Cruise – Day Four

It was the last day of our cruise vacation. Basically, it was an eat-sleep-relax day for us. Nothing planned for this day, no shore excursion as we were expected to reach Singapore at 7pm.

We went shopping at the duty-free shops selling cosmetics, fragrance, wine and liquor. Hubby bought two bottles of Dome for my confinement. Gosh, I didn’t know he plan so far ahead, I’m not even pregnant! Hehe!

Here are some of the pictures to share with you:

Little Edison enjoying his kid’s meal

Little Edison enjoys sleeping in the cabin, funny boy! Look how happy he is! 

The Parthenon outdoor swimming pool with Jacuzzi and water slides

The Amphitheatre with jumbo chess board, jumbo checkers and table tennis (middle deck in the picture)

The helipad on the 13 deck offering an amazing viewing gallery

Highlights:

1. The 13 deck SuperStar Virgo is large enough to keep the shaky feeling to a very minimum. No worry about sea sickness.

2. The food was fantastic. Little Edison enjoyed all his kid’s meals onboard, complete with his favorite orange juice and chocolate ice-cream. He couldn’t ask for more.

3. The cruise crew’s enthusiasm and excellent service attitude made our vacation so enjoyable and fun-filled.

Lowlights:

1. My skin is flaking badly after the trip!

2. It was quite boring for me at night as I had to accompany Little Edison in the cabin when he was asleep. Hubby, on the other hand, enjoyed himself to the fullest at the pub and casino at night.

3. The horrid queue when we reached Singapore on the last day. I guess everyone was tired and rushing home. With bags of luggage and a toddler-in-tow, it was quite a huge challenge to squeeze through the crowd.

Overall, it was a fun trip. We will definitely return to SuperStar Virgo for another wonderful experience. 🙂

Cruise – Day Three

As we woke up at 9am, we were already at Phuket Island! The cruise arrived Phuket at 8am and most of the cruisers who joined the land tours have disembarked at 8:30am. We had our breakfast at Bella Vista; the restaurant was quieter than usual.

Unlike Penang, Phuket has a smaller port that is unable to handle big cruise ships like SuperStar Virgo. We had to transfer to a smaller ship to get to Patong beach. We arrived Patong, a popular tourist spot in Phuket, at about 11am. There were hundreds of market stalls lining the streets and beach selling bags, apparels, souvenirs and local food.

Patong Beach at a glance

My first impression of Patong is that it is a little over-commercialized, with touts everywhere we go. We were approached by many taxi drivers when we walked around the streets, some of them even followed us around. We didn’t see any regular meter taxi service here; most of them are unlicensed. We negotiated with one of them and we paid him SGD35 (800 baht) to drive us around Phuket until our departure at 5pm.

Me and Edison at Patong beach

Phuket is indeed a shopaholic’s paradise with a great variety of shopping, from bustling open-air village food markets, street stalls and local shops to western style department stores and up-market specialist shops. However, we didn’t shop much here. The items sold at the departmental stores are not cheap (the prices are even comparable to Singapore!). The quality of the products sold at the street stalls and local shops are not up to our expectations.

They have Robinson Shopping Center too!

We returned to our jetty at about 5pm, and then we boarded the smaller ship to our cruise ship. The wave was much stronger now and I can feel the ship swaying. I started to experience sea sickness; luckily I managed to endure till we reached our cruise in about 15 minutes. On the other hand, Little Edison seemed alright with my husband carrying him when we were on the ship.

This is the smaller ship that we board to our cruise ship

This is the picture of SuperStar Virgo, taken from this ship when we were approaching it.

The 13 deck SuperStar Virgo. Beautiful, isn’t it?

At night, we attended the Gala Dinner at Bella Vista restaurant. All the guests are required to dress formally to this dinner. The food was beautifully presented, wonderfully spiced and taste awesome. Forget about the kilos, we ate to our heart’s content!

Little Edison at the Gala Dinner, half an hour before he dozed off to Dreamland

Our Little Edison was super wiped out after the Phuket excursion and he dozed off the middle of the dinner. It was a busy and tiring day for all of us. All in all, I like Phuket for its simple and casual life – a perfect get-away from the hustle and bustle of city life!

Cruise – Day Two

Beautiful sunrise!

I woke up early to watch the sunrise from the sea. The view from all corners of the cruise is spectacular. I relaxed on the lounge chair and enjoyed the refreshing sea breeze. I felt so calm and peaceful.

Little Edison woke up at 8:30am. We cleaned up, get dressed and went out for our breakfast. I realized that my son is a big fan of American breakfast (just like me!). Ham, cheesy sausages, hash brown, baked tomato, scrambled egg, omelette and a fruity yogurt bowl fill us up. We were completely energized after a hearty breakfast.

After breakfast, we attended a half-an-hour talk on the free-and-easy guide to Penang and Phuket. The activity manager introduced to us the famous tourist spots, local foods, shopping centers and how to get-around in these islands. They have pre-arranged land tours at very reasonable charges, but we decided to go free-and-easy.

We reached Penang at 12noon. We had our free lunch onboard before we disembark at Penang. My brother arranged a city tour for us. We visited the Kek Lok Si Temple, one of the largest and best-known temples in Penang. The two star attractions here are the Pagoda of 10,000 Buddhas and the giant bronze statue of Kuan Yin.

At the Kek Lok Si Temple

The Giant Bronze Statue of Kuan Yin

We made a pit stop at the local stores in Penang to buy some of their local delicacies – tau sar peah, dried satay fishes, nutmeg products, just to name a few, but we missed the lip smacking laksa at Gurney Drive. Too bad!

By 3pm, we were shopping at Gurney Plaza, the second largest shopping mall in Penang. My sister and brother-in-law drove from Ipoh to Penang (together with my mom and nephew) to meet up with us. We had a wonderful mini family-gathering at Penang! Little Edison was delighted to meet cousin Jaerone again.

Edison with cousin Jaerone

Time flies when we were in Penang. We had to board our cruise by 7pm and depart to Phuket Island at 8pm.

View of SuperStar Virgo from the port

We had our dinner at Mediterranean, a restaurant that serves international buffet. Much to our surprise, the food is way below average. I felt like I was eating at Banquet (Malay Kopitiam)! Don’t laugh, but it’s true.

We end our night after watching the musical show at Lido Theatre. All wiped out and slept soundly.

Cruise – Day One

We boarded the SuperStar Virgo for our 4D3N cruise vacation to Penang – Phuket on Sunday afternoon. In my mind, it was all about gourmet meals, impeccable service onboard, entertainment, exciting shore excursions and breathtaking sceneries all-in-one!

A soon as we checked-in, we were given an Access Card each. The Access Card serves as a boarding pass, cabin key as well as charge card for shopping and ordering food and drinks onboard. The crew kept our passports as we board the cruise.

We boarded the cruise and got to our cabin without much hassle. Our cabin is an oceanview stateroom with window located at Deck 8. The size of the cabin is about the same as a Deluxe Room in First World Hotel, Genting Highlands. It is small, but rather cosy for us.

The cruise sailed from Singapore at 4pm sharp. We unpacked our luggage; Little Edison was fascinated at the view of the big ocean from the cabin window.

Star Navigator is the daily bulletin, providing us with information on the entertainment, daily activities, meals onboard etc. Six meals were provided daily free-of-charge from three inclusive restaurants – Bella Vista (Western), The Pavilion (Chinese) and Mediterranean (International Buffet). The six meals are early breakfast (6-8am), breakfast (8-10am), lunch (12-2pm), afternoon tea (3-5pm), dinner (6-8pm) and supper (10pm – midnight). There are also alternative restaurants at moderate charges.

Will blog on our Day Two activities and shore excursion to Penang tomorrow. Please stay tuned!