For early ships with the same identify, see SuperStar Gemini
MS SuperStar Gemini was a cruise ship owned and operated by Star Cruises. [ 11 ] [ 12 ] She was built in 1992 by the Chantiers de l’Atlantique shipyard in St. Nazaire, France as MS Dreamward for traffic with norwegian Cruise Line. In 1998 she was lengthened at Lloyd Werft in Bremerhaven, Germany and renamed as Norwegian Dream. [ 1 ] In late 2012, she was transferred to the fleet of Star Cruises and renamed SuperStar Gemini .

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Concept and construction [edit ]

Dreamward at Grand Cayman at Grand Cayman

The Dreamward was the first in a pair of two identical cruise ships ordered by Kloster Cruise for norwegian Cruise Line ( NCL ) from Chantiers de l’Atlantique. The sisters were planned with a gross tonnage of approximately 40,000, and maximum passenger capacity of 1,246 persons. [ 1 ] [ 9 ] however, they were besides designed from the start with the concept of lengthening in mind, making it possible for the caller to well expand their capacity without having to decree wholly new ships. [ 13 ] The lengthen was finally carried out in March–May 1998 at Lloyd Werft in Bremerhaven, Germany, where the embark was cut in half and a fresh 40-metre ( 131 foot 3 in ) middle was inserted. [ citation needed ] In summation to the prolongation, the ship ‘s funnel and radar mast were adapted so that they could be folded down, allowing her to pass under the bridges of the Kiel Canal. [ 1 ] [ 8 ] [ 14 ] Coinciding with the lengthen, Dreamward was renamed Norwegian Dream. [ 1 ] She re-emerged at 50,764 GT [ 10 ] and with maximal passenger capacity of 2,156. [ 8 ] A documentary film about the lengthen has been broadcast by ARTE Television on 19 January 1999. [ 15 ]

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The Dreamward was delivered on 4 November 1992. She was named on 5 December 1992 at Port Everglades, Florida, and started on her first cruise to Bermuda the follow day. [ 1 ] Subsequently, the embark was used for cruising from New York to the Bahamas and from Florida to the Caribbean. [ 9 ] Her sister ship was a year late named as Windward. [ 16 ] Originally both the Dreamward and Windward carried the early-1990s NCL delivery with a ashen funnel and red and blue cosmetic stripes on the hull. [ 9 ] [ 17 ] Some time before 1998 they received the raw NCL livery with a blue blue funnel and an all-white hull. [ 14 ] The Dreamward made a brief cameo in David Foster Wallace ‘s 1995 Harper’s magazine essay “ Shipping Out : On the ( closely deadly ) comforts of a lavishness cruise ”, when the ship Wallace was travelling on, the Zenith, docked alongside the Dreamward in Cozumel. Wallace expresses his astonishment at the scale of the Dreamward as it docks, and at what he perceives as its relatively impressive appearance compared to the Zenith. [ 18 ] subsequently, she besides used for cruising around Europe. [ 14 ] On 24 August 1999, the Norwegian Dream was involved in a collision with the container ship Ever Decent ( IMO 9134244 ) while en path from Zeebrügge, Belgium to Dover, England. Although her bow was damaged, the Norwegian Dream continued to Dover under her own might. The IMO report card [ 19 ] states that the weather at the clock time was dear with a flimsy sea and good visibility. The Ever Decent was badly damaged, finally listing 40 degrees to port. As a consequence of the collision the Ever Decent catch fire and a toxic plume formed. The cargo her included all IMO hazmat classes except explosives, in particular two containers of cyanide were a concern. Following the incidental, the Norwegian Dream was repaired at Lloyd Werft. [ 1 ] In 2004 the possession of the Norwegian Dream was transferred to NCL ‘s parent company Star Cruises, in preparation for possible sale or transfer to the Star Cruises fleet. [ 3 ] On 10 December 2007, the cruise transport was involved in a foster collision with a barge while leaving the larboard of Montevideo, Uruguay. The collision caused some damage above the waterline that did not appear to be good. The collision caused several cars and five containers to fall off the barge, which closed the larboard for some time. [ 20 ]

On 23 April 2008 Star Cruises entered an agreement to sell the Norwegian Dream, american samoa well as her fleetmate Norwegian Majesty, to the Cyprus -based Louis Cruise Lines, which was reportedly willing to pay $ 218 million for the ship. [ 4 ] [ 21 ] International Shipping Partners was besides interest in the Norwegian Dream. [ 22 ] Louis was supposed to pay the entire $ 218 million upon the ship ‘s rescue, [ 21 ] but by 29 September 2008, when the ship should have been delivered to Louis, they canceled the distribute due to “ technical issues relating to the vessel. ” [ 23 ] The cope for the Norwegian Majesty, however, was completed in July. [ 21 ] In November 2008, the Norwegian Dream was laid up in Freeport, Bahamas awaiting a buyer. [ citation needed ]. The embark had a brief spell in the port of Piraeus, Greece, before relocating to Kalamata on 13 June 2011 for inspection by Louis Cruise Lines and Pullmantur Cruises. shortly thereafter, she returned to the anchor steer off Piraeus. Later, on the motivate yet again, Norwegian Dream was sighted at anchor in Singapore Harbour in June 2011. Star Cruises confirmed that the vessel was in Singapore for a technical dry-dock. She was besides seen anchored in the harbor in Penang, Malaysia, in May 2012. On 10 September 2012, Star Cruises announced that it would refurbish Norwegian Dream, and rename the ship to SuperStar Gemini. [ 11 ] [ 24 ] The refurbish SuperStar Gemini now housed new onboard facilities including restaurants of Chinese, Asian and external cuisines, open-deck barbeque, show sofa, karaoke, spa & health club, beauty salon, children ‘s rumpus room and swimming pool. With a passenger capacity of 1,532, the vessel houses 766 guest cabins in a assortment of layouts including ergonomic oceanview rooms, junior suites and deluxe administrator suites. [ 25 ] The estimate cost of this renovation was US $ 50 million. On 27 November 2016, while cruising to Penang, CCTV footage on the SuperStar Gemini showed that a Singaporean man fell overboard 9.5 nautical miles ( 17.6 kilometer ; 10.9 michigan ) off Pulau Besar and 12 nautical miles ( 22 kilometer ; 14 nautical mile ) off Tanjung Kling. He was reported missing after he failed to respond to the embark ‘s announcements before the embark docked in Georgetown, Penang. [ citation needed ] In April 2022, it was announced that SuperStar Gemini along with SuperStar Aquarius and Star Pisces were all sold for scrap, following the collapse of Star Cruises ‘ parent company, Genting Hong Kong. On 29 May 2022 the transport departured from Penang as Gem with flag St. Kittis and Nevis for bit in India .

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