THE MARINE LOG FEATURES CALENDAR FOR 2003
May 12, 2003
Star Cruises back in Singapore market
Star Cruises is back in the Singapore cruise market
Last month, in response to the SARS situation, Star Cruises pulled the 1,196 passenger SuperStar Leo and the 1,960 passenger SuperStar Virgo from their Hong Kong and Singapore bases and deployed them to new bases in Sydney and Perth, Australia.
Now the line has announced new itineraries for the 611-passenger SuperStar Aries departing from Singapore, for the months of May and June 2003.
From May 2003, the ship will embark from Singapore on new voyages to Malacca, Kuantan, Kuala Lumpur, Pulau Tioman and Penang, for a limited period till end June 2003.
Announcing these itineraries, Star Cruises Chief Operating Officer Chong Chee Tut described the introduction of SuperStar Aries to the Singapore market as an option to fill the void created by SuperStar Virgo's current deployment to Perth, Australia, which has just been extended till mid-July.
"SuperStar Aries serves as an ideal interim option in terms of passenger capacity particularly in this current market environment. We believe that it would take some time for the number of holiday cruisers to return to the levels prior to the deteriorated conditions," said Chong.
SuperStar Aries' has undergone refurbishment and upgrading of facilities during a recent dry dock at Sembawang. The recreational and wellness areas have been enhanced and now include an indoor jacuzzi pool and reflexology centre, while new private karaoke rooms with the latest sound equipment have been added to the Europa Lounge. It should be noted that fresh air is available all over the ship and at the open-space decks. The air-conditioning system operates on a 100% intake of fresh air instead of recycled air.
Since the onset of the atypical pneumonia situation in the region, Star Cruises has been closely monitoring its development and is working with the respective Ministries of Health, Port Health authorities and tourism bodies to arrest the situation.
It says ithas taken every proactive and preventive measure within its capacity to ensure the safety of its passengers and crew. Such measures have included, but are not limited to screening and temperature taking of passengers at embarkation, intensified cleaning of public and common areas onboard, donning of face masks by all crew, suspension of shore-leave in selected countries and designating of isolation/quarantine facilities with separate ventilation system for medical emergencies.