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This photo shows the Starship after her 2004 remodel. The galley was expanded and the upper decks extended. In the photo, all 515 passengers on board are grouped along the starboard rail of the third deck.



The 175' Dinner Cruise Vessel, STARSHIP, was originally delivered to Starship Cruise Lines of Biloxi, Mississippi. She is now operating in the Tampa Bay area of Florida. The mega-yacht style vessel was designed by DeJong & Lebet, Inc., Naval Architects, Jacksonville, Florida. STARSHIP is the 4th new Dinner Cruise vessel designed by DeJong & Lebet, Inc. to be delivered in 1999. The vessel was built by Freeport Shipbuilding in Freeport, Florida.

The vessel features distinctive yacht-type styling, with exterior and interior finishes to match. Particular attention was paid to the exterior finish to go several steps beyond that of a standard Dinner Cruise vessel. Interior Architecture services were provided by Plachter-Vogel Design.

STARSHIP is U.S. Coast Guard certified under Subchapter K for 600 passengers plus 30 crew. She carries a Stability Letter for Partially Protected waters.

The vessel is designed to have a 5'-6'' Full Load draft, in order to access some of the more shallow waterways in the Biloxi area. The hull is designed with tunnels to allow large enough propellers while minimizing the draft.

The vessel is powered by a pair of Detroit Diesel Series 60 main engines, developing 400-HP @ 1800 RPM, coupled to Twin Disc MG-516 gear gearboxes. Electrical power is provided by (2) Series 60 gensets rated for 275 kW @ 1800 RPM. The 250 HP Schottel Bow Thruster is powered by a Detroit Diesel Series 50 engine with a Twin Disc gear. All engines were supplied by Stewart & Stevenson. The mains and generators are keel-cooled with Fernstrum grid coolers.

The vessel features (2) dining rooms on each enclosed deck served by a common stair and elevator lobby. The 3rd Deck has an open deck passenger area with an awning, as well as Pilothouse and office areas, which are also served by the stair and elevator. Restrooms are located on all (3) passenger decks.

A full galley is located on the Main Deck with a service galley on the 2nd Deck. The galleys are connected by a dumbwaiter. Full service bars are located on each deck, with (2) bars on the Main Deck.

Principle characteristics of the vessel are as follows:

Length (overall) 175'

Beam (moulded) 40'

Depth 11'-6''

Draft 5'-6''

Passengers (excursion) 600

(dining) 400

Crew 30

Fuel Oil 4500 gallons

Potable Water 6100 gallons

Black/Grey Water 9600 gallons


       This page last edited on  07/09/2010