Following reports of damage and destruction in parts of Phuket caused by tidal waves as a result of the massive undersea earthquake that hit off the north-western coast of Sumatra, Star Cruises has temporarily amended the itineraries of SuperStar Virgo and SuperStar Gemini which call at Phuket on Tuesdays and Mondays respectively for cruises that departed.
Both ships and their passengers were safe in Singapore at the time when reports were received of waves striking the north-western coast of the Malay peninsula and Thailand.
At the present moment, given the magnitude of the natural disaster and as more information becomes available, Star Cruises has decided on the change in the best interests of its passengers.
The temporary amendments affect current cruises which departed from Singapore and Port Klang, Malaysia on 26th December 2004.
Instead of calling at Phuket on Tuesday, 28th December2004, SuperStar Virgo will call at Langkawi. The new itinerary is as follows:
Sunday 26 Dec Singapore - 1600
Monday 27 Dec Penang 1200 1200
Tuesday 28 Dec Langkawi 0900 1800
Wednesday29 Dec Singapore 1900 2359
Thursday 30 Dec MalaccaPork Klang 0700
1400 0900 2300
Friday 31 Dec Singapore 1400 -
SuperStar Virgo departed from Singapore last evening with more than 2,000 guests onboard. Guests onboard have been accorded a dining credit of SGD100 per cabin for the inconvenience caused as a gesture of goodwill.
SuperStar Geminiís 3-night cruise to Phuket has been substituted with calls to Langkawi and Penang as follows:
Sunday 26 Dec Port Klang - 1500
Monday 27 Dec Langkawi 0800 1800
Tuesday 28 Dec Penang 0800 1800
Wednesday 29 Dec Port Klang 1000 -
SuperStar Gemini departed from Port Klang last evening. Guests have been offered complimentary transfers to town in Langkawi and Penang.
Star Cruises will continue to monitor the situation as it unfolds and will update our guests and travel partners accordingly of any further changes.
Relatives and friends of passengers may contact their respective travel agents or the nearest Star Cruises office or visit www.starcruises.com
for further update and advisories.
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