Arrivals & Departures Japan to star for Virgo

Photo of Angie Tomlinson

SuperStar Virgo will sail to the Land of the Rising Sun from Shanghai.

Star Cruises flagship SuperStar Virgo will call Shanghai home from July to October this year, sailing an exciting new itinerary to Japan.

The maiden deployment of the 13-storey, 1870 passenger ship will be Star Cruises first-ever call to Osaka with a 13-hour port stay.

The five-night cruise itineraries will give guests access to Kyoto, Kobe and Kagoshima.

Osaka highlights include the Osaka Castle, shopping at the Tenjinbashi-Suji arcade, and for the family - visiting Universal Studios and Osaka Aquarium.

Kyoto offers travellers a taste of the old Japan. The former imperial capital boasts 17 UNESCO World Heritage sites, including the beautiful Kinkaku-ji, Ryoan-ji, and Ginkaku-ji shrines. 

The sixth largest city in Japan, Kobe offers cruisers an opportunity to enjoy its hot springs and onsens.

The ship also sails into Kagoshima Bay, dominated by the Sakurajima active volcano. Kagoshima has more than 2000 hot springs and a distinct food culture.

SuperStar Virgo is equipped with 935 cabins, including sea-view cabins and balcony suites.

Onboard dining, shopping and entertainment facilities embrace Chinese, international and Japanese restaurants, an alfresco bar, foot reflexology salon and spa, gym, steam and sauna rooms, hairdressing salon, two-level theatre, duty-free shops, a 100m water slide, outdoor swimming pool, mini golf course, karaoke room and children's activity centre.

Star Cruises, which has been operating its fleet in the Asia Pacific since 1993, is also preparing for the arrival of a 200,000t global class ship in 2020. It already has a fleet of six vessels including SuperStar Virgo, SuperStar Libra, SuperStar Gemini, SuperStar Aquarius, Star Pisces and The Taipan.

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