Monday, November 30, 2009

Virgo SuperStar Cruise

Remember the drunk saga I got into in May?

star cruise virgo corridor
the corridor which I stumbled back to my room


Well, this was where the story began.

star cruise virgo


I wanted to take a cruise since I grew out as a kid.

I remembered following my parents to cruise all the time when I was little and having them left me at the slot machine and a bundle of money while they headed into the casino for some adult game. pfft.

outside starcruise ship


But I didn't care. I loved the slot machine, I loved how it always surprised me when the coins would stumble out when I hit something right, and every single slot I pulled was full of anticipation.

I loved how there's always a section for kids and I remembered there was a clown who'd always entertained all of us minors.

Then there was the endless buffet.

making chocolates


Oh yes, the buffet, the happiness of eating endlessly. I don't think I can do that anymore.

I don't remember much of the rooms though, since it was a time where we didn't need or asked to sleep early. It was a glimpse of adult freedom for me.

our room


So this year, I booked myself a cruise to no where (high sea) with Cookie to relive some of my childhood memories.

smiling nicole
No longer a child


pouty nicole
trying to become a kid again, oh look, I look like myself in my camera.


Since the only cruise one can take in this region is Superstar Cruise, and they no longer serve Klang Port boarding, we made a trip down to Singapore to board the cruise.

concentrating
waiting at Vivocity


salmon penne pasta
having lunch while waiting for our time to board


Once we got on the cruise, after going through a series of passport submission and H1N1 checks, we made it into the room.

cookie in centre of bed
cookie hogging the bed


Cookie immediately went to combine the bed so he can have a bigger space to sleep on.

Distraught, I fought with Cookie and got the better of him.

reading paper
Cookie defeated in the corner.


If anything else, but hall was grander than I last anticipated.

grand hall


golden horses in grand hall


me standing in grand lobby


But then it was a dutch cruise I took last time and the ship was much bigger and services were superb. Every staff including the performers was a gorgeously made up foreigner.

enquiring at reception
asking for a ship map at the reception


We strolled the entire cruise the first day/evening, on top of the deck, we found a large swimming which we've sworn to swim in but never did.

deck swimming pool


Next to it was a hot jacuzzi and water slide.

hot jacuzzi


spiral water slide


Which we wanted to try but never did either. Sigh~

water slide


There's a lot to do on the cruise. It's like staying in a big fat resort which all the facilities you can have, but on the ocean and no one to stop you, quite literally. You phone will be useless out here too.

You can go to the gym to work out all the food you've eaten.

gym


You can play mah jong with your friends, strangers or family.

mah jong room


mah jong table


You can have a drink in the club/bar,

night club


Sing karaoke with old uncles,

celeberity disco
celebrity disco - this was where I got drunk


Become a pilot and steet the ship,

pilot nicolekiss


go to the library - my favourite place on board.

book shelves


library globe


or eat your heart out multiple times a day till your stomach explodes with all the wonderful delicious buffet. Their food were really delicious despite it's roughly-made outlook.

chef at buffet


I was completely thrown off by the capability of all their chefs on board - to prepare food for so many people was not easy, to make it taste nice was a talent.

dinner serving 1
I know it looked shitty but it's really very nice.


There's also a lot to spend on.

Like souveniers, drinks, more food (even though meals were included in the package four times a day at different restaurants all over the ship, you can pay for own one if you want other selections at odd hours), wines from wine shop and a dozen other ridiculous things which you would only buy when you hit jackpot in the casino.

$30k 50 year old chivas


50 year old chivas

Say, a 50 year-old Chivas for example?








Like the highlight of every cruise, there's a Casino. Which would only open when the ship hit high sea and no tax needed to be incurred for opening one.

Here you would find all the Singaporeans and Chinese sitting in front of the closed door waiting for their first gamble.

sitting outside casino


At night, we went up the deck to look at the beautiful harbour before it departed.

the night of singapore harbour


And then it happened. That night I got pissed drunk and forgot what occurred following. (what a way to start a cruise, yea baby, wtf)

All I knew was that I woke up at noon to a nagging hang-over, all body achingly pain with bruises and a face pale as paper.

me
Trying to smile but I actually felt quite shitty.


So instead we went for lunch at Bella Vista restaurant.

posing with bella vista


bella vista in virgo star cruise


Probably the swankiest restaurant on board too.

sitting in bella vista


We were given several selections for our set lunches on a menu.

bella vista set lunch


And this was what we were presented.

fresh bread


garden salad


chicken


chicken dish


beef roulade


beef


chocolate ice cream puffs


milk dessert


milk dessert 2


They looked nice right?
Tasted otherwise. I personally prefer the buffet over this three course meal.

It's either I was affected by my hangover and everything tasted aweful, on top of that I didn't feel like eating at all; or that the food was sucky.

The desserts' not bad though.


We ended the day roaming all over the cruise, visit the casino and sitting on lounges and stared blankly out at sea.

sea view


being funky
being funky


Then we stored away the camera to enjoy the rest of our stay before retiring to the deck in the evening for an outdoor BBQ.

As expected, it was superb.

Thus ended my 3 days 2 nights cruise at high sea. Le sigh~

(next cruise, year 2012 :p)

11 comments:

  1. I'd definitely join you on a cruise in 2012. ;)

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  2. Nicole,

    Cruising is a great way to escape from the world.

    Costly as cruising might be, my wife and me have been able to cruise to Alaska, and have cruised on Royal Caribbeans Navigator of the Seas and Liberty of the Seas during recent cruise.

    I just found you blog and find your writing fun and refreshing!

    David

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  3. wah~ seh~
    so nice, every time when I read your blog. You were kinda traveling overseas.
    hahaaha.. just curious to ask ya~

    How many times you go for travel in 2 months time?

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  4. Cruising in 2012? Remember what happened to that cruise ship in the movie? :)

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  5. Ace,

    ITS a MOVIE!

    Everything about the 2012 is psuedo science.

    Nicole can cruise safely during 2012 and for many years to come!

    David

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  6. Ace,

    ITS a MOVIE!

    Everything about the 2012 is psuedo science.

    Nicole can cruise safely during 2012 and for many years to come!

    David

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  7. no... that wasn't my question~ kakaka

    Nicole had travel a lot ... almost as a lot as Ms Cheesie did.

    Just wondering on how bloggers like them manage to travel that frequent and that far???

    Sounds more promising than being a high pay management personals or photojournalist(at least, no commitment n no date line).

    How???

    * About 2012, we shall see if there is any dwarf moon turning out between 2010 to 2011. ... I believe nothing is impossible - invention of Space Shuttle~!

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  8. one thing not to do when u r hungry is, READ NICOLEKISS's blog... damn hungry la... drooling...

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  9. My, my... you look so... ordinary here Nicole. Nothing special... :P

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  10. Everything about this cruise line looks gorgeous. This is one of the things I look for when I go to a cruise trip. I make sure the reviews are great and of course the services offered are great. This one looks awesome and I hope I can experience something new here just like seeing whale watching argyll or get to experience new cuisines.

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