Hi world, I am back with my 2nd installment. It has been a tiring week trying to adjust back to the rhythm of life. I didn’t expect my post-vacation syndrome to hit me so badly. Was completely a zombie on Monday. Recovered gradually after that, but whenever a plane flies past our office building, I felt the wanderlust.
Anyway let’s cut the chase and here’s what happened on Day 2.
After breakfast we took the Silka West Hotel shuttle bus service to Ocean Terminal to board Superstar Virgo. Our HK relatives accompanied us all the way to the cruise centre and even assisted us with the check in. The bus driver zipped through the streets at crazy speed cos he had to make certain stops before reaching the terminal within the stipulated time as printed on the shuttle bus schedule. Nevertheless I managed to get some shots of the HK street scene with much difficulty.
All different sorts of businesses clustered together under rustic buildings.
Condominium in HK
Ocean Terminal is located at Tsim Sha Tsui, and it is connected to Harbour City Complex. The area is another vibrant and busy shopping district with branded outlets littered everywhere. We had some time to walk around before boarding but honestly I wasn’t interested in the shops because… they are just everywhere.
The check-in for the cruise was one hell of a chaotic. The terminal is located in one corner of Harbour City, instead of being one building by itself. Expect lots of swerving and zigzagging while making your way towards the terminal, made worse by the crowds.
We were told by the staff that we could not bring water on board, so we had to dispose it at the nearby dustbin. Just as we were about to get back into the queue, we got intercepted by this troop of China tourists who are boarding the cruise as a tour group. There were over 200 of them if I am not wrong. Fortunately the staff allowed us to rejoin the queue after cutting off part of the tour group, and luckily the China people were understanding enough. Just then, we saw this Punjab family at the boarding area and they were drinking from their bottles. What the…
Here’s the full view photo of Superstar Virgo, shot a few days later. I didn’t get any discount even though my horoscope is Virgo. Grrr.
Having boarded Royal Caribbean before, I wasn’t expecting a lot from Superstar Virgo in terms of its facilities and dining because you pay for what you get. The people on board also created altogether another experience as well. Majority were Asians, with Mainland Chinese being the most. But since fate brought us together onto a ship then I guess we share some affinity with each other or something.
Had the mandatory fire drill exercise and then we had our super late lunch/tea break. There was already a crowd of Chinese waiting outside the Mediterranean Buffet (the dining area only opens at certain periods) omg.
Some auspicious coin sculpture at the Piazza. My mum took this photo while we were queuing up to book shore excursions at the Tour Desk. The Tour Desk, Reception and Piazza are all located on the same deck. .
The programme guide which lists the performances and activities on board for the day. There are also mahjong tables and tiles for rental for the mahjong addicts. Luckily my dad had no kaki with him.
There are 2 options for free-of-charge dinner, namely at Mediterranean Buffet and Genting Restaurant. We settled our dinner at Genting, which gives passengers the choice of either Western or Chinese. The dining area is also divided up depending on which arrangement you choose so you just head to your table number given to you outside the restaurant.
We chose Chinese food (cos the Worst Travelling Partner refused to try Western food) and only the chicken broth soup was memorable. Dishes are served quickly, but no way there would be waiters assigned to your table who will shout “time for yummy yummy” or ask if you want bread while holding a bread basket (Wow it has been more than a year and I still can remember them!).
For the fitness junkie, there are yoga classes on board. And they are held at the Galaxy of Stars, which is actually a bar. *Inserts Okay Face meme*. The sea was rough that day which made the ship rocky (you can even feel it while walking), so fortunately there weren’t any crazy balancing poses.
And finally (I guess most people are bored now so I am ending soon) here’s our stateroom. My aunt chose the cheapest room so here’s what we got. The interior designer probably got a mural of the sea painted to compensate for the lack of a proper seaview.
Of course I took the upper bunk. No way my parents could have climbed up the ladder. Luckily I didn’t fall off the bed while sleeping. In fact I had a good night’s sleep cos of the wave movement and we were pretty tired from yesterday’s walking and today’s adjustment to yet another environment.
Yeah that’s it for Day 2. I apologise for the lack of photos because the day has been overwhelming and I wasn’t in the mood to snap photos because I had to first familiarise myself with everything foreign before helping the old folks.
Part 3 coming soon~