SuperStar Virgo Phuket–Langkawi Cruise: Part 3 and Last

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As usual, I’ll start this post with a beautiful ocean view from our balcony. Honestly, I still can’t get enough of it. As I listen to the ocean waves in the early morning, there’s a subtlety of sound that inspires inner peace. And it has an excellent soothing effect too!

On Day 3, our cruise was expected to arrive at Pulau Langkawi, an island in the north western coast of Peninsular Malaysia, at 11am. We had our breakfast at The Pavilion (Chinese Restaurant).

We reached Pulau Langkawi shortly after the disappointing breakfast. It was windy and raining, otherwise getting out to Langkawi should be pretty much a breeze. The bad weather also slowed down the movement of the passengers.

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Some of them are stucked at the jetty as there were insufficient taxis to cater for their demand. Some of them are stucked because they have no umbrella. Fortunately, the staffs of the cruise started despatching rain coats and the crowd began to move after that.

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Our taxi

We hired a taxi to drive us around Langkawi. Some of the attractions of this island include Langkawi Underwater World, duty-free shopping centres, Mahsuri’s tomb, cable car, caves and many fine powdery sandy beaches.

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We spent about four hours in this island before the cruise departs at 5pm. As soon as we got back to our cabin, Little Edison made a special request to go for a dip in the heated Jacuzzi again. I thought he should be tired, but he was beaming with excitement the moment he thinks of Jacuzzi.

So, off we went to the Jacuzzi again!

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Tonight we had our sumptuous Gala Dinner at the Noble House Restaurant. Dinner starts at 9pm, and we were treated with a pre-gala cocktail event at 8:15pm. There are music performances and photo-taking session with the captains of the cruise too.

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Our boy’s adrenalin ended halfway through the Gala Dinner, and he dozed off to dreamland. As a result, I didn’t take many pictures during the dinner. All in all, the Gala Dinner was fantastic and it was an excellent way to wrap up our third day on the cruise.

SuperStar Virgo Phuket–Langkawi Cruise:Part 2

I woke up at 7am to catch the most beautiful sunrise! It was breathtaking. It was bold. It was fun!

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Sunrise at 7:14am, it’s so beautiful!

On Day 2, after having a hearty breakfast at Bella Vista, we decided to go for a golf game. We rented the golf equipments from the Activity Centre (it’s free-of-charge) and head to the Sports Deck at Deck 13.

There is a golf driving range and mini golf here. The weather was fantastic in the morning, it was windy and cooling. Every one of us had a fabulous time.

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After lunch, we returned to our cabin for a short nap. When we were fully-recharged, we went up to the Neptune’s Wet and Wild at Deck 10. This is a children’s fun pool with slides and a heated Jacuzzi.

Seriously, swimming in a pool on a cruise ship can be a great challenge. Firstly, the water is too cold to swim. Secondly, you’ve to endure the icy cold wind that is blowing all the time. At the end, we just lazed about in the heated Jacuzzi while gazing at the ocean blue.

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For dinner, we had a sumptuous Japanese cuisine at The Samurai Restaurant. To be honest, this is the very first meal that I’m satisfied with, since the first day I boarded the cruise. As compared to our previous trip two years ago, the quality of food served in the inclusive restaurants has deteriorated.

The Samurai is one of the alternative restaurants with moderate charges, where we can pay using our dining credits. For Balcony Class, we have a $200 dining credits per cabin. The service staffs in The Samurai Restaurant provided us with a remarkable service, and make our dinner a memorable one.

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The cruise reached Phuket at 7pm. During our previous trip to Phuket two years ago, we had to transfer to a smaller boat to get to Patong beach as the cruise was unable to get close to the shoreline.

However, during this trip, we noticed that a new jetty was being built and we no longer have to transfer to a smaller boat. It’s indeed good news to people like me, who tends to experience sea sickness when boarding a small boat.

Taxis were queuing up at the jetty, waiting for customers to go to Patong Beach. The journey is about 45 minutes. We disembarked from the cruise after our dinner for a short trip to Phuket.

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SuperStar Virgo Phuket–Langkawi Cruise: Part 1

Two years ago, we went for the 4D3N cruise to Penang – Phuket. This time, our itinerary was just slightly different. We went for the 4D3N cruise to Phuket – Langkawi. I can still remember the gourmet meals and impeccable service on-board that we had during our last trip, and we hope to experience it again.

Our check-in time started at 1pm. This time, we spent less than half an hour to check-in and deposit our luggage because of the priority queue for Balcony Class holders. We boarded the cruise and got to our cabin without much hassle.

Our cabin is an Oceanview Stateroom with Balcony, located at Deck 11. In terms of size, it is just slightly bigger than an average stateroom, except that it has a balcony. It has two single beds that can be converted into a queen-size bed, and one double sofa bed. Perfect for a family of 2 adults and 2 kids, I would say.

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Cabin

The cabin is tastefully-decorated with individually-controlled air conditioning system, dressing table, closet, telephone, mini pantry, reading lamps, personal safe, and satellite television. The cabin bathroom has a sink, toiletry shelves, hair-dryer, shower area, and a noisy vacuum toilet that irritates our boy so much (like those on an airplane).

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The cabin also has a sliding glass door that gives us access to the balcony, with a small sitting area of two arm-chairs and a little table. I like to get up early, sit at the balcony, and enjoy the early morning sunrise. That’s why we opt for the Balcony stateroom this time.

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The sliding glass door has a hidden child-lock on the side opposite the opening, a lever that is relatively high up and not easily noticed by the kids. All I have to do is to ensure that the door is child-locked at night, to prevent our boy from sneaking out to the balcony all by himself.

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On our first day, we were fully onboard – checking out the various activities and programs available on the cruise. There are three inclusive restaurants that provide five meals a day free-of-charge, Bella Vista (Western), The Pavilion (Chinese) and Mediterranean (International Buffet). There are also alternative restaurants with moderate charges.

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At the game arcade

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At the library

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Me and Little Edison

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Walkway to our cabin at Deck 11

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More updates coming up tomorrow!

 

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!