(2:00 p.m. AEST) — Passengers stepping aboard Star Cruises’ SuperStar Virgo when it arrives in Australia in November will be able to take advantage of a new adults-only beach club area.
It is the first time in a decade that the cruise line will visit five Australian states as part of a 47-night voyage from southeast Asia.
National sales manager Brigita Devries told Cruise Critic the new addition to the ship’s deck 10 is expected to particularly resonate with the Australian market.
“It’s fitting for Aussies because it will be an outdoor venue with music playing and a bar,” she revealed.
In addition, live sport will be screened and a selection of local beers available on tap. While the ship won’t undergo many other changes ahead of its arrival, Devries revealed that when it arrives in Australia it will be dressed up “in all things Christmas”.
Meanwhile, sales for the Australian itineraries are “nice and steady”, she said, despite only announcing the local cruises a few months ago.
Expected onboard are past passengers that sailed with SuperStar Virgo in 2003 when it was relocated from Singapore upon the outbreak of SARS.
“We’ll also see some new guests that want to try something new and different that the market hasn’t seen for quite some time,” she said. “All the other competitors here are much of a muchness, but we have a different onboard experience.”
Departing 13 November 2015, the ship will sail from Hong Kong to 21 ports, with its first Australian call at Geraldton, arriving 28 November, followed by Fremantle the next day. The cruise can be also purchased in shorter segments, such as a local leg from Perth to Sydney via Adelaide, Melbourne and Tasmania.
With the cruise line set to welcome two new vessels to its fleet over the next two years, Devries was hopeful that Australia would see more of its ships in local waters in the near future.
“It’s time to get Star Cruises back on the map, get the brand awareness back out there and the unique experience we offer onboard.”