SuperStar Libra Cruise Review by Tannh
- Sail Date: August 2013
- Destination: Asia
we are left with the conclusion that the ship is basically a gambling ship, and the priority is to give passengers 'opportunity' to go to the casino. The whole Deck 5 is dedicated to 3 casinos, plus the main theatre. We learned later that is why from the first port (Phuket) to the second port (Krabi) the ship took about 10 hr, even though it takes only 1 hr plus by speedboat, the whole idea is for the ship to go to international water so that the casino can begin business! Also, we learned that while there are different pricing for different types of rooms, but maximum benefit goes for those who gamble or willing to join as member to gamble.
Another problem is dining, there were three free-for-use restaurants: the Western Four Seasons, the Chinese Oceanic View, and the international buffet 'Mariner buffet' at Deck 9. The Mariner buffet, which provides the most varieties was the most popular. However, the dining experience there was messy and disorder. The staff just swiped your card to make sure you dont go to two restaurants for each meal, but did not care to do some 'crowd control', and so the whole place was overcrowded, full of people, and people and squeezing one another, and also very difficult to find a table to dine, it was a real disgrace to treat passengers this way! We were treated a bit like refugees there!
The good thing is about the crew/staff, yes, generally they were nice, helpful and courteous. However, the offshore excursions offered were over-advertised and over-priced. Finally, about the boarding and disembarkation. It was like going through the immigration counter, but the disembarkation was poorly organized. They used a number system, but this was not preannounced or not well communcated, and disembarkation was painfully slow, those with the last numbers have to wait for hours and since passengers were not informed about the arrangement, all came with their luggage standing, or sitting on the floor, or leaning on walls, or pacing up and down. Certainly, the poorly organized disembarkation did not leave us with a good impression of the cruise, that has certainly been over-advertised!
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