MV China Star

MV China Star (中华之星) is the world's largest ship with a SWATH design,[8] and the only twin-hull cruise ship ever built.[7] It has operated in Hong Kong as the gambling ship China Star for Asia Cruises.[6] This 350-passenger all balcony luxury cruise ship was the largest SWATH ship in the world when it was built, displacing more than 20,000 tons.[9] Originally known as the Radisson Diamond, the ship was built for Diamond Cruise, a conglomerate of several Finnish banks and the UKL-based Carlson Companies (the parent company of Radisson Cruises and Hotels). The ship was built at the Finnish Rauma shipyard by STX Finland.[10]

Radisson Diamond in 2004
  • China Star (2005–2012)
  • Omar Star (2005)
  • Radisson Diamond (1992–2005)
  • China Cruises
  • Conning Shipping (manager)[1]
Port of registry:
Builder: Rauma Finnyards (now STX Finland Cruise Oy),  Finland
Launched: 20 June 1991[3]
Maiden voyage: 5 July 1992[3]
Status: In service[1]
General characteristics
Type: SWATH cruise ship
Tonnage: 20,295 GT[1]
Length: 131.2 metres (430 ft)
Beam: 31.96 metres (104.9 ft)
Draught: 7.6 metres (25 ft)
Decks: 12[4]
Installed power: Wärtsilä engines
Speed: 14.15 knots (26.21 km/h; 16.28 mph)[3] or 12.5 knots (23.2 km/h; 14.4 mph)[5]
Capacity: 354 passengers in 177 cabins[6] or 172 cabins[7]
Crew: 150[5] / 200[8]

In June 2011,[6] the ship was purchased for $45M by China Cruises Company Limited, the deal being led by Chinese millionaire entrepreneur Huang Weijian,[7] CEO of CCCL.[11] Another $20M was spent refurbishing her.[11] Operation started on March 9, 2012, as the first ship of the new CCCL luxury cruise line.[4]


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  2. Radisson Diamond
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  9. Slater and Basch. "New Ship Emulates a Luxury Hotel : The extra-wide Radisson Diamond is spacious enough for a conference center". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 3 December 2018.
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  11. Raemin Zhang (7 March 2012). "First China-owned luxury cruise ship sets sail".

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