Remember the drunk saga I got into in May?
the corridor which I stumbled back to my room
Well, this was where the story began.
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.
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.
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.
So this year, I booked myself a cruise to no where (high sea) with Cookie to relive some of my childhood memories.
No longer a child
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.
waiting at Vivocity
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 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.
Cookie defeated in the corner.
If anything else, but hall was grander than I last anticipated.
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.
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.
Next to it was a hot jacuzzi and water slide.
Which we wanted to try but never did either. Sigh~
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.
You can play mah jong with your friends, strangers or family.
You can have a drink in the club/bar,
Sing karaoke with old uncles,
celebrity disco - this was where I got drunk
Become a pilot and steet the ship,
go to the library - my favourite place on board.
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.
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.
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.
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.
At night, we went up the deck to look at the beautiful harbour before it departed.
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.
Trying to smile but I actually felt quite shitty.
So instead we went for lunch at Bella Vista restaurant.
Probably the swankiest restaurant on board too.
We were given several selections for our set lunches on a menu.
And this was what we were presented.
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.
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)
Remember the drunk saga I got into in May?
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