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The Ocean Star Returns to Service

By: Patrick Ellis | Real Acapulco News - 15 June, 2011

(Acapulco, AN 13 June) After a two month layoff for repairs made necessary by a fire in the machine room onboard the ship, the cruise ship Ocean Star once more returned to service from its base in Acapulco. It departed yesterday nearly fully booked, headed for Zihuatanejo and Manzanillo. The outing will last four days. Eight hundred passengers paid $5,000 pesos each for the outing in Mexico’s national waters. Unlike most cruise ships, the Ocean Star does not call at any foreign port, and so passengers do not require passports or visas.

Before the ship weighed anchor, Acapulco Mayor Manuel Añorve Baños made a tour of the ship with the president of Ocean Star Cruises in Mexico, Henry Yaniz, visiting the newly refurbished dining areas, the piano bar, the theater, the shops and the swimming pools.

The machine room fire occurred on April 14, when the vessel was departing Huatalco, Oaxaca.

In June, the Ocean Star will make two trips weekely: from Sunday to Thursday and from Thursday to Sunday, visiting Huatulco to the South and Zihuatanejo and Manzanillo to the north. The vessel’s home port is Acapulco. The local booking agent for the Ocean Star, Turismo Caleta, has opened branch offices in La Isla (Diamond Zone) and in Costa Azul to meet the demand for passage.

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