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SuperStar Virgo
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By Maria Harding
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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.

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About SuperStar Virgo

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.

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.


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SuperStar Virgo Ship Stats

  • Crew: 1,300
  • Launched: 1999
  • Decks: 10
  • Passengers: 1,960
  • Registry: Panama
SuperStar Virgo Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 4.0 0.0
Dining 4.0 0.0
Entertainment 4.0 0.0
Public Rooms 4.0 0.0
Fitness Recreation 4.0 0.0
Family 4.0 0.0
Shore Excursion 3.0 0.0
Enrichment 2.0 0.0
Service 4.0 0.0
Value For Money 5.0 0.0
Rates 3.0 0.0

SuperStar Virgo Member Reviews

SuperStar Virgo
AWHW
Sail Date: Jul 2017
This was the first cruise when Star Cruise's SuperStar Virgo was home-ported in Shanghai for the first time, which will last till November. And here they offer a standard 7-night cruise to Japan, by standard...Read More
SuperStar Virgo
Lucy Stephanie
Sail Date: Dec 2018
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...Read More
SuperStar Virgo
asawa nimona
Sail Date: May 2017
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...Read More
SuperStar Virgo
arvin
Sail Date: Apr 2018
We Chose the cruise because it leaves departs 1 hour away from where we live, so we save a lot from not having to buy Airtickets to go on a cruise, which sometimes is half or same price as the actual cruise....Read More

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