SuperStar Libra Review

Editor Rating: 3.5
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Why Choose SuperStar Libra?
  • Menus featuring Chinese, Indian, Thai, Malaysian fare
  • Kuala Lumpur-based line sails short Asia cruises
  • No tipping policy (unless you feel like you must)

SuperStar Libra Overview

Star Cruises is best known for its Far Eastern itineraries, which -- because it's a Kuala Lumpur-based line and big in the local markets -- provide the most authentic Asian voyage experience. Onboard SuperStar Libra, there are "real McCoy" touches like tatami rooms, sushi bars and Chinese, Japanese and even Indian restaurants.

The ship offers short cruises (one to three nights) from Penang, Malaysia to ports in Thailand. And while certainly not the newest or most glamorous cruise ship in the region, SuperStar Libra has a quirky charm all of its own.

There are several reasons for this, which will become obvious as this review progresses, but the main one is that the ship's largely Asian crew are simply superb -- friendly, sweet-natured, efficient and very attentive.

Indeed, some of our fellow passengers loved the crew so much they were in tears saying goodbye to them as the cruise ended. That's heartfelt praise indeed.

SuperStar Libra Fellow Passengers

Though this ship is marketed primarily to Asian passengers, the official onboard language is English, so North Americans, Brits, Australians and others fluent in the King's tongue are accommodated beautifully.

SuperStar Libra Dress Code

Passengers dress respectably for dinner, but don't tend to go over the top with sequins and tuxedos. By day, casual is fine and the ship is very relaxed, but sunbathers are asked to cover up before going into The Saffron for lunch or tea.

SuperStar Libra Gratuity

Star Cruises operates a "no tipping" policy, but the staff are so lovely some passengers break the rules.

--by Maria Harding, Cruise Critic's England-based correspondent, who also writes for The Times of London and The Daily Telegraph. Photo courtesy of Star Cruises.
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Ship Facts

Ship Stats
Crew:  680
Launched:  1988/2005
Decks:  9
Tonnage:  42,000
Passengers:  1,480
Registry:  Bahamas
CDC Score:  Not Yet Inspected
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Member Since 2015
1 review
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2 helpful votes
Sailed June 2015
Hi, we went on a vacation on cruise from penang - phuket - karabi. Super star libra is said to be a gambling ship, well more or less that's true, but since it was our first experience we loved it, and we want to go on more cruising after ... Read more
Member Since 2014
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Star cruise operates several cruises around South East Asia catered mainly for passengers from Singapore, Malaysia and Hongkong. Some of these cruises can be quite inexpensive and offers something like a sampler for people who have never ... Read more
Member Since 2013
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We had taken SuperStar Libra cruise because our children wanted to, they had quite good experience of the previous cruises (this is our sixth cruise, but first time on SuperStar Libra). To us, however, it was a disappointing cruise, we ... Read more
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