I’ve been hearing about cruise holiday for years but never thought that I would be invited to join this luxury SuperStar Libra for an unforgettable holiday. This ship which is one of the very first to have halal restaurant onboard, sails from Port Klang; along Straits of Malacca all the way to Andaman Sea where you have brief stop-by in Phuket and subsequently Penang for some local delicacies before returning port of origin (Port Klang).
Many thanks to Hwajing Travel for organizing this fun and an unforgettable trip which I was lucky enough to meet friends from different background and industries.
So now, what do you know about cruising? Are you confused about the cruise line, packages, type of cruise, stateroom categories, expenses etc. I received tonnes of questions asking about the cruise trip and I think it is better for me to do a recap to show you some highlights of the trip.
The facilities include eight restaurants and bars offering International cuisines and beverages to satisfy all taste buds. There is also show lounge, basketball court, gymnasium, karaoke bar, beauty salon, spa and jacuzzi.
As one of the top cruise travel agents in Malaysia, Hwajing welcomes the Asia’s most popular cruise ship, Star Cruises SuperStar Libra’s latest deployment from 3 September onwards with triple homeports in Kuala Lumpur via Port Klang and Penang in Malaysia, as well as in Phuket, Thailand.
The package is inclusive of nonstop meals onboard, cabins accommodation, various programs for guests, on-stage international performances, shopping at luxury retailers and duty-free shops, taking part in various sports and recreational activities, relaxing at the spas, swimming pools and jacuzzis, just to name a few.
We definitely had a wonderful time on board and feel grateful for what Hwajing Travel had arranged, from pre-departure to onboard until we disembarked the ship, everything was just well-planned. It was a truly relaxing vacay away from the busy city.
Here’s the short recap of my 4 days itinerary on and off the ship!
Cabin Tour & Hwajing Royal High Tea
A great day to kickstart our journey at Boustead Cruise Centre Port Klang. We were given an access card individually and told that the card serves as our room key & credit card on board. In short, forget about your wallet, IC, or passport. All you need is just one access card you are good to move around on board. Anything you consume or purchase that is not included in your cruise package will be charged through access card and payable on the last day before you check out. So this is equally important as your passport please be extra careful with the access card!
Immigration: Before boarding the vessel, we have to clear immigration and leave our passport with cruise staff upon check-in at the cruise gate for safe keeping. And of course, it will be returned on our last day before disembarking from the cruise.
Available in a range of bedding formats, these staterooms are perfect for a group of friends or families traveling together. Two single beds can accommodate 2 pax. The room comes with a TV, small closet attached next to the bathroom and toilet. As expected, cabin space is understandably limited but no complaints if you just want to rest and sleep in the room.
The impressive Executive Suites can accommodate a maximum of four guests comfortably and they come with a number of privileges from priority check-in to meals and in-cabin fruits and chocolates. Stylish bathrooms with bathtub adding a luxurious touch to your stay.
Hwajing Royal High Tea
The “Royal High Tea” on Superstar Libra is specially custom-made for Hwajing’s passengers. The objective of having this exclusive Royal High Tea at sea is to appreciate the support of Hwajing’s passengers and nevertheless leaving them an extraordinary cruise holiday experience on board.
The Royal High Tea comes with a three tier stand, with huge juicy prawn tempura, scones and assorted pastries. Other than that, they offer a wide selection of Twinnings teas with unlimited refills. You may also ask for another type of tea half way if your mood decides to change.
Bridge Tour & Phuket
To know what are the scheduled activities for the day, every passenger shall pick-up “STAR NAVIGATOR” at reception or it is delivered to every cabin on a daily basis. It serves as a guide to plan your day ahead. While most of them are complimentary, some will have minimal fees charged.
Bridge tour is one of the main highlights of the trip. It was an eye-opener tour for us as we had the chance to meet the Captain and team who showed and explained about functions of different navigational devices. Extra fees applicable to the bridge tour and pre-registration needed prior to the tour.
The ship stops at Phuket on the second day at 3 pm and you have the option to sign up a ground tour in Phuket or tour on your own. Just bear in mind to be back on the ship by 10 pm as we were told that the ship departs on time without waiting.
Galley Tour & Penang
Star Cruises has obtained halal certification for its two restaurants on SuperStar Libra. Muslim travelers can look forward to a worry-free cruise vacation, with an assurance that the food offered in Spices and Blue Lagoon are halal. *Extra charges needed to dine at the halal restaurant.*
Penang is no doubt a food heaven. It’s been ranked by many travel sites around the world as one of the best travel destinations. A city that offers artistic street arts and mouth-watering street food. This is a place you will visit anytime. For food list, you may refer to the post I shared earlier here.
Nice meeting all these fun & talented people on board!
Free & Easy
We packed our bags with a heavy heart and did a very last tour around the ship on the last day of our holiday. This is definitely a new experience to me.
WHERE TO BOOK MY CRUISE TOUR ?
You can book online at www.hwajing.com.my or call them:
KL (HQ) : 03 – 9200 2929 (Phone)
03 – 9200 6566 (Fax)
Penang (Branch) : 04 – 229 6566 (Phone)
04 – 229 0566 (Fax)
Block N-26, 2nd Floor, Warisan Cityview, Jalan 3/93A, Batu 21/2 Off Jalan Cheras,
56100 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
15A, Rangoon Road, 10400 Penangwww.hwajing.com.my
From MYR 699++ (subject to promotional season)