In terms of day trips we went on our own each time and had no problems.We were given a talk with advice on how to do that but the guy thought he was a comedian which wasnt useful.His advice on taxi fares was way out, Our advice-the Phuket stop was fun.If you want to look after yourself walk a few hundred yards and get a cab outside the gate-It will be at least half the price of those near the boat.Organise for them to drop you off and a time to be picked up.we did an elephant ride which was quite fun but the huge jewellery store was a bore.Enjoy the bartering for fake clothes,watches etc,its a good fun night.
Langkawi was ok .We mistakenly decided to get a cab into the township.Steer clear.Its boring and the shops are dull.Despite what we were told on the ship the cabs ( we caught 3) didnt use meters but the prices were ok.Again walk a short distance from the ship first.We ended up at a really nice beach nearby and spent a pleasant few hours swimming .The real highlight was Rendang Island which was just beatiful.The beach was crystal clear and we had full use of the lovely resort including a massive swimming pool.I could have stayed longer. Each stop was well planned in terms of getting off and on and even the original embarkation at Singapore was relatively painless.
Minor gripes.For those not used to it,having a service charge added on rather than knowing the final price of an item took some getting used to.The wine prices were way too high and the quality wanst that great.The TV staions were very limited but thats not what we were there for,On the bright side the library was good and being able to borrow books ,papers ,games and sports equipment was easy and enjoyable .The pool didnt open until 7am which gave little time for real swimmers to have a turn before the majority who just want to hop in and chat filled the area.We loved the meals above the pool and the icecream parlour was popular with our kids.
Would I travel with the Virgo again? Yes without a doubt.It was fun with the right balance of activities and quiet rest.The food was fine and ,with the room tab included ,the cost per day was minimal.