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SuperStar Virgo Review

4.0 / 5.0
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58 reviews

New F&B System

Review for SuperStar Virgo to Asia
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10+ Cruises • Age 80s

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Sail Date: Dec 2016
Lobster at HKD125
Great show
X'mas ambience
Incredible acrobat feat
Beach and rough sea
Ho Chi Ming City
Nha Thang
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I took this 7-night cruise Hong Kong-China-Vietnam and it was a most pleasant trip. I have cruised on Star Cruises many times but this cruise is different. Ever innovative (Star Cruises pioneered the freestyle cruising concept, NCL, previously owned by them, is only a follower) but now they are doing non-inclusive meals instead. The idea is not cutting back but it gives cruisers even better free choice. Yes, everything is priced now, but they give each passenger an onboard credit that you can spend what you will, on food, excursions, and purchases. The normally inclusive meals are now priced very reasonably, so that even if you take meals as if inclusive, you may come to spend less than your daily allowance of HKD280 a day. And great that, under a new Executive Chef, the food quality and presentation is improved too.

This allowance is for all passengers, but those booking a Balcony cabin or a Suite are further given a set of vouchers good for discount, free meals and drinks. Balcony passenger can order continental breakfast delivered free. The entertainment is the best, not only one of the best, and production shows are large scaled with more dancers and entertainers on stage even than onboard a ship double the tonnage. The ship seems old but refurbished and well-maintained.

Because of the new F&B system, people no longer congested in the 'free' outlets but now spread out in the some 10 eating outlets that includes Japanese, Italian, Indian, Southeast Asian and of course Chinese and continental European. There are offering of dishes from well-known Hong Kong Michelin-starred restaurants too. With the choices where to eat, this is a real gourmet cruise not priced at gourmet level. The HKD125 lobster dish is a steal. It turned out to be a more enjoyable and carefree cruise than what I have recently enjoyed on other cruise lines.

Cabin Review

Cabin Balcony

Cabin of good size, equipped with coffee and tea maker, comfortable bed, well-supplied toileteries, and a large flat TV with many channels.

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