Thursday, December 19, 2013
Hello Kitty Star Cruise 8 - 11 Dec 2013
This is a backdated post cos I was so busy after my leave. Almost forgot the concept of taking leave for holidays and definitely forgot the feeling of having to clear backlog and emails after a holiday. Lol.
Anyway, the extended family of 8 (incl my mum, aunt, MIL and bro) took a cruise in December. Was planning for Australia initially but changed our minds cos my mum was worried of walking too much. Cruise seemed like a good idea since there was young and old travellers. I wanted to go to Royal Carribean Cruise since we already went to Star Cruise last Dec in 2012.
But when I heard that there was no chinese restaurants and the food spread was largely Italian with just some local dishes, I changed my mind. With 3 old folks in the cruise, it can be quite boring for them to eat bread and potatoes or pasta for 4d3n. Haha.
At least Star Cruise has a decent Chinese restaurant, I thought, better for their traditional taste buds.
When I booked the star cruise through 5 Stars, it was about $2500 for balcony cabin and about $1900 for the normal cabin. Not cheap but at least food and entertainment are inclusive so not much out of pocket. When I booked in July, there was no Hello Kitty Cruise. But in Nov, they announced Hello Kitty cruise and we were lucky that our cruise is one of the Hello Kitty cruise date. The gals are in for a treat! ;)
We went to Singapore Cruise Centre at Harbourfront around 1130am though check in time is 12noon. Last yr, we were faced with a crazy snaking queue when we reached Cruise Centre about 1-2 hrs after check in time. Balcony class priority was useless then cos everyone had to join the same queue. We were told by 5 stars that once we board the ship, we can have lunch. But in fact, 'tea' was served only from 130pm onwards at Mediterranean Buffet and from 2pm at Belle Vista Western Restaurant. It was mainly finger foods, pastries and curry chicken rice so my mum was not impressed. After that, we went back to our cabins to rest. RA woke up early so I brought her to the Charlie's childcare centre open house (only for 1 hour during whole cruise ie. 5pm to 6pm) to play at the mini indoor gym.
The magic show at night was by a different magician. There was less audience participation compared to last year's. So hb preferred last year's magician. :P
We decided not to disembark at Penang since we are going to Penang next June. In the morning, the gals had breakfast and photo taking with Hello Kitty and Friends. Then we went for a swim while the adults went to the casino or rested in the room. It got a bit boring by afternoon, I must admit so we roamed the ship looking for entertainment. Ended up going for karaoke with my bro and the old folks hidden inside the casino from 5-6pm leaving hb w the gals who were napping in the room.
Entertainment show tonight was Hello Kitty Karaoke show. Pity the old folks who were bored by this kiddy show but didn't want to break away from us. haha.
We disembarked after breakfast around 10am at Patong beach, Phuket and the 5 mins transfer by boat from our ship to the beach was free. We brought beach toys and let the gals spend time at the beach, then headed for lunch and some shopping. Went back to the ship just before 4pm. Time flew by. No time for a massage though they only costs SGD10. We did not get to go for Gala dinner as we tried booking it too late the night before. So, I used our dining credits and all of us ate at the Blue Lagoon café for local food. :(
Entertainment tonight was the "Somewhere in Time" Musical which the gals enjoyed a lot last year but performance this yr seemed a bit subdued with a smaller cast though the two leads were still as good at singing. The contortionist was very good too.
We had a leisurely day. The gals were already whining about not going home. Had to check out of our rooms by 5pm. So, we had an early dinner at Belle Vista. Our first western meal of this whole cruise which was good to me especially the braised lamb which was tender and juicy. Too bad we didn't eat here more often. :P