Friday, September 5, 2014

2014 Cruise To Phuket & Krabi - Thailand

I am back from the short cruise vacation to Thailand. It was a memorable trip to relax and get pampered by the excellent crew. I will definitely join longer days of cruise in future after enjoying the first class treatment on board Star Cruise's Libra ship.




1. It was an impromptu booking we made during the recent MATTA Fair and got a discounted deal from Hwajing Tour's booth. They are really good and provided 3 big comfortable buses from KL to bring the passengers right up to the berthed ship @ Penang's Port in Weld Quay.




2. I will be posting 2-3 rounds of this cruise trip in my blog. This posting will be a simple outline, yeah. Here the above is the long narrow corridors leading to the rooms that were located on 10 floors!
We had the highest level on the 8th floor!





3. This is the typical room where it is really comfortable with nice classy furnishings and thick carpets. We pushed the beds to join up as a Queen size!
The bathroom has shower and sink with towels & toiletries provided. However, it is quite small like 4' X 5.5' only with tiny shower cubicle. It would be risky for very fat passengers to shower without getting stuck inside. I had problems to turn and could not soap my toes! Well, I am not complaining as we cannot expect a cruise ship to give you luxury sized bathrooms! If you want superior rooms with a tub, you can book their VIP suites.





 4. This is the view from our room's window. In between the 2 life boats, you can see the island of Phuket where all the million dollar homes of expatriates are perched with the panoramic ocean view of the beautiful emerald green Andaman Sea.





5. On the last day, we headed to Krabi where the ship had to berth & anchor itself away from the mainland which has no proper jetty's port to receive huge ships. I think the waters were too shallow with corals beneath. We took small boats to reach Krabi.





 6. They have 4 restaurants serving Western & Chinese meals where you could eat as much as your tummy could take.






 7. I ate like pigs and put on 5 kgs in 4 days!!! I am not kidding! You would eat like me when you realised all the food and dishes were superbly cooked to perfections.





 8. They served 4 meals per day inside the restaurants and poolside as well with rotating serving hours. The chefs would prepare only the best meals using the finest ingredients that could please any fussy diners.





 9. Every night, they had foreign World Class entertainment shows which included musical dance varieties, comedies, sensational adult shows and jaw dropping magic show that could be on par with David Copperfield or David Blaine! We were served free Moji welcome drinks too! 
Oh yes, I tried my luck at the casino too!





10. They have many facilities to suit the lazy ones as well as hard core gym freaks like me. They have very lovely jogging tracks around the whole ship to please my wife who was training hard for her coming Stanchart Run next month. It was heavenly to run at sunrise to be greeted with the waves of the ocean and golden rays of rising sun!






11. The ship has various activities for young and old plus farewell entertainments on the last day. You would feel like Kings and Queens on vacations! 
See how happy I jumped!!



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70 comments:

  1. Wahhhhh! Anya sure is happy. Lompat so high! :)

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    1. I wanna see whether this SK Thambee can jump so high?? I tried almost 10 times until kaki patah!

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    2. i cannot jump high and didn't try that many times lah.. also it depends on the angle the jump was shot.. shot take the shot from below upwards, then it will make the jump to look higher..

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    3. Hahahaha TM you ate really competitive. That is a really super nice high jump pose with the perfect arm raised high pose so you are the champion! I can't even do a single jump pose for photo. Anyway your photographer is very keng too can capture so many times for you so patiently. :)

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  2. Sensation show ah? Sensasi or not? Got risqué photos for us? kekeke

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    1. I didn't watch la..........this one not free punya!

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  3. Good thing can move the bed la. Otherwise how to sleep hug Letchumi in the room? :P

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  4. Welcome back! Wah eating non stop, like people say eating to get back capital *chiak tooi pun* hahaha

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    1. My goodness! You read my mind!
      It was like a once in a lifetime trip to see so much food varieties that one could not resist.

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    1. If no 5kg, I could have reached the clouds!

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    2. I will send all my 5 cent coins over soon. After you have counted, you can donate the dollar bills in any donation boxes. Merits will go to my Pisang Man!

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    3. luckily you gained 5kg, else you will jump too much higher and accidentally fell into the sea!!!

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  6. I think your room looks quite big leh, for a cruise's standards. I'm curious to see if you will do the Titanic scene with Letchumi XD

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    1. We didn't do that pose but my wife's aunt and hubby did that. It was damn funny!

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  7. Anay, just to let you that I have dropped by , I will come back again with more proper comments on Monday .

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    1. Nice sharing anay, meaning I should lose 6 kg before I board the ship . Perhaps I should run like lechumy too .

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    2. Yes you could exercise a lot while feasting on board. Nobody jogged like Letchumy and the gym was often empty. I guess people nowadays are not bothered while on holidays.

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  8. I am sulking in a corner bcos the cruise did not come Singapore, sobsssss

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    1. I thought there are other cruise ships departing from Singapore. No?

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    2. There is, but the cruise u taking didnt bring u to SG

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  9. Hi and goodnite.. I was laughing when you say you need a sampan to get home justnow.. Yes it was indeed raining and I was stuck at Citta like a mad woman.. Very stressful when I have to rush home to pickup the kids..

    I like this post.. Short and easy to understand.. Look at the pictures also very nice liao.. The 'room' really look classy wor.. Like in a casino..

    OMG, 5kgs in 4 days? Really? They are serving buffet style? I can see good food.. I think I will gain 2 kgs in a day too.. I can stuff myself with food all the time, like non stop..

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    1. The ship's interior is classy probably due to good maintenance. I am more impressed with the friendly and helpful services!
      They have long spreads of buffets as well as a la carte orders ~ all free and included in package deal.
      The Chinese restaurants are posh looking with full view of ocean. So heavenly to dine there.

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  10. Wah looks like a luxury trip leh! The interior of the cruise is so nice, macam what I see in Titanic xD

    You gain 5kgs? Serious bo?

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    1. Your jumping pose look something like SK la! Hehe...

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    2. TM's one looks way better.. so happy and jovial, and higher he jumped than me!!! @_@

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    3. Of course I jumped so many times and posted the highest feat la. Lmao!

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  11. #1.. impromptu trips are always more fun i guess.. and i am surprised they provided bus to ferry the passengers from KL to Penang.. awww, i thought Anay gotta plan your own trip to Penang to board the ship..

    #2.. very cosy looking rooms and actually the corridor looks bright enough to not let Anay thought of "dirty things" after watching the Taiwanese variety show about Genting, muahahaha!! it feels so comfortable with a very well lit place.. agree??

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    1. #3.. the room looks comfortable but looks like it's a twin room.. Anay and Letchumy gotta sleep on separate beds for three nights!! OMG~~ but then the room looks more spacious with the L-shaped beds..

      #4.. ah, very beautiful view from your room!! i am already feeling very comfortable and relax looking at this seaview..

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    2. #5.. at least they prepare small boats to ship all passengers to the land.. so you've been on the big one as well as the small one.. beli besar percuma kecil, nice right?? :D

      #6.. OMG, 4 restaurants where you can eat non-stop and all for free!! must be a such heaven that one does not need to go sulk in a corner, sobs sobs and say goodbye to this cruel world!!

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    3. #7 & #8.. really?? you put on 5kgs just in 4 days?? OMG, but then this is just once in a blue moon and since you were on a vacation, just pamper yourself.. there were just too many nice food you can't afford not to try!! errr, i thot you also went to the gym on the ship??

      #9.. movies, movies and movies!! so life was like just eating and watching movie on the ship?? muahahaha, no wonder one can easily gain weight!! free Moji?? what was that?? did you mean Mojito?? and how much did you win in the casino dei??

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    4. #10.. wow, running track also available?? that would be fun.. and what a lovely swimming pool that is.. but i guess not many actually swam there right?? because it seems like all eyes will be staring at you in the pool.. OMG, so paiseh dei~~

      #11.. hey!! new pose from Anay!! wow, this jumping pose is SUPERB!!! you jumped so haiiiii up in the skaiiiii, up above the skaiiiiii so haiiiiii, like a diamond in the skaiiiiiiii~~ Thambee likes this photo!! great shot~~

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    5. Sohaiii Thambee! Sure I won't fall into the sea la cos got one more outer layer on lower decks. Thanks for your Marvellous diamond poetry. I like! No movies la but all live shows on stage!
      I think you should go and cruise for once dei. You can try the Singapore to Chennai cruise!

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  12. wow, 5kgs in 4 days ?! I am surprised that your pants still fit. Looking forward to your next post on your trip!

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    1. My pants had draw strings to hold my falling belly! Muahahahaha

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  13. I would be tempted to eat a lot too if they served good food. Your cruise sounds interesting. I haven't tried cruising for a number of days. Wonder how it's like sleeping above the sea.

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    1. I had good dreams every night. I think ghosts often avoid salt and deep oceans!
      You should bring your boss for this short cruise where he can eat a lot besides watching shows & casino! Liquors are duty free too!

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  14. I was waiting for this post, did you have ground tour to Krabi? I like impromptu trips too, just book and go! I like the red carpet, look very clean and classy

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    1. Yes we had ground tour at Krabi but it was boring. That town should be suitable for island hopping and pure beach activities.

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    1. Yes they were lovely and delicious. The foodie photos will be posted soon.

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  16. Welcome back, TM! Looks very nice lah. Maybe I can suggest to my partner that one day we take a cruise. It sure beats flying right? You put on 5 kg in 4 days? I guess it must be the high carbo food that is so irresistible. I believe you because I am capable of putting on that amount of weigh in very little time by eating the wrong foods non-stop. Looks like you and the missus had a lot of fun!

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    1. We sure had lots of fun and won't mind cruising again but skip the ground tours. It was a different feeling compared to flying which could be stressful. Go ahead and take a cruise with your partner! Guaranteed to make you both happy.

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  17. Thank you for this summary in a nutshell post. Easy to know what you did at a glance. Looking forward to your detailed posts. When you were jumping were there other passengers watching you jump?

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    1. Oh yes the others stared at me! I am thick skinned la and one Ah Pek on the deck chair kept giggling at me non stop!! Wakakakaka

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  18. 5kg in so few days! Then I cannot go because I duwan to put on 5 kg. :(

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    1. Aiyo! Just eat salad la. My wife ate only vegetarian meals!

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  19. Wow, your room looks huge & the food certainly makes me drool! I got equally excited when I saw your post in FB. Lol!

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    1. The room is small to me but my camera must have captured it well. There are so many nicer cruises from Singapore to join.

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  20. waahhh...how come your pictures look so attractive one?? Makes me "sum yuk-yuk" wanna go for cruise now after reading you gained 5kg! The food must be really really GOOD! So I guess the cruise is worth going! I have yet to experience cruise cos I am very sensitive towards sea and water... that is what is holding me back... :)

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    1. Just go lah! I guarantee you will love it and enjoy every minute there. Just coat your face with layers of cream and no allergies will happen.

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  22. Yes , I love cruising ! I was at the costa victoria last year and my experience was same as yours. I went to Phuket and Langkawi. I really miss the cruise !

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    1. I can understand the happy feeling! I wanna go again, maybe from HKG to Japan. Just a dream la.

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  23. so fast your trip.

    Eh got bus from KL to Penang ah. nice leh. no need to arrange own transport

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    1. Only 3 nights, just enough and nice. I might be bored if the cruise lasts for over a week. I need to walk on land. Yes the tour package was great to arrange coach buses from KL direct to Penang.

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  24. if you don't say, it looks like a hotel instead of ship

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    1. I agree. It looked like a nice floating hotel and we hardly feel the waves as the ship is huge.

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  25. wakakakaka...on the last pic....ahem ahem soli ah but but..(no angry if negative comment hor)....i think SK did better la....:p

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    1. cut off the blue floor...then will look you jump hirgher. SK punya is jump over the bench

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  26. I come back here again, Anay, I must read all the details carefully. I keep telling JAM that Anay put on 5 kg in 4 days. Yannie sweats la!

    By the way, you move the bed to join together eh! So romantic la! I must ask my Jin Jin to do so. Otherwise, we just sleep on top of each other lo!

    Aiyo, Anay jumping pose is better la! He is so clever to hide his six packs when jumping. I want to peep also cannot.

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    1. I bet you are having sleepless nights waiting for the day to cruise. Your kids are so lucky to get the chance to travel with their loving parents at such young age! They will love it and keep these happiest memories with them forever. Money is really nothing & short term but happiness is priceless that lasts a lifetime.

      The itinerary is very important to read and not to miss out anything. The crew would help to shift your bed or even check in big luggage for you when you depart.The staff was even kind enough to advice me not to pay the wi-fi service on my last day but to use their internet cafe instead since I only need few minutes of internet.

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  27. I have friends who also enjoyed being on a cruise liner. Initially they thought it would be boring but now they are addicted and always go on cruises!

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  28. Put on 5kg? Not surprising lah, with all those food, I will put on 10!

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  30. Quite regret after reading your post for not going my company trip last few years which went to a cruise trip to Phuket ~>_<~

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