As an engineer, Mazlan had the opportunity to travel and work abroad. He has traveled to over 30 countries.
Latest UpDate: StarCruise Libra is now retired and no longer put in service. You can now use SuperStar Gemini instead.
Update #1: StarCruises Superstar Libra has changed its schedule and is now doing the Halong Bay Cruise in Vietnam. I wrote this article when I was on the Super Star Libra Penang-Phuket-Krabi cruise. Starcruises now decided to homeport SuperStar Libra in Haikou, China instead of Penang and does the Vietnam route along the Halong Bay and stop at Danang and Hue.
But you can still use this article as a guide on what to expect on SuperStar Libra ship.
Update #2: Effective September 2016, StarCruise Libra is now back in Penang (homeported in Penang) and doing the Penang-Phuket-Krabi Cruise.
Should I Go on This Cruise?
You love to travel and a sea cruise sounds fun. But you don't gamble and hates the idea of sitting by the pool all day long.
You looked around and the Star Cruises Superstar Libra 4D3N Penang-Phuket-Krabi-Penang cruise looks affordable. But you are not sure if it will be worth going.
Don't worry. I was on this trip before and I will share with you my experience. I will list out the activities and entertainment that are free that you can take part. These will keep you occupied right into the wee hours of the night. Free, because it is already included in your cruise fare and you don't have to pay a single cent more. There are also activities that you have to pay such as the spa and adult show etc. I will cover this in a separate article.
For now, let's check out the free activities.
Throughout this article, I will be using the following ship terminologies, so please familiarize with the terms:
- Forward (FWD) means the front part of the ship
- Mid is the middle part of the ship
- Aft means the back part of the ship
- Deck refer to the level, like we say 1st floor of the building
Hence, Deck 4 Mid means Level 4 in the middle part of the ship
Penang-Phuket-Krabi Cruise: Superstar Libra Itinerary & Activities for the 1st Day
Sail Date: 28th September - 1st October 2014
The followings are the activities during our sail dates. Yours might differ but I doubt if there are major changes in the format.
Activities Before the Ship Sails
Registration and check-in start at 1 pm and ship sails at 5 pm. Before the ship sails, these are the things that you can do:
1:00 pm until 3:00 pm This is when Star Cruises hold their crazy sale. You get to enjoy discounts on many of their merchandise. Venue: at Crystal Court on Deck 4 Mid
1:00 pm until 4:00 pm: If you missed lunch or are still hungry, don't worry. Afternoon snacks are served at Mariner Buffet for halal food (Deck 9 Aft). For non-halal food, go to Ocean Palace (Deck 4 Aft) or the Four Season (Deck 4 Mid).
2:00 pm until 4:00 pm: If you have kids with you on this cruise, register them for Junior Cruisers Registration. Venue: at Crystal Court Deck 4 Mid.
4:00 pm: If this is your first trip on a cruise, join this First Time Cruisers Information and Ship Tour. Assemble at Activity Centre at Deck 5 FWD.
4:45 pm: This is the time slot for Safety Drill and it is mandatory for all passengers to attend. You are to assemble at your respective assembly point, which is written on your name tag/access card. It is also shown on the safety posters inside your cabin. Please bring the life jacket that is in your cabin with you. You will learn how to put on the life jacket and what to do when you are in trouble.
5:00pm Yahoo!! The ship finally sets sail for Phuket and Krabi. Looking forward to all the excitement and fun.
Activities for the First Night on Superstar Libra
5:00 pm - 5:45 pm: This is the Welcome Aboard Sail Away Party, a fun and colorful welcome party for all the passengers. Held at the Pool Deck at Deck 9 FWD, the party kicks off with previews of shows and entertainment that will be held during the four-day cruise. It ends with song and dance by the crews and some of the fellow passengers.
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm: BBQ dinner is served right after the Welcome Aboard Sail Away Party. Venue: at Pool Deck with live entertainment by the in-house band.
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm: For children that are registered with Junior Cruisers, the activities are:
- Young Sailor's Fun Time for the 1 - 4 years old
- Kiddie Chef Class for 4-12 years old
Venue: at Child Care Centre at Deck 3 FWD
8:00pm - 8:30pm: If you are still undecided on the shore excursions for Phuket and Krabi, listen to this tour talk. Venue: at Stardust Lounge Deck 5 FWD.
For other articles on Star Cruises, check out the followings:
- Still undecided on this cruise? Then read this Review of Superstar Libra 4D3N cruise to Penang-Phuket-Krabi. It also highlights the do's and don'ts for this trip.
- And don't forget to read the list of activities that you have to pay on Superstar Libra
- Read my comment and tips for Shore Excursion in Phuket
- You must do Shore Excursion in Krabi and enjoy its beautiful and clean beaches, and islands
Superstar Libra Showtime for the First Night
8:45 pm - 9:30 pm: Magic Show by Richard Burr, assisted by his wife, Josette. This time slot is for the first show. As Stardust Lounge (at Deck 5 FWD) cannot accommodate the 1000+ passengers in one seating, the show is split into two slots. The second show comes in at 10:30 pm until 11:45 pm
Meanwhile, for passengers waiting for the second show slot, they can do the followings:
9:00 pm onwards: Listen to Asian Favorites with the Scream Band. Then, listen to ballroom music at Star Club 2 or Classic Melodies with the Tetrachords trio at the pub, Coconut Willy's, at Deck 10 FWD.
9:30 pm - 10:15 pm: Celebrity Jackpot Bingo, if you want to indulge in 'mild gambling'. It was actually billed as "Celebrity Jackpot Bingo with Justin Bieber, Superstar Libra version". Not sure how it was done as I wasn't there to see and share!
10:00 pm - 12.00 mn: For the drinkers, this is your timeslot. House pouring spirit or wine and selected cocktails at 50% off!
10:00 pm-Midnight: If the adults are all having fun, what about the kids? Well, they have their fair share of fun and kids sleep late on this cruise! Their Junior Camper Activity for the first night is Ice-Cream Party at the basketball court Deck 6 Aft. This starts at 10:00 pm until midnight!! Wow, some party!
10:00 pm until 12:45 am at various venues: Choice of:
- Mellow music with Class of Six Show Band or
- Romantic melodies with the Tetrachords Trio or
- Teens karaoke jamming with the cruise staff or
- Chinese danceable hits with the Scream band and later, slow jam with the Scream band.
11:15 pm - 11:45 pm: The second round of celebrity Jackpot Bingo is back and this time, it is with Shakira! At Stardust Lounge Deck 5 FWD
12:00 am - 12:45 am: Late Night Party with the cruise staff at Pool Deck, Deck 9 FWD.
12:00 am - 2:00 am: If you still cannot sleep and not into the casino game, then go to Stardust Lounge Deck 5 FWD and watch the movie for today. For this slot, it was 'Winter's Tale', a love story starring Colin Farrell, Jessica Brown Findlay and Russell Crowe. I didn't watch it but comments from friends that saw it loved it. I guess romantic movie is perfect when you are on a cruise.
Itinerary & Activities for the 2nd Day on Superstar Libra
Official ship activities start at 9:00 am. If you are an early riser you can jog or take a brisk walk on Deck 6 and watch the beautiful sunrise and breath in the fresh ocean air.
Benefits of Fresh Ocean Air
You must have heard the many benefits of fresh ocean air but if you have not, these are some of the benefits of salt-air therapy:
- Aid in the treatment of respiratory problems such as asthma, sinus, etc.
- Will soothe irritated skin
- Will thin mucus
- Will reduce coughing
Now that you know, don't forget to breathe in as much of the fresh ocean air when you are on this cruise!
9:00 am - 9:45 am: Join this Morning Dancercise with the cruise staff held at the Pool Deck, Deck 9 FWD for some stretching. On our cruise date, we did PSY's Gangnam style dance.
9:30 am - 10:30 am: Cooking class at the Pool Bar on deck 9 Aft. It was Tom Yum dish during our sail date. This will be followed by Fruit & Vegetable Carving Demonstration. For kids, they have their own cooking class and it was on cookies & cake decoration, also held at the pool bar.
9:45 am - 10:30 am: Another chance to lose that extra body fat and do your morning exercise. This time, it is the Aquatic Sports Game at the Pool Deck.
11:15 am - 11:45 am: Enjoy more games and activities with this Family Fun Time with the cruise staff, also at the pool deck.
12:00 pm onwards: Disembarkation for Phuket shore excursions. You must be back onboard by 10:00 pm or you will miss the boat! If you do, you can call Superstar Libra GSM number +60172095516. Before you disembark, they will give you the local port agent mobile numbers. So, you can also call these local port agent if you cannot reach Superstar Libra GSM number. Likewise for the Krabi disembarkation.
For passengers that opt to stay onboard, there are several activities from 2:15 pm onwards: For our sail date,
- You can try Singapore Merlion making, then go for
- India's lotus flower making, followed by
- Indonesia mask-making demonstrations
At 4:00 pm, you can watch the movie 'Veronica Mars' at Stardust Lounge. From 4:45 pm, you can sweat out for the table tennis challenge at the pool deck.
Showtime for the Second Night on Superstar Libra
All passengers who disembarked for Phuket should by now be back on board Superstar Libra by 10 pm. So what happened if they don't? Tough luck mate. You have to find your own way to the next port of call, Krabi!
10:30 pm - 11:15 pm: Showtime "Colors of Asia'. Performed by the ship's crew, it is a medley of Asia's song and dance. The show from Thailand is probably the best skit with three of their male staff dressed in drag!
10:30 pm onwards until 1.15 am: Otherwise, you can join the Scream band and listen to the Easy Listening medley. Followed by the Chinese and Oriental serenade.
1:15 am - 3:05 pm: Still not sleepy? Then go and watch 'Muppets Most Wanted' movie at Stardust Lounge at Deck 5 FWD
Superstar Libra Itinerary & Activities for the 3rd Day
The third day is Krabi day. Passengers who wish to do the onshore excursion at Krabi must collect their tendering stickers. These are issued from 6 pm onwards, on Monday.
Waters surrounding Krabi jetty cannot support large cruise ships. So, Superstar Libra will anchor about 30 minutes away from Krabi shores. Guests will then be "tendered" to shore on assigned tender boats based on their tendering stickers.
9:00 am - 9:45 am: Ship will arrive at Krabi at about 10:00 am. In the meantime, you can join the cruise staff for Cha-Cha Dance Class at the Pool Deck (you should know where by now).
10:15 am onwards: Passengers are to assemble at Crystal Court Lobby Atrium for disembarkation to Krabi based on their respective tendered time. Activities in Krabi will depend on the option that you had selected. I will write a separate article on shore excursions to Krabi, so keep a watch out for it. Passengers are to be back onboard Superstar Libra by 5:30 pm.
1:15 pm - 6:45 pm: If you opt to stay onboard, these are the activities that you can participate right until 6:45 pm. (your sail dates might have different activities)
- India's Bangle Making
- Singapore's Lantern Making
- Watch movie: Endless Love
- Malaysian Hat Making
- Karaoke jamming with the cruise staff
- Towel origami to create rabbit, elephant, monkey and more
- Join the Class of Six Show Band for some light music
Superstar Libra Showtime for the Third Night
6:15 pm - 7:30 pm: Gala Cocktail Party at Stardust Lounge. It will start with an introduction to the Superstar Libra management team. Then, ballroom dancing with the cruise staff. The party will end with moonlight rendezvous with the Tetrachord Trio Band.
7:00 pm: Ship leave Krabi shore for the return journey to Penang.
7:30pm - 8:15pm: Gala Showtime, 'Simply the Best'. As the lounge is unable to accommodate all passengers, the performance is split into two shows. The second time slot is from 9:30 pm - 10:15 pm.
6:45 pm: 1st sitting for the Gala Dinner at your predetermined restaurant. 2nd sitting will at 9:30 pm. This is THE dinner with the ship's management team and you are to be in your best attire.
8:15 pm - 9:00 pm: In between the first and second Gala Showtime, you can take part or watch 'The Game of Love Show'.
8:00 pm onwards: If you are not keen to watch these shows, you can join the bands for:
- Classic Oldies
- All Time Favorite
- Rhythm and Jazz or
- Chinese Top Hits at various venues and time slots.
11:15 pm - 11:45 pm: Enjoy your last night on Superstar Libra for the Viva De Libra Farewell Party with the Cruise Entertainment Team.
1:30 am - 3:10 pm: The last movie of the day was The Lego Movie
Accident On Board the Cruise Ship
It was reported in The Star newspaper that the body of an Indonesian man who fell overboard SuperStar Libra on the 13th March 2015 was found on the evening of 16th March (Monday).
Be extra careful when you are out on the deck and do not lean forward, especially during bad weather.
Mealtime on Superstar Libra
By the way, mealtime for all the days onboard Superstar Libra are:
- Breakfast from 6:30am until 9:00am
- Lunch from 12:00pm - 2:00pm
- Dinner from 6:30pm until 9:30pm
- Supper from 11:30pm until 12:30am
Itinerary & Activities for the Fourth Day on Superstar Libra
This is the last day onboard Superstar Libra. The ship will arrive at Penang Port only at 12:00pm. In the meantime, these are the things that you can do:
9:00 am - 9:45 am: Enjoy Line Dancing with the cruise staff at Pool Deck area
9:45 am - 10:30 am: Then, enjoy 'Pool Fun Time', also with the cruise staff.
10:00 am - 11:00 am: For the kids, try the technique of pizza making.
11:00 am onwards: Get ready for disembarkation. You must settle all your bills, preferably by last night, before you can collect your passport. Passport collection starts at 9:00 am. I suggest you be there early to join the queue as it can be a long and slow wait. You can collect on behalf of your dependents but you must bring along their access cards.
Paid Activities and Shows
This article highlights only the 'free' activities and entertainment shows, which are already included in your cruise fare.
Activities, services, and shows that are payable will be written in a separate article. See the Related Searches section, for link to this article.
Ready to Go on Superstar Libra Cruise?
There you are. Didn't I tell you earlier that your time will be fully occupied throughout your journey on Superstar Libra? Should you choose to gamble, you too will be busy at the casino. All I can say is, good luck mate!
Now is your time to decide whether to go or not to go on this cruise ship. If you want my opinion, I say to give it a try. I bet you will enjoy it.
© 2014 Mazlan
Mazlan (author) from Malaysia on May 15, 2017:
Hi natasha ramesh
There are several car parking spaces nearby but it is chargeable. See my other article https://discover.hubpages.com/travel/Star-Cruise-S... on this
natasha ramesh on May 10, 2017:
Hi En. Mazlan, your articles are really helpful & interesting. So many questions in my mind answered by reading your articles. Being 1st time in the cruise & with my 6 yrs old been wondering the activities on board.
How ever would like to know about the car park area at the Pier. Do you have any idea?
Mazlan (author) from Malaysia on January 04, 2017:
Hi, Des. Glad you find the review useful and I am very sure you will enjoy the cruise. But join in all the activities, the shows and events as that's the only way to truly enjoy the trip. After all, you have paid for most of the activities (and food) anyway!
Did you buy under the birthday month package promotion?
Des on January 03, 2017:
Thank you so much for your review. It is very informative. We will be taking this cruise on my birthday in February :)
Mazlan (author) from Malaysia on December 01, 2014:
It is fun esp. if it is your first cruise vacation. Good to hear from you again, peach.
peachy from Home Sweet Home on November 30, 2014:
wow, it sounds like fun, lots of stuff to do while on boardand the safety tip is essential. Think about titanic1
Mazlan (author) from Malaysia on November 10, 2014:
Hi teaches12345. Food on our cruise ship was good and it is an all you can eat buffet. You can put on weight when you are on this cruise! We had breakfast, then lunch, dinner and late night supper buffets. These are all-inclusive in the cruise fare. I was told the cruise to Alaska is outstanding and is highly recommended. You should try this and write about it. Thanks for dropping by.
Dianna Mendez on November 09, 2014:
I've never been on a cruise so your post helped me understand how much of an adventure this would be. The food alone is so tempting!