Star Cruises to homeport in Kota Kinabalu

Good news! Good news!

Star Cruises, the leading cruise line in Asia-Pacific today announced that the 51,309-tonnage SuperStar Aquarius will commerce its seasonal homeport deployment from Kota Kinabalu for the first time from 6th November this year to 30th march 2014.

I was there at the announcement, just now.

Vice president of Star Cruises East Malaysia operations, Edward Johann Leong said Star Cruises will be the first international cruise line to homeport in Kota Kinabalu, continuing Star Cruises' pioneering and leading position in Asia's cruise industry.

"Sabah has been a top tourist destination for decades. We are proud to be the first international cruise line to homeport in Kota Kinabalu, attracting not only domestic but also international guests to Sabah.

"We envision that this deployment will help build the cruise tourism industry in this part of Asia and boost local tourism economies," he said.

Leong said Star Cruises will be offering 4 Days 3 Nights (4D3N) cruises from Kota Kinabalu to Brunei's Bandar Seri Begawan and Sarawak's Bintulu, departing every Sunday.

Star Cruises have come up with a number of exclusive shore excursions for guests to choose and explore local attractions. From Wednesday to Saturday, passengers can immerse in another dimension of cruise fun and entertainment on SuperStar Aquarius' daily one-night high sea experience.

Guests will be spoilt for choice with nonstop activities and entertainment once onboard. Guests will be wowed by world-class entertainment performed by a cast of European and Asian artistes and acrobats, and grand illusion shows by renowned magicians. Their fun continues in a selection of onboard recreational activities and unique shore excursions that showcase the beauty and wonders of Borneo.

Guests can also shop to their heart's content onboard in the 409-square-meter upscale duty-free shopping gallery featuring China Duty Free, upmarket wristwatch and jewellery boutique Canopus, leather goods specialist Milan Station, gifts and souvenirs outlet Ports O' Call and many more.

For food lovers, SuperStar Aquarius' 9 restaurants and bars, led by executive chef Harold Mark, present and appealing array of mouth-watering international, Southeast Asia and Chinese cuisines. After a full day non-stop fun, guests can unwind and relax with a choice for over 30 types well-being and health treatments at the spa.

SuperStar Aquarius, currently homeported in Keelung, Taiwan, will embark on a special 8D7N cruise, departing from Kaohsiung on 29 October 2013 with stops as Hong Kong, Manila, Boracay and arriving in Kota Kinabalu on November 6th this year.

Star Cruises will be joining the upcoming Fair Sabah 2013, which is expected to be held at Suria Sabah early next month. More interesting, promotional package as low as RM1,200 is waiting for Sabahans!

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