Star Cruise Line is the third-biggest cruise line on the planet after Carnival Corporation and Royal Caribbean Cruises, and leads the Asia-Pacific market. Star Cruises possesses 50 % of the Norwegian Cruise Line, NCL America, and the entire shareholder of Cruise Ferries brands with a total fleet of 22 ships and over 35,000 berths. The firm is listed on the Singapore Exchange and Hong Kong Stock Exchange.
Star Cruises is acknowledged for almost solely developing the cruise industry in the Asia-Pacific area. Its foray into the global shipping industry has enabled it to capture the lucrative and more mature markets in Europe and North America. Its services satisfy the needs of Asian passengers along with Europeans, North Americans, and Australians interested in Asian destinations.
|Headquarters||Hong Kong, Asia|
|Key People||Tan Sri Lim Kok Thay, CEO|
Star Cruises is essentially a Malaysian line incorporated in Malaysia and owned by the Malaysian Corporation, the Genting Group which was founded on 10 November 1993. The company started with a couple of cruise ferries and later expanded the fleet by adding a series of used ships. In 1998 the company bought its first new ship, the Super Star Leo and soon after the Super Star Virgo. In 2000 Star Cruises took over Norwegian Cruise Line entirely.
In 2001, Star Cruises started a sister company called Cruise Ferries and ran a single ship, the Wasa Queen which they used for short trips between Hong Kong and Xiamen and between Hong Kong and Port Klang in Malaysia. The Wasa Queen sailed until 2007 when it was sold to outsiders. Star Cruises continued to run the Norwegian Cruise Line in America under the name of NCL America. IN 2008, NCL America was discontinued. Star Cruises however remains to be the biggest cruise line in the Asia Pacific region.
Star cruises offer destinations from Kuala Lumpur to China, Hong Kong, Japan, Singapore, Thailand, Taiwan and Vietnam. Whether it is the tranquil beauty of Sanya in China, vibrant and bustling Hong Kong, scenic and mystical Yaeyama and Okinawa islands in Japan or the exotic locations at Thailand and Vietnam, Star Cruises takes you there to be part of the excitement.
On board the Star Cruise liners, you can be rest-assured that there will never be a dull moment. There is a multitude of activities available in fitness and sports ranging from golf to Jacuzzis and the health spa or beauty salon. There is a computer centre and video arcade for kids.
Food with Star Cruises has something for everyone. Whether you want to be adventurous or eat familiar food, there are more than ten restaurants on board to fulfill your every need. With some of the restaurants offering round the clock service, you cannot go wrong.
On the entertainment front, you will be mesmerized by novelty acts and cabaret shows from the Lido. You can catch up with a movie that the cinema or freak out in the disco for the night. If you are musically inclined, then you can join in the karaoke programs.
Star Cruises offers some of the best holiday experiences that can be found in the Asia-Pacific region today.
Star Cruises was established as an affiliate of the Genting Group of Malaysia added in Bermuda on 10 November 1993 having its headquarters in Hong Kong. The company's initial ships were two cruise ferries taken over from the bankrupted estate of Swedish Rederi AB Slite. Star Cruises also took over Sun Cruises in the same year.
In 2000, Star Cruises completely acquired Norwegian Cruise Line, encompassing its associates Orient Lines and Norwegian Capricorn Line becoming the maiden global cruise line in the world. Norwegian Capricorn Line soon got merged with ‘Star Cruises'.
In 2001, Star Cruise Line floated a new sister company, Cruise Ferries, which started operating its sole ship, Wasa Queen, on short cruises from Hong Kong to Xiamen succeeded by overnight gambling cruises from Hong Kong and gambling cruises from Port Klang in Kuala Lumpur. In 2007 the Wasa Queen stopped functioning and was sold to another company.
In 2010, one of the biggest ships in the world, Norwegian Epic, begins operations in the Caribbean.
Genting Hong Kong is dedicated to offer world class entertainment and mesmerizing experiences for the visitors. The unique venues and itineraries, along with a promise to deliver best-in-class services, will guarantee a memorable experience to all.
Having head office in Hong Kong, Genting Hong Kong has international representations in more than 20 countries worldwide including Cambodia, Australia, China, Indonesia, India, Korea, Japan, Malaysia, and host of others.
The company changed its ticker symbol to GENHK SP from "STRC SP" on 30 November 2009.