Last year, I was lucky enough to be invited by Singapore Tourism Board to visit Singapore and give a try on some of its recommended activities and destinations for family vacation. Yes, it's totally late (last year, huh?) and the article for this experience was already published for Tribun Network, but I just thought maybe I can share my real opinion and non-formal review on that.
To be honest, I've never been getting on a luxurious cruise ship and I'm so happy that I was given the chance to experience one! People from Star Cruise were super kind to give a tour (and even a treat!) inside their one of incredible cruises. SuperStar Gemini is a cruise ship operated by Star Cruise and cruising between Singapore and Malaysia. It has 765 guest cabins, four bars, seven restaurants, two outdoor swimming pools, jogging track, and some entertainment go-tos. I can say that anything is available there! It's also a very big ship, with 10 decks that all are accessible by elevators and stairs.
When I went through the entry deck, the ship somehow seemed and smelled a little old. No wonder - as per Wikipedia, SuperStar Gemini was said to be built on 1992. It even is at the same age as me! But as old as it looks, it still embraces the very luxurious interior, with furniture dominated in red.
Special things about SuperStar Gemini are the entertainment and facilities offered on deck. It has duty-free shopping area, where you can shop many things from bags, sunnies, to watches. If you want to treat yourself with some me time, you can also get spa treatment, massage and reflexology, hairdressing, and other beauty/health whatnots. SuperStar Gemini also has live performance stages, karaoke lounge, mahjong room, and even a casino.
Dozens of bar and restaurant are ready to serve the best cuisines and drinks, all masterly served by SuperStar chefs who mostly are ex-finalists of big cooking competitions, like 'Battle of the Chefs'. The restaurants are varied for the type of dishes, from Asian to Western delicacies. No wonder that the ships of Star Cruises are leading for serving the best culinary on deck!
The tour included a lunch in an exclusive Asian restaurant called 'Blue Lagoon', which experts on seafood. When I came, the restaurant was divided into dining rooms by partitions, so it's like having a dining room all to myself. The dining room has a big round table and sofas. It also has big windows with great oceanic view. My favorite menu from the three-course dining is the 'Baked Lobster with Cheese'. It's basically big lobster with cheese melted on it. As messy as I went for it (it's a fine dining restaurant, mind you), it's totally worth it. The waitresses are very kind and helpful with requests. They even have different menu for vegetarian. Blue Lagoon serves 24 hours, so it's great to know that a restaurant with foods that you'll die for opens all day.
SuperStar Gemini offers various guest cabins, which all varied by the size, facility, and the view to the outside. My favorites are the cabins with 'Oceanview' facility, which allow guests to enjoy the oceanic view from private balconies or even from the big windows. Having a cabin with great scenic view is important, because apparently for me the cabins are still look intimidatingly cramped, no matter how big the size of the cabins are. Maybe it's because the big furniture and the rather low ceiling. So, windows or balconies to the outside would really help for the uncomfortable feeling.
Overall, getting a trip on SuperStar Gemini is definitely amazing for vacation. Especially for families with children, because the ship also provides facilities for little kids. It has swimming pool for children and Child Care Center, where children can do child-friendly activities. You can book a trip with SuperStar Gemini through the Star Cruise website and passport will be required for check-in since the ship bounds for international port.
All photographs by Ruth Vania Christine