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Star Cruises ends 20-month hiatus; again sailing to Naha and Ishigaki

Date Posted: 2007-07-12

The cruise ship Superstar Libula berthed at Naha’s Aja Port Tuesday, bringing more than 1,600 tourists to the island for the first time in nearly two years.

The 42,300 ton Star Cruise Company liner quit its Taiwan-Naha runs in 2005, citing high oil costs and other business problems. More than 1,000 passengers boarded buses and taxis at Aja Port for sightseeing tours of the island, taking advantage of the half-day stop.

The Malaysian-based Star Cruises says it will make 30 regular calls to Ishigaki Port and Naha Port during the coming six months. A company official says he expects 44,000 tourists to be aboard its ships for the Okinawa visits.

Vice Governor Katsuko Asato welcomed the Superstar Libula, telling captain and crew, and also the passengers, “We are so happy to have all of you here. Your cruise ships are always welcome in Okinawa.” Asato lamented “It’s too short a time for you to stay in Okinawa, but I hope you will all enjoy our Okinawa.”

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