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Alan Petten

Age: 50


Number of Cruises: 1

Cruise Line: Star Cruises

Ship: SuperStar Gemini

Sailing Date: 2015-04-26

Itinerary: Asia

Wasn't sure what to expect as there are almost no reviews out there for Superstar Gemini. The cruise line definitely caters to Asian passengers as my wife and I appeared to 2 of 6 non-Asian passengers on the ship. I found this interesting as you get to experience different cultural values. Food catered to Asian cuisine, but if I wanted Western cuisine I could have stayed home. The ports visited were nothing memorable in terms of attractions, but for snorkellers/divers they would be great. We had 7 days to spend in Singapore and a 3 night cruise broke that up nicely. I would recommend the cruise line as it was good quality and not all that expensive, especially considering the room credit they provided.

No complaints at all about food, definite focus on Indian and Chinese cuisine. The Asian cuisine was mid to high end and a bit exotic for a non-Asian. Western dining options were very good.

Had a balcony room, it was more spacious than I was expecting, larger than our hotel room in Singapore. Ship is a bit older and some aspects of the room show their age but overall it was fine.

My wife and I were travelling so we skipped most of the family/kid oriented activities. Loved the fact the ship was only half-full so it was no problem getting a spot by the pool or a decent theatre seat. Evening performances were fine, nothing exactly Las Vegas quality but still entertaining.

The 2 islands visited (Tioman & Redang) didn't offer much variety in terms of excursions, snorkelled on one and just wandered around on the other. The excursion prices didn't seem unreasonable. We were fine, but getting on and off tenders in rolling waves could be a challenge for people with reduced mobility.

Leaving Singapore was very interesting just to see all of the ships and shipping traffic. Ship was very smooth, could only feel motion when ship was at anchor at the port calls. Tioman Island doesn't offer too much, has golf, snorkelling and diving. We snorkelled which was okay but I should have signed up for the more expensive snorkelling trip as ours was close to the main beach and had a lot of people. Golf seemed expensive for the quality of the course, considered it but they had very limited rental equipment, especially for ladies. Redang was very similar in that snorkelling and diving were the main activities.

Ship had a nice gala evening, great food.

Given what I paid for the room and the cabin credit provided the cruise was excellent value in my opinion.

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