STAR CRUISES 25TH APRIL - 30TH APRIL 10 SINGAPORE - SINGAPORE
Arrived in Singapore from Australia at 7.20pm Saturday evening, transfer to Royal Plaza on Scotts. Transfer next day-
Sunday at midday to the cruise terminal. Super Star Virgo is a beautiful majestic looking ship. Arrived at cruise terminal at 12.35pm huge line of people of mainly, Asians, Indians & Chinese. Probably only 70 or so Australians were on board. Boarded between 1.30-2.00pm according to the embarkation photos We were in Balcony Cabin 10136 Starboard Aft, it is a nice position and is in immaculate condition like the rest of the ship. There was ample cupboard space, with little dressing table, safe, slimline tv, small table and chair, coffee table and sofa bed plus our double bed configuration. There is no fridge in the cabins, only an ice bucket which we have requested to be filled daily. The balcony isn’t very big but we found it quite comfortable for two with the chairs and drinks table. All in all we were pleasantly surprised at the lovely décor and feel of the ship overall. Being Balcony Class we headed down to Deck 7 for champagne prior to embarkation. We headed straight for the couple that looked like they may be from Oz. Yes, they were from Newcastle. Not long after that the Ozzie group grew to 14 all of whom shared a joke or two and a good time was had by all. We headed to the Meditteranean Buffet for dinner which has a good selection of cold meats, salads, Indian, fruit and desserts. The drink waiters gave us attention beyond reproach they were just awesome. We awoke to the ships horn around 1.00am and we could see a lot of lights looming closer, it turned out that we were docking unexpectadly in Port Klang as there was a medical emergency on board. This in turn changed our itinerary
Monday we were heading for Langkawi instead of Phuket. After breakfast again at the Meditteranean Buffet we eagerly awaited our arrival at Langkawi. We arrived for our shore tour which was a 4 hr tour going to Underwater World, The Brown Eagle and Kuai Town. We didn’t go into Underwater World as the fare wasn’t included in the tour, we preferred to have a look at the street markets. Bought some Billabong shorts and kids clothes for the grandkids. The Brown Eagle is a very large structure well worth a few photos as Langkawi means Brown Eagle. Kuai Town is not the greatest although does have some duty free shops but I wouldn’t bother getting off the ship if I were to visit here again, not at all impressive.
Tuesday marked the arrival to Phuket Thailand. We again with our new found Newcastle friends Greg & Lyn decided to try Bella Vista for breakfast. An al a carte menu so I decided on the mushroom omelette with chicken sausages and baked beans to be followed by a banana pancake with maple syrup. There is a good selection of cereals, juices and pastries which you can help yourself . Coffee and Tea is served by the attentive staff. As the shore tours were rescheduled to leave the port at 7am we opted to take a taxi later in the day. We got a great taxi driver who took us on a tour of Phuket. The Pearl & Jewellery Shop is a must see absolutely beautiful pearls, birthstones and diamonds all at quite reasonable prices when converted to $AUD. I bought a lovely little ruby for my ring and it was $50 AUD and they also offered free fitting but I was unable to take up this offer as we were leaving Phuket in a couple of hours and they offer next day pick up. After a tour of the beaches of Kata & Karon and a visit to Club Med to buy a shirt for a friend who stayed on board. It was a leisurely drive back to port to have a look at the many stalls that were set up along the port. Again bought some clothes at excellent prices. Back on board for a rest before getting ready for Gala Night. There were free canapés and champagne for Balcony class on deck 7 prior to a set menu dinner at Bella Vista more western style dining. I had a tasty pea and mushroom soup followed by beef Wellington and veges and dessert was a yummy bomb alaska. There were many photos taken and the Captain and Crew were available for photos as well as live music, fashion parade by the staff it was a very enjoyable evening that saw us finally in bed at 2.00am.
Wednesday we arrived back in Singapore for passengers doing the 3 nt cruise to disembark and the new passengers doing the 2nt cruise to embark. We arrived at Port around 3.45pm and should depart at 6.30pm Had a quiet day today after a very late night last night. Slept in and skipped breakfast,, managed lunch again at Bella Vista enjoyed sliced duck breast, lamb shank with mashed potatoes and veges and a delicious walnut cheesecake with orange sauce. Dinner we went to the Taverna for a chicken Hawaiian burger w/fries and 5 spicy chicken wings with sweet chilli sauce and mocktails were 2 for $12 SGP and they are sooo yummy. Rasputin Show was on at 9.45pm so we went and thoroughly enjoyed the show which was full of dancers, acrobats and high wire acts.
Thursday arrived at Pulau Redang which is renowned for diving and snorkelling. Went again to Bella Vista for another tasty breakfast of veal sausages, baked beans, toast, Australian honey and coffee. Didn’t go to shore today but took advantage of the pool and swim spas. Lunch was at the Mediterranean Buffet which always has a great selection of salads, hot dishes and desserts. Played bingo but didn’t win anything. Managed to finally get to afternoon tea which was a treat of cakes, biscuits, tea & coffee. Dinner was at the Taverna café which was a charge café. We had spicy chicken wings with a supreme pizza and two Tiger Beers which were on special , 3 for SGP$21. After dinner we decided to watch the live bands at the Bellini Bar had quite a few drinks and staggered back to the cabin just after 1.00am.
Friday came around all too quickly and after the bags were packed we headed to breakfast for the usual at Bella Vista. We popped our bags in the hallway and as we had to vacate the cabin by 1.00pm we headed for lunch at the Meditteranean Buffet. To collect our passports we then headed to Deck 12 Galaxy of the Stars we got them back around 2.00pm then we had to go down to Deck 6 the Pavillion where we were taken down to ding off the ship for the last time, so sad! We had a truly memorable time on the Virgo and would highly recommend Star Cruises for anyone looking for a wonderful cruise, great hospitality and food. We collected our luggage and met our driver and once again headed for our two night stay at Royal Plaza on Scotts with buffet breakfast included.
Saturday we had a great time shopping at the Bugis Markets and trying our luck at the new Santosa Casino which also has lovely little eateries inside the Casino itself. Our driver will pick us up tomorrow at 6.00pm for our transfer to Changi Airport for our 9.30pm Qantas flight home to Brisbane. It is time to come back to earth with a thud and back to work but cant wait for our next cruise which is in January 2011 with Rhapsody of the Seas!