SuperStar Libra

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SuperStar Libra
History
malformed flag imageMalaysia
Name:
  • 1988–1997: Seaward
  • 1997–2005: Norwegian Sea
  • 2005–present: SuperStar Libra
Owner: Genting Group
Operator:
Port of registry: Nassau,  Bahamas
Route: 1-Night Malaysia Cruise & 3-Night Thailand Cruise
Builder: Wärtsilä Marine Perno Shipyard
Yard number: 1294
Completed: 1987
Acquired: 16 May 1988
Maiden voyage: 1988
In service: 1988
Renamed: Yes
Homeport: Penang, Malaysia
Status: In service
General characteristics
Class and type: Libra Class
Type: Cruise Ship
Tonnage: 42,275 GT
Length: 709 ft (216 m)
Beam: 93 ft (28 m)
Decks: 10
Capacity:
  • 1,480 passengers
  • 740 cabins
Crew: 740

SuperStar Libra is a cruise ship owned and operated by Star Cruises. She was built in 1988 at Wärtsilä Marine Perno Shipyard in Turku, Finland as Seaward for Norwegian Cruise Line. In 1997 she was renamed Norwegian Sea, remaining in NCL fleet. In 2005 she was transferred to the fleet of Star Cruises.

History[edit]

The vessel entered operation with Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL) in 1988 as Seaward. The vessel was renamed Norwegian Sea in 1997. In 2005, the vessel was transferred to the Star Cruises fleet and renamed SuperStar Libra.

With Star Cruises, SuperStar Libra sailed a variety of cruises in the Mediterranean, Adriatic, Aegean and Guatemalan seas in the summer of 2006. The vessel deployed back to Mumbai in late September 2006. SuperStar Libra was based in Taiwan in 2007 and 2008 and sailed from Keelung; During November 2007- March 2008, SuperStar Libra sailed from Hong Kong and operates 2-7 Night Cruises to China,Vietnam and Taiwan.For part of the year and also from Singapore for November 2008 till January 2009. Since then, she has been laid up.

The ship restarted sailings from Keelung on 27 May 2009 till October 2009, operating one to three nights cruises to open sea, Ishigaki and Naha (Okinawa, Japan).

She was then be deployed to Singapore in November for 3 Nights KL & Penang or Langkawi Cruise / 4 night KL & Phuket Cruise till late December. After that, she was laid up in Port Klang again. In April 2010, SuperStar Libra sailed 1 Night Cruises from Hong Kong to the South China Sea to replace the SuperStar Aquarius which is in drydock.Afterwards,She sailed different sailings out of Japan and Taiwan during May–October 2010.[1]

She sailed from Singapore to Thailand and Malaysia from November to December 2010, followed by a series of 1 and 3 cruises from Penang to Highseas, Phuket and Krabi throughout 2011.

She will continue to operate 1 Night Cruises to the Highseas and 3 Night Cruises to Phuket and Krabi departing from Penang, Malaysia until 31 December 2013.

She is bound for a refurbishment in January 2013 in Singapore. Her 1 night and 3 night cruises will be replaced by SuperStar Gemini during that period.[2] she will be also going to Phuket and Yangon from Penang.

On 2015 24 July, SuperStar Libra will be homeported to Xiamen, China until 2015 1 November. The longest homeport of any industry cruise ship ever in Xiamen, SuperStar Libra will operate 3-day/2-night cruises to Penghu, Taiwan and 6-day/5-night cruises to Miyakojima and Naha, Okinawa in Japan throughout the summer and autumn.[3]

On, 4 November 2015, SuperStar Libra homeported in Haikou, China at Hainan Province, to commence multiple short destination cruises to Halong Bay, Danang and Hue in Vietnam until 30 March 2016 for a new cruise season.

SuperStar Libra provided thrice-weekly cruises allowing cruise passengers the opportunity to set sail for a 3-Day/2-Night Cruise to Halong Bay every Wednesday and Friday or an alternate 4-Day/3-Night to Danang and Hue every Sunday.[4]

On 24 August 2016, Star Cruises announced that SuperStar Libra's homeport would return to Penang, Malaysia.[5]

Current plans[edit]

From 22 September 2016, SuperStar Libra has returned to her homeport in Penang providing 1 night Highseas cruise and 3 night cruises to Krabi, Phuket, Thailand or vice-versa (Phuket, Krabi)[6]

Awards[edit]

1st Battle of the Halal Chefs 2014[edit]

The chef team of SuperStar Libra emerged victorious at the 1st Battle of the Halal Chefs 2014. Together the culinary talent bagged a total of 17 awards at the sizzling culinary battle held from 17-19 Jan at Setia SPICE, Penang, Malaysia.[7]

Battle of the Chefs 2014[edit]

The chefs of SuperStar Libra achieved new success at this year’s Battle of the Chefs 2014, clinching a total of 27 medals that include 1 Gold, 5 Silver and 21 Bronze, together with 14 diploma awards, as well as the Most Outstanding US Potatoes Master Chef Challenge Award.[8]

2nd Penang International HALAL Chefs Challenge 2015[edit]

The chefs of SuperStar Libra won a total of 25 awards, which include 1 Gold, 8 Silver, 11 Bronze and 5 diplomas at the 2nd Penang International HALAL Chefs Challenge 2015 of which was held from 30 January to 1 February 2015 at the Subterranean Penang International Convention & Exhibition Centre (sPICE), Penang, Malaysia.[9]

Gallery[edit]

Amenities[edit]

  • 8 bars and restaurants
  • Outdoor Swimming Pool, Jacuzzi, golf driving range, basketball court and jogging track, fitness centre and spa, observation deck and sun-bathing
  • Open-style karaoke lounge, Show lounge with the entertainment and activities, Show lounge
  • Duty-free shops[10]

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