SuperStar Virgo Review

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SuperStar Virgo
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  • 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 Overview

Editor Rating
4.0
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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SuperStar Virgo Member Reviews

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I never write reviews but felt compelled to this time. I read the reviews on Star Cruises before we sailed with them. Having cruised before in different parts of the world, I thought it would be nice to travel with an Asian cruise line through ... Read more
We had previously sailed on Superstar Virgo 10 years ago from Singapore and had an enjoyable cruise so that when we saw that cruise on the same ship that left from Hong Kong were thought that this would be terrific. How wrong could we be. This has ... Read more
This was my second cruise on Superstar Virgo. I went last November when they travelled around Australia and enjoyed it so much, that I went back. I knew that it would be different, and expected the passengers to be primarily Chinese, but was not ... Read more
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SuperStar Virgo Ratings

Editor Rating 4.0 Member Rating
Category
Editor
Member
Dining
4.0
3.3
Public Rooms
4.0
4.0
Cabins
4.0
3.6
Entertainment
4.0
3.7
Spa & Fitness
4.0
3.4
Family & Children
4.0
2.2
Shore Excursions
3.0
3.1
Enrichment
2.0
3.0
Service
4.0
4.0
Value-for-Money
5.0
3.3

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Ship Stats
Crew:
1,300
Launched:
1999
Decks:
10
Tonnage:
76,800
Passengers:
1,960
Registry:
Panama
CDC Score:
Not Yet Inspected

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