It's been ages since I last went for a long holiday. By the way, my definition of a "long holiday" has to be at least one week. The boyfriend and I went for a 6 days 5 nights Singapore-Ho Chi Minh City-Redang-Singapore cruise on SuperStar Virgo. We also spent one night in Singapore before and after the cruise. So that totaled up to 8 days 7 nights away from home. I will blog about Singapore later.
This trip was a spontaneous one. We didn't plan for any more trips for the year but we came across a really good deal from MyDeal here. We upgraded our cabin to Oceanview Stateroom with Balcony (Deck 11).
We did not regret the upgrade at all because there were a few privileges for the balcony class passengers. You just have to read on to find out what are the privileges.
Checking in and boarding the ship was a breeze. Well, that's because there was a special lane for the balcony class passengers. As we entered the ship, we were greeted with a special welcome cocktail (free flow) exclusive only for Admiral and Balcony Class guests at the Grand Piazza (located on Deck 7, Midship Lobby). I was a little tipsy after 2 glasses or so of champagne.
We were also informed that we had a special dining credit of SGD300 that we can use for food and beverages at any of the bars and restaurants. This is on top of the six sumptuous meals they’ll serve us every day. Awesome-ness!
We bought one bottle of red wine and one bottle of white wine to be consumed on the ship. We also bought our HCMC day tour.
We had to book our table for the Wednesday Gala Dinner as well on Day 1. Again, we had priority booking and we had 4 restaurants to choose from whereas the normal class only had 2 choices.
The toilet - Shower on the left; Toilet on the right
When the ship departed at 6pm, we went up to Deck 12 to chill at the jacuzzi and at the poolside with our Heineken. Ahhhhhhh, blissful!
For our inclusive meals, we had 3 restaurants to choose from namely, Pavilion Room (Chinese), Bella Vista (Western) and Mediterranean (Buffet - Halal). So, our usual routine for our meal is that, we will check out the menu for both Pavilion and Bella Vista before we decide where to eat.
"Why can't they place both the menu at one place so that we don't have to walk to two different locations?" I find myself asking this question all the time and Ryan answered, "They have to make it hard for us or else we will be bored." Lol.
So after all the walking, we had our dinner at Pavilion Room (Chinese) and the food was good. In my honest opinion, I think the food provided by all the Star Cruise was alright except for the buffet. I went on SuperStar Libra last year and didn't think the buffet was good. The buffet on SuperStar Virgo was not very inviting as well. However, I remember the buffet was superb 15 years ago on Star Pisces and SuperStar Gemini. Well, they probably changed their concept.
After our dinner, we went for the Welcome Aboard Show at The Lido. I found out that balcony class passengers get to enjoy the option of exclusive balcony class seats but this is on a first come first served basis. The seats are very limited. Anyway, no big deal.
I will blog about Day 2 and Day 3 on my next post.
***All photos are photographed by Ryan Chew.