two innovative, 5,000 lower berth ‘Global Class’ vessels to be delivered in 2020 and 2021.

Star Cruises' commitment in offering best-in-class services and facilities is reflected in a host of recognitions and accolades received over the years. These include being inducted into the prestigious Travel Trade Gazette's "Travel Hall of Fame" for a tenth year in 2017 in recognition of winning "Best Cruise Operator in the Asia-Pacific" for 10 consecutive years. Star Cruises was also recently voted "Asia's Leading Cruise Line" at the World Travel Awards for a sixth year in a row in 2017.

http://enjoyingwonderfulworld.blogspot.com/2017/03/leading-asia-pacific-cruise-line-star.html



About Superstar Virgo


The 13-storey SuperStar Virgo is equipped with 935 cabins, including sea-view cabins and balcony suites. Offering a wide variety of dining, shopping and entertainment choices, her facilities embrace Chinese, international and Japanese restaurants, an alfresco bar, foot reflexology salon and spa, gym, steam and sauna rooms, hairdressing salon, two-level theatre, duty-free shops, a 100-metre mega water slide, outdoor swimming pool, mini golf course, karaoke room, children's activity centre and more. A calendar of themed entertainment constantly refreshes the onboard fun and excitement, ensuring every voyage is a brand new enjoyable experience.

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