SuperStar Virgo, one of the world's largest and most extravagant cruises, arrived in Hong Kong Wednesday, kicking off the company's strategic re-deployment program on the booming China market.
Speaking at a welcoming ceremony held here Wednesday, David Chua, President of Star Cruises, parent company of the SuperStar Virgo, said the deployment of company's Asia fleet to Hong Kong indicates Star Cruises' determination and focus on the booming Greater China market.
Chua said the cruise markets in the Chinese mainland and Hong Kong are maturing and the company's deployment move will strengthen the development of the cruise industry in the region and help position Hong Kong as an international cruise hub.
With a capacity of 76,800 gross tonnage, SuperStar Virgo has 935 cabins and 1,870 lower berths and its 13 decks provide an array of onboard dining, recreation and entertainment, providing a "destination" by itself.
According to the company's deployment plan, SuperStar Virgo will be located in Hong Kong during the summer season, and will cruise the South China Sea, visiting the Chinese mainland, Taiwan, Vietnam and Singapore.
Frederick Ma, Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region government said at the arrival welcoming ceremony that the presence of SuperStar Virgo demonstrated Hong Kong's growing importance as a leading cruise hub in the region.
"With spectacular Victoria Harbor as its home-port, there could be no better backdrop for the largest and most luxurious liner in Star Cruises' Asian fleet," Ma said, adding, "Hong Kong's world- class tourism infrastructure, efficiency, and safe and friendly environment help ensure that we are consistently ranked as one of the world's top tourist destinations."