Occupation:Doctor's Surgery Office Manager
Number of Cruises: 6
Cruise Line: Star Clipper
Ship: Star Flyer
Sailing Date: February 18th, 2006
Itinerary: Asia, Thailand, Malaysia
Despite the advertising, this is not a luxury cruise. The ship is 15 years old and it shows. The cabins are cramped and shabby. The air conditioning does not work well. The smallest cabins are too small for two people of normal size to stand on the floor together at the same time - One person has to sit on the bed. We didn't expect this because the brochures do not represent this accurately. The purser admitted this when we complained.
The ship was only 50% occupied but they still charged us a substantial "upgrade fee" for moving us to a bigger cabin. This looked like a well rehearsed routine because in each cabin the first thing you see is a notice saying "how to upgrade". If the ship had had more passengers on board, it would have been very crowded, particularly at dinner.
The food is ok at breakfast and lunch, but dinner is very disappointing. One night they served tinned fish! We do not drink very much, but be aware that if you like to use the bar or have wine with dinner, that this is extremely expensive.
The tours from the ship are also very expensive. Four out of the six ports of call were nice places, but two were touristy and not really worth going to. One day we were dropped at a three star hotel in Langkawi where we were told we could use the beach. But they had not arranged this with the hotel and the passengers were removed from the sun chairs by the hotel security staff, so we ended up going back to the ship. Overall, we feel we were lucky because we met nice people and the ship only had 100 passengers on board, although it felt full (it can take 170). It is a very expensive cruise for what it provides.