Star Cruises’ ships sold for scrap in liquidation of Genting Hong Kong

Four of the cruise ships previously operated by Genting Hong Kong’s Star Cruises have been sold. There are reports that at least three of them were expected to arrive reasonably promptly at Asian shipbreakers.

The Joint Provisional Liquidators overseeing the disposition of the company and its assets were said to have accepted the opinion of advisers that the older cruise ships had limited market potential as functioning cruise ships.

Included in the ships sold was one of the original ships that helped to establish Star Cruises as Asia’s first modern cruise brand. Also sold were two transitional cruise ships from the history of Norwegian Cruise Line and the North American cruise business. The fourth ship had been retired a few years ago and was being used for accommodation at Genting’s MV Werften shipyard in Germany. Only one cruise ship from Star Cruises, a smaller yacht-style cruise ship appears to have been retained.

The three Asian cruise ships that were sold, Star Pisces (IMO 8710857), SuperStar Aquarius (IMO 9008421), and Superstar Gemini (IMO 9008419) were all laid up in Penang, Malaysia.

Since the pandemic started only the Star Pisces had returned to service, starting short cruises from Penang in December 2021. The SuperStar sister ships had been used in 2020 to house foreign workers in Singapore after they recovered from Covid-19.

Star Cruises was set up in November 1993 by Malaysian Chinese businessman Tan Sri Lim Kok Thay, who was looking to diversify his leisure-based income away from what had previously been a casino-focused operation.

After being rebuilt, Genting’s sister ships, renamed as Star Pisces and Star Aquarius the ships were modelled after resort hotels including multiple dining locations and a large casino operation.

The company also built modern cruise ships in the mid-1990s at Germany’s Meyer Werft with a design to support resort-style cruising.

Star expanded further by outbidding Carnival Corp to buy US-based Norwegian Cruise Line

The sister ships that became the SuperStar Aquarius and SuperStar Gemini had been built for Norwegian Cruise Line in the early 1990s. The Norwegian Wind was sold to Star in 2007 to become the SuperStar Aquarius and five years later Star acquired the sister ship from Norwegian, renaming it SuperStar Gemini. Star operated both ships in Asia on a variety of cruises before the pandemic.

The fourth cruise ship sold by the Joint Provisional Liquidators had previously operated as the SuperStar Libra, which had transferred to Genting operations in 2005. It continued to sail for Star till 2018 when it was announced that it was being retired and converted to an accommodations ship in Wismar, Germany.

The accommodation operation was suspended in 2020 due to the pandemic. Late in 2021 it was announced that Genting Hong Kong has sold the ship for scrap and that it would be towed to Turkey to be recycled. However, they were still awaiting permits from Germany, which was further delayed by the financial collapse of the shipyard and later Genting Hong Kong. The sale of the ship was completed in April and it was towed out of Germany, departing on April 10th.

The remaining vessel was The Taipan (IMO 8705278, which had been used as an exclusive casino yacht was not included in the recent sales for scrapping. It was in layup in Penang.

Two 150,000 gt cruise ships have been placed under the management of V Ships during the liquidation, with World Dream (IMO 9733117)laid up in Singapore and sister ship Genting Dream (IMO 9733105) reportedly heading from Hong Kong to the Singapore anchorage. Like the Crystal Cruises ships, these ships were currently believed to be for sale.

1990-built, Bahamas-flagged, 40,053 gt Star Pisces is owned by Star Pisces care of Genting Cruise Lines Ship Management of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. It is entered with Gard on behalf of Star Pisces Ltd. As of May 10th it was moored in Penang, Malaysia.

1993-built, Bahamas-flagged, 51,309 gt Superstar Aquarius is owned by Superstar Aquarius Ltd care of Genting Cruise Lines Ship Management Sdn Bhd of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. It is entered with Gard on behalf of Superstar Aquarius Ltd. As of May 10th it was moored at Port Klang, Malaysia

1992-built, Bahamas-flagged, 50,764 gt Superstar Gemini is owned by Ocean Dream Ltd-Bahamas care of Genting Cruise Lines Ship Management of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. It is entered with Gard on behalf of Ocean Dream Ltd. As of May 10th it was moored at Port Klang.

1991-built, Bahamas-flagged, 3,370 gt The Taipan is owned by Megastar Aries Ltd care of Genting Cruise Lines ship Management Sdn Bhd of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. It is entered with Swedish Club (Asia Team) on behalf of Megastar Aries Ltd. As of May 10th it was moored at Penang.

2017-built, Bahamas-flagged, 150,695 gt World Dream is owned by World Dream Ltd care of V Ships Leisure SAM of Monaco-Ville, Monaco. It is entered with Swedish Club (Asia Team) on behalf of World Dream Ltd. As of May 10th it was at Singapore anchorage.

2016-built, Bahamas-flagged, 150,695 gt Genting Dream is owned by Xiang CR18/Sea 172/Compass 32 care of manager C Ships leisure SAM of Monaco-Ville, Monaco. As of May 10th it was at Singapore anchorage.