The SuperStar Gemini is moving to homeport in Bangkok in December for a five month program, offering two- and three-night cruises.
The SuperStar Libra launched its triple homeport deployment program in September, sailing from Port Klang, Penang and Phuket, offering three- and four-night cruises.
In Taiwan, the SuperStar Aquarius sails from Keelung to Japan, and the SuperStar Virgo is set to continue her China-based program through the end of November, according to Moo Lim Ang, president of Star Cruises.
As Star’s ships are strategically deployed throughout Asia, the attention is on 2020, when the first of at least two Global-class 5,000-passenger ships join the company.
“We commissioned the design of the new ships to meet the growing demands of the Asian cruise market with facilities and experiences to appeal to the interests of the discerning Asian vacationer,” Ang said.
Looking ahead to next year, Ang said total ALBD (available lower berth days) for China cruise capacity is expected to drop, with Western brands pulling capacity back to Europe and North America, or shortening their deployments in China.
“We are very optimistic of the market opportunities in China as we feel that there is still plenty of room for growth in the country’s cruise market with penetration relatively low,” Ang said.
Read the full interview with Moo Lim Ang in the Cruise Industry News Fall 2017 Quarterly Magazine.
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