Please throw me overboard
OMG we were stuck on this ship for 6 long nights . worst ever. we have cruised a few times and this was a shock. boat unfinished. carpet being layed as we entered ship. toilets disgusting no roll holders no paper towels no working soap dispensers. were promised basketball court(hasnt been built), promised driving range (hast been built) went on for twins 18th birthday, nothing for them to do. so upset for them. our 10yr had nothing to do. kids club was small and one x box to share. looked like a 5yr and under creche. food cold and disgusting, w...e are all sick now, along with most of the ship. 4 out of our 8 group have been vomiting since we disembarked in Hong Kong. I have photos to prove this was a ploy to suck in all the perth people to fill the boat and get it from Singapore to Hong kong. it is basically designd as a casino ship. the $50 million refurb was spent in the casino and duty free shop. I could go on and on. please dont anybody book with Star Cruises. the only good comments of this ship below are of the old Gemini, this is no the old Gemini No hand sanitisers anywhere, cold food, unfinished, green pool by day 4 and 5.
Worse cruise company on the planet
First of all I have been on numerous ships around the World, The new Star Cruises Superstar Gemini, was the worst, First it was not fit to set sail on the 25 January 2013 on its maiden voyage to Hong Kong. Before the 1st night was over, I regretted ever getting on board, the check in, was a joke, chickens with their heads cut off, walking everywhere. get on board, apparently 50Million US spent on refitting the boat, not 1 cent was spent on the cabins, and I was on deck 9. We were promised staff that knew english, hahah what a joke, they didnt u...ndertand hello. The most serious saftey issue I saw was that the muster was apparently volunatary, as we never left our cabin, as the speakers werent working, and no staff checked, after it was over, we heard something in the hallway passage, went out and went ok we dont go, only to see numerous other cabin doors open up and see that they had missed it. The ship was constantly late, disorganised, they couldnt organise anything, the entertainment was a joke, except we had a magician on who was very good. I would not classify their market for the Australian family market, as P&O do, as the kids club is a joke, and our entertainment was belly dancing adult style, and they even sold tickets to a fantasy show, Ukranian woman doing their stuff. They seemed to be position ing themselves for the casino dollar market which i have no issue in, but why advertise in Australia, we want entertainment, not to spend out hard earned on the casino floor. As for food, it was lovely, tasty always cold even in the al a carte restaurant, they tried to pass of cordial as orange juice, everytime we departed the boat it was a stuff up. The gangway of the boat at Saigon was a very steep descent, I had no idea how they thought anyone who wasnt nimble was going to do it. But its what we got all the time on this cruise with this company no thoughtfulness, not idea, and obviously a owner who has more money they sense, as he clearly employs the wrong kind of middle management. My neighbours cabin, 3 people in it, 2 life jackets, asked staff member, wheres the 3rd, the reply you will get one upstairs when you need it. Anyone heard of the Costa. Clearly no idea. I seriously could write so many more things, not worth it, I wont go on the Gemini again, let alone the Superstar Brand I got of it, alive and without food poisoning no english, no idea
My partner and I just completed a five night six day cruise on the Virgo that departed from Singapore and we were pleased with the cruise itself but were horrified with the attitude of some Indian passengers.
I spoke to several other passengers who were just about at the end of their patiences with the constant filthy looks from both male and female Indian passengers. Another frustrating action was the pushing and shoving that happened when entering a restaurant or exiting a lift. If this continues it is a matter of time until someone takes...matters a little further and damages the International Relationship again. If you dont have the patience to deal with these types of passengers then please dont book this cruise. Excellent value with great staff. Rude arrogant sexist bigots
My first cruise.
First time ever cruising, and I loved it. I've read the other reviews, and I agree with most ... gambling is not my thing, so I chose to ignore the machines. Rude passengers were a bit upsetting, all from apparent Indian origins, and they ignored the instructions from staff, which may have made the rest of us unsafe.
I expected more shows ... I only enjoyed two out of those offered, one being a cast of the cruise's staff. I choose to ignore R-rated shows which charge extra.
Dining for me was an experience I never have at home, silver servi...
A good cruise
Virgo is a good cruise ship, diverse cross section of travellers good selection of food. Cabins were smaller than we had experienced previously (ie on Princess), but OK.
Rooms could be noisy as walls are not that sound proof and the cruise caters for families ie noisy kids.
Good range of restaurantss, and ate at most of the 'free' restaurants and the ones where you pay additional. We ate at the Italian restaurant 'Palazzo', the web site advises of additional charge, its more like a full price for the meal, our bill for 8 with wine (2 bott...les of low priced wine) was S$800 plus, great meal but pricy. The Japanese restaurant (Samurai) was also very good. Bars and bar staff very good, but drinks are very full price and you have no option, ie basic wines S$35 toS$45 plus a 15% service charge, beer was S$10 plus a stubby or glass, a serious session gets a tad expensive. Very good check in and disembarkation process. .
It was our first cruise on the Virgo,organized by my husband for my 60th with my son daughter and their families, we had cruised on many ships. we occupied 3 junior suites on the 10th floor.
All I can say is from the time we got to the cruise terminal we were met by a hostess who checked us in and organized everything for us,which was so good especially traveling with a 2yr old, she organized all the bookings for our restaurants,shows and tours.Our suite cabin was so amazing especially the bathroom never seen anything like it. I would recommend a junior suite for sure.
We would not choose Virgo again
We have cruised 5 times previously from Australia only and found this to be quite different - as expected as it is an asian line. The food was fine, not fabulous, service in the restaurants was patchy - some nights incredibly fast, others incredibly slow. The entertainment was limited - 3 shows that were enjoyable, but it was a 5 night cruise, one show repeated, and one night without any. Not many activities during the day - many passengers were gambling, so the ship was generally not very crowded. Childrens activities seemed wonderful and we o...nly noticed children occasionally. Cabin was nice, but a little small - bed as hard as a rock and our steward was extremely pleasant and helpful. They have strange meal systems where guests had to present their cabin pass for every meal and be allocated a table, even at the buffet. It was not a very sociable cruise for us - always alone at our table and everyone else the same. Asian food, a good value cruise as we had a 2 for 1 deal, no tipping expected Limited activities, main focus on gambling
Will be the Last time with Star Cruises :(
Third cruise with Virgo (Redang) , previous time had good memories (Straights of Malaca in 2010 & Vietnam 2008).
First time after refurb and I can only say that the Virgo has been turned into a floating Casino!
The once beautiful galaxy of the stars now lined with poker machines, destroying the ambiance of this once great room and reflecting what the owners Genting really care about
Other facilities replaced with "High rollers" clubs, as they seem to care only for Gambling customers.
Biggest shock was to come at the Buffet. The quality of t...
SuperStar Virgo worst Cruise ever Singapore Aug 2012
Australian - I had 10th floor balcony cabin, beds like concrete, but had major sag in middle and (smallest singles I have ever seen), felt like I broke my back. Toilet would never flush, phone didn't work. Food incredibly bad and so cheap every where (except Palazzo Italian where you paid, great food and worth every cent.) Breakfast was especially awful each day and not many options. No pool bar or any kind of service around pool, which made for no atmosphere of fun anywhere at all. You had to queue for every single thing, all the time - fru...strating wasting so much time. Lounge shows pathetic, worst I have ever seen - from a very embarrassing crew show to a cheap Russian strip show that was so cringe worthy .....a wierd attempt at some sort of porn. Plus people smoked heavily all over the ship, inside and out, you could never escape the smell. Final straw, a kid vomited in the pool. Total chaos disembaking and took forever. Please avoid this cruise like the plague!!! Save your money and go on the amazing Royal Caribbean or Princess ships - They are the best, best in the world! Getting off 2 days early! Many of the staff were lovely & kind people.
Superstar Virgo - July 2012
My husband & I did the cruise from Singaporebfr 3 nights & we enjoyed it. We holiday 4 or 5 star generally but were pretty happy with our cabin on deck 10 (balcony cabin) & the general service & food. The buffet was a bit disappointing but we enjoyed eating the Bela Vista restaurant. We got a $300 credit with our booking so were able to use it on food & drinks. Drinks are a litte expensive but that's where they make their money on board shows were good & free except for one which was adults only topless show. Pool was nice & spa was nice but a ...bit too hot for us. Staff were excellent, very helpful & friendly. Probably a few too many rude Indians & Asians but what can u do but that? I'm Indian ( Aussie born) so u can't all me racist. Shore trips could probably be a bit better but we enjoyed them & did some good shopping at Penang. Overall we enjoyed it & would consider similar cruising again one day. Something different from usual holiday, great staff & some nice food. Too many rude Indians & Asians who are pushy.
Very disappointed with the experience and would not do again.Had a much better time with on the much smaller ship when we did a similar trip on the Gemini where we had great food drinks and service.
The ship was beautifully decked and the cabaret singers and bands were very good
The food at the buffet was not good and always crowded. The pool area lacked service for drinks and food and generally the ship was overcrowded
Was a wonderful experience and would go again, would like to try Virgo's other ships.
Great staff, all stewards and stewardess' were very attentive and interesting to talk to.
Great staff, balcony cabin gives a little space to get away from the crowds, ship is like a floating palace, very clean and safe. Took Mum and we both enjoyed the experience - first cruise for both of us. Balcony cabin gives $400 credit for eating at better restaurant (Bella Vista) etc. Indian restaurant was also good. Live show and costume was fantastic as was Galaxy...
Great experience overall. I would definitely do it again but would take plenty of incidental cash with me to cover all those extra costs.
Staff were excellent, they had to deal with some very rude Indian guests. I'm not being racist but I found the Indians to be very abrasive in nature and very ignorant in their behaviour. A lot of hidden costs involved with the cruise but overall very happy with our experience. Superstar Virgo October 2010.
A lot of hidden costs. Rude guests. Small cabins.
We weren't impressed. We've travelled a lot and this was the worst trip. We felt trapped on the boat, the food was hard to get eg. breakfast is from 8-10am for 2000 odd people mind you, if you wake up at say 9:45am, forget about it, you'll have to wait til 12 noon to eat lunch. There is morning tea but its stale muffins, try finding something healthy on the ship, I couldn't find fruit anywhere. Not being able to eat adequately or frequently enough was terrible. I was sick with a cold/flu on the ship, do you think I could find a pharmacy? No can...do, had to wait til KL (days away) to get Vitamin C. They have doctors and I went but I was prescribed with antibiotics when I just wanted something like echinacea to slow it down. We're the sort of people who, when travelling, get up early and get out and see as much as we can. We instead found ourselves waiting around for hours until we could get off, then it was a rush to get to see everything before having to hurry back to the ship. We're a couple in our 30's. Not, we think, suitable for young people. Its a different experience than flying, you see everything from another perspective. All the staff were friendly. Cabin clean. The food was very disappointing. We were told "meals included" yet what they faild to mention was that the meals that were included were average and we had to line up for ages to get a table. We actually ended up paying for every meal to avoid the crowds and get better quality food. There was no fridge in our cabin so, if you want a cold bottle of water, or anything else cold, you had to buy it. People were smoking outside their rooms in the corridors so you could smell smoke wherever you went. We were quite bored on the ship as everywhere you wanted to go was crowded. Malacca/Kuala Lumpur 12 hour tour was a joke as we only got to spend 1.5 hours in KL, a place we'd never been before. Indian restaurant food was way too hot (spicy), Japanese restaurant made us both ill the next day.
For our first cruise it was ok...It was our honeymoon and we were very dissapointed only spending less than 2 hours in KL but I guess you never know if you dont give it a go...would be better with a group of us to annoy the Indians I would say.....
Balcony class gets you the cabin credit you can use thru out your cruise...Helpful but you will still have to put towards your meals and drinks and other excursions as the credit does not cover all things
I hated the Indians on board they were rude there children very loud and rude they looked down a...
While boarding Virgo it was cattle class. Two hours of rude pushing people to get aboard. The cabins were half star but well serviced by the friendly staff. The ship stank of cigarette smoke but the library and the Galaxy lounge and restaurants were the only havens for clean air and peace and quite. We would not use the pool and spa as hygene and swimming dress regulations were ignored by some people and families as was using food tongs at the Mediterean buffet. Full credit and admiration to the staff for putting up with these rude, noisy and i...ll mannered passengers. The food and staff were exellent with a special mention to the Bella Vista staff. Disembarking at stopovers was out of the question same as boarding. My advice stay aboard and enjoy the peace and quiet. An utter disappointment! The great cabin and restaurant staff, beautiful food and the gala night. Overcrowded, cigarette smoke, very poor actvities eg.serviette folding, bed making, doughnut decorating, etc.
I took my husband on this cruise for his 40th birthday. We were probably some of the youngest people on board but we still had a fabulous time! The boat was only about half full so there was plenty of room for everyone and it didn't feel over-crowded. There were a lot of Aussies on board as well as some NZ'ers and Asians. The staff were super friendly and the cabins (we had an inside cabin) were well equiped although quite small (you don't spend a lot of time in them anyway and we certainly didn't miss having a window). You have adequate tim...e at each port and the organised tours were wonderful. I would definitely recommend this cruise to everyone, although I don't think I would take children...the pool is fairly small and they would most likely be a bit bored (not much of a games room for them and the people in the pool didn't like kids jumping in on them!). Fabulous adventure and wonderful holiday :) We really liked the size of the boat, the friendly crew and the wonderful locations that we visited. Nothing really - we had a fabulous time
great food freestyle cruising tours are cheap but fantstic balcony suite perfect service is top class we have been twice and we will go again
everythhiing they make you feel like royalty
The cruise was ok. Having travelled on the Pacific Dawn as a family with 3 children found this ship a little disappointing for the kids as you had to pay for everything and not many activities for the teens. Would probably travel again but without children. Some passengers were very rude to staff and other passengers for no reason which turned you off going into spas and pool as they would be going in almost fully clothed and did not shower before entering.
Beautiful ship, food ok , shows ok, calm waters. Friendly staff especially the lady ...
Very good. Was first cruise and enjoyed it. Great for 2 adult couples (4 of us) and which made it easy to utilise areas of the ship / options away from the masses.
Avoid the Meditaranean Buffet - Bella Vista great for B'Fast and meals. Make some effort to put on polo shirt/shoes to assist with the atmosphere (cringe at fellow Aussies in singlets/T-Shirts/thongs). Be prepared to pay $600 or so on ship(up to $1000) to maximise the experience. (we paid $1000 less $400 credit = $600, included drinks with all meals, off-ship tours and odd coffee/be...
Questions & Answers
What about Star Gemini cruise punctuality....does it gets back to Singapore at mentioned time as my flight is on the same day?
Are there water slides at Superstar Gemini??
I'm sorry I really don't know. We are not into the waterslides we are pensioners. But we were very disappointed with the whole cruise. Felt more like a shuttle than a cruise, nothing like the old Gemini. No shopping excep in speciality shops which charged ridiculous prices. Hope that helps you. Maybe if you have small children you would enjoy it more than we did. I'd never go there again with this cruise line.
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