|Entered Service||1999 August 20th||
Delivered in 1999 by Meyer Werft, SuperStar Virgo is the largest ship operated by Star Cruises and the largest floating resort built for the Asian cruise market. Her sister, SuperStar Leo, was transferred to Norwegian Cruise Line in 2004 and renamed Norwegian Spirit.
Being the flagship in the fleet, SuperStar Virgo has many specially designed features to suit the needs of both Western and Asian passengers. The interior decor mixes East and West in its colour combinations, design and taste, and so as the names of many public rooms. There is a diverse array of onboard facilities and activities, as well as many dining options dedicated to Asians.
SuperStar Virgo is suitable to passengers of all ages, especially young couples and families with children, who want to enjoy contemporary, very casual and freestyle cruising experience. The ship is based in Singapore year-round, and operates short cruises no longer than 7 nights to Malaysia and Thailand.
|Builder||Meyer Werft, Papenburg (Germany)|
|Original Cost||US$350 million|
|Registry||Panama City, Panama|
|Gross Tonnage||75338 tons|
|Length x Beam x Draft||268.3 x 32.2 x 8.1 (m), 880.0 x 105.6 x 26.6 (ft)|
|Speed||24 knots, 25.5 knots (maximum)|
Number of Cabins
(Inside / Oceanview / Balcony)
|982 (374, 216, 392)|
(Standard Occupancy / Full Occupancy)
|1964 / 3044|
|Total Crew||1196, International|
|IMO Number, Call Sign||9141077, 3FEL9|
|Sister Ships||Norwegian Spirit (Norwegian Cruise Line)|
|History||1999- : SuperStar Virgo (Star Cruises)|
(Unless otherwise specified, information about SuperStar Virgo in this virtual ship tour was correct at the time of publishing after the author travelled on the ship in July 2008.)
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Deck 3 / Deck 4 / Deck 5 / Deck 6 / Deck 7 / Deck 8 / Deck 9 / Deck 10 / Deck 11 / Deck 12 / Deck 13
Deck 3 has the tender boarding area which is accessible from the midship staircase and elevators. The rest of this deck is crew-only restricted area.
Deck 3 Midship Staircase
Deck 4 is the lowest passenger deck. There are some inside and oceanview cabins, the Medical Centre and tender boarding area which is located amidships.
Positioned beside the forward staircase, the Medical Centre provides basic and charged medical services onboard. It is open daily at posted hours.
Deck 4 Forward Staircase
Deck 4 Hallway
Deck 5 is the lowest deck with passenger accommodations. Inside and oceanview cabins can be found from the forward to midship area.
Inside Staterooms are located on Deck 4, Deck 5, Deck 6, Deck 8, Deck 9, Deck 10 and Deck 11, ranging from 130 to 221 square feet. Each has two single beds, bathroom with shower and toilet, vanity area, storage space, air conditioning, television, telephone, safe deposit box and hair dryer. Bathroom amenities such as soap, shampoo and shower caps are available.
Oceanview Staterooms are located on Deck 4, Deck 5, Deck 6, Deck 8 and Deck 9, ranging from 143 to 167 square feet. They have same features as Inside Staterooms, plus either portholes or a windows.
Deck 5 Hallway
Inside and oceanview cabins are located at the forward end which are accessible from the forward staircase. Two main dining rooms are also situated on this deck.
The Pavilion Room:
With a capacity of 330 guests, The Pavilion Room is located amidships and can only be reached by the midship staircase. Being one of the two main restaurants on SuperStar Virgo, it serves family-style Chinese cuisine for breakfasts, lunches and dinners. Cantonese dim-sum is offered in the daytime.
Reached by the aft staircase only, 586-seat Bella Vista is another main restaurant which enjoys panoramic view of the ship's wake. The aft section is two-deck high, with huge cathedral-style windows. It serves Western and Asian cuisine for breakfasts, lunches and dinners. Both traditional and open seatings are operated for dinners.
|Bella Vista||Bella Vista||Bella Vista|
The Pavilion Room
The Pavilion Room
Deck 7 is a level completely composed of indoor public rooms. There are the atrium, the theatre, several alternative restaurants, bars, as well as the casino.
Spanning from Deck 7 to Deck 12, the midship Grand Piazza is a six-deck-high main lobby which has three panoramic elevators. It has brightly-lit Italian decor, a trompe l'oeil stained-glass ceiling, and is surrounded by a number of bars and shops. A double staircase connects Deck 7 and Deck 8.
The Reception is located at the base of the atrium. It operates 24 hours daily which acts as front office, concierge and tour desk. Foreign exchange services, reservations of shore excursions and business services are provided.
|Grand Piazza||Grand Piazza||Grand Piazza|
|Jewellery Shop||Reception||Tour Desk|
The Lido is the principal showroom on the ship. It has a capacity of 864 guests and has a revolving circular stage. The two-tier venue provides excellent views at all seats without obstruction to sightlines by columns. Production shows and cabaret acts are shown here every evenings.
Situated beside the Lobby Boulevard, Noble House is a 92-seat Chinese à la carte restaurant for lunch and dinner. It has traditional Hong Kong-style items, such as dim sum, and decorations.
Open for lunch and dinner, the 26-seat Palazzo is an Italian fusion speciality restaurant which is at the port side amidships, providing romantic ambience for intimate dining. Prior reservations to dinners are required. It has genuine, million-dollar paintings by Impressionist artists such as Van Gogh and Renoir.
|The Lido||The Lido||The Lido|
|Noble House||Noble House||Palazzo|
The Lobby Boulevard is the hallway at the starboard side on Deck 7, connecting midship atrium and aft area.
Oasis and Grand Oasis:
The casino occupies the forward end of Deck 7. It includes the large general-purpose casino called Oasis with gaming tables and slot machines, and a smaller member-only gaming club called Grand Oasis.
[Since 2009, Oasis and Grand Oasis have been renamed Star Club and VIP Room respectively.]
Blue Lagoon is a 24-hour refreshment and snacks bistro which offers noodles, fried rice and other Southeast Asian dishes. It has 42 seats and is located at the starboard side of Deck 7 forward.
Out of Africa:
Positioned at the port side of Deck 7 forward, Out of Africa is a 144-seat café and bar where coffee, tea and pastries are available. There are also 7 private karaoke rooms which can accommodate 64 guests.
|Lobby Boulevard||Blue Lagoon||Blue Lagoon|
|Oasis||Out of Africa||Out of Africa|
The wrap-around teakwood promenade is ideal for strolling, where 1 lap is equivalent to a distance of 560 metres. There is also a forward viewpoint at the bow, which is open when the ship is not sailing.
|The Promenade||The Promenade||The Promenade|
|Forward Viewpoint||Forward Viewpoint||Forward Viewpoint (Swimming Pool)|
Being the upper promenade deck, Deck 8 consists of the showlounge, two alternative restaurants, some bars and shops around the atrium, a smaller casino, cinema, photo gallery, meeting rooms, and also passenger cabins at the forward end.
The Lido Balcony:
The balcony level of The Lido showlounge can be accessed from Deck 8, but the seats here are reserved for gaming club members only.
|The Lido Balcony||The Lido||The Lido|
Positioned next to the Sunset Boulevard, 78-seat Samurai Restaurant is in Japanese style and is open for lunch and dinner. There are also a private tatami room for 6 people, an 8-seat sushi bar, as well as two 10-seat teppanyaki grills where the chef cooks in front of the guests.
The Taj, aft of Deck 8, is an Indian halal restaurant with 40 seats. It serves a range of vegetarian food in a self-serve buffet style for lunch and dinner.
The Sunset Boulevard is the hallway at the starboard side on Deck 8, connecting midship atrium and aft area.
|Samurai Restaurant||Samurai Restaurant||Samurai Restaurant (Teppenyaki)|
|The Taj||Sunset Boulevard||
Ports O' Call / Star
Boutique / Wine Shop:
The shopping concourse surrounds the atrium at Deck 8. It includes the Ports O' Call souvenir shop, the Star Boutique which sells duty-free watches, perfumes and cosmetics, and also the Wine Shop (known as Duty Free in the past) which sells liquor and cigars.
Located at the port side of Deck 8 amidships, Havanas is a small area with large windows designed for passengers to sample the taste of fine cigars while enjoying the view of the sea.
|Ports O' Call||Star Boutique||Wine Shop|
Bellini, located near the atrium, is a 72-seat champagne bar with live piano music. Varied selection of champagnes and cocktails are offered.
Boardroom and Meeting
A number of rooms at the port side are available for business purposes, including the Boardroom, and six meeting rooms named after ships of the past: "Europa", "Normandie", "Bremen", "Rex", "United States" and "Mauritania". Together they are known as Executive Business Centre, and nowadays can be converted to private gaming rooms as required.
Club Royale is a member-only casino at the forward of Deck 8. It was originally part of the Executive Business Centre.
[It has renamed Genting Club since 2009.]
|Bellini||Bellini||Deck 8 Forward Elevators|
|Grand Piazza||Grand Piazza||Grand Piazza|
The hallway at the starboard side forward, outside The Picture House, is The Gallery. It sells photos taken by shipboard photographers, and also related souvenirs.
The Picture House:
Located at the starboard side amidships, The Picture House is a cinema which can accommodate up to 82 people. It screens popular movies every day. It can also be used as a theatre-style venue for meeting and corporate training purposes.
|The Gallery||The Picture House||The Picture House|
Deck 9 is a cabin deck. Other than inside and oceanview cabins, there are also balcony cabins and suites.
Oceanview Staterooms with Balcony are located on Deck 9, Deck 10 and Deck 11, ranging from 195 to 217 square feet. Cabin amenities include two single beds, bathroom with shower and toilet, a private balcony, vanity area, storage space, air conditioning, television, telephone, safe deposit box, tea and coffee making facilities and hair dryer. Passengers staying in balcony cabins or above grades can enjoy priority embarkation, complimentary access to sauna and steam rooms, and priority seating at the balcony level of The Lido.
There are altogether 11 Junior Suites ranging from 396 to 471 square feet. They have a dining room with dining table, a bedroom, bathroom with bathtub and toilet, mini-bar, refrigerator, bathrobe and slippers, trouser press, and other basic features found in balcony cabins. 8 Junior Suites are situated forward of Deck 10, named "Ibiza" (10008), "Pangkor" (10012), "Ko Samui" (10018), "Bali" (10022), "Tioman" (10508), "Sipadan" (10512), "Flinders" (10518) and "Nicobar" (10522), whereas the 3 at Deck 9 aft are named "Seychelles" (9210), "Corfu" (9212) and "Tahiti" (9710).
The largest accommodations onboard are the 7 Executive Suites. They have a large balcony, a separate lounge, dining area, bedroom, a large bathroom, CD and DVD player, and other features described in Junior Suites. Among them, "Capri" (9208) and "Cayman" (9708) have 540 square feet each and are positioned at Deck 9 aft, while "Majorca" (10000), "Phuket" (10001), "Langkawi" (10002), "Boracay" (10500) and "Sentosa" (10502) are located forward of Deck 10 and have 650 square feet each.
|Grand Piazza||Deck 9 Aft Staircase||Executive Suite (Cayman Suite)|
Deck 10 has plenty of balcony cabins, suites and also some inside cabins. Children facilities can be found at the aft end.
Neptune's Wet & Wild /
The Neptune's Wet & Wild at the stern of Deck 10 is a children's water-theme park, complete with a swimming pool, pirate ship and caves. There are also a whirlpool spa, a paddling pool and a small climbing wall called Kidswall. Passengers can enjoy the beautiful view of the ship's aft tiered deck.
Starlight Video Arcade:
Situated at the port side of Deck 10 aft, Starlight Video Arcade provides video games for children and has a capacity of 100 people. A Star Cruises Souvenir Shop is also located inside.
Charlie's Child Care
Centre / Computer World / Starlight Cinema:
Positioned at the starboard side of Deck 10 aft, Charlie's Child Care Centre is a children's playroom and nursery. Besides a room full of cots for children to use for sleepovers, there are also a computer learning centre, a small cinema and a painting room. Daily scheduled activities are organized for children onboard.
|Neptune's Wet & Wild||Neptune's Wet & Wild (Paddling Pool)||Neptune's Wet & Wild (Whirlpool Spa)|
|Kidswall||Starlight Video Arcade||Starlight Video Arcade|
|Charlie's Child Care Centre||Oceanview Staterooms with Balcony||Deck 10 Hallway|
Deck 11 is the highest cabin deck, with balcony and inside cabins. The navigation bridge and a viewing gallery is at the forward end, whereas the Amphitheatre is situated aft.
Captain's Bridge Viewing
A small gallery is located behind the bridge and can be reached by the spiral stairway in Galaxy of the Stars one deck above. Passengers can see the captain and bridge officers at work and the display about the history of Star Cruises and SuperStar Virgo.
The aft Amphitheatre overlooks the children's pool area. Passengers can also play table tennis and jumbo chess here.
|Captain's Bridge Viewing Gallery||Bridge||Neptune's Wet & Wild|
|Amphitheatre||Amphitheatre (Table Tennis)||Amphitheatre (Jumbo Chess)|
Deck 12 is made up of both outdoor and indoor facilities, including the buffet restaurant, an outdoor swimming pool with water slide, an observation lounge, library, Internet room, card room, activity centre, an ice cream bar, a smoking room, and the large spa and fitness centre.
Mediterranean Buffet and
Mediterranean Buffet is a casual, self-serve international buffet restaurant at Deck 12 aft, with 230 outdoor seats at the Mediterranean Terrace and 334 indoor seats. It is open for breakfast, late morning tea, lunch, afternoon tea, dinner (sometimes as barbecue dinner) and late night snacks.
|Mediterranean Buffet||Mediterranean Buffet||Mediterranean Buffet|
|Mediterranean Terrace||Neptune's Wet & Wild||Neptune's Wet & Wild|
Parthenon Pool [and Mega
Located amidships, the Greek-themed Parthenon Pool is the outdoor swimming pool, complete with four jacuzzi hot tubs (two covered and two open), a circular stage and deck chairs for sunbathers. It is also the venue for evening outdoor events like poolside live entertainment.
[The world's first stainless-steel water slide on cruise ship was installed on deck in 2009. This Mega Waterslide costs US$550000 and is 100 meters long, enabling passengers to slide down quickly from 35 feet above the deck to the pool.]
Galaxy of the Stars &
Situated above the navigation bridge, Galaxy of the Stars at Deck 12 forward is an observation lounge by day. At night it becomes a nightclub with live music provided by bands for dancing and listening. Being able to accommodate 370 guests, it is also the lounge for Captain's Gala Reception, early morning tea and afternoon tea. A spiral stairway leads to the Captain's Bridge Viewing Gallery one deck below. On the two sides are The Observatory, separated from the main lounge by tall glass screens.
|Parthenon Pool||Parthenon Pool||Parthenon Pool|
|Grand Piazza||Galaxy of the Stars||Galaxy of the Stars|
|Galaxy of the Stars||Captain's Bridge Viewing Gallery||The Observatory|
Library / Writing Room /
Having a capacity of over 50 passengers, the large room opposite to the Fitness Centre is the well-stocked Library with a broad range of books, international newspapers and magazines. It is also a quiet Writing Room, and an Internet Centre which provides Internet services at a charge.
The Card Room and The
The Card Room and The Mahjong Room are at the starboard side of Deck 12 forward, with a capacity of 20 and 40 passengers respectively. With a spectacular view of the ocean, they are ideal places for chess, mahjong, card and board games.
The Activity Centre is also located at the starboard side, in between the Library and The Mahjong Room. Board and card games are available for borrow.
Positioned next to the Library, 38-seat Café Gelato offers ice cream, fresh fruit juice and desserts.
|Library / Writing Room / Internet||Activity Centre||Café Gelato|
The Den is a special designated smoking area at the port side of Deck 12 forward, adjoining Galaxy of the Stars. With a capacity of 15 guests, this gentleman's parlour features a varied selection of brandy as well as Cuban and Dominican Republic cigars.
Apollo Spa & Fitness
Centre (Universal Gym / Samson's / Delilah's / Aquaswim):
Located forward of Deck 12, Apollo Spa & Fitness Centre features seven treatment rooms, two beauty rooms and a reception area. Universal Gym is a gymnasium full of muscle-toning equipment, whereas Samson's and Delilah's are the steam, sauna and massage rooms for gentlemen and ladies respectively. In the Aquaswim, passengers can enjoy water aerobics in the two specially designed jet-current exercise pool.
Oscar's Hair & Beauty
Located opposite to the Library, Oscar's Hair & Beauty Salon provides beauty services including hairdressing, head-to-toe treatments and a wellness programme using aromatherapy.
Apollo Spa & Fitness Centre (Aquaswim)
Oscar's Hair & Beauty Salon
The uppermost Deck 13 consists of outdoor sports facilities. There is also a bar and a disco located forward.
Celebrity Disco &
Extended entertainment can be found every night at the Celebrity Disco & Karaoke, located at Deck 13 forward. With a capacity of 79 guests, it is a karaoke lounge as well as a stylish discotheque which has live music.
The Taverna is a 217-seat poolside snack bar which is situated forward of Deck 13. Furnished in a Greek-style outdoor setting and covered by canvas sailcloth awning, it features a wide selection of international beers, cocktails and wines. It overlooks the Parthenon Pool one deck below.
|Celebrity Disco & Karaoke||Observation Deck||Star Deck|
|The Taverna||The Taverna||Parthenon Pool|
|Parthenon Pool||Parthenon Pool||
The Star Track is the midship jogging track surrounding the upper level of the swimming pool area. One circuit equates to a distance of 275 metres.
Star Deck / Sports Deck
/ Sun Deck:
They are all located on Deck 13. The forward, spacious Star Deck is the place for various deck games, while the aft Sun Deck is the observation area for enjoying the stern's ocean view. The Sports Deck situated under the funnel offers ball games such as basketball, volleyball, mini-tennis, and also mini-golf, five golf driving ranges and a moving climbing wall (Treadwall).
The Helipad at Deck 13 aft is the helicopter landing site which enables passengers to be air-lifted in emergency cases.
|Star Track||Star Track||Basketball / Volleyball / Mini-Tennis|
|Mini-Golf||Golf Driving Ranges||Treadwall|
|Funnel||Sun Deck / Helipad||
Neptune's Wet & Wild
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