A holiday to remember
Booked superstar Gemini cruise to high seas online.
It was excellent experience.
Food was very good, staff were courteous. There was nothing wrong in the entire trip.
Only a small improvement would be the dj. He played slow Beats. This is specific to Bollywood disco organised.
Good could have been Great
Boarded in Nov14.
Being on Cruise for the first time, the experience was something new and unique.
Loved every moment.
The rooms are very small but the food is really good thought they could do with a bit of variety.
The menu was virtually a repeat day after day. I had to go to Chinese restaurant "Dynasty" to avoid the boredom.
The spread was quite good and the fruits too seemed fresh with Watermelons for every meal.
The Tours on the Island of both Penang and Langkawi left much to be desired as the Tour seemed to planned with "Shopp...
Great little ship and cruise!
Cruising out of Singapore in March was our 6th cruise and our second with Star Cruises. Our first cruise was on the Super Star Leo - fabulous! This ship didn't rate as highly but was still very good. Because of the proportion of Indian and Chinese passengers, the food was mostly tuned to their taste but the Western meals in the Bella Vista were very good. The variety show was one of the best performances we have seen on any ship. One thing that upset us was the amount of smoking onboard, generally permitted in bars and lounges and even in our c...abin we could sometimes smell smoke. Our cabin was very comfortable and we had a terrific Cabin Boy! Navigating our way around the ship wasn't so easy as facilities were scattered on various levels and zones. But on the whole, an enjoyable cruise!
Come on Guys we need to back up the Star line.They looked after us Aussies for many a year...
Just came back from Gemini nov 2014..Had a great time..not as good as Virgo..BUT the crew were fantastic & food great..Cabin also larger than Virgo.Shows were fun & teriffic thanks to all the crew & artists..We had a great time & will be back again..Go with an open mind & enjoy it all..Thanks to Myla, TokuSan,and all who looked after us to make it a great cruise..
Here are some of our good and bad experiences. We when went on this cruise with high expectations being in Asia (exotic destination). We weren't disappointed.We did enjoy it and we were happy with our room. The staff were great and we enjoyed the food and the ports. The ports: Penang was fantastic really enjoyed the terminal being so close to the shops did Temple and sky train tour with taxi and then time for some shopping. Port Klang to KL was a bit too far of a trip, not sure if it was worth the bus trip, 90 minutes, (limited time to shop wi...th so many bargains, all being duty free, a bit overwhelming really). Phuket was wonderful would recommend the sea canoe tour or walk around town for markets or massage/manicure etc. The Food: The Bella Vista was a bit hit or miss mainly with very plain/bland mostly boring western food for dinner, the breakfast was worth trying, we ended up going to the Noble house for lunch and dinner and really enjoyed it, sure they had some strange things like jelly fish, but they also had lovely crispy fish and barbeque chicken. I tried the buffet a few times it was fine. The gala dinner was a bit of a let down, we had to line up and book in. They ushered us into the theatre room so it wasn't too bad of a wait, we preordered some wine which they bought to the table on the night. But in the end we could only get into the Bella vista which was nothing special after all the hype and we ate there some nights anyway. I think it was all a bit of hype because everybody lined up early to get into the Samurai which was apparently fab. We didn't get to eat there as it was so busy and you had to pay alot. We found out later - it did look very good and maybe next time! We had a balcony and $400 credit which was fantastic. The pools and spas were alot quieter and not crowded to me. Some people were a bit pushy and some Indian people were extremely rude to the waiters allocating seats in the buffet areas, they didn't want to wait and just ignored them and walked straight past - queque jumping. Checkout was smooth - they take your passport and give it back at the end of the cruise. First we had to wait for the check-in to open up in the morning to take our luggage as they were running an hour or so late which seemed normal to them. We put our luggage in at 9.30am and then walked around town came back to some queues on level 1 at 12pm. Which was like organised chaos! Phuket was wonderful Lining up to get on and off the ship at the ports mainly in Singapore
Superstar Virgo Feb - Mar 2013
5 day cruise on the Virgo with a 2 day stop in Singapore before and after the Cruise.
The ship itself is first class all the way. Could fault nothing with the ship at all.
The staff were fantastic, polite and well mannered for the duration. Hats off to them.
Food - We ate at the Bella Vista and the Mediterranean . Could not fault the food at Bella Vista. Fine dining all the way. The Mediterranean's food was good for a buffet. But you had to fight the Indians all the way. They are like vultures who have never been fed.
Ports of call Pen...ang - An absolute disgrace this place. Dirty, smelly and vulgar. Dont know why the Virgo stops there. There are better destinations to go to. Patong Beach Phuket - Loved it here. Loved bartering with the locals to pick up some bargains.
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.
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.
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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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