Our vacation for the December school holidays is a 4D 3 N cruise on Superstar Virgo. Our destination for this trip would be Penang ( Malaysia) and Phuket (Thailand) .
It was the first time the family was on a cruise together.
Our reviews for this cruise trip will be over 4 parts
Part 1: Superstar Virgo Review : Tour Around the ship
Part 2 :Restaurants review
Part 3 : Day out in Penang
Part 4 : Phuket Landmark Tour
Let's hope onboard with us for a voyage to remember!
Superstar Virgo is docked at Singapore Cruise Centre.
We checked in at about 1 pm and the ship sets sail at 4pm
|All aboard Superstar Virgo|
|Grand Piazza @ Superstar Virgo|
|13 Storey high|
|Joining in the dance act|
|Activity center @ 12 Floor|
For those new to Cruise, do note the following terms
Fwd- Forward, Mid -Middle,Aft -Back of ship
There is the activity center on Deck 12 Fwd to do your bookings for shows and programs available on Superstar Virgo. Not all activities or shows are free, so you need to check if they are included in the tour.
|Libary and Majong Room|
|The Spa, Gym and Pool|
|Child Care Center @ Superstar Virgo|
We were disappointed to learn that these facilities are not free and you need to pay for children admission to the childcare. Nevertheless they do provide a preview of the facilities on the first day.
|Starlight Video Arcade|
|Shows @ Lido|
For adults there are additional shows after midnight , but since it is for adults, we did not get to see it :P
|Galaxy of the Stars|
|Wish upon a Star|
We had the most fun at Neptune's Wet and Wild located at Deck 10 aft. There is a mini pool safe for kids above 2 to 'swim' in. Older kids would like the slides. We do feel the design could be better as the main pool is about 1.2metres on the deep end. It means kids below that height have to be supervised if they cannot swim.
There is also a mini rock climbing wall located next to the pool. I was not so sure why it was there but I did have a go at it given my rock climbing experience.
|Neptune's Wet and Wild|
As we needed more space, we decided to get the Balcony class
Balcony class privileges
- Dining credit of $200 per cabin (value depends on trip)which you can use around the ship A La Carte restaurants.
- Priority embarkment and disembarkment priority ( this however was not the case for us during disembarkment
- Priority booking for Gala Dinner with options for A La Carte restaurants like Samurai and Noble House
- Welcome drink at Grand Piazza
- Priority Seating at Lido ( this was not apparent during our trip)
|Superstar Virgo Rooms|
|Enjoying the Sea Breeze|
To get a piece of the action, do get your daily Star Navigator for reference. There are numerous activities on board. However they are not are complimentary and some events require charges. Although we are book on a cruise with Nickelodean crew, we hardly get to see them. Slots are limited and some of the activities are chargeable as well.
|Strike a pose|
|Gala Dinner Grand Welcome|
|Need more activities?|
You can have up to 6 meals on board everyday. Since we spend quite some time dining, we will explore the various dining options avaliable at Superstar Virgo on a separate post.
There are on shore activities as well if your cruise includes such locations. Do book early early for your land cruise to avoid disappointment. Bookings are to be made at the reception located at Deck 7 mid.
|Book your tour early|
And tours to explore Phuket Landmarks
It's a wrap!
We conclude the review of our Cruise tour. We enjoyed most parts of the journey but we do wish for the following
- Kids facilities to be FOC (i.e. indoor playground)
- Shore excursions cater to kids
- Enforce Balcony class privileges
- Better disembarkment procedures especially when we reach Singapore.
There were mayhem at Habourfront at the taxi queues. Although there were security personnel present, they do not seem to care about the unruly queues. If you are expecting queues similar to Changi airport, you would be sorely disappointed. A better solution is to call for taxi.
To the management of Harbourfront,
Please manage your security personnel. When approached to manage the queue, one of them had the cheek to say that there are 4.1million people in Singapore and he could not control all of them. Thereafter he step aside and start making conversations with others, totally disregarding the queues and the rushing crowd. It is not easy to manage with luggages and 2 young kids in tow.Having a paid security staff not doing his job is not helping the situation as such.
For those setting out on a cruise soon, Bon Voyage!