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...
Although it was nearly 2 years ago, we have done 4 cruises and the Gemini was the best. Shame she was sold. Would definately travel on her again.
Everything. Crew staff were fabulous. Food top notch. Ports of call were outstanding. Ship was tidy. Layout great. Activities were fun. Mainly Aussies and Kiwis which was great.
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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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