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Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Day 1: Singapore - Redang (Malaysia) by Star Cruise Virgo

Star Cruise Virgo has been docking in Singapore for many years but this is our very first on the cruise ship.  Better late than never!

We chose to go Redang because that was the only destination that we had never been before. Other destinations like Penang, Kuala Lumpur, and Malacca didn't sound appealing. Besides, Redang is famous for its coral life, so it seems like a good choice as we like to snorkel.

Star Cruise Virgo

A day before the departure, I went to Star Cruise office at Park Mall to check in because I had read that the queue at the Harbourfront Terminal is usually very long. By doing this, we skipped the check in queue and straight away boarded the ship.

Our cabin was an inside stateroom located at Deck 6 which didn't come with a window. Hubby insisted that it was useless to get a window room since we could just go to the side deck to enjoy the sea breeze. True to his words, we hardly stayed in the room except for sleeping and taking shower. But having said that, I don't mind getting a free upgrade. :P

That's our cabin with a "nice seaview"

The bathroom

After putting the luggage in, we began to explore the ship starting from the upper deck.

Celebrity (Deck 13)

Celebrity is a vodka bar

The Taverna (Deck 13)

Poolview snack bar

Galaxy of the Stars (Deck 12)
I loved it here, during daytime it was empty and quiet so we came here to enjoy the seaview. At night, the place was alive with music and dancing.

Jackpot machines

It was also her favorite place for playing around. :)

Library (Deck 12)
Not sure what kind of books they had in their collection, but we would be too busy to be caught reading a book. :D

Cafe Gelato (Deck 12)

An ice cream parlor

Parthenon Pool (Deck 12)
The pool is such a disappointment. I always imagine that a large cruise ship like this will have a huge pool. But the pool here is really small.

A tiny pool

The slide is too mild, not exciting at all.

Childcare Center (Deck 10)
The child care center provided lots of activities for children but it wasn't free. The rate was $16 per hour. Well, we made the right decision to bring our helper. :P

The arcade games and the childcare center is next to each other. How convenient!

Neptune Pool (Deck 10)

Kids pool

Two mini slides

Wading pool

The Lido (Deck 7 & 8)
Lido is a two storey theatre with the seating capacity of about 800.  It screened movie during daytime and was used to stage performance in the evening.

Many windows seats like this along the corridor of Deck 8. Some seats have unobstructed view.

Our tour came to a halt as it was almost time for dinner and we had to dress up for fine dining. :)

Bella Vista (Deck 6)
A fine dining restaurant that requires diners to wear smart casual. No shorts and slippers is allowed. By the way, it is the only restaurant that has this rule. All other restaurants have no dress code to adhere.

Bella Vista

The dinner was an ala carte buffet and we could choose a Western menu or Chinese menu but not both. At first we ordered one item per course but the service was pretty slow. So on the second round, we ordered more items at one go.

Clockwise: Fried calamari, beef carpaccio, cheesecake, strawberry ice cream and pan fried snapper.

Kids menu: grilled chicken cube with mashed sweet potato and asparagus

Eating on her own :)

Grand Piazza or Main Lobby (Deck 7)
The main lobby is pretty grand with the statue of golden horses and spiral staircases.

Struck a pose with bare feet :D

Daughter was pretty tired by now so we concluded our tour here and sent her and our helper back to cabin. Later we went to watch a magic show at Lido.

The magic show was average. It wasn't anything spectacular as most of the tricks I had already seen it on TV. 

Magic show

The next show we watched was a Thai cultural performance at Galaxy of the Stars.

A Thai Impersonator singing like Beyonce.

The cultural show was a yawn, so we went back to sleep. :P

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