2 Manila Entertainment Cruise Reviews

Well it was my first time going on a cruise so I think it was alright. Good thing Super Star Virgo (SSV) decided to port in Manila because finally I experienced going on a cruise! I didn't really know what to expect so everything is ... Read More
Well it was my first time going on a cruise so I think it was alright. Good thing Super Star Virgo (SSV) decided to port in Manila because finally I experienced going on a cruise! I didn't really know what to expect so everything is bright and shiny for me. Haha. I did read some of the reviews here hence the title. The other reviews kind of prepared me on what to expect but hey I still enjoyed my time on SSV. There wasn't much to hate about it at all. Even with a despicable smartphone and the corrupted micro SD card, I still had a good time during the whole cruise experience. This is going to be a bit long so read at your own risk. :) The theme of the trip was Spiderman inspired. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse stickers and posters were all over the ship. Even Spiderman cosplayers were onboard with us. They had Spiderman themed games for kids to enjoy and for adults to do photo ops with the cosplayers. Too bad I didn't meet my college batchmate while she was working. Haha. Good for her and her fellow cosplayers though. Work cruise ftw. Anyway going back to my review, during embarkation there weren't many people around the port so it was fine. I had thought it would be full of people like in airports but no, it was alright. Not too much lines at all. Imagine my first trip abroad was on a cruise trip. Haha. As for the staff or the cabin crew, they were all nice and spoke good English. There are many fellow Filipino crew staff too so we could also speak in Filipino when they were around. * * * * * ♦ Ship: My first impression was of course just being amazed at being on a cruise ship. The information lobby or the currency exchange area looks amazing. I forgot what it's called but it's the best looking place in the entire ship. SSV is big but we had fun going around and checking out the nooks and crannies we could. We were almost able to tour the "entirety" of it in one day. Of course only the ones open to the public but not everything in one day. We weren't able to join the initial ship tour though, not sure if it was "free". Subsequent ship tours had fees so meh. The pool is 7 ft deep so for those who can't swim well, you can enjoy the jacuzzis and the giant slide. Also the ship has centralized aircon. I didn't think it would but I still think it's worth mentioning. Hehe. * * * * * ♦ Dining & Service: I love the food. Don't worry about what other reviewers here say. If you aren't a picky eater and not rich at all, you will enjoy the food. The best is the buffet in The Lido. Mmmhmmm. I love having breakfast at The Lido. Bacon is crispy. There's milk and fruits and veggies and bread and oh it's just heaven for me. Lunch is good too but I wasn't able to try the dinner buffet since we ate at the other restaurants. In Star Dining we had a bit of an issue the first time we ate there. It took more than an hour for them to inform us they lost our order slip for the main course. Wow. But they were able to resolve it immediately upon us walking out because the Pinay staff outside overheard us talking about the bad experience we had. Good job in "catching" us! Lol. As for Pavilion, the food was good too. Overall, I was always full everytime I ate any meal, except for two incidents. Thank you Lord! * * * * * ♦ Entertainment and Activities: The shows are not so entertaining for me. It was enjoyable for my eyes but if you like a good storytelling like in awesome movies, don't expect much. The best show was the magic show. The rest are just a feast for the eyes. No we did not go to the adult show. We preferred the shore excursions. Lol. I did enjoy the Basic Chinese lesson. No reading or writing, just basic conversational Mandarin written in alphabet and translated to English like "Ni hao ma," etc. There's also the morning stretch in the gym. I joined once before I went to the shore excursion. Hehe. I thought going up the mountain/cave in Vietnam would be difficult. :P * * * * * ♦ Ports & Shore excursions: Before you go to the shore excursions, make sure to exchange your peso or HKD etc., to the local currency. The ship has a currency exchange so this shouldn't be a problem. Cruising into Ha Long Bay port was of course something to remember. There was plenty of time to take pictures before we even got to the port. It was my first time outside the country so seeing the mountains jutting out of the sea was awesome for me. Also the excursion was pleasant and nice. The climb up the steps to the limestone cave was not too difficult at all. Good thing I had my morning stretch that day. The tour guide was nice and thoughtful too. The people speak very little English but are nice and pleasant. In the Sanya, China trip our Chinese tour guide was always in a hurry and didn't care much about us so we did not enjoy much of it. Disembarking took a long time too as we had to go through the arrival port I think? How else were we gonna get into China? Lol. It took longer than we expected. (And they do not allow you to take videos in there.) Perhaps this was why the tour guide was in such a hurry all the time. And yes we already sent our shore excursion feedback while we were on the ship. Remember to use a mobile app to translate or communicate with people in China. I forgot to and never thought of it so I got stressed and frustrated. It's easier if you have a companion who speaks Chinese too. Even so, for some reason the people in Sanya, China didn't seem very nice at all. Or maybe Chinese people are normally rude? Anyway, I did not think of using any mobile app to speak to anyone. I'm old school that way. Haha. The places we went to were okay, we were able to take enough pictures. All I can say is it was a stressful shore excursion so keep that in mind when going to China. Also, if you're not an active person, better take advantage of the morning stretch activity before going to any shore excursion. * * * * * ♦ Recommendations: Overall I think it's best for seniors and kids or adults looking for a pleasant and nice vacation. It definitely does not have much of a night life. Yes they have ladies nights and such but I heard some parts of it but nah. It's best for families too maybe. My impression of everything on the ship was like being with seniors in their retirement activities. I wasn't bored at all thanks to the shore excursions but for me it may get boring without the WiFi and the food or the pool/jacuzzi. There are more things to enjoy so just explore the ship and always check the itinerary. If you get sea sick easily, ask for Bonamine from the information area or the housekeeping. If the waves get strong like it did when we were cruising back to Manila you will need it. A lot of us were getting sea sick because of the weather and the strong waves. Oh and open your TV because you will see the ship cruise channel where a live video of the front of the ship can be seen. Plus it shows a map of the ship location too! Cool huh. It would be much cooler if there was infrared or night vision video version at night, maybe so we could see what's out there in the dark? Lol. And that's it for my review. I definitely would go back if I could. Moolah come to mamah! hahaha. Read Less
Sail Date December 2018
My terrible cruise was on the superstar virgo with star cruises. i have been on 13 cruises, so these comments are from an experienced, knowledgeable traveller... This is by far the worst cruise i have ever been on! I thought costa with ... Read More
My terrible cruise was on the superstar virgo with star cruises. i have been on 13 cruises, so these comments are from an experienced, knowledgeable traveller... This is by far the worst cruise i have ever been on! I thought costa with their discount vacation was scrapping the bottom of the barrel, but star cruises, at twice the cost, was much, much worse! It appears this company does not survey or care what the competition does. It is also apparent their version of cruise is not very successful judging by the low quantity of passengers/occupancy. They need to have employees check out other cruise lines and see what a real cruise ship looks like, because this isn't it! We will never sail with star cruises again on any of their ships. i will advise all of my family, friends, coworkers, employees and anyone else i can think of to stay as far away from this joke of a cruise line as possible! Here are just a few of the problems we experienced: - i paid my gratuities in cash directly to the cruise employees (which was verified), but they would not let me leave the ship until i also paid their automatic gratuity, which is not required under the contract (passage terms). they made me pay my gratuities twice!!! - they changed the port from published naha island to ishigaki island without any notification. this required again a cancellation of private tours and arrangements. why in the heck would you change the destination of the cruise to a completely different island without notifying passengers in advance? - the web page is lacking greatly for pre-cruise planning or purchases. Most excursions are not even listed! Very few drink packages, excursions or other available options are listed or purchase even though they are available upon arrival. That mean you cannot purchase in advance like other cruise lines. - changed port arrival times in schedule from the one on confirmed ticket (said 12 noon but changed to 7am). This required private tours to be cancelled with a loss of fees as they did not give any advance notice and did not refund the cost of the tours, even though it was their fault! - buffet was terrible! Poor selection (about 1/4 of what we have seen on other normal cruises). Food was bland and another passenger called it "low end cafeteria food" which was a perfect description! - you can only eat once per meal period. In other words, if you have an early lunch and then want to go to the buffet later for a snack, you can't! This was ridiculous and a new low for a cruise ship. if you go back they will charge you a fee. for something like coffee or a muffin, this is ridiculous. - the mexican dinner served was one of the worst… the most armature of foodies would know that an empanada is not served as a tart dish. what they called chicken asada was no more than regular baked chicken. they obviously were clueless as to what mexican food is and how it is served, but tried to pass off the theme that night as “mexican” night… what a joke. they could have at least looked up the food on google and seen that what they were serving was not mexican food! - the “gala” dinner was a joke! overcooked steak they tried to say was tenderloin (if it was tenderloin, it was the worst quality filet ever). it was paired with chicken teriyaki and a very bad selection of sides. if this is what they pass off as the marque dinner that is supposed to be the best meal of the cruise, the head chef needs to go back to cooking school. - they did not allow us to bring coffee from the restaurant to the deck and stopped us at the door. that meant that i could not enjoy my coffee on the outside of the restaurant and instead had to finish in the loud, crowded restaurant. - balcony cabin was very small compared to other ships with two uncomfortable beds that had a big, hard gap when put together. The pullout foam couch was better than the main bed! - only 3 english tv stations, 2 of which always showed the same repeating asia news stories every hour. Strange considering 90% of the passengers were english speaking. - no pay movies on the tv which would have made the lousy station selection tolerable. - ship entertainment was sparse. Some piano playing and duets, but overall no real diverse nightlife, clubs, or discos like other cruise lines. Felt like an old folks retirement community with a few duets playing each evening. - bought an all you can drink package, but it can only be used in 3 places on the ship... Even when another location has the drink readily available... Go figure. - excursion in okinawa was a joke! 3 of the 5 stops were for shopping at their "partner" vendor locations (which the tour company gets a percentage of sales for bringing the cruise passengers). - had to wait 1 hour 40 minutes for a return tender boat back to the ship. When you add the 30 minutes commute each way, more than 30% of our entire time in japan was just for getting back and forth to he ship. Not what i paid for! - staff from the philippines was good, but many of the chinese staff were clueless when it came to customer service. Abrupt, rude, no smiles/greeting and treated us like a number. - magic show was pitiful! lame show with fake violin player, same trick 4 times with different variations, and so easy to see the trick method. My 5 year old was able to see some of the obvious ways they tried to pull off the illusion... pretty bad when a 5 year old can figure it out - kid's club isn't much. A few 30 or 45 minute events scattered over the 2 days at sea. Not much more. The fee was not worth it. - casino was poor as well. Very few games a non-chinese customer would recognize. No roulette, craps, or other popular games. - the advertising of " chance game called "key master" in vending machine was often in your face. Sad considering that it is almost impossible to win and the prize is so small. Again, another desperate attempt to rip off passengers ad make money. - carpets and chairs in restaurants were badly stained and ugly. Obviously not well taken care of, cleaned or replaced as needed. - a la carte restaurants were grossly overpriced considering the base cruise fare already paid. They could follow the model of other cruise lines and have a minimal add-on fixed fee to visit the specialty restaurants to supplement the already paid fare. - Dirty salty balcony (not washed regularly like other cruise lines) - very few activities on the ship compared to other cruises we have been on. of the activities you had to pay for many including things like ship tours. Charging for a tour... Are you kidding? sad thing is they are so desperate to make money and fill the list they put things like "pre-selling of bingo tickets" 3 times on the schedule! - they were so desperate to sell tickets to an adults only topless show that they advertise all over the ship every day and promote buy one get one passes nearly everywhere. Read Less
Sail Date April 2018

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