Star Cruises Fleet (2)
The company started with just two ships -- the former Baltic ferries Athena and Kalypso, which it bought for $250 million and renamed Star Aquarius and Star Pisces. A year later, in 1994, it paid $100 million for two upmarket small ships (Classical Cruises' Aurora 1 and 2) that became the Megastar Aries and Megastar Taurus. A year after that, Crown Cruises' 19,093-ton, 900-passenger Crown Jewel joined the fleet as SuperStar Gemini. Star took on the 28,388-ton, 1,430-passenger SuperStar Capricorn (formerly the Royal Viking Sky) in 1997. SuperStar Aries, former Hapag Lloyd's Europa, was added in the fleet in 1998.
Then the newbuildings began.
SuperStar Leo was the first 76,800-ton megaship to be custom-built for operation in Asia; incorporating Asian decor and cuisine, it entered service in 1998 and was shortly followed by SuperStar Virgo, its sister ship.
Two new 91,200-ton, 2,244-passenger sister ships originally ordered for Star's fleet were switched to NCL and became Norwegian Star and Norwegian Dawn in 2001 and 2002. The 75,338-ton, 1,966-passenger SuperStar Leo moved across to become Norwegian Spirit.
SuperStar Aquarius was deployed in spring 2011, after undergoing a month-long, $1.6 million refurbishment in Hong Kong. SuperStar Libra debuted in winter 2011. This leaves Star with four own-brand ships (SuperStar Aries and SuperStar Capricorn have been sold). Currently, the fleet consists of SuperStar Aquarius, SuperStar Libra, Star Pisces, SuperStar Gemini and SuperStar Virgo.
On the horizon: Star announced in October 2013 that it had commissioned its largest ever newbuild. The as-yet unnamed 150,000 ton, 3,200 passenger vessel, to be built at Germany's Meyer Werft, will debut in late 2016. The 18-deck ship will have 33 food and beverage options, a modern theater, a kids' waterpark, 1,000 square meters of retail space and meeting rooms.