SuperStar Libra called into Yangon for the first time yesterday (August 14), bringing in nearly 1,000 passengers from the around the world on a special cruise departing from Penang on August 11. In a welcoming ceremony featuring a traditional dance performance, passengers and crew were greeted by local authorities and media.
Mr. William Ng, Chief Operating Officer of Star Cruises, said, "This is a memorable day as this 7D6N special cruise departing from Penang marks Star Cruises' first return to Yangon in 10 years since SuperStar Virgo's first call here in 2003. This is also SuperStar Libra's first call to this port city."
"Twenty years ago, Star Cruises pioneered cruising in Asia. We introduced the free-style cruising concept accentuated by world-class hospitality standards with an Asian touch. As the leading cruise line in Asia-Pacific, we clearly understand what our guests from various markets expect. This deep understanding gives us a competitive edge in shaping itineraries and creating onboard experience that truly appeal to our guests."
"I'd like to take this opportunity to thank the Myanmar Government, especially the Yangon Region Government, the Ministry of Transport and the Ministry of Tourism, for their support in making this cruise a very special one for passengers we brought from more than 16 countries including Australia, Hong Kong, Japan, Singapore and Malaysia," he added.
The welcoming ceremony was graced by Mr Thet Lwin Toh, Vice Chairman, Union of Myanmar Travel Association (UMTA) and Mr Min Kyi, General Manager, Myanmar International Terminal Thilawa (MITT).
Yangon Region Government Chief Minister H.E. U Myint Swe, Speakers of People’s Parliament, Cabinet Ministers, representatives of Yangon Region Government, along with Dy Minister of Transport (retired) Senior Marine Consultant Captain Pe Than, and Ministry of Tourism (Head of Yangon Region) Dy General Manager Mr Aye Thein toured the 42,285-tonne vessel. It was followed by a memento exchange ceremony and a special brunch featuring Star Cruises’ International and Asian specialty cuisine.
Besides this special cruise, SuperStar Libra continues to offer the popular 4D3N itinerary from Penang to the idyllic Phuket and Krabi departing every Sunday. From Wednesday to Saturday, travellers can immerse in another dimension of cruise fun on SuperStar Libra's daily 1-night high seas experience.