[thumb:1766:l]Looking for a great getaway without going far? Try the Superstar Virgo Cruise! This trip was to be our honeymoon trip but it was done with 15 of us in total. Me, my wife and 13 other family members and relatives. I would say this is one trip worth remembering! Not because our privacy was intruded but rather because we simply had so much fun on the cruise…and having our family members around added to the fun and pleasure of the trip.
We left KL early on the 9th morning at approx 6am and headed down to Singapore by chartered bus. After a couple of toilet stops and breakfast, we finally reached Harbour City in Singapore where we boarded the ship. Checking in was simple enough even though there were so many people around. Again Singapore has managed to do it right. The last time we were here with a large crowd was during last year’s visit to the Night Safari. Lots of people but yet smooth flowing traffic. Simply wonderful!
Upon stepping onto the ship.. YES IT WAS BOTH OUR FIRST TIME on a cruise… Sad huh? But at least we can say we’ve done it now! Well upon stepping on, we got a little lost as we tried looking for our cabin. Due to the 15 persons group the rooms & etc got a little messed up but it was soon sorted out and we finally found our room…. which we later got changed to a much quieter room. The first room was driving me nuts with the low audible hum . The front-desk has no qualms about switching our rooms for us. The new room was almost dead quiet… so that was a relief. And soon after we also found a little star shaped shortbread cake with a cute face and the words sorry on it. Talk about wonderful customer service!
On board we had multiple meals from the normal buffet at the Mediterranean restaurant on deck 12 (Oh yes did I mention the ship has 13 levels!!! That colossal!) to the dim sum breakfast, classyÂ dinner and wonderful lunches all around the ship! WeÂ also managed to catch the Mr. Bean Children’s special show as well as the acrobats from China and the dancers from Brazil.Â The broadway like shows were ofÂ world classÂ level! I was really amazed and truly enjoyed the performances. We also managed to catch a performance by the staff and crew members. Again… world class standards and truly enjoyable!Â We also indulged in a little gamblingÂ at the casino. We hadÂ greatÂ company on the table with aÂ couple of Singaporean sisters. They were funny and entertaining! We allÂ made money on the 1st day but by the 3rd day or so… we were in the negative… but that’s alright coz it was truly fun and enjoyable nonetheless.
On the 4 days 3 nights cruise, we also managed to try a little Bingo luck with May Lee getting exciting calling for a last number but alas it never came. The cruise brought us from Singapore to Penang to Phuket and back to Singapore. At both Penang and Phuket, we got off the ship onto the island and went around on our own. Getting on and off the ship was done very orderly and I must again commend on the professionalism of the crew on board. Everything was so systematic. For example, when we got back to the Jetty in Penang it started to drizzle. The crew was at hand providing people with disposable raincoats! Talk about taking care of your passengers.
If you’ve never been on a cruise, I truly recommend going on the Virgo Cruise! The ship is large, stable and a pleasure to be on. Its after all one of the largest ships of the fleet. For those of you who think you might get seasick, you don’t have to worry…. I brought along travel sickness pills but I never had to use them at all. The ship was stable throughout the journey so much so that you would have though you were on terra firma but it did hit some rough seas on our way back from Phuket but even so, the motion was manageable.I look forward to our next cruise. It’ll definitely have to be on a large ship like the Virgo. I’m just somehow worried about getting seasick on the smaller vessels.
If we had more days on the trip, we would have gone to the gym as well as gone for some swimming too! I did however manage to try wall climbing on their “portable” and “configurable auto-rotating wall (somewhat like a vertical threadmill withÂ gripsÂ for yourÂ hand and feet). Pretty tiring!!!