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revkar
February 27th, 2007, 08:59 AM
Wow Veronica sound like you had a fantastic time - thanks for sharing it. We are off in July with 4 kids (ages 7-17). We have booked an inside stateroom for them and a blacony for us - they are opposite each other. Does anyone know how that affects things such as boarding and seating arrangements in the theatre etc - will be be able to stay together or is the different 'class' treated differently?

Cant wait!

Hey that "Blue Wren" symbol looks might familiar - I may have a neighbour on this forum!

Lisa-UK
February 27th, 2007, 02:46 PM
Hi Veronica

FANTASTIC REPORT - I have been waiting for those final instalments!! :D I am really looking forward to August when I will get my turn on the SSV - can't wait! Your journal has definitely given me a good insight into what to expect and I will be booking the Cave tours. May have to re-think Malacca and KL - with 12yr old dear son who is very impatient at the best of times and hates a long journey - we may have to stay on board - ho hum:rolleyes:

thanks
Lisa

boeckli
February 27th, 2007, 07:23 PM
Hey that "Blue Wren" symbol looks might familiar - I may have a neighbour on this forum!

Hello revkar - give us a hint where you are then ...

boeckli
February 27th, 2007, 08:36 PM
I have asked someone and apparently there is a contact in the US. Hope to have details tomorrow - stay tuned ... :)

Here is the info I got :

Call the regular customer service number (866-234-0292) and ask for extention 1523. This is the international desk for NCL - apparently they can book Star Cruises as well.

Hope this helps and you can get booked on our favourite ship :)

revkar
February 28th, 2007, 06:18 AM
Hi Boeckli,
From the shire of the blue wren - Where the forest meets the sea! But too cold to swim here for me - thats why we love going to Malaysia for holidays

Jamin
February 28th, 2007, 06:50 AM
Hi all,
great to see the thread is still maintaining itself - thanks to all the SSV enthusiasts.:D
Sorry - but I have been offline due to new employment - now working for a different type of ship - a Tall Ship !:eek:
207 ton, 27m high mast, replica of a brigantine, used for Sail Training.:)

Anyway enough about myself - still sailing in August on SOM Cruise - 2 x Junior Suites - 4 people.
Cannot wait !

Answering a question I noted re how busy SSV is during August :
This will be our 3rd time during August and it always seems fairly well booked - but never have we felt crowded or lacking service.
As SSV has such a high crew to pax ratio and wonderful friendly service ( always remember how important a smile:) is when dealing with crew ) you always feel special.

Hoping to post again soon.
Jamin :cool:

boeckli
February 28th, 2007, 09:54 PM
Hi Boeckli,
From the shire of the blue wren - Where the forest meets the sea! But too cold to swim here for me - thats why we love going to Malaysia for holidays

That's amazing ... it sure is a small world :). As you can see from my signature, we really like the Virgo. Feel free to click on the smiley with the camera for a link to my photo albums. Have you been on the Virgo before? And where in Malaysia have you been? Pity the sea at home is so cold, would love to swim more often ...

revkar
February 28th, 2007, 11:10 PM
Yes I have been on the SSV for only a 2 night cruise with my husband in 2000. In 1998 I was lucky enough to go on the Leo when it did the cruises out of Singapore up the east coast. I worked in the disability field and a collegue and i took 6 people with intellectual disabilities with us to Singapore and the cruise - 5 nights of bliss and food, food, food!

We are going this time because we really want our kids to have the experience (plus we too will love it)...

Weather has been so hot and today its almost like winter here!

Your photos are great too!:)

boeckli
February 28th, 2007, 11:41 PM
Yes I have been on the SSV for only a 2 night cruise with my husband in 2000. In 1998 I was lucky enough to go on the Leo when it did the cruises out of Singapore up the east coast. I worked in the disability field and a collegue and i took 6 people with intellectual disabilities with us to Singapore and the cruise - 5 nights of bliss and food, food, food!

We are going this time because we really want our kids to have the experience (plus we too will love it)...

Weather has been so hot and today its almost like winter here!

Your photos are great too!:)

Glad you liked the photos. Yes, it does feel like winter (sheepfarmers warning and all ...:eek:)
To think you may be just a spitting distance away from me ... do you book through the local travel agency?

Here's a tip for a special experience for all of you who are in Singapore on a Friday night (B4 or after your cruise). Every Friday night the Virgo leaves Singapore at 9 pm for the weekend cruise to nowhere. It is quite a sight to see her sail out of the cruise bay fully lit ... best view point from Sentosa Island (find a spot by the edge of the water, preferably where it's not toooo brightly lit) - simply magic. We did that after our last cruise in June and it was the fitting end to a great cruise.

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revkar
March 1st, 2007, 01:25 AM
noI book everything on line - flights, accomodation and cruise - much more competitive prices.. mind u i havent even tried the local travel agent - i have always done it on my own. I live in town.

Thanks for the Singapore tip - I hadnt thought of doing that - I remember the first time I saw Leo in port I couldnt believe the size - particularly in comparison to other ships that were berthed nearby.

We are quite excited - I have so much to do between now and July but I still wish it was here already!!

boeckli
March 1st, 2007, 05:12 AM
Wherever possible I also book on line. How did you manage to book the cruise on line though? Previously I found Virgo was only available thru wholesalers, so you had to use a TA (unless you booked thru Qantas). With NCL at least you can book direct with the cruise line on line. If you have the time (and 'know your way around' these things), doing it yourself not only saves money but also nerves I found ... ;) Can't bear waiting for days for an answer if you can have the result on your screen in a few minutes ... BTW we also live in town.
July will be here B4 you know it ... we've still got to wait until late October for the next cruise (which we booked last July ...)
Which itinerary have you booked - there are 2 different ones in July.

boeckli
March 1st, 2007, 05:23 AM
Another tip for all Virgo cruisers - when the ship returns to Singapore, she does a 180 deg turn in the cruise bay B4 docking - quite an experience, best watched from the top deck, forward.

Veronica - thanks for sharing your trip experience. It felt like being back on the ship ... Did you have the fabulous Colin Kerr as your cruise director? Bibi also looked after us on our last cruise as well as Roy, who I think is the main "concierge" these days and has been there for years (always remembers us by name ...) we have been on SSV with as little as 569 passengers to as high as 1920 - the service with a smile has never changed and it's never felt crowded (partly due to the fact that a lot of people spend a fair amount of time in the casino ...) Crew members (from waiters right up to senior officers) will remember you from one cruise to the next, so for us it has been our second home.
The shows in the Lido Theatre have always been great - amazing acrobatics at times on a moving ship, no mean feat.

revkar
March 1st, 2007, 08:53 AM
We are going on the one that sails on the 29th of July - Phuket (never been there before!), Langkawi and Rendang Island.
I booked cruise thru on line TA and got an earlybird special - did have several quotes and went with the best one. I find it less stressful too. I like to spend some time reading forums and reviews on accomodation and then make a choice and search for best rate. It is amazing how much variation there is from site to site.

Planning the whole thing is enjoyable in itself and I wouldnt like to hand it all over to TA for them to do. I have been very happy with the choices in accomodation I have made based on reviews and websites.

Might bump into you in person sometime... may already have met you! I'll have to buy a SSV t shirt and wear it around town!

Benz
March 4th, 2007, 03:01 PM
Hi Veronica,

Your diary is so very very helpful!
It was such an eye opener and I got to realize a lot of details I failed to note easrlier. We are booked for the May 13 5N trip Penang-Phuket-Malacca-Port Klang so your posting is perfect for me.

Thanks so much!

This board is so very helpful. Everytime I am stressed otu and tired i just read the postings and gets so excited for our trip :)

Can't wait.



-Benz

J33JWA
March 7th, 2007, 12:10 PM
Just back from my land travels in Malaysia for CNY with DW's family and ex-pat friends. Spent some relaxing and fabulous time in Pangkor Laut resort (Pavarotti island) - not featured in any Starship's excursions, but highly recommended if any of you have a spare couple of days pre or better post SS Virgo cruise. This island is very private and mainly Europeans and Aussies chill out there. The Spa is unique and fantastic.

Veronica ~ thanks again for posting your comprehensive SSV cruise journal here for everyone interested to enjoy. Hope you have had a nice family outing in Centre Parcs and your DD is fine.

Mike ~ your SS Libra thread, started sometime ago seem to have dropped off to page 2, as no one appeared to be sailing with SSL besides the locals:confused: who are not CC members.

Smooth sailing and fine dinners to all those about to board the SSV in the coming months.

Cheers.............................James:)

deck 9 001
March 8th, 2007, 01:49 AM
Hi James,

Glad you had a good time in Malaysia during Chinese New Year. And, thanks for the tip about Pangkor Laut. I must go there next time I am in Malaysia and have enought time.

My SuperStar LIBRA thread, as you say, is not active at all. Basically because I am waiting for Star Cruises to release the itineraries and schedules in English. I don't think it would be of any use if I posted all this in Chinese.;) Anyway, Libra will arrive in Taiwan on 29 June and begin sailings that night. I hope that I will have more info shortly to post on that thread.

Best,
Mike

murraylee
March 12th, 2007, 04:43 PM
Well its only 24 days etc till we cruise.....and I still havnt seen any other cruiser's on the thread.....

I cant believe we will be the only ones on board......nice thought though !

Seriously "hook up good buddies" if you are on the Virgo out of Singapore on 6th April 2007

M:cool:

clytietan25
March 12th, 2007, 09:24 PM
Hi everyone,
I'll be sailing on SSV with my hubby in May 2007. This will be our very first cruise and we booked the balcony class. I have a couple of questions and will truly appreciate it if someone could provide me with the answers.

1. I have a copy of Star Navigator which i obtained online. As i read through it, i saw that some restaurant dress code do not allow open toed footwear. Are they really strict with this "open toed" thingy? Coz i only have stilettoes with me and that can be considered as "open toed". :D

2. Since we booked the balcony class, do we get to sit at the upper level of The Lido during showtimes? Do we need to book our seats for the shows?

3. How much is the dining credit provided for balcony class? My TA told me it's s$200. But as i read through the posts, i come across some with credit s$400. Quite confused.

That's all i can think about of currently. Will post again if there are more questions. :)
Thanks a lot.

kuldalai
March 14th, 2007, 08:14 AM
In the Lido you get direct access to the upper level and to the seat drinks service depending on type of cabin booked. Suggest ask Satr Cruises by enquiry to contact us tab on their website.

The amount of bar credit given to some cabins deoends on the type of cabin booked, we had Junior Suite so we got a higher $ value than basic stateroom with balcony . So yes diffeerent passengers will get different $ allowances.

Enjoy your cruise SS VIRGO is stunning, and the service beyond reproach.

VeronicaS
March 14th, 2007, 12:51 PM
I have, at last, uploaded our January Virgo photos into a Webshots album. Here is the link.......

Superstar Virgo (http://travel.webshots.com/album/558061633fyWXMQ)

James, welcome back from your travels. I remember seeing Pangkor Laut on one of the travel programmes and thinking it looked soooooo nice, maybe one day we'll get there.

Murray, not long until your cruise, I'm sure you must be getting excited.

clytietan25, I think we had $300 on board dining credit for our 5 day cruise.....that was in a suite so not sure if balcony class and suite are the same, I would think they would be. You will get priority seating for the shows, no need to book. Don't worry about the "open-toed" shoes rule as that doesn't apply to the ladies. You may be interested in the following link for a travel site with masses of useful info for Virgo, just scroll down and click on the links on the left of the page............the "What's New" links are particularly informative, everything you could possibly want to know.

Click Here (http://www.************.sg/Star_Cruise/Star_Virgo/honeymoon_package_onboard_star_virgo.htm) ....... for Star Virgo useful information.

murraylee
March 14th, 2007, 01:16 PM
Hi Veronica
Yes only 22 days....cant wait
Especially as just seen your pics...thanks

I could have saved myself a fortune...with your notes and pics...its like being there...well nearly!

As regards the on board credit we are on deck 10 with balcony and expecting 140/$270 booked in the UK if that helps................


I have, at last, uploaded our January Virgo photos into a Webshots album. Here is the link.......

Superstar Virgo (http://travel.webshots.com/album/558061633fyWXMQ)

James, welcome back from your travels. I remember seeing Pangkor Laut on one of the travel programmes and thinking it looked soooooo nice, maybe one day we'll get there.

Murray, not long until your cruise, I'm sure you must be getting excited.

clytietan25, I think we had $300 on board dining credit for our 5 day cruise.....that was in a suite so not sure if balcony class and suite are the same, I would think they would be. You will get priority seating for the shows, no need to book. Don't worry about the "open-toed" shoes rule as that doesn't apply to the ladies. You may be interested in the following link for a travel site with masses of useful info for Virgo, just scroll down and click on the links on the left of the page............the "What's New" links are particularly informative, everything you could possibly want to know.


Click Here (http://www.************.sg/Star_Cruise/Star_Virgo/honeymoon_package_onboard_star_virgo.htm) ....... for Star Virgo useful information.

first_time_cruiser_2007
March 23rd, 2007, 06:22 AM
Hi Murraylee,

My fiancee and I will be on the SSV on April 1st 2007. We have been looking forward to it for many months now and we only have to wait another week! I have been reading these posts and would like to thank everyone who has posted questions and everyone who has answered them. All of the possible questions that I could have thought of have been answered - so thank you.

murraylee
March 24th, 2007, 04:24 AM
HI FTC

Well make sure you leave some food for us!

Seriuosly have a great time and enjoy the cruise

Take care
M:)

Hi Murraylee,

My fiancee and I will be on the SSV on April 1st 2007. We have been looking forward to it for many months now and we only have to wait another week! I have been reading these posts and would like to thank everyone who has posted questions and everyone who has answered them. All of the possible questions that I could have thought of have been answered - so thank you.

jyi1693
March 24th, 2007, 01:55 PM
I have been to Virgo last year, on Christmas eve. MS SuperStar Virgo is the pride of Star Cruises, which owns NCL. This means Star Cruises indirectly owns Orient Line and NCL America. Star Cruises also has a division called Ferry Cruises, which operates only one ferry as of now. Virgo's main lobby is very colorful, with Asian influences. I can't do a full review, but I can tell you the ship is magnificent, the crew is friendly and the food is good. I have a few pics too.

http://img142.imageshack.us/img142/6654/p1050152wu6.jpg
http://img247.imageshack.us/img247/4950/p1050186mw6.jpg
http://img142.imageshack.us/img142/963/p1050147vr2.jpg
http://img111.imageshack.us/img111/3315/p1050142sa6.jpg

Overall, the ship is good value for money with nice amenities. It's also pretty well made, considering it's from Meyer-Werft in Papenburg, Germany. People from the west should try out this ship.

Oh and we're cruising on Virgo on 3rd June 2007. Looking forward to it!:cool:

ssv
March 25th, 2007, 02:23 AM
ahh. I was on the same christmas cruise(24th dec 2006 - 27th dec 2006) too, to penang and phuket. Im sure the picture of the ship was taken while tendering in phuket. fantastic cruise with credit to the staff and the fabulous activities onboard the Virgo.

murraylee
March 25th, 2007, 09:48 AM
Thanks for posting those pics
Looks GREAT
Cant wait !
NOt long nowwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww

I have been to Virgo last year, on Christmas eve. MS SuperStar Virgo is the pride of Star Cruises, which owns NCL. This means Star Cruises indirectly owns Orient Line and NCL America. Star Cruises also has a division called Ferry Cruises, which operates only one ferry as of now. Virgo's main lobby is very colorful, with Asian influences. I can't do a full review, but I can tell you the ship is magnificent, the crew is friendly and the food is good. I have a few pics too.

http://img142.imageshack.us/img142/6654/p1050152wu6.jpg
http://img247.imageshack.us/img247/4950/p1050186mw6.jpg
http://img142.imageshack.us/img142/963/p1050147vr2.jpg
http://img111.imageshack.us/img111/3315/p1050142sa6.jpg

Overall, the ship is good value for money with nice amenities. It's also pretty well made, considering it's from Meyer-Werft in Papenburg, Germany. People from the west should try out this ship.

Oh and we're cruising on Virgo on 3rd June 2007. Looking forward to it!:cool:

jyi1693
March 27th, 2007, 10:49 AM
Not a problem. :)

Yup, that pic was taken when it was tendering in Phuket.

Deck10 007
March 30th, 2007, 12:47 AM
In recent months the Virgo has increase the points awarded by 25% but has also increased the points useage required for the free cruise by 100%.
This has discourage gamblers from going on the ship as it now takes 40 to 60 points to go on board. Also Maroon caed holders cannot go on board and some card holders have seen their points earned expiring due to the 2 year time limitation for use of the points.
I think Star Cruises is hurting themselves more than gamblers.
Anybody has some insights into this.

ssv
March 30th, 2007, 01:22 AM
In recent months the Virgo has increase the points awarded by 25% but has also increased the points useage required for the free cruise by 100%.
This has discourage gamblers from going on the ship as it now takes 40 to 60 points to go on board. Also Maroon caed holders cannot go on board and some card holders have seen their points earned expiring due to the 2 year time limitation for use of the points.
I think Star Cruises is hurting themselves more than gamblers.
Anybody has some insights into this.

Yep, maroon card need 400-600 points to go up anytime which is kinda steep. i didnt see any increase for points awarded. Go on the Megastar ships to earn more points. The expiring dateline have always been the same yes? All said, I'm going up on the Virgo today! Hoorays.

whizforty
April 3rd, 2007, 06:09 AM
Hi I have been hovering around for a while and have gathered tonnes of information from you all. Thanks very much. WE have booked on Star Virgo for 8th July to Penang and Phuket. We have booked cabins 10132,10136 which are with the balconies and 10133 (inside state room). which is supposed to be opposite our room on Deck 10.

I wanted to check... what time can you come abode on the first day of the cruise. For example if they mention that departure is at 1400 hrs so what time should we come into the ship.

Also what are the incidental costs on the ship... alcohol and......

What is the routine once you reach phuket or Penang. Can you make your own arranghements for excursions or do we need to do it through the ship.What do we do in Penang?

Thanks a lot...

ssv
April 3rd, 2007, 07:54 AM
Hi I have been hovering around for a while and have gathered tonnes of information from you all. Thanks very much. WE have booked on Star Virgo for 8th July to Penang and Phuket. We have booked cabins 10132,10136 which are with the balconies and 10133 (inside state room). which is supposed to be opposite our room on Deck 10.

I wanted to check... what time can you come abode on the first day of the cruise. For example if they mention that departure is at 1400 hrs so what time should we come into the ship.

Also what are the incidental costs on the ship... alcohol and......

What is the routine once you reach phuket or Penang. Can you make your own arranghements for excursions or do we need to do it through the ship.What do we do in Penang?

Thanks a lot...

Hi,

If I'm not wrong, Penang & Phuket cruise for Superstar Virgo sails at 1600hrs instead. Check-in starts 1200hrs and ends at 1430hrs.

Main courses at Blue Lagoon starts at 8.50SGD to 12SGD.
Alcoholic drinks starts at approx 8SGD.
All prices are subjected to a 15% service charge.

Self arranged excursions are possible however it is a hassle. The ship also do not wait for passengers who are late when not with ship-excursion groups.

Penang is filled with monuments and temples rich in history and culture, the food there is also extremely delicious.

Port talks will also be conducted on the ship for more information on the islands, the ship-excursion options and self-tour.(I'm not sure if this is still available with different cruise director, anyone?)

I'm sure my descriptions and information does not yet do the places justice, I believe the experts could elaborate further. Have fun on the Virgo, my favourite!

murraylee
April 6th, 2007, 03:44 AM
WELL MY LAST POST BEFORE WE GO
SHAME COULD NOT FIND ANY OTHER CRUISERS

MAYBE WE HAVE THE SHIP TO OURSELVES:D

THANKS TO EVERYONE WHO ADVISED AND FOR ALL THE DETAILS

WILL POST BACK ON HERE WHEN WE ARE BACK

SIONARA...OPPS THATS JAPANESE:rolleyes:
OLOHA...NO THATS HAWAIAN:cool:

OH WELL TTFN........:D
MURRAY

kuldalai
April 7th, 2007, 04:19 AM
It should tell you on your Itinerary/Tickets when you can board from it is usually 3 - 4 hrs before scheduled departure. Once on board you can use the inclusive food outlets that are open without payment. With Singapore Cruise Centre you get dropped off at a set point where you lodge your large bags which are then delivered to outside your cabin by Star staff. You then walk around the quayside and upstairs to IIRC level 2 in the Terminal where all the check in is done. Then you walk along an enclosed walkway after immigration etc and board the vessel. There are heaps of inclusive restaurants on SS Virgo . Drink prices are charged to your plastic card at what Aussies would term as bar prices , reasonable pricing. When you board SS Virgo they encode a plastic type credit card for each passenger with your passport details (they retain your passport till dis-embarkation) . That single card then acts as your cabin door key, charge card for all on board purchases, and security card to count you on & off the vessel at ports, and as a passport for country you are visiting . So you do NOT lose it. Before arriving back to Singapore you settle your account you have totted up on the card . Currency on board for card transactions is Singapore $ dollars. Penang was tender port when we were there so you go ashore in the covered lifeboats . The wharf in Penang is right in town so you can do your own thing and explore, but it is quite big place . We took a Star - Penang tour including lunch. At Phuket we berthed at wharf but is a long way out of the action (town). In Phuket we went on the tour to James Bond Island all day and it was just stunning . The tours they offer on board are very good and reasonable value, and they are hassle free wharf back to wharf and they have them organized with the precision of a military invasion. (Over 1000 passengers are disemabarked, taken ashore and in buses and away on a multiplicity of tours within an hour . Tip don't come to the assembly point in the Lido ahead of the time stated on the tour ticket or they will send you away . Play safe and take their tours . You can see the tour on offer by fishing around the Star Cruises website www.starcruises.com under destinations/tours . Hope all this helps.

first_time_cruiser_2007
April 11th, 2007, 10:39 PM
:p Hi all,

I have arrived back from Singapore. My fiancee and I were on the SSV from April 1st to April 6th. Cruise was great! We had a ball. If anyone wants to know anything about the cruise/ship please do not hesitate to ask. If you have any questions about kids stuff I'm sorry I won't be able to help you as we didn't have any with us. Can't wait for the next cruise!

Cinnabel
April 12th, 2007, 05:33 AM
Welcome Back First Time Cruiser 2007!

How about writing a bit about your daily impressions and activities aboard SS Virgo. We would all love to hear what you did and how you found the different facilities and ports and activities. Those of us who haven't been aboard her for a while will get very jealous and it will whet the appetite of those who are due to cruise shortly.

Glad you enjoyed yourselves.

whizforty
April 23rd, 2007, 04:39 AM
Hi
Is anyone out here sailing on the SSV on the 8th of July. It would be fun to meet! We have booked the balcony cabins on Deck 10 and the cabins opposite us for the kids. Can't wait now....

Just finished with our bookings to KL, Singapore and Langkawi. End June really seems so far off. Till then I will continue browsing this fantastic forum. Thanks every one.

revkar
April 23rd, 2007, 09:10 PM
Gee I wish I was on that one! We are leaving on July 29th for the same trip. We too have balcony cabin and kids opposite. Would love to hear how you get on. I'm wondering whether they will let us check in as balcony or whether since we all not balcony we will have to go with world cruisers (this is what the webpage said if you have different class).. but with kids they may be more leanient - here's hoping!!

Have a wonderful time.

whizforty
April 24th, 2007, 01:06 AM
Hi Revkar

I had the same thoughts. Was wondering if they'd let the kids check in with us. We actually have 2 balcony and 1 inside cabin so hopefully we all get priority check in. Just can't wait...... but before all that the kids still need to go through their final exams!

furballPerth
April 28th, 2007, 01:31 AM
Hi Everyone
I've just discovered this website and it's great. Am going on first cruise ever in December....5 night cruise on Virgo from Singapore. I can't wait. I'm going alone but know people who have done that and said it was fine. I've got lots of hints from reading the posts but does anyone know if you are able to book shore excursions before you depart. It sounds like a bit of a bun fight to try and do it on the ship. Also I read something that made me think you can check in in Singapore the day before (I leave on a Sunday). Is that correct? Where from?
Any other hints would be greatly appreciated. I'm really excited already and its months away!

boeckli
April 28th, 2007, 02:41 AM
Am going on first cruise ever in December....5 night cruise on Virgo from Singapore. I can't wait. ... does anyone know if you are able to book shore excursions before you depart. It sounds like a bit of a bun fight to try and do it on the ship. Also I read something that made me think you can check in in Singapore the day before (I leave on a Sunday). Is that correct?

I'm sure you are excited - going on your first cruise! You will enjoy the SuperStar Virgo - we have sailed on her 6 times and loved every minute of it (you can click on the smiley with the camera in my signature for some photos).
With regard to checking in the day before, the following is from the Starcruises website : We've made it more convenient for you to go on a SuperStar Virgo cruise holiday than ever before! Check-in at our Sales Counter in the heart of town, and sail off in a breeze!

City Check-in:
For Wednesday sailings - Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday
For Friday sailings - Wednesday and Thursday
For Sunday sailings - Friday and Saturday

City Check-in location : No.9, Penang Road,
#11-08, Park Mall, Singapore 238459

Call our City Check-in hotline at (65) 6832 9847 for more information
I don't think you can book shore excursions in advance (we never could before). On their website you can at least get some idea of what is being offered for each port so you can make up your mind before you get onboard. We've never had any problems with booking onboard but I suggest if you want something specific, make enquiries as soon as you get onboard.
Feel free to ask any further questions.

kuldalai
April 28th, 2007, 06:23 AM
Star do not sell shore excursions in advance (whereas their subsidiary NCL does sell them on line and it was great to join Norwegian Wind in Vancouver and there were our Tour Tickets in our Stateroom when we baorded.)

On SS Virgo you book at Reception Desk on boarding, no big deal plenty of places and staff to do it for you . Go to STAR website and fish around and you can find the shore excursions for your ports of call . Just pick out the ones you want to do and then book them as soon as you are settled in your cabin .
Believe me they run the land tours with military precision - over 1000 pax were taken ashore in tenders in Penang within 45 minutes on the coaches and away . One tip they tell you to come to the Lido as an assembly point at a specific time . Don't come earlier than the time or they will send you away. Have a great cruise .

Westaussie
April 28th, 2007, 07:46 PM
Hi FurballPerth - welcome to CC - full of info and advice and we have made some wonderful friends over the years meeting on various cruises.

I'm sure you will love your first cruise - but warning cruising is addictive!

Have been on Virgo and Gemini and loved both ships. We're booked on Gemini 17 June - can't wait!

Ask any questions there's always someone here to help/advise.

Regards

Vera

furballPerth
May 5th, 2007, 09:21 AM
Thanks for the welcome Vera. I was wondering if anyone has guidelines for where to shop in Phuket since we only have a few hours there and I gather the markets will not be operating as we will be there in daylight hours. Where to buy dvds etc? Is it better to take the organised shopping tour. Does that go to Patong Beach or to Phuket town. Any advice welcome. I don't want to waste my time!

Westaussie
May 5th, 2007, 07:53 PM
Hi FurballPerth - if you go to the Superstar Gemini board and read postnumber 416 Tracey gives a good, description of Phuket. From my experience tours will take you to the more expensive shops. There are heaps of shops in Patong starting on the road facing the beach and working up sidestreets. The ship will probably have a bus to the beach area but taxis are plentiful.

Vera

furballPerth
May 6th, 2007, 05:53 AM
Thanks for the tip about checking out the Gemini thread Vera. Found lots of good info there. I'm getting excited but I've got a few months to go!

furballPerth
May 12th, 2007, 06:14 AM
Can anyone tell me if the 'no open toe' rule for shoes in the restaurants applies to women or is it men only? Is it for all restaurants? Similarly, I've read that sleeveless tops are not permitted. Is that for men and women?
Thanks to you all. I'm a bit of a novice.

VeronicaS
May 12th, 2007, 07:13 AM
Hi Furball

The no-open-toe shoe ruling is for the men, assume the sleeveless tops rule is the same.......I think this should be made clearer on the pre-cruise info. Not sure which restaurants this applies to but can't imagine anyone would be turned away from the self-serve buffet.

Enjoy your cruise

revkar
May 16th, 2007, 11:22 PM
Not long to go now!!! We sail July 29th! Yay!

Just wondering if anyone knows the cost of the Fantasea excursion in Phuket? I found out that I can book and do own arrangements but that still works out quite expensive so we may be better off just to do the ship arranged one and not have to stress about transport and time.

Any help on excursions much appreciated. The Starcruises website doesnt give enough details and there feedback/question feed-back page will not work! Since there are 6 of us (2 parents, 2 teen and 2 kids) it works out expensive and we need to budget!

Thanks!
KJU

Doubletrouble_in_oz
May 16th, 2007, 11:44 PM
Hi KJU,

I think I still have the excursion info sheets from July last year. Let me know if you are interested and I'll scan them for you.

Cheers

Justine

revkar
May 17th, 2007, 02:08 AM
Gee Justine that would be fantastic! Thanks so much.
Can email them to revkar@hotmail.com

Doubletrouble_in_oz
May 17th, 2007, 11:07 PM
Hi KJU,

Email on its way :)

Justine

revkar
May 18th, 2007, 03:05 AM
Does anyone know exactly where the Virgo berths in Phuket?
Thanks
KJU

boeckli
May 18th, 2007, 03:16 AM
Does anyone know exactly where the Virgo berths in Phuket?
Thanks
KJU

Hi KJU - Phuket is a tender port, i.e. ship anchors and you are ferried to shore by the ship's tender boats (sometimes assisted by local boats). The same applies to Redang Island. In Phuket they used to anchor off Patong Beach when we went (which was 2001/2002) but they probably still use the same area. We had a beautiful sunset there the first time - with the Virgo anchored in the bay it was quite spectacular.

revkar
May 18th, 2007, 09:31 AM
Thnaks for that.. Do you know if you can just go ashore without being on organised tour? When I cruised on the Leo 7 years ago you could and that was included on the excursion sheet listing all the options.

Thanks!

boeckli
May 18th, 2007, 08:35 PM
We have always been able to do that, also in Redang last year. I think they call it "free and easy" or something to that effect. From memory last year we needed to get a sticker and then congregate in the Lido theatre and wait until they had set up the tender boats etc. Suggest you check when you get onboard.

Jamin
May 23rd, 2007, 06:01 AM
Hi everyone,:)
seeing the board again makes the wait until we cruise in late Aug on SSV - SOM easier. Great to see new board members and SSV regulars feedback. furballPerth - hope you really enjoy the cruise and my bet is you will be cruising regularly thereafter.
Great photos posted look great - would love to do xmas or NY on a cruise.
When in Penang the excursion that incl lunch / temples / trishaw ( not sure of name ) is excellent. There is a Ginseng factory / outlet that they don't always include which has amazing oil which is great for aches and ailments.:p
Minyak is the name I think and it has nutmeg oils and other wondrous stuff.
We have stocked up each time now - and last time they nearly didn't include the outlet in the shorex.
Hoping to hear of more great experiences.:D
Simon

furballPerth
May 23rd, 2007, 06:38 AM
Thanks for the greeting Simon. I am looking forward to December even though it is a long time away. I have been given my cabin number 10058 and was told by the agent it is an 'upgrade' to have a balcony room on deck 10...I had requested 9. I am a bit prone to travek sickness but hope it will be OK that I am that bit higher up on the ship. I'll take my kwells and hopefully will be fine.

It's been good to read everyone's bits of info. I've got lots of tips from reading all the comments, so thanks everyone.

revkar
May 23rd, 2007, 08:25 AM
Gee Furball I dont think you will need kwells... You dont even feel like your moving most of the time. The only time I have felt something is way down the bottom decks. I felt things moving more when I was off the ship.. It felt like we were still sailing when back in the hotel in Singapore!(keep some kwells in your bag so you dont get stressed about not having any but I doubt you'll need them)
Only a couple of months till we off!! time has flown past so Dec will be here before you know it!

jyi1693
May 25th, 2007, 12:33 PM
I'll be going for the 3rd June 2007 cruise (Singapore-Ho Chi Minh City-Redang-Singapore :cool:) on SSV. Not long now! Can't wait!:D :D :D

boeckli
May 25th, 2007, 08:35 PM
I'll be going for the 3rd June 2007 cruise (Singapore-Ho Chi Minh City-Redang-Singapore :cool:) on SSV. Not long now! Can't wait!:D :D :D

Lucky you - I'm sure you will have a great time. We have sailed on SSV six times and loved every minute.
Make sure to tell us about your trip when you come back!

Benz
May 27th, 2007, 03:02 AM
Hi there,

First Thanks to Mike & Veronica and everybody else, we just got back from Singapore and we took the May 13 (Sun) 5N (Sgp-Penang-Phuket-Sgp-Malacca-Port Klang-Sgp) Cruise. Everything you guys said would echo in my mind when we were there and you are right we did have so much fun there.

Hi Revbar & Boeckli,

Phuket is not a tender port at least not during our trip.

:)



-Benz <-- wouldnt want to see my credit card bill this month :(

deck 9 001
May 27th, 2007, 03:07 AM
Hi Benz,

I knew you would have a great time aboard Virgo and at all the ports.
Now, just start planning your next cruise:)

Best,
Mike

boeckli
May 27th, 2007, 08:44 PM
Hi Benz and welcome back - glad you had a great time.

furballPerth
May 28th, 2007, 09:01 AM
Phuket is not a tender port at least not during our trip.

:)

Sorry for the dumb question but can someone explain to me the significance of whether Phuket is a "tender port" or not? I know it means you need to get to shore via small boats but does that really matter? Still counting down for my SSV cruise in december!

-

VeronicaS
May 28th, 2007, 11:48 AM
Furball Perth..........

We tendered off Patong Beach when we were on Virgo in January but I understand that if the ship docks it will be Phuket town which is on the other side of the island.......hopefully someone will correct me if I'm wrong.



Benz, welcome back and pleased you enjoyed your trip.

Westaussie
May 28th, 2007, 07:16 PM
FurrballPerth

I prefer it when a ship docks in port because you can get on and off alot quicker and sometimes even use the ship for a quick pit stop during the day - rather than having to queue up for the tender boats - otherwise it doesn't really 'matter'. Although in Phuket the port is quite a way from the town or Patong Beach.

Vera

deck 9 001
May 28th, 2007, 08:54 PM
Good reply Vera. In the case of Phuket, I'll give the edge to anchoring off Patong Beach as the dock is indeed on the other side of the island and transportation can take from 45 minutes to 1 hour to get to Patong Beach.

There is also that great "photo op" to see the ship anchored off Patong Beach which is stunning. The night view is just fabulous.
But either docked or anchored, I really could care less. I'm on holiday, aboard a ship, and no need to rush anywhere.

Best,
Mike

Fester123
May 30th, 2007, 08:00 AM
Hi all,

booked on a tour of the islands 4 day / 3 night cruise to Phuket and Langkawi in August and have what is probably a stupid question about local currency

Would I need to bring some Thai bhat or Malaysian Ringgit if I was wanting to buy any thing from the local shops or markets?

At the moment I would have both Sing and Aussie Dollars and dont really want to be using any cards while ashore


Thanks a lot


Fes

VeronicaS
May 31st, 2007, 06:44 AM
Fes......

You can change money to local currency on board.

Fester123
May 31st, 2007, 12:15 PM
Thanks for that Veronica - that sounds perfect

sweet_successes
May 31st, 2007, 05:56 PM
Hello

My husband and I were going to book an asian cruise on the Pacific Star for October 2008 yesterday but the ship was sold before we could book. We are now looking at the Star Virgo.

I spent 5 hours last night doing research and would like to say I loved all of the feedback and comments (and photos) it appears as the Virgo is for us. I do have a few questions:

1. When do they release their cruise itinerary - the website only shows up to March 08?

2. Roughly what is the cost for onboard bits and pieces -drinks, extra dining eg japanese etc and roughly how much spending money should I take?

3. looking at booking a junior suite but my travel agent doesn't deal with Star Cruises - can someone email me details of some Australian TA's that do - rnrjay@bigpond.net.au

4. Which itinerary would you suggest - would like to go for at least a week.

Thanks for your help

Rachel

boeckli
June 1st, 2007, 01:44 AM
Hello

My husband and I were going to book an asian cruise on the Pacific Star for October 2008 yesterday but the ship was sold before we could book. We are now looking at the Star Virgo.

I spent 5 hours last night doing research and would like to say I loved all of the feedback and comments (and photos) it appears as the Virgo is for us. I do have a few questions:

1. When do they release their cruise itinerary - the website only shows up to March 08?

2. Roughly what is the cost for onboard bits and pieces -drinks, extra dining eg japanese etc and roughly how much spending money should I take?

3. looking at booking a junior suite but my travel agent doesn't deal with Star Cruises - can someone email me details of some Australian TA's that do - rnrjay@bigpond.net.au

4. Which itinerary would you suggest - would like to go for at least a week.

Thanks for your help

Rachel

Rachel - have just emailed you re number 3 - will respond to the others later ... :)

sho
June 2nd, 2007, 07:20 AM
Junior suites are very nice, double the size of the standard cabins, with a separate sitting/dining room and bedroom with bathroom facing the sea.

Last time I paid for a suite and was given one right at the back of the ship. There was so much vibration and noise during sailing that my partner and I could hardly sleep. After making a complaint, we were moved to a suite at the front of the ship, just below the bridge deck. Though both suites are of the same price, the one in front was much more spacious with 2 balconies, and most important of all, peace and quiet.

We got priority booking for the French restaurant for the gala evening. Only for this one evening all passengers can book into the specialty restaurants for free dinner. However there are not many tables in these restaurants, so this is first-come, first served, and suite passengers get a priority. You do need to make the reservation as soon as you get on board.

We didn't really eat in the main restaurants, but tried all the specialty restaurants or room service during the cruise. On average it cost about 30-50 for dinner for two. However for our cruise package, we got 100 spending money to spend on food/drinks onboard. You should ask your travel agent about such offer. Breakfast room service about 5 per person. Lunch about 10 per person, but we were usually out on excursions.

kuldalai
June 3rd, 2007, 06:55 AM
A great vessel and crew . You need to find another travel agent . You can get full deatils of SS VIRGO itineraries on Star website at www.starcruises.com or at this website (Australia) www.cruiseaway.com.au If you live in Australia the Holidays area of QANTAS packages return air travel deals to Singapore and cruise packages on both SS VIRGO and SS GEMINI out of Singapore . Hope this info helps . Any queries you can direct via e-mail link on Star website to their offices in Singapore, Australia etc .

Riviera 30
June 3rd, 2007, 09:29 PM
Hi All
is anyone on the Gemini trip from 16th Sept to 1st October 2007? We are booked on the cruise and looking forward to it. Any idea of what shorex are likely to cost at KL, Penang, Langkawi, Krabi, Koh Samui, Ho Ch Minh, Tioman.
Would also like any other useful tips that you might have for 1st time cruiser. WE are a young 50 yr couple from Melbourne. Have done many asian trips on land but never on sea.

Les

kuldalai
June 6th, 2007, 08:16 AM
You are in fact taking two back to back itineraries on SS GEMINI a 7 day Straits Adventurer departing 16/09 followed straight on by a 7 day South China Seas Itinerary .

Check out Star Cruises website for full ship, cabin, itinerary details plus details of tours available at each port you mention .

Penang - we have done pedicab ride and lunch. Phuket - the trip to James Bond Island was very good . Ho Chi Minh City - we did pedicab ride and also full day Ho Chi Minh city highlights, both good. Koh Samui - do the full day Elephant riding, it vists several attractions in the course does full circumnavigation of the island by road coach . Koh Samui is very shallow draught and even the smaller SS GEMINI anchors offshore and you are taken ashore by tender boats .

Tip as soon as you board SS GEMINI (Or SS VIRGO) go to reception and join up free in the STARCRUISER card . Then have Reception activate the card for you which automatically adds brownie points on your card based on the cabin type you have booked. Then on board you charge all purchases including grog, souvenirs, photos, tours etc to your personal cabin card . When you settle the cabin card account before disembarking you will also have earnt brownie points for all your on board purchases on the cabin card . Then present your Star Cruiser card at settlement and the brownie points accumulated can be used as part payment in settlememnt of your account . We saved over $ 200 Aus for our 7 day cruise . Plus the settlement of the actual account also appears to have earnt even more brownie points for our next cruise . Important : to get the brownie points credit for the cabin you have booked the STAR CRUISER card must be swiped /activated at Reception BEFORE the vessel departs from Singapore.; on EACH of your two separate itineraries . Hope this helps.

jyi1693
June 10th, 2007, 08:02 AM
Back from the June 3rd Ho Chi Minh City Cruise!

Here are 3 pics, I'll upload some others later. :)

http://img513.imageshack.us/img513/3308/p1060340ob3.jpg
SuperStar Virgo at Phu My Port, Saigon River.

http://img106.imageshack.us/img106/5543/p1060548tf1.jpg
SuperStar Virgo anchored off Redang Island.

http://img409.imageshack.us/img409/4357/dsc02954ur9.jpg
One for deck 9 001.

Yes! It's SuperStar Libra at Singapore Cruise Centre! And she's looking great, workers can be seen on board her, refitting going on before she goes to Taiwan! :cool:


Jyi1693.

ssv
June 10th, 2007, 11:58 AM
Welcome back from the trip, jyi! It must have been sad disembarking from the magnificent Virgo. Certainly hope you had a great time onboard and maybe its time for the next booking :D

deck 9 001
June 10th, 2007, 08:38 PM
Welcome back Jyi1693, from your Virgo cruise. I am sure you had a great time. Thanks also for posting your photos. Indeed there is some work already being done aboard Libra and more to come when the ship enters dry-dock very soon. Libra should be "looking good" when she comes to Taiwan. Thanks.

Have you booked another cruise yet?

Best,
Mike

silverdream
June 10th, 2007, 11:51 PM
Hi,

My fiancee and myself are planning to take the star cruise virgo (3 day tropical islander starting Sep 2 2007) for our honeymoon. We are from India and we contacted our travel agent to take care of the bookings. We are being informed by our travel agent that we would need visa's only for Singapore (double entry), Thailand (Phuket). Since the cruise stops over at Malaysia (Langkawi) shouldnt we require Malaysia visa too?

Anyone who has taken this cruise please confirm this.

Also we are planning to go in for the Ocean View Stateroom with Balcony on Deck 10. Any drawbacks or inconveniences that we need to be aware of?

Thanks

Srini

ssv
June 10th, 2007, 11:54 PM
deck 10 is perfect, no lounge or buffet above which means no scraping chair or kids running around.

Deck10 007
June 11th, 2007, 01:43 AM
Hi,

My fiancee and myself are planning to take the star cruise virgo (3 day tropical islander starting Sep 2 2007) for our honeymoon. We are from India and we contacted our travel agent to take care of the bookings. We are being informed by our travel agent that we would need visa's only for Singapore (double entry), Thailand (Phuket). Since the cruise stops over at Malaysia (Langkawi) shouldnt we require Malaysia visa too?

Anyone who has taken this cruise please confirm this.

Also we are planning to go in for the Ocean View Stateroom with Balcony on Deck 10. Any drawbacks or inconveniences that we need to be aware of?

Thanks

Srini

Your TA is correct. Trust them. There were 1000 Indian pax on board 3 weeks ago

brissie gal
June 11th, 2007, 05:10 AM
Hi,
My family and I (husband, son 15yo, daughter 12yo) are counting down the days until we leave on our first cruise (SSV)which leaves Singapore on June 24th. We booked the cruise over 6 mths ago and now we think we can be officially VERY EXCITED! We travel to Phuket, Langkawi and Redang Is. I've read everything I can get my hands on and I only discovered this forum this afternoon. The info here is wonderful and very current. I've got so many questions but will start with an important one -shopping! My daughter and I are keen to locate some copy handbags & watches while we're away. Any ideas about where to find some? We're also keen to buy dvd's of latest movies. We'd prefer to shop quickly as there will be so many things to look at and totally different experiences for us to take part in.

Also, we're keen to ride an elephant while in Phuket but the excursion that has advertised this also includes many other things that don't really interest us. Any ideas about how to organise just one activity or do you think that it's best to do the advertised tour? Any idea about how long the tours take?

Thanks. :confused:

ssv
June 11th, 2007, 08:54 AM
Wow, imitation and pirated dvds! Definitely available at Patong Beach(in Phuket) or the Town(not so sure). I would be slightly worried about the pirated dvds due to customs at Singapore, maybe you could copy the purchases into a hard drive or laptop.

Good Luck and have a great cruise!

revkar
June 11th, 2007, 11:24 PM
Wow Brizzie gal, you are doing the same cruise the month before us with our gang. Look forward to hearing how it goes. We have 4 kids (17,14,11,7) and I'm keen to hear how yours enjoyed the cruise...
Are you going to be staying in Singapore long? If you are you could always hop on a bus over to Johor B. (malaysia) for the day and get some cheap stuff there (I believe you can get DVDs there and you could post them home to avoid customs issues).

I understand that on the Gala night you can book any of the other resturants and eat at no charge. I would like to do that but I can decide between them (mailny the Japanese and Italian) any suggestions, comments on menus etc would be much appreciated...

....less than 50 days to go!!

ssv
June 11th, 2007, 11:37 PM
Specialities restaurant are open free to Balcony and Admiral class passengers only during Gala nights. World Cruiser class passengers have to pay if they are able to secure a seat in those restaurant which is virtually not possible as Balcony and Admiral class have priority booking.

The Samurai is a favourite of many passengers. Personally I like Noble House which serves Chinese food, not so sure about Palazzo.

revkar
June 12th, 2007, 04:43 AM
Thanks SSV - fortunately we have booked balcony this time so it is included. So how different is the food -ie comparing Noble house and the Pavillion.. what style, menu does Noble offer?

From what I have read the Taj is cheap to eat at anyway so it wouldnt be the one to choose for Gala night... We never get to eat upmarket so you make the most of such an opportunity when it arises..

What happens with kids on this night? Are there special meals etc arranged?

Your experiences much appreciated.

boeckli
June 12th, 2007, 04:54 AM
We never get to eat upmarket so you make the most of such an opportunity when it arises..


I can relate to that .... LOL

Deck10 007
June 12th, 2007, 05:05 AM
Thanks SSV - fortunately we have booked balcony this time so it is included. So how different is the food -ie comparing Noble house and the Pavillion.. what style, menu does Noble offer?

From what I have read the Taj is cheap to eat at anyway so it wouldnt be the one to choose for Gala night... We never get to eat upmarket so you make the most of such an opportunity when it arises..

What happens with kids on this night? Are there special meals etc arranged?

Your experiences much appreciated.

The Noble House is superior and window and inside room pax have to pay about $50 pp for the Gala dinner there but they wont be able to get a booking there.
However if you want the Noble house Gala dinner you have to compete with the locals who would line up as soon as they board the ship and wait 3 hours until booking begins.

brissie gal
June 12th, 2007, 06:06 AM
Thanks everyone for your advice, particularly about dvd's. Would hate to spoil a wonderful trip with a run in with customs.

Revkar, your family must be very excited. We had originally planned for just the two of us to go as we celebrate our 20th wedding anniversary this year. However,when it was crunch time we decided that we'd like to share it with the kids - we don't go on big holidays very regularly and it's so special to share it as a family. So we booked 2 balcony cabins - we're still getting good mileage out of it with co-operation levels soaring through the roof here! Wonder if it will have lasting effect or will wear off in a couple of weeks??

We have an overnight in Singapore before the cruise and then 4 days after so we're planning a night safari to the zoo and a trip to Sentosa. We all love walking so plan to just walk,walk, walk and see what we find.

Could anyone give me some details about the teens club? My daughter is 12 but is taller than me and looks at least 15, so she wouldn't fit into the kids club. If they decide to go, what activities are provided? I think that we will probably do most things as a family but would have it as an option.

Gala night is obviously very much anticipated. We'd probably choose the Noble House but I don't think any of us would want to queue for 3 hrs when we could be enjoying the many facilities available. How quickly do the specialty restaurants book out for Gala night?

Thanks again for your comments. It's great to find a group of people who get excited about cruising. We've become cruise groupies in the last 12 months - we visit Portside, the new cruise terminal in Brisbane whenever a new ship comes in. The security guards recognise us because we're there so frequently. We pretend to know people as we wave madly to the ship as it pulls out! It's funny because there won't be friends to wave us off in Singapore - but I'm sure we can pretend that we're waving to someone!

ssv
June 12th, 2007, 06:11 AM
deck10007 is right

Pavillion is more of a mass-market diner with reasonable food whereas Noble House serves delicious and more upmarket items eg Lobster. Normal dishes are also more creatively cooked at Noble House, but taste good so no worries. Noble House serves traditional chinese food whereas Pavillion IMO is the "diluted" version.

The Taj is a Indian halal buffet, cover charge is S$12++ for lunch and dinner if my memory did not fail me. So there is little advantage to booking this for Gala.

Kids menu is available at Bella Vista(western section) however not at other places which is fine because food is suitable for kids except toddlers. Do note that kids(above 16) are not allowed to dine at Palazzo at any time

Usual charge at ala-carte(specialities) restaurants except Taj start from 8++ for a plate of sushi to as much as you can pay/eat, set menus range from 38 for 2pax to 400+ for 10pax.

You do have to act quickly for the reservation which is open the first night(not so sure) because Singaporeans are pretty quick whenever free things are there.

To brizzie gal: the ala-carte restaurants always get booked out first, so you'll want to be the first 10 in the line to be safe as there are limited seats and each person there will occupy one table or more with their family already.

Riviera 30
June 12th, 2007, 07:55 PM
Hi Brissie Gal
Im going to those places in September on the Gemini. To answer your question about the elephants, In Phuket there is a pretty cheap elephant place run as a refuge, I have attached an e/mail address. if you send him a e/mail he will respond very quickly with all the details. I am going to do his one myself as I do not want to do all the other stuff since I have been there before.
Hope this helps.

richard@phuket-scuba-diving.com

Cheers

Les

Mahjong77
June 12th, 2007, 08:48 PM
Hi Mike :D

My sincere and special thanks to you for ensuring we had an unbelievably wonderful time on SS Virgo in March .

Mr Yap went out of his way to ensure we were looked after at all times , the invitation to the Gala dinner at the Captains Table is something we will never forget and made hubbie a very proud man , he even wore his Medals and we met some lovely fellow cruisers.

Since the cruise we have had a few ups and downs with hubbies health hence I've not been frequenting the net much but I haven't forgotten your help and advice and thank you for it from my heart.

I would go on another cruise in a heartbeat , we loved everything , we were very spoiled with special seating at meal times and extra assistance with booking tours and billing.

We received the same treatment on our 2nd cruise 2 days later but declined the 2nd invitation to the Captains Table ( gorddd how many people get 2 invites ? lol) as we felt the same opportunity to dine with the Captain should go to others .

Thanks Mike , you made 2 people very happy chappies :D

Doubletrouble_in_oz
June 12th, 2007, 09:34 PM
Revkar and Brissie Girl

Reservations for the Gala Night for suite and balcony passengers open earlier than for "World Cruisers". Just make your way to the Lido, past the looooooooooooooooong line of passengers and sign up:D The times will be given in your first "Star Navigator" newsletter, but I believe it was on the Sunday between 4 and 5 (?).


Brissie girl - have a great cruise, your family will love it:) .
As you disembark in Phuket, there will be quite a few cars/taxis waiting for passengers. Just negotiate a price with 1 of them (we paid AU$50 for about 5 hours) and he will take wherever you want to go, and wait for you , including the elephant ride.


I am impatiently waiting for prices to come out for next July....I want to book it ASAP:D . Anyone know when the itineraries and prices will be available?:(

My son will be a teenager then and therefore ineligible for the Kids Club.....any details about the teen club will be greatly appreciated!


Happy sailings,

Justine

deck 9 001
June 12th, 2007, 09:43 PM
Hi Ina, I am so happy that you had a great time on both your cruises aboard SuperStar Virgo. The staff/crew on Virgo are just outstanding!
They will go the extra yard to make sure that passengers are having a memorable time. I can just imagine how proud your husband must have been, and you proud of him. That's great!

I truly hope that your husbands health issues are much better now and there will be no further problems in the future.
Maybe another cruise with all that fresh sea air will do you both good:)

Please stay active on this board and pop in whenever you can.

My best,

Mike

ssv
June 13th, 2007, 12:18 AM
Edit : For palazzo restricted from kids BELOW 16, not those who are young at heart.

whizforty
June 14th, 2007, 02:47 AM
Hi we are on the cruise less than a month away. Just can't wait:D!.

1.On a 3 night cruise when do they generally have the gala night. What is so special about the gala night any ways or for that matter dining with the captain of the ship.Are children allowed for these gala nights. It would be quite exciting for a 15 year old.

2.Are meals served with the shore excursions and are they included in the excursion price.?

3.Are credit cards accepted on Star Virgo?

Thanks to you all for such a lot of information.

ssv
June 14th, 2007, 03:11 AM
To whiz:

Gala night is usually on Tuesday, after leaving from Phuket(Penang & Phuket cruise). You can get to see the officers and have your photos taken with them at the Grand Piazza before dinner - Captain's Cocktail. Childrens are definitely welcomed but they wont be allowed into Palazzo(below 16) at any time.

Meals are served on a shore excursion only when stated, do check the slips of paper with detailed information on the excursions placed in your cabin.

All onboard purchases are charged to your personal key card and charges can be paid by most credit card(Visa, Mastercard etc.) when collecting your travel document.

Hope this answers your question, have a great cruise!

revkar
June 14th, 2007, 05:19 AM
Does anyone have any first hand experience of kids programs on Virgo? They are starting to get quite excited and asking questions. There is a bit on the starcruises site but not much.. perhaps someone who has travelled with kids recently may be able to shed some light.

Thanks so much

boeckli
June 14th, 2007, 05:19 AM
Mr Yap went out of his way to ensure we were looked after at all times , the invitation to the Gala dinner at the Captains Table is something we will never forget and made hubbie a very proud man , he even wore his Medals and we met some lovely fellow cruisers.


Glad you had such a lovely time and enjoyed Gala Dinner at the Captain's Table. We have been fortunate enough to be invited to the Captain's table on two occasions on the Virgo and felt quite privileged and enjoyed every moment.
BTW - who is "Mr Yap" ?


1.On a 3 night cruise when do they generally have the gala night. What is so special about the gala night any ways or for that matter dining with the captain of the ship.Are children allowed for these gala nights. It would be quite exciting for a 15 year old.

3.Are credit cards accepted on Star Virgo?

For some people it's special, others may not care about it - personal preference. We felt quite chuffed about getting an invite to the Captain's table - other senior officers also host their own table (hotel manager, staff captain etc.) that passengers may receive an invitation to. Not restricted to suites either. On Gala Dinner night the dress code is "formal" but if you do not want to dress up, you can still eat at the Mediterranean buffet I believe.
The evening commences with the captain's cocktail party in the atrium where the captain introduces the senior officers and then the passengers disburse to the varying restaurants for dinner. Depending on the number of passengers onboard, there may be 2 sittings (the only evening with set meal times).

Hope you have a great cruise - any further questions, fire away ...

furballPerth
June 16th, 2007, 07:34 PM
Hello all you helpful many times cruisers. Does Virgo have tea and coffee making facilities in the cabins...and is there anywhere on the ship where you can purchase a decent cappacino/latte etc?

Also is it correct that there is no ironing room or irons available to press your own clothes? Are laundry charges expensive?

Thanks for all your input. This forum is great.

ssv
June 16th, 2007, 07:52 PM
Tea bags and coffee packs are available in some balcony cabins and all admiral suites but you could bring your own convenient pack as there are kettles in most if not all room(not so sure about world cruiser cabins though, sorry)

Many outlets e.g. Galaxy Of The Stars, Blue Lagoon have got coffee machines however it is chargeable. Coffee is also available at the buffet during mealtimes.

boeckli
June 16th, 2007, 11:16 PM
Hello all you helpful many times cruisers. Does Virgo have tea and coffee making facilities in the cabins...and is there anywhere on the ship where you can purchase a decent cappacino/latte etc?

Also is it correct that there is no ironing room or irons available to press your own clothes? Are laundry charges expensive?

Thanks for all your input. This forum is great.

At our last sailing 12 mths ago in balcony cabin, there was no tea/coffe maker but apparently they were going to put some in soon thereafter - can't give more details.
There are no ironing facilities to do your own - only ever used laundry service once, to have long evening dress pressed cost from memory S$4.50. I suppose its relative whether you find certain charges expensive or not ;)

kuldalai
June 17th, 2007, 07:44 AM
Machine made quality coffee from many bars and outlets (at reasonable charge) on SS VIRGO, and from Gemini Bar on SS GEMINI.

Jamin
June 22nd, 2007, 06:22 AM
Welcome back to all recent cruisers and welcome aboard new cc members.:D
Fantastic to see the board and this thread steaming along.
I really wish a HK - SING route was more prevalent within StarCruises agenda as it would suit perfectly.( but only on SSV )

Revkar and Brissie Girl - the gala dinner evening is a special event which is memorable wherever you dine - but Noble House is exquisite in every way.
The butterflied prawns were my fav along with the desserts ( which sound odd - but taste great ) It is certainly a priority for the asian pax who obviously regard it highly.
Do make an effort to dress up this evening as it really consolidates the gala feel.

I am sure you will love the experience.

We are waiting so desperately for The Oriental in Singapore breakfast then our SSV SOM Junior Suite cruise in Aug.;)

The more experienced board members should be congratulated also on their undying efforts to assist - you have really assisted me whilst I have been reading your responses - please keep it going. :)

Cruise well to all

Simon

kuldalai
June 23rd, 2007, 12:19 AM
On SS GEMINI Marriners Buffet has 24 hour availabaility of tea/coffee free.
IIRC one of the Buffets on SS VIRGO offers similar arrangements .

ssv
June 23rd, 2007, 02:30 PM
The Mediterranean buffet offers coffee and tea at dining hours, other times the machine is "closed for cleaning"

Coffee-making is available in Balcony cabins with a "smaller" sofabed(there are 2 kinds of balcony cabin actually) so far.

Alternatively, the bars offer good coffee and prices are reasonable - slightly cheaper than starbucks but taste almost the same.

furballPerth
June 23rd, 2007, 07:01 PM
Thanks for the info SSV. Just a query about the cabins. I have been 'upgraded' to deck 10 (Cabin 10058) from Deck 9 according to my agent. He couldn't really explain what the difference was. Do you have any ideas?
Thanks
Liz

kuldalai
June 24th, 2007, 04:27 AM
The Ocean View Staterooms with balcony on deck 9 are category BC, and you have been upgraded to Oceanview Stateroom with balcony on deck 10 which is category BB . Perhaps it is slightly larger, it is certainly at an increased altitude ! Perhaps Mike in Taiwan can tell you in specific detail why it is a better cabin. When we travelled on SS VIRGO in 2005 we booked an Oceanview Stateroom with balcony and when we arrived at Singapore Cruise Centre were greeted like royalty and ushered into priority check-in to discover we had been upgraded to a Junior Suite without any extra cost . Deck plans for SS VIRGO are available on Star Cruises website .

ssv
June 24th, 2007, 07:15 AM
BB and BC have got no difference actually. Both are balcony-class cabins and are entitled to priority check-in in the red-carpeted lines. A separate security line for balcony class passengers are also available. Only difference is that cabins are located on higher floor.

Room and balcony sizes are the same for all B-class cabins. Only difference is the interior. There is 1 kind which offers double sofabed(a larger one) and a single sofabed(the smaller one). Cabin allocation are "randomly" selected and there is no negative/positive to the cabins.

In my experience, the ones with smaller sofabeds are the ones with coffee-making facilities although bigger sofabed cabins are starting to have kettles.

There is absolutely no difference in all balcony cabins which might shortchange passengers.

Junior suites/executive suite passengers are Admiral Class passengers and there is a real priority check-in and are able to skip the security lines, however must wait for immigration and are escorted aboard by GSPs.

Jamin
June 26th, 2007, 05:06 AM
Hi all :)
furballPerth - Liz,
There is no capacity to press own laundry items - but SSV offers a pressing service which is reasonably priced and very efficient from my experience. Admiral Class pax are provided 2 items per day foc - but I am unsure if this applies to balcony also. World cruisers would pay a surcharge.

BE WARNED everyone - don't take your iron with you ( my mother did !!! ) and had to hand it over to staff for the trips duration. This is actually a safety measure to ensure no chance of fire or electrocution from non compliant appliances - which is justified.

The items I had pressed seemed to be late when I first used the service, but were already in the robe after being out on a shorex all day:o - great service indeed.

A quick question - Has anyone seen the new " musical" show ?
TIA...

Be good:D
Simon

Jamin
June 26th, 2007, 05:34 AM
Deck 10 JS cabin pics

deck 9 001
June 26th, 2007, 05:37 AM
Jamin, thanks for the pics. The Junior Suites are indeed lovely onboard Virgo.

Mike

Jamin
June 26th, 2007, 05:41 AM
Deck 10 JS cabin pics

Jamin
June 26th, 2007, 05:53 AM
Still learning - hope the pics assist

Jamin
June 26th, 2007, 06:11 AM
some morer shots - please excuse the amateur nature :confused:

The food is fantastic in my regard - particularly the surcharge restaurants.
Pallazo is my favorite - especially the seafood bisque entree !;)
It is quite cosy - so book early. ( your on holidays - so dismiss the expense:D )

ssv
June 26th, 2007, 06:33 AM
Jamin : Street Life you mean? It is the newest production show of Star Cruises and IMO, is one of the best.

I lost my review for the Aquarius when "connection failed" sorry to Mike.

boeckli
June 26th, 2007, 06:57 AM
Jamin : Street Life you mean? It is the newest production show of Star Cruises and IMO, is one of the best.

I lost my review for the Aquarius when "connection failed" sorry to Mike.

ssv (and anyone else for that matter) - did you ever see "Sorpresa" (I think it was on in 2004) - that was absolutely superb IMO :)

Jamin - thanks for sharing your photos - I'm getting "homesick" - but we'll give the Gemini a try soon :D

ssv
June 26th, 2007, 08:03 AM
I'm absolutely mesmerized by Street Life, did not feel that way about all the older shows that was performed on Virgo. Sorpresa is one of the best without a doubt.

Anyway, all shows are good just that Street Life feels special. Star Cruises produce excellent shows that cater to everyone, truly.

Westaussie
June 27th, 2007, 10:41 PM
Yes, Boeckli - Sopressa was a magnificent show!

Unfortunately, I can't comment on the current Gemini shows as we had friends on board and spent more time chatting after dinner with them or other nights I was just too tired!

Vera

kuldalai
June 28th, 2007, 12:48 AM
Gemini current shows . Dancers from Brazil OK but bit boring once you have seen them once . (They kept morphing into different costumes and re-appearing in successive shows.) Murray the magician from USA outstanding . Chinese Acrobats excellent . SS GEMINI dance Band very good . The night the SS GEMINI crew entertained guests was great fun - very talented crew . Topless Revue bit pointless when at 60 I was one of the youngest people on the boat (been there done all that in my 20's). But they have to cater to all tastes . Overall they do pretty good job, but Cruise Director Heideicha trying to whip everyone into a frenzy of audience enthusiasm and participation wore a bit thin at times - but then that's her job I suppose .
If you don't want to participate or go, no one forces you to . Not mentioned they screen new release movies several times daily, and they have excellent karaoeke facilities .

ssv
July 3rd, 2007, 07:20 AM
hi furballperth, just curious which sailing(december) will you be on?

to everyone, information needed or pictures of public area, just post 'em here and I'll do my best to gather everything on my next trip.

cheers!

deck 9 001
July 3rd, 2007, 08:15 AM
Hi SSV, what public room photos would you Like? Any room(s) in particular?
I'll dig around and see what I have.

Best,
Mike

ssv
July 3rd, 2007, 09:32 AM
Oops, I meant if anyone needed pictures of public areas, I can take them when I'm onboard soon.

I wasn't clear with my post, sorry!

Doubletrouble_in_oz
July 4th, 2007, 09:47 PM
SSV,

Any chance you could find out about the Teen Program aboard the Virgo?

My kids enjoyed the kids club last year, but we will be travelling with a teenager in July 2008 and hopefully there will be enough organised activities to keep him busy!

Many thanks in advance,

Justine

ssv
July 5th, 2007, 04:06 AM
No problem, will get the Teen Navigator and find out more from the cruise staffs. Will post it here early next week(am heading onboard tomorrow)

Cheers!

furballPerth
July 5th, 2007, 06:30 AM
Hi SSV

I'm sailing on 16 Dec and I'm very excited!

Liz

revkar
July 5th, 2007, 06:55 AM
Hi SSV
I too would really appreciate the Teen program and if possible the one for younger kids. We cruise on July 29th so not much longer to wait!!!
Have a great trip!

ssv
July 5th, 2007, 10:48 AM
Thks! I will post the kids and teens navigator/activity timetable here asap.

furballperth- oh, i thought you will be on either the christmas/new year cruise as its extremely popular. I'll be in your home country(Australia) while you're at my 2nd home(SSV) on the 16th. Enjoy your cruise btw, you'll have a blast!

ssv
July 8th, 2007, 10:12 AM
Schedules and itineraries of Star Cruises' ships are currently being drafted, SSV will remain in Singapore with the same destinations. SSG I dare say, wont be homeported in Singapore AFTER Nov 08(not sure about APR to NOV). Information is accurate as of today(08 JUL 07)

I have the Navigators of Friday-Sunday which will be posted within the next few days. Teen and Kids Navigator are no longer available, all information will be printed on the Star Nav.

Jamin
July 9th, 2007, 05:19 AM
Hi all,
Thanks SSV and boeckli - Streetlife should be an extra item to look forward to in a few weeks ( seems longer )
I agree that Sorpressa was very good and enjoyed it.:D
The talent they attract always seems excellent as we also found the Bellini musicians were superb.
Regards

ssv
July 11th, 2007, 06:20 AM
Hi

Please email me at : dittopod(AT)singnet.com for the navigator I've noticed everybody not typing out their full email(?) so I did it too, replace the (AT) with @

I have 4 image of the navigator, 3 of them from the weekend cruise and 1 from my past Phuket cruise.

Current shows include : Street Life, Up Close & Personal with Mike Michaels, Passion(topless cabaret) and Musical(premiering 19 May)

Movies include : Open Season, Ant Bully, The Fountain, The Illusionist and Blood Diamond.

Teens & Kids navigator are no longer available, all program timing will be on the Star Navigator.

ssv
July 11th, 2007, 10:20 AM
Tried to post the Navigators here but it wouldn't work, email it is then!

Production shows are as mentioned above. Activities not listed here such as Basketball/Karaoke competition will also be held, basically its the usuals on the other cruise lines all packed into a short 4d3n cruise plus the fantastic staff and wonderful production shows.

Murder Mystery/Weakest Link/Millionaire if I'm not wrong, is removed from the program. Newly-Wed Not So Newlywed is definitely on though. Sorry for the lack of definite information!

Enjoy your cruises, which for some is coming soon and have a safe trip!
Take care of my baby(the ship) too:D

Edit: Sharks, just saw that the images cannot be enlarged =\ Sorry for the poor job. Do email me if its possible for me to reply tomorrow(12/7) evening or anytime after that except weekend(friday cruise again)

Lisa-UK
July 17th, 2007, 02:00 PM
:p Hi all

I've been keeping track of what is happening onboard SSV and the clock is ticking down for us as we are on the 19th Aug cruise - hooray!!!:D

I've thought of a few last minute things and I apologise now if they have already been answered on the threads - here goes:

Laundry on board - I have read that there is an ironing service etc and know that there are no laundry rooms, however, 'we' will be travelling light (or trying to) and usually I tend to do washing every 3 days or so - yeah, I know this sounds a bit weird on hols, but I'm a saddo......I have a messy 12 yr old and I usually spill something down each outfit - twice a day! Sorry, back to the point - can clothes be sent off for laundry??? and does anyone know how much they charge - is it per item?

Restaurants - I have been reading all of the reviews about restaurants on board. Could you let me know which ones 'are not to be missed' and will a 12 yr old be able to dine with us- he loves trying new food - which is good. Is it advisable to book as soon as poss - I am thinking just after checking in on board (is that the right term??).

thanks for being patient - I am sure I will think of something else soon.

Any other top tips would be appreciated :)

bye for now
Lisa

kuldalai
July 18th, 2007, 02:45 AM
You can do smalls in your handbasin as is fold out line in shower in all staterooms. Other stuff you send to on board laundry reasonable charges, charge per item. Tip save your stuff till few days before ship returns to Singapore and they usually run a 25 % off promotion with minimum 5 items to be cleaned .

SS VIRGO restrictions on children. :

Inclusive Restaurants:

* BELLA VISTA (Western Cuisine) no kids 10 or under after 8pm
* PAVILION (Chinese Cuisine) no restrictions
Mediterranean Buffet (International) no restrictions

A La Carte (additional Charge Restaurants)

* Blue Lagoon (Asian) no restriction
*Palazzo (Italian) No children 16 years and younger
* Noble House (Chinese) no restriction
* Samurai (Japanese) no restriction
* The Taj (Indian) no restriction
* Taverna (International snacks) no restriction

Other :

* No alcohol served anywhere to under 18's .
* Universal Gym 16 years and older only
* Parthenon main pool 12 years and older only
* Neptunes Wet and Wild Pool no restriction

Trust this helps .

Lisa-UK
July 18th, 2007, 12:43 PM
Hi Kuldalai

thanks for your very helpful information.

re Restaurants - great news.....looks like the only restriction for us would be the Palazzo.


Thanks for the laundry tip - :)

kind regs
Lisa

Westaussie
July 20th, 2007, 03:24 AM
Hi Lisa - another laundry tip! Take a few pegs - can hang up alot more on that very short line in the shower!

Enjoy your cruise

Vera

Jamin
July 22nd, 2007, 05:11 AM
Hi all:D :cool:
Lisa - UK, remember no irons but the laundry service is ok and I believe inexpensive.
Same criuise for us also - nearly there !
Please do try Noble House as you will love their flavours - we missed Samurai the last 2 times ( as there is so much selection ) and are making it a definite this time.:cool:
Regards
Simon

Lisa-UK
July 25th, 2007, 03:07 AM
Hi again

thanks to Vera & Simon for the top tips on laundry :D

Simon are you on the very same cruise??? Have you been before?:p

Thinking about money, could I just ask a few q's? I am just about to order some Singapore $ but am hoping that any purchases on board will be charged to a ship card/account - can I then settle this using a credit card??

with regards to paying for trips/excursions, can I do the same? or is it better to settle everything in cash?

off cruising a little I know, but I hope someone can help. After the cruise we are off to Bali for a week. I know there are a lot of Aussie cruisers who holiday there and if so, could someone kindly advise about currency? I was going to get some US$ which I hear is widely accepted. I have also heard that changing money into Rupiah is no probs there, but to be aware of unscrupulous money changers. I also believe that credit cards are accepted. Could you advise what is the best way of using money and the most hassle free way of paying for general stuff like meals out of the hotel, shopping, taxis, excursions to local places or interest, smaller restaurants etc?

thanks for everyone's advice - bye for now

Lisa

Lisa-UK
July 25th, 2007, 03:14 AM
Just checked your countdown,,,,,,,,answered my question about when you are going :D

Will definitely try the Noble House - we love all food especially Asian.

See you on board!!! Look out of the short, blonde English mad woman at the Casino, with a frazzled looking husband carrying bags and frequently dipping into his wallet........:)

BTW - I know the cruise caters for the Asian market mostly, but will there be many British folks on board - sorry, that is a dumb question and you don't a crystal ball, but I was wondering what kind of other nationalities take this cruise?

thanks again
:D

Westaussie
July 25th, 2007, 04:33 AM
Hi Lisa

Just about everything is charged to your cabin and yes, you can use credit card.

Last time on the Virgo there were 65 Australians and a sprinkling from UK, US and Europe.

Re Bali - we've been there many times and love the place (where are you staying?). There are hundreds of money changers, look for the ones who don't charge commission and count your money before you walk away. If you're in Kuta, we go to the one next door to Matahari dept. store (left side). Credit cards are accepted in the large shops, I've always used cash for most shopping and taxis.

Vera

jambo123
July 25th, 2007, 05:30 AM
Hello, I have never cruised before and will be going on a short 3 night trip on the Virgo in September. Could anyone tell me how formal the formal dinner is? For example how should men & woman dress for this night?
Also would people recommend the planned on shore excursions run by the cruise ship as opposed to exploring independently?
Thanks so much for any advice you can provide.

kuldalai
July 25th, 2007, 06:01 AM
Smart casual at night gents shirts with collars . Captain Dinner gents open neck shirts with collar, or collar and tie . Jacket if required or normal mens suit . Ladies just smart dress gear you would wear to good restaurant at home .
Certainly not formal monkey suits and that all stuff . Just dress nicely and not as if you were going to the beach or a footy club barbq .

kuldalai
July 25th, 2007, 06:10 AM
You charge everything including tours on your cabin card (ships currency is Singapore $). Settle account night before return to Singapore paying cash or charge to credit card .
Your choice self exploring is good but some port docks are a way from the town centres. Their tours are excellent and very efficiently run .
Off ship take US or Aus $ does'nt really matter . Cash tends to get better deal. Beware everything you charge on your credit card overseas they levy you a % overseas fee on top of purchase price on your credit card statement .
Pays to take a few Singapore $ from Aus get them at your local bank, handy to have on arrival in Singapore for small purchases .

ssv
July 25th, 2007, 07:52 AM
Personally I would take the ships tour unless its somewhere I've been to several times because the ship does not wait for anyone on self-tour who is late. 6 person's luggage and passport was offloaded in HCMC from the Aquarius because of poor traffic which resulted in late inbound of several guest and ship tour(the ship was delayed for 1 and half hours)

Prices are reasonable and everything is taken care for you.

If I'm not being too inquisitive, when are you travelling Jambo? I'll be onboard 2nd-5th of Sep(3 night cruise)

jambo123
July 25th, 2007, 09:03 AM
SSV I am also onboard on those dates! Have you been on this particular cruise before?

Can anyone recommend excursions in Phuket or Langkawi? I like the sound of the cable car trip in Langkawi has anyone experienced it? I am very much looking forward to the cruise.

ssv
July 25th, 2007, 09:17 AM
Hi Jambo, I have not been on this particular itinerary before.

There will be a video playing on the Ship TV introducing all the various cities and tours offered and a tour talk by the Cruise Director.

Im opting for the Cable car tour for Langkawi.

Phuket will be free&easy for me as I've been there several times, dinner and some shopping at town. Many cruisers prefer the elephant ride here.


Theme onboard for that sailing SHOULD be Fiesta @ Sea (it starts September, though I dont know the exact date) , programmes lined up are very exciting. Of course the production shows, Street Life(Magic and Dance), Musical(Fairytale, slightly comedic IMO) and Passion(one of the best topless cabaret produced onboard) are must-sees!

oyang51515151
July 25th, 2007, 10:36 PM
HI, i am new guys here. so excited about my sunday trips on 21 oct, just can't wait^^. Booked the BA balcony cabin and travelling with my wife.

Few things need to be clarified, hope you guys can help^^

CASINO: black jack? can touch cards?( some casino not allow players to touch the cards). min and max bet? token/stake also charge to the cabin card? smoking area? crowded? if charge to credit card, will charge the cash advance of 5%? :confused: open when arrive in penang and phuket? (or only open when cruising..?)

CABIN: front or rear of the cruise is better? (i think still changeable, right?)

SPENDING: never hear about the 200-300 credit voucher from my travel agents, or it is given during check in?

FOOD: which one not to be missed, and which doesn't worth a try? (i am from malaysia, local food not new to me anymore, ^^:) ). On tuesday night(captain's night), is the japanese food free for my BA class?

ALCOHOLIC DRINKS: better(cheaper) to purchase from food outlets or duty free shop when laying on top of the cruise to enjoy the seabreeze and views:cool: ?

ENTERTAINMENT: i heard many good shows onboard, so please just inform which show CAN BE IGNORED:D . or i will watch all of it,

PHUKET: planning to go for jet/water skiing, and other water sports, so which beach offer those? i searched the web and saw about 18 beaches in phuket!!:confused:

that's all for now i can think of,

thanks

Lisa-UK
July 26th, 2007, 03:01 AM
Hi Vera and all - thanks again for all of your help - it is soooooooo much appreciated and will help finding our feet on our trip - so THANKS

Vera - we are staying at the Melia Bali in Nusa Dua. It was all part of a package with Virgin in the UK. I've read a lot of good things in TripAdvisor and I'm sure it will be great. I am ordering money today and will get US$ to change up in Bali and a few Singapore $ to tide us over and just put everything else on a card.

Interesting mix of people on board - I asked mainly for my 12yr old son who pals up with mainly any kids (even if he can't speak the language). I'm sure he will have a whale of a time :)

byeee
Lisa

Westaussie
July 26th, 2007, 04:45 AM
Hi Lisa - have visited friends at the Melia Nusa Dua - very nice hotel. Hope you'll go further afield as see the real Bali beautiful place.

I'm sure your son will have a great time on board, won't be overcrowded with kids as here and probably Singapore/Malaysia they have just had their holidays. One time we were on the Virgo there were over 600 children!

Vera

casu1
July 26th, 2007, 08:03 AM
Anyone have any idea when the 2008 Virgo schedule will be released and more importantly the early bird specials - heard a rumour that there may be some bargains on offer next year due to the new deployment of competition cruise ships. Looking at going on the Vietnam cruise, anyone done this particular cruise ? I like the "at Sea" time - plenty of relaxation to enjoy the ship fully
Stuart

ssv
July 26th, 2007, 08:19 AM
I would guess that the schedules will be released early Oct or mid Nov.

Early bird special comes in two form, 60 days(30% disc) and 45 day(15%).

There are not much "competition" from Singapore for '08 except winter season and thats peak period, so I don't think prices will be reduced significantly if any.

Lisa-UK
July 26th, 2007, 11:29 AM
Hi Lisa - have visited friends at the Melia Nusa Dua - very nice hotel. Hope you'll go further afield as see the real Bali beautiful place.

I'm sure your son will have a great time on board, won't be overcrowded with kids as here and probably Singapore/Malaysia they have just had their holidays. One time we were on the Virgo there were over 600 children!

Vera


Thanks Vera - will certainly be doing some exploring in Bali as I'm not a great fan of lying by the pool and doing nothing - we like sightseeing and I love shopping!!! :o Sounds like my 12yr old will have great fun - give him an arcade and a pool and he loves it :D

kuldalai
July 27th, 2007, 02:40 AM
Latest word on the GEMINI thread is that new seasons itineraries will be published/released in September .

IMO appears that VIRGO and LIBRA will be operating in Asian waters, and GEMINI well lets wait and see . Summer Australian itineraries are said to be booking very well so outside chance GEMINI might spend more of the year in Australian, Pacific & NZ waters.

As for Vietnam been there to HCM and Da Nang as part of 10 day Singapore - Hong Kong cruise on SS GEMINI in May this year . Other two sailings of this itinerary are understood to be well booked . Vietnam was an absolute highlight and so different to other Asian countries. The contrast of Asian and French histories and influences especially in Ho Chi Minh City ( Notre Damne Cathedral and Post Office), and at the ancient imperial capital of HUE (day trip option ex Da Nang) were fantastic. So well worth visiting as were Koh Samui, but we found Pattaya (ex Laem Chebang) to be pretty seedy . Either vessel to Vietnam will be fine . Our favourite is GEMINI the crew is just sensational and it is just so relaxing .

jambo123
July 27th, 2007, 05:12 AM
can anyone advise is it better to change money into local currency (going to phuket and langkawi) before leaving or just on the ship itself. for example does it cost a lot to change currency on the ship?

i presume the excursions are charged to your cabin and settled at the end of the trip?

grateful if anyone can recommend excursions they enjoyed at these 2 ports.

also what restaurants on the virgo are not to be missed, we are only on for 3 nights :( and obviously would be keen to take up our free meal quota, however if one of the other restaurants was special we would not like to miss it!

so excited about our trip - just over a month to go!

kuldalai
July 27th, 2007, 07:09 AM
Basically best to minimize changing money on board as firstly they convert to Singapore $ (ships currency) and then again to currency you want. So you pay fee twice. Just take Aus or $ US in cash or travellers cheques and they are accepted everywhere. Saves all the money changing nonsense . Get a few Singapore $ from bank in your home country before arriving in Singapore and it helps with tips, phone calls, taxis etc . If you do need to change money do it at any of money changers on the street , certainly not on board .

boeckli
July 28th, 2007, 12:19 AM
Urgent question to all of you who have recently sailed - did you complete the Starcruises online registration thing (with all the passport details etc.)?? The Important Notice attached to your Confirmation Slip advised to do this. In general no problem (NCL, P&O Austr. and Princess have the same system) - however, the Starcruises site is not a secure connection :eek: (no padlock anywhere down the bottom, also if you right-click for Page Info it confirms "Connection not encrypted - The web site www7.starres.net does not support encryption for the page you are viewing. Information sent over the internet without encryption can be seen by other people while it is in transit" :mad:
Most of the requested info is of course quite sensitive, so I am not at all happy to do this ....

kuldalai
July 28th, 2007, 05:40 AM
Yes we checked in on-line before leaving Aus and everything was ready for us when we presented for check-in . No big deal .

Jamin
July 28th, 2007, 11:53 AM
Hi all,:)
Lisa UK - 3rd time on SSV and the same cruise again.
It is such a great ship with many things to explore and with excellent service.
We haven't been able to even see and try everything in our 2 previous cruises as the options are so good.
You will really enjoy it !
Balcony class first time then J suite for the next and this one.
Parents and us first time, Parents, us and 2 friends second time, parents in law, us and a friend this time.
Penang shorex is our favorite with the lunch / temples / trishaw ride.:cool:
Pax are fairly mixed in origin incl quite a few from India and Asia..
Best to use onboard currency via access card which you can charge everything to incl shorex which gives a great result when you are only paying Singapore dollars which converts well from UK, US or Aust.:D
The shorex the ship provides are very good with many options to cater for all tastes.
Getting close now - very excited again.;)
Simon

Jamin
July 28th, 2007, 12:03 PM
Pool area pics

Lisa-UK
July 29th, 2007, 09:51 AM
Hi again

Thanks Simon for your tips - love the photos - pool looks great, I am sure our son will love that. Wow - 3 times on this ship, you lucky things.

Good to hear that we can charge to our credit card - makes sense and less hassle :D

Unfortunately, we are in the very basic cabin - :( I did get a quote for an upgrade and baclony class was something like 700 more!!! As we are going on a package with Virgin, the whole trip is costiing quite a bit, so I couldn't justify spending even more!! I'm sure it will be fine though. I will ask if there is any payable upgrades when boarding, but I don't expect too much.

We are definitely going to do some excusions and will book once on board, I would hate to get stranded on an independent tour and miss getting back in time!! Quite like the sound of the sea caves ex in Phuket, in fact I must read up on that again as I would like to check the length of the bus journey from the harbour to the caves.

I've started to get stuff ready to pack now - its very exciting :)

byee
Lisa

oyang51515151
July 29th, 2007, 09:51 PM
HI, i am new guys here. so excited about my sunday trips on 21 oct, just can't wait^^. Booked the BA balcony cabin and travelling with my wife.

Few things need to be clarified, hope you guys can help^^

CASINO: black jack? can touch cards?( some casino not allow players to touch the cards). min and max bet? token/stake also charge to the cabin card? smoking area? crowded? if charge to credit card, will charge the cash advance of 5%? :confused: open when arrive in penang and phuket? (or only open when cruising..?)

CABIN: front or rear of the cruise is better? (i think still changeable, right?)

SPENDING: never hear about the 200-300 credit voucher from my travel agents, or it is given during check in?

FOOD: which one not to be missed, and which doesn't worth a try? (i am from malaysia, local food not new to me anymore, ^^:) ). On tuesday night(captain's night), is the japanese food free for my BA class?

ALCOHOLIC DRINKS: better(cheaper) to purchase from food outlets or duty free shop when laying on top of the cruise to enjoy the seabreeze and views:cool: ?

ENTERTAINMENT: i heard many good shows onboard, so please just inform which show CAN BE IGNORED:D . or i will watch all of it,

PHUKET: planning to go for jet/water skiing, and other water sports, so which beach offer those? i searched the web and saw about 18 beaches in phuket!!:confused:

that's all for now i can think of

Lisa-UK
August 1st, 2007, 02:33 PM
Hi all again

I have received my travel docs today from Virgin (Yay!) and all I have for the Cruise part of our trip is Voucher with no other information whatsoever! I have read all through the Star cruise guide (and printed if off) and our Cruise on Sunday, 19 August shows a departure time of 16h00.

I can find no info about the checking-in times. Could some kind person help out please? What is the minimum time required for check-in/boarding?

Do we just get a taxi to the port and then stroll up with our luggage and go through a check-in procedure - I'm sure it is all hassle free? But I just want to check - sorry for being dumb.

thanks again
Lisa

deck 9 001
August 1st, 2007, 07:45 PM
Hi Lisa,

Check-in is ususally painless. From my past experiences. boarding starts 3 hours prior to sailing.

But I am sure that some of our recent Virgo cruisers will be able to give you more recent info and tips.

Have a great cruise!

Best,
Mike

ssv
August 2nd, 2007, 03:21 AM
Taxis arrive at Harbourfront Centre, a mall or Vivocity, also a mall and you do have to take a short walk(2mins) to the Cruise Centre. The 2 malls are linked to the Cruise Centre.

At the first storey of the Cruise Centre, theres an area whereby you can check-in your luggage(compulsory if luggage is too big to fit into the x-ray machine), it'll be delivered to the doorstep of your cabin. You can also lug luggages onto the ship yourself.

Check-in area is on the second storey, queues for check-in are divided into 3 lines according to your cabin cat. Admiral/Balcony/World Cruiser. Immigration is divided into 2 lines, World Cruiser/Balcony. Admiral class passengers have separate line into security.

I assume from the time youre on a sunday cruise. Check-in starts at 12pm but boarding might not be till 1pm, ends at 230pm(LAST BOARDING TIME)

Hope the information helped. Enjoy your trip!

jambo123
August 2nd, 2007, 04:14 AM
Hi everyone.

I am staying in the most basic class of cabin, could anyone tell me if this affects my experience at the gala night? I have been reading some past posts on here about dress code and cost of restaurants etc. Will I have to pay to dine that evening?

Thanks for your help.

Lisa-UK
August 2nd, 2007, 07:30 AM
Mike/SSV

Many thanks for the info, It is much appreciated and very helpful. :o

Kind regards
Lisa

kuldalai
August 2nd, 2007, 07:31 AM
Does'nt matter which cabin your'e booked you have equal access to book table for Gala Dinner in the Included Restaurants . They normally have an early sitting at 6.30ish and a later one at 8.30ish . Just dress smart casual , best take a shirt with collar and tie, and sports / casual jacket and you will be fine. Incidentally dress for dinner each night is smart casual shirts with collars for fellas, no knitted shirts, t-shirts, shorts etc . Its not a monkey suit affair but then its not a t-shirts and thongs affair .

Jamin
August 7th, 2007, 03:12 AM
Hi all:)
Lisa UK - nearly there - so close now !:D

Answering a couple of board questions:
Arrive at approx 1pm for boarding - it assists immensely
Captains dinner is open top all - neat dress essential
Don't miss Pallazo - Italian, but you will need to book.
Also ask about the steamboat at Taverna.
Shows are on a couple of times - so see them all.

We are packing already as we can't wait.

Happy cruising:cool:
Simon

ssv
August 7th, 2007, 03:22 AM
The Musicians of Bremen is another excellent production by SCEntertainment. It is slightly comedic with a hint of it being a fairy-tale, there are also extreme stunts by acrobats from China. A must-watch for everyone especially families.

Street Life however, will be missing its magician Mike Michaels who is a highlight as he will be going on vacation(1month) soon, however the dancers and acrobats will definitely still put up a fantastic show. Also gone during his vacation is Close Up & Personal.

Just an update for everyone! Cheers!

jambo123
August 7th, 2007, 06:30 AM
I thank you for your help with my queries. I am very much looking forward to the trip. I am trying to pack lightly, could you tell me if there are towels provided in the rooms and at the pool?

Also I see from other posts that the shows are very good, are these free for all passengers regardless of cabin type?

Thanks in advance for your responses.

ssv
August 7th, 2007, 08:16 AM
Towels are provided in the cabin for all passenger. Might be able to get extra from room steward/ess, not very sure though.

Pool towel is also available at the counter just beside the Parthenon pool, I'm not sure about the Wet&Wild though but I presume its also available. You have to sign out the towels.

All shows are free EXCEPT Passion, the Las Vegas styled Topless Cabaret which I strongly recommend(its one of the best onboard so far). Tickets are S$20 before a certain time(usually 1-2 hours before show time), check the Star Navigator for more details. After the time listed, tickets cost s$25.

Performances include : Street Life, The Musicians of Bremen, Beyond Broadway and Passion. Movies are screened at Picture House and occasionally, at the Lido Theatre.

kuldalai
August 7th, 2007, 07:54 PM
Room towels are bath mat, face washers, hand towels and bath towels all plain white. Hang them up to dry on rails if your'e conserving, chuck them on the shower floor if replacement fresh towel is required.
Cabin towels not to be taken to the pool (s). Extra towels on request if extra pax in cabin.

Poolside towels are blue and white striped - you sign for, for poolside use only. You return to soiled linen basket at poolside when finished visit. Poolside towels not to be taken outside poolside area, either back to cabins, or certainly not ashore to beachside resort stopovers .

jambo123
August 8th, 2007, 04:09 AM
Thank you SSV and kuldalai your towel information is most helpful.

Does anyone know if there is a restriction to the amount or size of carry on hand luggage you are allowed? I am considering only bringing carry on bags? Can anyone advise?

Many thanks.

ssv
August 8th, 2007, 05:30 AM
By hand luggage I would assume that you want to bring it onto the ship yourself? Then bring only 'carry-ons' those that are allowed into a plane's cabin

The safe maximum size is 45", in the form of a 22" x 14" x 9" bag. Bags with unusual shape might be refused even if safe maximum size is met.

No problem if you want to lug large luggages whilst disembarking from the ship as the x-ray machines at Arrivals are larger.

Westaussie
August 9th, 2007, 04:22 AM
Hi Lisa - noticed you're down to seven days!! Before you get too busy just want to wish you safe, uneventful trip, wonderful time on board and a great time in Bali and look forward to your 'report' when you return!

I say 'uneventful' because my son and his partner just back this week after a month in UK had one suitcase missing for twelve hours on their stopover in Dubai, then a missed connection because five passengers didn't board the flight to J'berg (sat in the plane for over an hour for the five cases to be offloaded) then had to wait six hours for another flight to Cape Town where they just made it to her grandmother's 90th birthday celebration!

So best wishes ...

Vera

Lisa-UK
August 12th, 2007, 05:10 PM
Hi all

thanks for your kind words - Simon, Vera - so little time, so much packing........bought new suitcases today and am filling them up nicely. :rolleyes:

We are all getting sooooooooooo excited - I have 2 more days at work and then we are off to Singapore on Thursday 16th.

I will check back if I can and just want to say a BIG THANKS to everyone on the board here as it has been great getting that vital information, tips etc. :)

Happy holidays everyone sailing soon............

bye for now
Lisa

VeronicaS
August 12th, 2007, 05:20 PM
Lisa.........haven't checked in here for a while, just in time to wish you Bon Voyage, hope you and the family have a wonderful trip.

I see on a previous post that you were wondering how long the bus trip was to get to get to the sea canoeing in Phuket.....it was approximately one hour, maybe a little less.

Have fun,........blue skies, sunshine and smooth sailing and look forward to hearing all about it when you return.

deck 9 001
August 12th, 2007, 07:46 PM
Bon Voyage Lisa.

Wishing you and your family a wonderful cruise. Enjoy it all.

Best,
Mike

walabe
August 13th, 2007, 02:20 AM
hi all have just made a booking for the 21/10 5nights our cabin is ba on 11 is that ok

BlancaTrueba
August 13th, 2007, 03:07 AM
Dear all,

Good day to everyone who keep this thread active and useful. I have been reading some of the later posts on this thread and have proven to be very useful for a soon-to-be first timer cruiser like me.

My family, consists of myself, my wife and two kids aged 8 and 6 have booked for a Super Star Virgo 3-night trip to Phuket and Langkawi on 2-5 September 2007. This will be our first cruise experience and if my memory did not fail me after reading the so many useful posts on this thread, we will be on the same cruise trip as ssv, jambo123 and silverdream, CMIIW. :)

We are booked on a BB balcony cabin on the 10th deck. May I know whether the size of cabin would be big enough for the 4 of us to sleep comfortably inside?

Understand that the child care service is not free and they charge per hourly basis, anyone knows how much is the charges per hour per child?

Any suggestions on the shore excursions in Langkawi and Phuket? I am thinking of the cable car transfer in Langkawi (VLAN-007 tour) for us, anyone has any experience on that and how much does it cost per adult and child? Understand that the cable car and Underwater entrance fees are not included, does it mean we need to have Malaysian ringgit (and Thai baht for Thailand) ready for such excursions?

Any suggestions are highly appreciated.

Thanks.

ssv
August 13th, 2007, 07:24 AM
Hi Blanca,

The more the merrier!

2A and 2C in a Balcony cabin might be a little squeeze, but Im sure youll manage comfortably with some planning. BB cabins on deck 10 is perfect, no public areas above you.

Not sure about the childcare charges or tour charges, will check if I'm going aboard recently.

I'll most probably be doing the Cable Car tour as well and yes, the cable car and underwater world entrance fees are NOT included in the tour package so you'll need local currency(have more to satisfy the lady in her shopping adventure:D , duty free and markets all around!). You might want to attend the Port talks held on embarkation day at the Lido or also watch the shorex video on your in-cabin TV.

I'm not sure about the rates on shore at the destinations, how it compares to Singapore/Australia but try not to change onboard the ship.

Hope to see you aboard, cheers!

Jamin
August 13th, 2007, 09:46 AM
Hi everyone,:D
Bon Voyage Lisa - may see you on board.
Heading off on Sat morn so may be able to have a last minute check in on the board.
Cannot wait - particularly for the warmer weather !

A very big THANKS to everyone involved with the board and particularly this thread - it really makes it all worthwhile.:):):)

Kind regards
Simon:cool:

walabe
August 13th, 2007, 06:30 PM
hi all
My wife and i are booked on a 5 night cruise 21/10 hoping it will be great fun.
Are there any other aussies booked on this cruies or for that matter anyone from any where that would be looking for some new best friends !!
As i said we are on a 5 nights does this mean that we are realy on a 3 and 2 night cruies together...
I did read on here befor deck 11 was noisy but i think we are under the library so i guess this is ok !!
hope to hear form you soon....
Thanks

BlancaTrueba
August 13th, 2007, 10:44 PM
ssv,

Thanks for the insights, really appreciate it. Will need to prepare some Malaysian ringgit and Thai baht in hand then.

Do you have any suggestions on which shore excursion we need to take in Phuket, which is suitable for kids aged 8 and 6?

Understand that there's satellite phone network on board, are we able to use our GSM phone on board? Will there be any coverage for our GSM phone using the satellite network (roaming), or do we need to use the in-house phone?

Thanks in advance.

kuldalai
August 13th, 2007, 11:46 PM
When you in the Straits of Malacca you will normally be well within range of base stations on Indonesia, Thailand or Malaysia . Just remember to arrange Overseas roaming for your mobile before you leave your home country, and remember to take your phone charger and pack of adapter plugs . IIRC both 120v and 240 v outlets on both SS VIRGO and SS GEMINI. Most tarvel agents sell a range of travel accessories by KORJO and they have a very clever pack of electrical adapters that gets one out of trouble anywhere in the world.

ssv
August 14th, 2007, 04:11 AM
Ship signal 'Navitas1, Nor17' is available approx. one hour or less after ship departs from port. Land signal is usually available near port area but signal will be weak. In-house satellite is compatible with GSM phones, signal is available at public areas only though and hallways near them. There is a folder in your cabin which will contain a slip of paper explaining the ship network and its approx cost.

Everybody have got different interest but I did hear many cruisers enjoyed the shorex with elephant riding. In-house tv has a channel with shorex video playing 24/7, maybe you can give it a watch.

ssv
August 14th, 2007, 06:02 AM
Update as of 14 Aug

Superstar Virgo's season in Singapore will be extended till mid-Jan 2009 when she is due for a drydock(11Jan-25Jan). Current Itinerary will continue however there will be slight changes

e.g. 4d3n Singapore-Penang-Phuket-Singapore cruise will be Singapore-Phuket-Penang-Singapore instead for a certain period of time then will be reverted back

and the popular 4d3n Singapore-Phuket-Langkawi-Singapore cruise will be featured more in the new schedule in summer season.

3d2n Singapore-PKlang-Singapore and Singapore-Redang-Singapore will stay as with the weekend Singapore-Singapore cruise.

4d3n and 2x 3d2n Singapore-Phuket-Penang-Singapore-Pklang-Singapore-Singapore will be the main itinerary for the year.

6d5n Singapore-HCMC-Redang-Singapore, Singapore-Bangkok-KohSamui-Singapore will return as special cruise.

This information is valid as of today, and may be invalid without prior notice.

BlancaTrueba
August 14th, 2007, 06:22 AM
Thanks Kuldalai and ssv for the useful information.

Do you know if my Singapore mobile operator, M1, has roaming agreement with Navitas? I can't find the info on both M1 and Navitas Telecom website. Wondering whether I can use my M1 SIM card to use the Navitas network, or do I need to buy the prepaid card they provide?

Thanks.

jambo123
August 14th, 2007, 06:36 AM
Does anyone know what shows / entertainment will be on board during the first week of September? Aas only on a 3 night cruise and the gala dinner taking up one night we will not have the opportunity to see everything, therefore any recommendation are gratefully received.

Also if anyone recommends that a show or shore excursion (Phuket / Langkawi) is NOT worth seeing I would be thankful.

Regards

ssv
August 14th, 2007, 06:52 AM
Blanca, you need to activate your mobile number's roaming with your operator. I dont think theres a system in Asia like the U.S. which limits you to certain operator. If it exist, I am sure ALL Singapore operator allow roaming on Navitas as long as its on GSM network, not CDMA/WCDMA.

Just to conclude, make sure your mobile phone number plan's international roaming is activated.

Jambo123 - The Musicians of Bremen, Lido Extravaganza, Street Life and Passion will be available. All show offer 2 seating per day EXCEPT Passion which is offered on Embarkation night and last night. All show is worth watching especially Street Life, I'm not sure if magician Mike Michaels will be onboard but if he is, the show will be fantastic. His act is the copyrighted robotic and jack-in-the-box act.

kuldalai
August 14th, 2007, 07:04 AM
What us Aussies are still sweating on is Star releasing their way overdue full itineraries for all vessels beyond March 2008 .

Riviera 30
August 14th, 2007, 06:29 PM
Hi All
Jambo123,
The "Fantasea Show" in Phuket is well worth seeing, you will not see a show like this anywhere else.
The only other show in Phuket is the Simons Cabaret show with the katoeys or a lesser similar show at the Andaman Queen which used to be in Soi Crockodile?? off Bangla Rd.
Apart from these there is nothing else one can say is a show in Phuket.
Cheers
Les

boeckli
August 14th, 2007, 11:43 PM
hi all have just made a booking for the 21/10 5nights our cabin is ba on 11 is that ok


We have stayed in BA on Deck 11 5 times and enjoyed it very much. I'm sure you will as well.

kuldalai
August 15th, 2007, 06:58 AM
For current on-board entertainment check Star website on home page at
www.starcruises.com

walabe
August 20th, 2007, 02:09 AM
thanks boeckle
i just have one other question the beds are just 2 single beds are they..
and also do they have somethink like this here where u can ask questions about air lines we are going sinapore airlines

kuldalai
August 20th, 2007, 08:19 AM
You are booked on two (2) back to back cruises on SS VIRGO . Departing Singapore Sun 21/10 on Island Escapade goes to Penang and Phuket returning brief stop Singapore Wed 1900 - 2359 then on Taste of Malaysia visiting Malacca, Port Klang (Kuala Lumpur), returning to Singapore on Friday arvo .

Full detail here : www.starcruises.com/Itineraries/Singapore/index.html

Singapore Airrines are fine . Just relax and roll with the punches !!!!

boeckli
August 21st, 2007, 12:27 AM
thanks boeckle
i just have one other question the beds are just 2 single beds are they..
and also do they have somethink like this here where u can ask questions about air lines we are going sinapore airlines


Hi walabe - it's normally 2 single beds pushed together to make a double bed.
Where are you traveling from and what do you want to know about the airlines (maybe we can answer your questions) :)

walabe
August 21st, 2007, 02:25 AM
hi
dont no if this worked befor
we are flying Economy Class with Singapore Airlines...im 6'4"..so are there there any tricks to getting good seats
thanks again

kuldalai
August 21st, 2007, 02:41 AM
At check in ask for EXIT seats, if those all gone ask for aisle seat. These days the load management systems book the planes chockers, and usually most airlines pre-allocate seats before the poor unsuspecting punters arrive at the airport . So the seat allocation thing is usually a bit of a charade in that it has largely be done before you leave home.

boeckli
August 21st, 2007, 04:13 AM
walabe - With Singapore airlines you probably have the best chance to obtain a seat you are happy with.
Suggestions : Find out which type of aircraft you will fly in. Go to http://www.singaporeair.com/saa/en_UK/content/company_info/siastory/fleet.jsp and click on cabin layout for that aircraft, then choose the seat you like - alternatively try www.seatguru.com (http://www.seatguru.com)
Then contact your local Singapore airlines office and request that seat. If you booked online, you can choose your seat via your booking. [excerpt from their website: Economy Class customers are able to make specific seat requests on all our flights (except for flights between Singapore and Kuala Lumpur) for tickets purchased online. Customers who book their flights via travel agents or SIA offices may request for window, aisle, or emergency exit seats at point of booking. Certain conditions apply for allocation of the emergency exit seats. )
Also, from 48 hrs before your flight, you can do check-in online, at that point you can select or change your seat.
Hope this helps.

whizforty
August 21st, 2007, 05:15 AM
We sailed on the 8th of July for the first time. It was absolutely a great experience. We had booked a balcony cabin on the 10th deck and the kids (15 and 10 yrs) had the inside state cabin opposite ours. Virgo was crowded (peak holiday time) but very well organized. Everything ran on clockwork precision. The staff is most helpful . The boys had a ball, made friends and were on their own most of the time. We did the usual round of bar hopping and watched most of the shows(all worth it). We ate and drank at most of the restaurants. Its truly a 'chill out' place. If you want to escape the crowd , you can just go up to your cabin and relax on the balcony.

We did not get off at Penang as we wanted to enjoy the ship and its activities.Also because we had already spent 8 days in KL and Langkawi prior to joining the ship. So we had a taste of the Malaysian hospitality. We disembarked at Phuket and went into town . We had spent 10 days in Phuket 6 years ago and wanted to check out places for old times sake.

Thank you to you all, for all your input and detailed information on this board. It made our planning and apprehensions so much easier. And as they say that cruises are addictive..... we sure would like to go back on yet another one.

Happy sailing......

boeckli
August 21st, 2007, 06:42 AM
Good to hear you enjoyed your cruise on what is (still) our favourite ship - thank you for sharing your experiences. :)

deck 9 001
August 21st, 2007, 06:48 AM
Welcome back and thanks for all your feedback.

Now start planning your next cruise;)

Mike

Kryton
August 23rd, 2007, 05:31 AM
Hi all - been reading for a fair while off and on. We (my wife and 14 yr daughter) are departing on the Virgo on 6 Sept which I guess is 14 days away as I type. I think we have a Balcony room or something. My last cruise was a couple of years ago on Carnival Triumph out of Miami to Carribean which I found pretty poor and not worth the $$.

I'm not overly enthusiastic about the coming trip, but I can see how everyone on here rave about their experiences so will accept all your views! I also know attitude is averything so will buck up in time!!!

I'm already a big fan of the ports we visit having spent some weeks in all of them in previous trips, though fail to see the point in saying we are going to KL, when in reality we get, what, 3 or so hours after travel?

Anyway, am wondering if there is any other reader going on the same trip? Always looking to make new pals.

Plus are we able to have guests onboard when we do get into Port Klang? I would suspect not, but...?

kuldalai
August 23rd, 2007, 08:26 AM
Kryton , guess you are talking about 5 nights Pearls of the Orient departing Singapore Sunday 09/09/07 ? on SS VIRGO .
Relax we had a ball on VIRGO only one problem our cruise was too short . It is a great vessel with an outstanding crew and customer service . The inclusive restaurants are very good, and the extra fee ones - well, just sensational - book early in the day as demand exceeds the space available. Your daughter will have a ball, with all the on board activities and the sheer size of VIRGO .

Kryton
August 23rd, 2007, 07:31 PM
Kryton , guess you are talking about 5 nights Pearls of the Orient departing Singapore Sunday 09/09/07 ? on SS VIRGO .
Relax we had a ball on VIRGO only one problem our cruise was too short . It is a great vessel with an outstanding crew and customer service . The inclusive restaurants are very good, and the extra fee ones - well, just sensational - book early in the day as demand exceeds the space available. Your daughter will have a ball, with all the on board activities and the sheer size of VIRGO .

Sorry, yes that sounds right, we leave Aus on the 6th and spend a couple of days singing in Singa's, no banging in Bangers this year, but we do go to Phuket......

ssv
August 28th, 2007, 10:36 AM
Sep 2nd is approaching! Less than a week more to go.

If I did not hear incorrectly, mechanical magician Mike Michaels will not be onboard the Virgo for the next 2 weeks.

Kryton
August 29th, 2007, 01:08 AM
As I understand they will empty the fridge at our request? Does that mean I can put any wine or other soft drinks I may have managed to take onboard in the fridge and not have it removed??

BlancaTrueba
August 29th, 2007, 05:13 AM
ssv, yes, I am also so excited and can't wait for this coming Sunday to come. It will by the first cruise for me and my family.

Will be seeing you on board, then.. :)

ssv
August 29th, 2007, 08:09 AM
Yeah. I'll be at the first bingo on the sailing(theres one on embarkation day if I'm not mistaken). If you will like to meet up, approach the bingo sales counter and I'll be there or around the area(the staff will call me over).

Hope to see you. Take care :)

Westaussie
August 29th, 2007, 08:43 PM
SSV & BlancaTrueba - have a great cruise - which I'm sure you will and look forward to hearing all about it on your return!

Vera

boeckli
August 29th, 2007, 09:34 PM
ssv and BlancaTrueba - have a great time on what is still our favourite ship :)

ssv - you seem to just about live on the ship ??? It must be nice to be able to just take a taxi to the cruise pier (without long car and/or airline trips beforehand)

Davian
August 30th, 2007, 03:02 AM
Hi All

We were looking to cruise on Virgo but our travel agent in New Zealand who is a Malaysian lady said Virgo is just a gambling ship as there are no casinos in Singapore people (mainly asians just go on the ship to gamble so the atmosphere is not that great.

Any thoughts on this?

Thanks Davian

ssv
August 30th, 2007, 03:20 AM
Westaussie - thanks, are you planning for your next cruise already?

Boeckli - thank you too. Its fortunate like you've said - I live near Harbourfront, no need for 8-hour flights or long car rides(I have motion sickness on all kind of transport except planes and ships). I like Virgo very much too and its been my "home" for 8 years already. I cruise regularly thus many staff do recognise and know me.

I feel that SSVirgo is getting tired, lost its "gleam" I would say that exist on new ships interior and exterior wise. Perhaps another drydock with major professional cleaning is required.

Edit:

Davian - If you go aboard the Virgo on a weekend trip, it definitely will not have the cruising atmosphere. However, a cruise with Sunday departure feels like and is a regular cruise with atmosphere similiar to other international ships. Virgo's an authentic cruise ship similiar however slightly smaller compared to NCL Pearl, RCCL's Voyager OTS etc with all the facilities(except bowling etc.)

Westaussie
August 30th, 2007, 04:51 AM
SSV - yes! Already booked on Gemini from Bali to Fremantle in November and Sun Princess to Vietnam, etc in May.

Davian - we've enjoyed cruising on Virgo but, yes, I would say the majority are there for the casino - on the bright side, that keeps alot away from the other public rooms and pool!

Vera

kuldalai
August 30th, 2007, 07:48 AM
Davian see you are based in NZ .

Both VIRGO & GEMINI operating out of Singapore are great vessels and I have found the atmosphere on both vessels to be terrific. Provided you pick a longer cruise like 5 - 7 nights you will find plenty of Aussies and Kiwis and Europeans and a sprinkling of To & Froms ! Yes there are Asians with families etc but the longer trips are more resort style cruising, and whilst gambling and casinos are available - they are there on most cruise boats these days. Activity wise there is a full program of activities on both vessels, great food, outstanding service, and wide variety of entertainment .
Check out Star website at www.starcruises.com/itineraries/index.html for details of SS VIRGO 5 Night Pearls of The Orient cruise, and SS GEMINI 7 night Straits Adventurer cruise both departing Singapore .

Alternatively as a Kiwi SS GEMINI is doing a Summer Cruise season in Aus over Summer 07/08 and longer cruises are available - again itineraries are on the above link under Australian cruises.

Caveat Emptor - beware of Travel Agents who often try to steer you away from one cruise product to another (for which they receive a higher commission in many cases!.) Your travel agents advice is generally not correct, whereas the Wasa Queen out of KL and Superstar Aquarius and Star Pisces operating out of Hong Kong are in fact just floating casinos that go out for a daylight or overnight cruise as a floating casino . Hope that straightens things out for you.

Finally my cruise companions on Gemini last May were advised against Gemini as travel agent said it was gambling ship . Those folk said that Gemini was the most enjoyable and best value cruise they had experienced in 10 years of cruising across the world and have booked again with Star already.

boeckli
August 30th, 2007, 11:01 PM
Davian - Like with all things, people's likes and dislikes vary :) - it all depends on what you want to see/do/experience on your cruise vacation.
We have sailed on the Virgo six times and thoroughly enjoyed the lot! Experiencing people of different backgrounds and cultures for us is part of the fun - we have just sailed on the Gemini for 7 nights (with lots of Aussies etc.) and found the experience not as interesting (partly to do with the ship and partly with the mix of passengers).
Have you cruised before? How well does the travel agent know you? Has she sailed on the Virgo herself?
At the end of the day it's YOUR cruise and what YOU make out of it.

Lisa-UK
September 2nd, 2007, 07:29 AM
Hi everyone.............

We're back from a wonderful trip on the SSV, followed by 7 nights in Bali. :D

We were aboard from 19-25 Aug having never cruised before. We thoroughly enjoyed the experience and are now hoping to cruise the Carribean. SSV we found to be great - although we had a few hiccups. We thought embarkation was soooooooo slow and q'd for 2hrs for immigration! There were only 4 staff members at the immigration desks and so this seemed to be the problem! Once on board we were allocated cabin 6535 (level 6) - BEWARE - if you ever have the misfortune to be allocated this cabin/area of the ship. We were underneath the Karaoke bar, (open and always busy from 10am until 4am!!) and also right next to the stairwell. The noise was awful and we could literally sing along to every word on the Karaoke, whilst lying in bed - and to add insult to injury, we could hear clomping up and down the stairs all night!!!. After complaining twice, we got allocated another cabin on level 8 - keeping our existing cabin also for convenience. I don't want to scare anyone here, but thought I would just make people aware of this cabin/area of the ship.

The cruise was busy, but we never felt crowded or cramped. We enjoyed the shore excursions and did the full day Penang - sightseeing with buffet lunch. Our guide was Tang and he was very knowledgeable and funny. We visited many temples and had tri-shaw ride around the sights.

At Phuket we did the Sea Canoe excursion (as highly recommended by Veronica). This was one of the highlights of our holiday and I would say to anyone considering this to go do it - it was fantastic. Again, our guide on the ship, TukTuk was fabulous and the sea caves beautiful.

When SSV docked again in Singapore, we decided to stay onboard - however, you can disembark for a few hours.

We opted for the afternoon excursion to the Megamall in KL. We didn't fancy the all-day 12hr trip which involved a lengthy coach tour. KL is busy and traffic congested, but we arrived in good time and managed 3hrs at the mall. We found the large supermarket/dept stores to offer the best value - CarreFour had some good bargains and lots of variety. When back on board we heard that some of the other afternoon excursions had not gone so smoothly. The sightseeing/shopping with the Petronas Tower visit had been held up in traffic and the mall visit was reduced to a quick 20min stop-off.

The staff on board were all very helpful and courteous - housekeeping kept our room immaculate. The ship looked well kept and all the carpets looked fresh and overall it was always clean in all of the public areas.

Changing money on board was also very easy - so anyone worried about money for excursions, (as I was) need not be concerned at all. Reception were always very helpful to deal with any questions.

We loved the shows, bingo, and activities and joined in a lot of the games - we were picked for the 'not so Newlywed' game and I must admit, it was a little emarassing, but great fun!!!

Mike Michaels was on board and his magic show was fantastic-well worth a look. The restaurants were very nice and we loved the BBQ up by the Parthenon pool - wow what a spread!!!! Unfortunately, we didn't get a timeslot for the Gala dinner :( :confused: :mad: - probably my fault for not handing in the booking form until the Monday morning, (early) when I should have acted with more speed on the night of departure - Sunday. I didn't realise that you really do have to be quick - so a word of warning - please get your request in early!!! We ate at the Indian buffet that night and it was very enjoyable - albeit quite spicy!!

We really felt we packed a lot in and made the most of our cruise. The operation of the shorex was slick and disembarkation was smooth.

I'm sure anyone sailing soon on the SSV will have a great time - I hope that I can now be of help to anyone with questions -as everyone here was great with anwering mine, pre-trip!

BTW - our pre-cruise stay in Singapore was fab and we loved Sentosa Island and the Singapore sling(s) :p at Raffles. After our cruise, we went on to Bali and stayed at the Melia Bali-Nusa Dua - which was very luxurious and a fabulous end to our holiday.................the 17hr total flying time back to the UK was not so great, but hey-ho it was all very much worth it and a wonderful experience.

Regards to all
Lisa

walabe
September 2nd, 2007, 09:34 PM
hi Lisa
My husband and I are going on the cruise on the 21st oct. we are looking forward to it and we are on deck 11 with balcony. one thing that has been concerning me is weather or not it is a hassle to have items of clothing ironed. also i am not sure what to pack, i no i will pack to many clothes. what sort of things did you pack??? so when you went on the excursions and looking at the temples i guess you would just dress comfortable. at night on board did you get dressed up. hope to hear from u soon with some ideas
thanks
judy

kuldalai
September 3rd, 2007, 12:52 AM
In those parts of Asia the temperature is always much the same, only the humidity varies from dry to wet season from comfortably bearable to just bearable.

Pack smart casual , and comfortably loose casual (but not tank tops and thongs ocker stuff) . The dressiest requirement is Captains Gala Dinner which is most often Tuesday night . For guys just long trousers, casual shoes, open neck shirt with collar, and casual jacket is quite adequate . (Certainly not many neck ties to be seen, and as for monkey suits well leave that to the Hospitality Manager !) . Ladies just a nice dress and shoes you would like wear to an informal dinner party, plus some type of wrap if you feel the cold.

Hope this helps .

Westaussie
September 3rd, 2007, 02:53 AM
Hi Lisa - lovely to read your report and that you enjoyed the cruise looks, like all of us, you're now hooked on cruising!

Glad too, that you enjoyed Bali, it is a relaxing, lovely place and from Perth just over three hours away! Yes, I know what you mean about that 14 hour flight but from here, travel to Europe/US is something we just have to put up with so hope you will get back this way someday!

Vera

deck 9 001
September 3rd, 2007, 03:18 AM
Hi Lisa, I also am very glad that you had a nice cruise and then a good time in Bali. Hope your cruise made you "want more".

Best,
Mike

VeronicaS
September 3rd, 2007, 03:11 PM
Hi Lisa

So glad you enjoyed your cruise and especially pleased that you enjoyed the Sea Canoeing in Phuket..........I'm usually hesitant in recommending trips as not everyone likes the same thing so I'm relieved.:D Hopefully one day I'll get to Bali.

Lisa-UK
September 3rd, 2007, 03:57 PM
:D Hi all

Thanks for all of your kind comments.

Judy: I took far too many clothes as we also had a week in Bali after our cruise. Some never saw the light of day and I regret over-packing. If I could pass on one tip, it would be to take a few mix and match outfits that you could dress up for the evening. Don't take too many warm clothes - I packed several light jackets and again, they never came out of the case. I had a very nice Pashmina that was great for slinging on when the aircon got a bit icy.

The only formal night was the Gala dinner - apart from that everyone seemed to be casually dressed during the day and I agree with Kuldalai, a nice dress or skirt teamed with sandals will see you through the evenings. My hubbie took 5 pairs of long trousers and 5 shirts, but to be honest, only one pair/smart shirt came out on 2 evenings! If you hang up your clothes as soon as you are in the cabin, the creases should drip out pretty quickly. You could always hang clothes in the bathroom when you are having a shower and the steam should ease the creases.

There was an offer on board for laundry - you could fill a bag for $50 and the clothes would be washed and pressed - the offer was valid for Tues and Thurs. The bag was quite a reasonable size and we fitted lots in. It was all delivered the next day immaculately pressed (better than I could ever do!) and we were very impressed with the service. I also used the pull out line in the bathroom and washed out t-shirts, smalls each night. My other tip would be to take some clothes pegs - I am glad I did as the clothes could be pegged onto the line rather than slung over it - reducing the drying time. For excursions, wear comfy, cool clothes. The temples in Penang didn't have any particular dress code (i.e. you didn't need to cover up). However, out of courtesy, I would not wear short shorts or singlets/vests or anything showing mid-riff etc (not that anyone would want to see my belly ;) ) and didn't see anyone wearing skimpy clothes apart from around the pool. I hope this of of help to you?

Veronica: The Sea Caves were incredible and one of the best days. Our son had a fab time and our guide TukTuk was brilliant with him. It is thanks to you and your fab report that we did the excursion, so thank you again:)

Vera: You are very lucky to be so close the Bali. What a wonderful Island. We have never travelled to the Far East and it was such an experience that we would love to do it all again and will definitely love to explore more that way.

Mike - definitely hooked. Planning the next cruise - which we hope to combine with a week at a resort somewhere nice. Poss Caribbean and Orlando? Loved SSV and it has many lovely memories for us :)

Nighty-night all (or good morning!!!)
Lisa:o
tan is fading and it is getting cool here now in Blighty :(

kuldalai
September 4th, 2007, 01:57 AM
Old rule of travel from veterans who say first pack what you think you need ; then halve it and when you get home you will find there are still things that you have not worn . After 30 years of travel strictly abide by this and people are horrified at how small my case is , but it is so much lighter to carry around as one gets older . The secret is thought and planning for both guys and gals in planning mix ' n' match outfits . That way you can get so many different combinations and looks from a small number of items.

Both GEMINI & VIRGO tend to offer special heavily discounted laundry deals just before return to Singapore as home port . So if you want it done on board then perhaps wait till the second last day and watch STAR NAVIGATOR for the laundry offer .

ssv
September 5th, 2007, 04:30 AM
Mike Michaels will sign-off this coming Friday and will NOT be coming back until at least May 08.

Riviera 30
September 5th, 2007, 06:11 AM
Hi all
who's Mike Michaels?
Cheers
Les

ssv
September 5th, 2007, 07:33 AM
Mike Michael is a mechanical magician.

BlancaTrueba
September 6th, 2007, 06:23 AM
Dear all,

We just disembarked from the SuperStar Virgo yesterday after a 4D3N journey to Phuket and Langkawi since last Sunday. It was simply great, one of our best holidays ever!

We didn't have the long queue problem while embarking as experienced by Lisa, perhaps it's because we're holding the red access cards for balcony class. We were allocated cabin 10610 which is perfect, very close to the lifts in the middle of the ship and as ssv has pointed out, there's no public area above we didn't have the noise problem as experienced by Lisa.

My only disappointment is that they didn't offer the Langkawi Cable Car shore excursion, which I had planned to take. So we took the Kuah town transfer trip with a stop-over at Underwater World, the kids really loved it. In Phuket one day earlier, we took the "shop till you drop" tour and we visited several shops (cashew nut factory and a supermarket) and a big shopping mall (Central Festival Market) around Phuket town before heading off to Patong, again for another shopping. :) Both in Phuket and Langkawi, the ship berthed at both ports (Phuket Deep Sea Port and Awana Porto Malai Port) so we didn't have to use tender boats to reach the shore.

It was also a busy cruise, perhaps it's because our trip coincides with Singapore's school holiday. We loved almost all the activities on board. Our kids loved watching the performances at Lido (not the topless show, of course ;). The kids also had a great time with some activities at the childcare centre (including a party on Sunday which was free).

I and my wife had the gala dinner at Bella Vista (while the children had their own gala party at the childcare centre), and the food was not so great, or may be I'm not really getting used to fine dining meals. :) In my opinion, the food at the Mediterranean Buffet is much better! The kids also loved the "kids section" of the buffet since they can take the food themselves. And they also had a blast at the Neptune pools for the kids. Too bad we didn't manage to see Mike Michael in action, since it was quite late and the kids were very tired after watching the gala show at the Lido.

ssv, sorry we didn't manage to look for you, there were so many things to do on board, and so little time! Wish we could stay on board longer...

ssv
September 6th, 2007, 06:50 AM
No worries. I was in 10600. 3 cabins away!!! LOL

walabe
September 6th, 2007, 09:23 PM
hello all once again,
thanku all very much for all the information you have given me on the washing etc. just one other question i have is with the beds i no they push the beds together so is that the way they stay or are they made up as a double bed. do the bed sheets get changed daily? and do you get clean towels daily. is there a need to pack a beach towel?
do any of the restuarants on board have seafood?(fresh)
regards
judy

ssv
September 7th, 2007, 02:42 AM
There are 2 types of bed in Balcony room(I assume you've booked Balcony class)

2 single beds, they are made as separate bed just that both are pushed together

Double bed, its a double bed.


Sheets are not changed daily just arranged and straightened.

Towels left on the floor will be changed. If hung, will not be changed.

Live seafood(I've seen live lobsters and fish) is available at Noble House at least, I'm not sure about other ala-carte outlets. Seafood from inclusive restaurant is pre-packed but fresh.

Anyone booked for the Nov 18 5-night cruise or Dec 30 New Years Eve cruise to Penang to Phuket?

furballPerth
September 8th, 2007, 07:10 PM
Thanks for all the great insights everyone. The year is flying by and my much-awaited cruise is getting closer! Very exciting. From Lisa's comments it sounds like the shorex to Megamall is the best option if you just want to do a bit of shopping. I was going to do the one that went to Bukit Bintang but it sounds like Megamall is a better option (I think from memory it is out towards Petaling Jaya, so closer to the port). Do others agree? I don't really want to spend most of my time stuck in a traffic jam.

Thanks for all the great tips everyone. I really enjoy checking this site out.

BlancaTrueba
September 9th, 2007, 12:36 AM
hi furballPerth,

If the Megamall in question is the Mid Valley Megamall, yes it's much closer to the Klang port compared to Bukit Bintang. Bukit Bintang is within Kuala Lumpur city centre (pusat bandar) and is more prone to traffic jam. Mid Valley Megamall is in the south-west outskirt of the city, closer to the port.

Hope this helps, thanks.

Riviera 30
September 9th, 2007, 09:38 PM
Hi Blanca Trueba and SSV
Is the dock in Phuket the same one that Gemini will dock at? How close is it to Phuket Town, walkable distance or need for taxi ot tuk tuk?
Cheers
les

ssv
September 10th, 2007, 03:05 AM
There is only 2 docking place for Star Cruises - Deep Sea Port or Anchor off Patong Beach.

I dont know if Gemini has seasonal dock change as well like the Virgo(Winter - Tender, Summer - Dock). If its the dock, then yes, its the same.

The DSP is approx 20mins away by taxi after hailing one outside the port(15mins walk). Rates for 3 to and fro is about 500 baht total for Phuket Town(haggle! some quote up to 1500baht)

Limited tuks tuks are available and if you have enough people(8-10), prices can go down to approx 30baht pp.

Riviera 30
September 10th, 2007, 04:57 PM
Thanks SSV
Last time I was there I only paid 100 Bht from Phuket Town to Patong Beach. I will most certainly haggle. Any info on Internet Providers in SG who support all or most of SE Asia.
Cheers
Les

ssv
September 11th, 2007, 12:49 AM
100baht!!! Could that be before the tsunami or?

Before the tsunami, the crew were able to get 200baht, but for now 500baht is the norm. Maybe the tuk tuks will be cheaper, I did not ask them for price as there were only few around.

At the port, do try the banana pancake, its at the foward side where fruits etc. are sold. Chocolate syrup and condensed milk is added, which might make it too sweet. Personally I ask the stallholder(a male) to make it more crispy and add a little condensed milk only. Yummy!!

There are no dedicated plan for global roaming except for the blackberry in Singapore but the ISP do have an agreement with iPass which allows user to login to hotspots(only 3 in Phuket) at ~0.25USD per minute.

It will be more economical to use the internet cafe in Phuket Town with rate going by the hour(I think its 20baht? Forgotten, sorry)

Last but not least, Enjoy your Cruise!!

Riviera 30
September 11th, 2007, 01:40 AM
Thanks SSV
yes it was before the tusumai. I will try the deserts.
Cheers
Les

Lisa-UK
September 11th, 2007, 03:00 AM
Hi all

FurballPerth- we opted for the Megamall (Midvalley) as our 2nd choice as we wanted to go to the newer one (sorry can't remember the name). However, there wasn't enough uptake for the shorex.

Megamall was nice - not the brightest or most modern of Malls, but there was a good choice of stores. We found that the supermarket places were cheap . Electricals were well priced as well (comparing to the UK - don't know about Aus).

With SSV talking about yummy desserts - in CarreFour we bought some Mooncakes and they were very reasonable and the boxes they came in were lovely. However, the girls at work didn't like my Mooncakes - they look like a bit like pork pies and you can choose from various flavours/fillings - they are quite a heavy cake. We cut one open and inside was a hard boiled egg yoke!! Not our cup of tea! So they are still sat there on the desk :confused::eek:

Have a lovely trip...........I envy you.

Anyone wanna Mooncake ????

Lisa

deck 9 001
September 11th, 2007, 03:11 AM
Hi Lisa,,,, I'll take your mooncakes, I love them! I especially like the ones with red bean paste filling. Yummy.
The egg yolk ones are traditional and I like them too. Shows you how long I've been living in Asia;)

http://i120.photobucket.com/albums/o186/Deck9001/mooncakes2.jpg?t=1189494368

Best,
Mike

ssv
September 11th, 2007, 07:49 AM
I just bought 4boxes of White Lotus Paste mooncake yesterday! Without egg yolk though as I cant stand the smell and taste. =D

The new mall you were referring to, could it be 1 Utama? A new wing was added to the existing section maybe last year.

boeckli
September 11th, 2007, 08:10 PM
Not sure that I have ever tried mooncakes - will be in Singapore late next month, so have made a (mental) note to check them out. ssv - Would I best buy them in a supermarket?

Westaussie
September 12th, 2007, 12:11 AM
Mike/SSV are mooncakes available year round? From memory, and that was a long time ago, we could only buy them in September around the festival time. Boeckli, if they're still around in October, you can buy them almost anywhere, we used to get some sweet ones which I preferred!

deck 9 001
September 12th, 2007, 02:42 AM
Hi Vera, I don't know about Singapore, but here in Taiwan there are certain Bake Shops that sell them all year, or a reasonable facsimile. Of course now that the Mid Autum Festival (Moon Festival) is coming up, there are street stalls all over town that sell them. Some of them can be quite expensive!
From well known bakers, one moon cake can go for $NT500 ($US 15/AUD18.38). But of course these are larger and have more costly ingedients in them.

I tend to stay with the more "common" ones:D

Mike
P.S. Is you eye all better now?

Lisa-UK
September 12th, 2007, 04:50 AM
Hi

Mike - Mooncakes - sold - you can have 'em!!!! :D

SSV - Yes, thanks - the mall we wanted to visit was 1 Utama - out of interest, have you been?

Back to Mooncakes - I also saw them on sale outside of Raffles. They had a lovely stand and were promoting them - you could also taste samples and the cakes came in a lovely Raffles tin. One of the ladies on our cruise had a tin and I think she paid quite a lot for them. We paid around 4 (S$12) for 4 small ones in a beautiful wooden box - but that was in KL. They also did savoury mooncakes as the promoter asked if I wanted a chicken filling:eek: . I didn't realise that when the pack said 'double yolk' you would get exactly that - like Mike's piccie. Doh - I thought it referred to the richness of the cake mixture!!!! :confused:

I love trying new foods and always try and eat the local speciality.

regs
Lisa

deck 9 001
September 12th, 2007, 05:09 AM
Lisa, can you give me a rain check (or better yet, find someone else) on your Moon Cakes, as I seem to be running out of room in my flat to store all the ones I have:D

I better start giving them away as dessert at my restaurant:rolleyes:

Mike

Moon Cakes,..Moon Cakes,,,,,come get your Moon Cakes!
(some chance!):eek:

Westaussie
September 12th, 2007, 05:32 AM
Watch out Mike - I might turn up on your doorstep for a mooncake!

Lisa, I take it then, that you didn't try a "hundred year old egg" in Singapore/KL!! They're a sort of hard boiled egg preserved in something and are black. Mike and SSV can probably give us more info I didn't have the courage to ever eat one, I think my parents said they were ok!

Thanks Mike for asking - the eye is getting better slowly.

Vera

deck 9 001
September 12th, 2007, 05:54 AM
Hi Vera, Hundred year eggs, Thousand year eggs, or Century eggs, they are all the same, just different names. I personally like them, but mixed with Tofu, as in the below photo. Just plain, they can be a little nasty. But to each his own.

http://i120.photobucket.com/albums/o186/Deck9001/Tofu-Egg.jpg?t=1189590595 (http://javascript<b></b>:void(0);)

Here is a link that gives info about these eggs. Actually, it's quite interesting.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Century_egg

Mike