SuperStar Virgo Review

Editor Rating:  4.0
51% of cruisers loved it

Why Choose SuperStar Virgo?

  • Offers a real taste of the Far East with its itineraries
  • No gratuity charge
  • 360-degree views from a large windowed observatory area on Deck 12
SuperStar Virgo

SuperStar Virgo Overview

Many cruise ships operate one-off or short-series cruises around the Far East, but if you want a real taste of the Orient, Star Cruises' SuperStar Virgo is the only serious contender.

On this ship, East meets West and the join is seamless; must-have facilities for Westerners include jet stream lap pools, a superb gym, an Italian Trattoria and elegant bars that have been given an Oriental twist with richly colored decor, gold statues, karaoke rooms and some of the best Asian restaurants I've ever eaten in (curry fiends will even find the world's first Indian restaurant afloat!).

One difference North American travelers will notice is the prolific levying of service fees. The long list of charges for extras on SuperStar Virgo may come as a shock to those of us used to free childcare and cabin service -- but at a current exchange rate of approximately $1.7 Singapore dollars to the U.S. dollar (and $3 Singapore dollars to the British pound), this ship is still remarkably good value for money. That's particularly when you consider the increasingly high prices charged for drinks, shore excursions, spa treatments and specialty restaurants on American and British ships. So: A decent bottle of wine on Virgo costs from $12, liqueurs from $3.50 and beers from $2.90, while a most enjoyable morning's elephant riding excursion in Phuket cost $35 per person.

With no gratuity charges and three restaurants offering free Western, Oriental or fusion meals, it's possible to spend less onboard a Far East cruise than you would on a jaunt around the Caribbean.

Ultimately, the best thing about SuperStar Virgo is that you're touring Asia with the Asians, eating the local dishes and absorbing the local culture as you go.

SuperStar Virgo Fellow Passengers

SuperStar Virgo is one of the most cosmopolitan ships I've ever traveled on -- Indian, Malay, Chinese, English and Australian were just some of the nationalities I spotted on board -- and this cultural mix is very much part of its charm, as you feel you are in Asia even as you cruise around it.

SuperStar Virgo Dress Code

Smart casual is the order of the day on this ship; you don't have to dress up (though many passengers do enjoy dressing for dinner) but flip flops and beachwear are quite rightly discouraged indoors.

SuperStar Virgo Gratuity

Star Cruises operates a no-tipping policy.

--by Maria Harding. Harding, Cruise Critic's England-based correspondent, also writes for "The Times of London" and "The Daily Telegraph."
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53 SuperStar Virgo Reviews from our Cruise Critic Community

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asawa nimona
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we are based in metro manila and this was the first ever cruise ship based in manila for a while. no planes, hotels needed. superstar virgo is large, she is a ship! still she has a distinctive design not inspired by LEGO as the more recent ... Read more
jakedador2001
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It's the first cruise ship to embark from Manila might as well go for it. Filipino crew assists us very well in every area of the ship, you get to choose from 3 inclusive restaurants the Genting was our favorite because of their Outlet ... Read more
monchizcurls
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Sailed April 2017
They just opened Manila as their new homeport. My previous cruise experience from a different cruise liner left me with a delightful experience so when Star Cruise advertised that they will be opening a new route MNL-LAO-Khaosiung-HK-MNL, ... Read more

53 SuperStar Virgo Reviews from our Cruise Critic Community

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asawa nimona
Member Since 2017
1 review
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we are based in metro manila and this was the first ever cruise ship based in manila for a while. no planes, hotels needed. superstar virgo is large, she is a ship! still she has a distinctive design not inspired by LEGO as the more recent ... Read more
jakedador2001
Member Since 2017
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
It's the first cruise ship to embark from Manila might as well go for it. Filipino crew assists us very well in every area of the ship, you get to choose from 3 inclusive restaurants the Genting was our favorite because of their Outlet ... Read more
monchizcurls
Member Since 2017
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed April 2017
They just opened Manila as their new homeport. My previous cruise experience from a different cruise liner left me with a delightful experience so when Star Cruise advertised that they will be opening a new route MNL-LAO-Khaosiung-HK-MNL, ... Read more
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