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SuperStar Virgo set for $20m cabin upgrade, retail expansion

SuperStar Virgo - three-week drydock ahead of new Hong Kong deployment
SuperStar Virgo is scheduled for a US$19.7m upgrade of its cabins and an expansion of its duty-free shopping area during a three-week drydock in January.

The 75,338gt ship will gain upgraded cabins, retail, hotel, dining and recreational facilities. More than 270 balcony cabins will be remodeled with a touch of what Star Cruises called 'urban luxury.' This minimalist décor blends contemporary design and luxurious escapism, the company said.

SuperStar Virgo's retail floor area will triple to 562 square meters. Dozens of international brands such as Shiseido SK II, Biotherm, Lancome and Shu Uemura are to be introduced.

The expansion and addition of duty-free operator China Duty Free, jewelry and watch specialist Canopus, luxury leather goods retailer Milan Station and souvenir shop Ports O’ Call will offer more choices of perfume, cosmetics, fashion accessories, luxury and lifestyle products from around the world.

The ship also offers 11 food and beverage outlets, from the casual Taverna to Palazzo for Italian food, Chinese cuisine at Noble House and Pavilion Restaurant and Southeast Asian food at Blue Lagoon. Following the drydock, various dining promotions will be offered.  

Currently based in Singapore, SuperStar Virgo will redeploy to its new Hong Kong homeport from April to October next year.

'Domestic travellers as well as those from China, Taiwan, Korea and Japan are expected to flock to Hong Kong next year to enjoy the top notch accommodation, shopping, leisure, entertainment and dining options available on this ship,' said Star Cruises coo William Ng.

Cruises will operate to Keelung (Taipei), Taichung and Kaohsiung in Taiwan, Sanya in Hainan Island (China) and Halong Bay in Vietnam.

Star Cruises introduced an online check-in service at to expedite the embarkation process. Online check-in is available from seven days in advance up to eight hours prior to departure.