Clearing backlog time! Is all about the Star Cruise trip I won during a model competition and I was freaking excited to go because I never went before! Always heard people talk about Star Cruise and all but I have no idea how it feels to be on the cruise like but I do now! After some long planning, decided to went there during March! It was a long vacation, which I'm dying for one now!
Thanks to Hwajing Travel company which gave us a clear guide for this trip, we have all the sufficient information about the Star Cruise trip. Including where to park, where to go, what can we do during the trip etc. It was a short 2 days 1 night (or should I say 1 day 1 night???) trip which worth bout RM200++ per person if I was not wrong. RM78 head tax per person are excluded. Since I won the trip, so we just paid for the head taxes and enjoy our trip.
There are many types of Star Cruises package, for the Superstar Libra, it will be a 1 night trip out to the open sea and back to the pier next morning. All happening at Penang, so we have to drive all the way to Penang on boarding day itself. And there goes our first day of long vacation yayy!
|parked our car here.|
|Monument roundabout located just outside the pier.|
First thing to do after parked our car is to go to Swettenham Pier and check-in before boarding. Everyone have to go to their respective counter and check-in to get your very own i.d card to be used on the cruise because they don't accept cash for all your expenses. Cash are only allowed in casinos, but not restaurants or duty free shops or drinks in the bars. I'm already super excited when I reach the pier I can't wait to board on the cruise already!
|First star cruise trip, I'm coming!!!|
|Oh, did I tell you that this card also serves as your room key?|
So it's super duper important. If you lose it, imagine how destructive it will be!
People can swipe and buy anything they want! So be extra careful.
After queue up for baggage checking + body check, time for boarding.
|This thing freaks me out!|
I ran to see the cruise after the custom check, and the cruise is so freaking huge! And this is the only portion my camera able to fit it in a frame. lol.
|Friendly staffs welcoming us and colourful balloons!|
Here we go!
Basically it's a free and easy 1 night trip, with programmes lineup and buffet for dinner and next morning's breakfast. We get to choose which restaurant to go to, oriental cuisine or international buffet. Boarding time starts from 6pm and closes at 9pm ( if I'm right), the cruise will start sailing at 9pm, and that's when all casinos inside the cruise starts operating. First thing first, find our room and put our bags in the room.
|How our room looks like! Old hair dryer some more.|
|Liking this drawing in our room!|
Basically it feels like hotel room, but a super small hotel room. Feeling kinda vintage to me due the stuff in the room and bathroom which were quite used and aged. But you know, I feel it's much better than Jack Dawson's room in Titanic hahaha. So yea, still feeling grateful with the room! The scenes in Titanic keep replaying in my mind, I really do hope it was a romantic one like that. (But nah! Lol. )
|All the decks.|
|My favourite deck of all - Deck 9!|
Lots of families and uncles aunties were on board. It became less romantic with kids running and screaming around, less romantic where there's people staring at my hair like I'm a freak, less romantic when the international buffet that serves as dinner sucks, less romantic when the air filled with smokes that came out from the cruise's funnel and I'm coughing nonstop. The romantic expectation became broken pieces just like that. Gahhh.
|Beautiful sunset nonetheless|
|superb view of George Town under sunset sky from the deck|
|tell me how to maintain good looking hair with strong wind blowing.|
|Sun sets, lights on!|
So basically, it's dinner time from 6pm - 8:45pm, we chose the international buffet as our dinner because we don't feel like eating oriental that night. But who would've thought that the food at the buffet sucks badly, nothing much to elaborate about. Luckily I scooped two big spoons of salmon salad, some mutton and beef, a bowl of cream soup and bread, that concludes my dinner for the night. Not much selection available, so much is the name international buffet. lol.
After the dinner, we skipped the emergency evacuate training at the deck and hide in our room after it ends, then there goes the cruise started sailing right at 9pm! Spent some time napping in room due to exhaustion from sleep deprived the night before, and we went out for a walk under the starlight at 2am in the morning. lol.
|Everything looks better under starlight!|
|Okay la, finally some "romantic" kinda feeling.|
|This is how huge the propeller of this cruise is!!!!|
You ask where are all the people, hah! They're all gambling in the casinos. No cameras allowed in the casino, so no photos. But they have all sorts of game, and the minimum betting are as low as RM10! Played a hand or two but lady luck wasn't at my side. Boo! Drank all the free chilled milo available at the counter hahaha.
|No photo of casino, so here's something outside the casino. lol.|
Continue sleep till breakfast time because we've done exploring around, visited casino and got nothing to do anymore. Feeling a lil bit seasick that time when the cruise start sailing, but feeling better after some sleep. Not really sure is because of tiredness or seasickness, but after a good few hours sleep, everything is good. Time for some awesome morning breakfast.
The cruise reached the pier around 6am, that time we're still sleeping I guess, so after breakfast we managed to roam around for a lil while more before we get off the cruise that concludes our 1 day 1 night trip.
|sleep deprived face lol|
|Thank you for such a wonderful memories Superstar Libra!|
I missed out some programmes like magic show and live band performance due to my seasickness nap, but I'll remember how it feels like to lie down on the top deck and watch the starry sky as if everything is just perfect, how the waves sounds like in the middle of the night that calms my soul. It was really, really a good experience that I think everyone should really experience once in their lifetime. I hope that next time I'm able to go for a longer trip with Star Cruise, possibly a much, much more romantic one I wish! Haha.