Genting Hong Kong ordered two 5,000-passenger ships for its Star Cruises brand, for delivery in 2019 and 2020.

The 201,000-gross-ton ships are to be designed with “Chinese characteristics,” Genting said, and are intended for the Chinese domestic market.

But Genting chairman KT Lim said they will be the first of a new “Global” class of ship intended to revive Star’s international market position.

“Now it is time to come home and rebuild Star Cruises with a fleet of brand-new vessels which will transform Star Cruises to be the youngest, largest and most innovative cruise line in Asia,” Lim said.

Star Cruises last took delivery of a new ship in 1999, when the SuperStar Virgo joined the fleet.

The Global-class ships will be built by Germany’s Lloyd Werft yard, which Genting acquired last year. They would be by far the largest ships that yard has ever built.

Genting has two 3,364-passenger ships under construction for its new Dream Cruises brand, the first of which is scheduled to be delivered by Meyer Werft later this year.

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