Star Cruises will up the luxury quotient of SuperStar Virgo’s cabins and shopping area, widening the selection of comtempory cabins and duty free shopping on its Asian flagship.

SuperStar Virgo, the largest ship of Star Cruises’ Asian fleet, will undergo a three-week dry-dock renovation from 5 to 29 January, 2014. The 75,338-ton, 13-deck ship will receive a lavish makeover with upgraded cabins, retail, hotel, dining, and recreational facilities. More than 270 balcony cabins will be remodeled with a touch of urban luxury.

The soothing minimalist décor is a perfect blend of contemporary design and luxurious escapism while the furnishing perfectly accentuates the harmony of the vast sapphire sea. At this sanctuary, passengers can wake up every morning to the calming sound of the ocean in a floating paradise.

Designed to give you the leisurely shopping experience you truly deserve, the total retail floor area of SuperStar Virgo will triple to 562 square meters. Passengers can indulge in the pleasure of shopping in slow, restful rhythms and take in personalized treatments when dozens of international brands such as Shiseido SK II, Biotherm, Lancome and Shu Uemura are to be introduced. The expansion and addition of duty-free operator China Duty Free, jewelry and watch specialist Canopus, luxury leather goods retailer Milan Station and souvenir shop Ports O’ Call will offer passengers even more choices of perfume, cosmetics, fashion accessories, luxury and lifestyle products from around the world. SuperStar Virgo is an ideal place where holidaymakers can pamper themselves in extravagance.

Mr William Ng, Chief Operating Officer, Star Cruises, said, “This USD19.7 million refurbishment of SuperStar Virgo is a reflection of our continuous drive to grow in Asia. This will further cement Star Cruises’ leading position in the Asia-Pacific cruise industry. SuperStar Virgo will be on her homeport deployment in Hong Kong from April to October next year. Domestic travellers as well as those from China, Taiwan, Korea and Japan are expected to flock to Hong Kong next year to enjoy the top notch accommodation, shopping, leisure, entertainment and dining options available on this ship.”

As ever, there is a strong emphasis on food on SuperStar Virgo. To celebrate the completion of the renovation and the relocation to Hong Kong, the award-winning chef team of the 11 acclaimed food and beverage outlets onboard will introduce various promotions. At Taverna, a place for the barefoot and bikini-clad, guests can chill and unwind with friends under the blazing sun overlooking the open sea. Relax in the poolside arbor and enjoy a mischievous platter for snacks with an ice cold beer or soothing cocktail in your hand. When the sun goes down, treat yourself to masterfully rendered Italian delicacies at Palazzo, exquisite Chinese food at Noble House, authentic traditional Chinese cuisine Pavilion Restaurant or Southeast Asian food at Blue Lagoon.

SuperStar Virgo is currently homeported in Singapore, offering itineraries to Penang, Phuket, Malacca and Port Klang. From 2 April to 28 October, 2014, SuperStar Virgo will be on her six-month Hong Kong homeport deployment, bringing passengers to Keelung (Taipei), Taichung and Kaohsiung in Taiwan, Sanya in Hainan and Halong Bay in Vietnam.

As part of the ongoing initiative to make a Star Cruises holiday more hassle-free, Star Cruises have introduced an online check-in service on Passengers can take advantage of the new feature to expedite their embarkation process. Online check-in is available from seven days in advance up to eight hours prior to departure.