At my age, it never crossed my mind that I would be embarking on a trip that was once considered as a retiree’s ultimate dream. On board a fancy cruise ship loaded with families and honeymooners, I was overjoyed as I stood facing the glass windows of my cabin, looking at passing islands as we journey along the Malacca Strait. I was on SuperStar Gemini cruise ship. I said to myself, a once far-fetched dream that was now being fulfilled as we navigate on a four-day cruise holiday.
Sunday morning, the group flew from Manila to Singapore for our cruise trip. Our good friends from Star Cruises invited me and some friends (there were fourteen of us in total) to experience one of their famous tours, the Singapore-Penang-Langkawi-Singapore four-day cruise. Everyone was excited as we were chauffeured to our home for four days, the SuperStar Gemini.
At the Singapore Cruise Centre, we were asked to check-in our luggage and wait for the embarkation time. After our quick coffee time on one of the cafés along the area, we were cleared from immigration and were led towards the security check for boarding.
Access cards were given beforehand to be used as key cards to our room. That same card will also be used as charge card to transact inside the ship as cash is not accepted on any of the outlets (make sure that your card is with you at all times).
|The view from the Captain's Bridge|
|Our gorge home for four days|
|Superior Oceanview Stateroom|
|There's a hot & cold shower and hair dryer|
|My room was surprisingly spacious|
Speaking of which, I was surprised on how diverse the crew population is. With a great majority of Filipinos (around 40%), I noticed a good mix from India, Nepal, Indonesia, Japan, China and more. It felt like home as we spoke in Filipino to some of the staff (although the multi-lingual crew are all fluent in English).
I saw a number of honeymooners, families and surprisingly, groups of young travelers who were enjoying the cruise. I suppose, these are the new generation of flashpackers who wants to experience a seemingly different kind of adventure (as opposed to the notion that cruise ships are for retirees).
It was around seven in the evening when the sun started to bid its farewell and the sky showed off a majestic display of colors. At the same time, buffet dinners were started to be served at four different restaurants in the ship. As with the food, we got to have different dining options, as was included on the cruise package. Each guest can actually enjoy six different meals on any of the restaurants per day.
|My lunch plate at Dynasty Restaurant|
|My breakie plate at Mariners Rdestaurant|
|My dinner plate at Oceana Barbecue|
|Wasabi Prawn Mayonnaise - my favorite during the Gala dinner at Bella Vista|
Located at the top deck, Blue Lagoon has a diner feel and a great view of the sea. Asian and Western dishes are highlighted and they have huge servings. I particularly enjoyed their Crispy Chicken in Garlic Teriyaki (SGD8) which was overly delicious that it didn't even make it to my photo gallery (yeah, I missed taking snaps of it). It was so good that the moment we were told our last meal on the ship would be at Blue Lagoon, I knew exactly what I was gonna order again (and falied again in taking a decent photo of the glorious dish).
|Kyla gave an outstanding performance during our first night|
|Queen of Hearts show|
At high seas, me and my buddies were always on the lookout for something new to do. There was this one time when we went to the topsiders pool and had a fun time swimming into a wavy pool (blame it on the moving ship). At around eleven, we were surprised that a pool party was about to happen and all of the drinks at the bar are on promo. We chugged cans and cans of Tiger Beer (two beers at SGD9) and partied as the DJ rocked the house, oh I mean the boat. We were sprinkled with water and it was really fun as we danced along with the gang and some of the guests at high noon. We also had a nice time watching the sunset at the outdoor swimming pool and at one of the Jacuzzi pools on the top deck the next day.
|Pool party at noon!|
|And we are so ready for the shore excursion!|
|All dressed up for the Gala dinner with renowned travel blogger in the Philippines. |
I felt so honored to be on the cruise with them.
|And they made me perform on a stage in front of an audience, wish fulfilled :)|
|Why should you wait for retirement to do the things that you dream of? :)|
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