As an engineer, Mazlan had the opportunity to travel and work abroad. He has traveled to over 30 countries.
Do You Have to Pay for Activities On a Cruise?
Your cruise fare is inclusive of all major expenses; room, entertainment, activities, and meals. But there are also items that are optional and not included in the cruise fare.
These items can quickly add up to your vacation expenditures. If you are on a budget, get to know these incidental costs and set aside some money for it. Or just stick to the all-inclusive items only.
UPDATE: SuperStar Libra is now replaced with SuperStar Gemini as it is no longer in service.
As SuperStar Libra is more than 30 years, it is not retired from service.
1. Entertainment & Shows on Superstar Libra
Based On Our Sail Date: Sept 28th until Oct 1st, 2014
For our 4D3N Penang-Phuket-Krabi cruise that sailed on Sept 28th until Oct 1st, 2014, we enjoyed in total six nightly shows. Only four shows are free, the other two are payable which are:
- STAR 18 - Laugh Out Loud: This 1-hour show will cost you RM30 but I suggest you either go to bed early or listen to the bands that play at various venues. I was disappointed with this show. I thought it would be a sketch-comedy show. Instead, they invited several participants from the audience to take part in a 'quiz show'!
- Sensation - Adult Show: This is a 45-minute topless dance revue by the international artiste. It was billed as 'sizzling hot night that will fascinate your deepest & most sensual dreams. It will awake your fiery need for seduction, filling every part of your utmost desire'. Trust me not to trust this marketing ploy. If you are still keen, the show will cost you RM85 for the general seating and RM130 for admiral seating, which is nearer to the stage. These prices are inclusive of the complimentary welcome drink.
Conclusion: If you are on a budget, save your money for onshore excursion and forget about these two shows.
2. Activities on Superstar Libra
Star Cruises organized many free activities to keep you occupied and there are so much to do and choose. For the full listing of these all-inclusive activities that are free, check my article on Itinerary & Activities on Superstar Libra.
There are also activities that are payable. These optional activities are designed to educate, pamper and entertain you - some are worth trying. So, if you want to give it a try, check them out here:
|Activity||Cost per person||My Comment|
Magic Class with Magician Richard Burr
RM15 for about 45 minutes
On our sail date, we had magic show as part of the inclusive entertainment. This magic class by the onboard magician is optional and payable. On your cruise date, this may not be available.
RM20 for half an hour
This is an educational tour of where the Captain and his Officers control Superstar Libra. This 'behind the scene' ship tour is worth going.
Ice Cream Party for Kids only
RM30 for about 2-hour of fun filled activities.
Although this is for kids only, the program starts late at night, from 10pm until midnight! There many activities for them to get involved and eating ice-cream are one of them. If you have kids on this cruise, get them to enjoy themselves.
Bollywood Party and Disco
It will cost you RM20 to be in this party
You will be dancing and partying to the high-energy Bollywood music. There will be a Bollywood dance competition and the winner will win two free tickets to see 'Sensation'
Varies according to option taken
Shore excursion to Phuket and Krabi can either to be with by Star Cruises or you can do on your own. I will write a separate article on this.
3. Food and Dining on Superstar Libra
Your all-inclusive meals are served at Mariners Buffet, Four Seasons and Ocean Palace. You can eat as much as you like and you don't have to pay a cent more, except if you order drinks.
You can opt for alternative dining but this is payable and your choices are:
- Blue Lagoon, which is open 24 hours and serves Western & Asian snacks
- Spices Restaurant if you prefer the hot and spicy Indian and Nasi Kandar food
- Taipan Restaurant for Chinese and Nyonya food
Your all inclusive meals served at the three restaurants mentioned earlier are quite good.
If you are on a budget, just stick to these outlets. There's no need to venture to the 'charges apply' restaurants.
Bar and Snacks
There are several bars on board Superstar Libra that serves alcoholic (duty free prices), non-alcoholic drinks and snacks.
They open as early as 8:00 am and closes as late as 3:00 am. The opening times for each outlet vary and are as follows:
Star Club 2 Bar
Deck 5 Aft
12:00 mn - 9:00 am
Deck 8 Aft
10:00 pm - 3:00 am
Deck 9 Aft
8:00 am - 2:00 am
Deck 10 Fwd
6:00 pm - 2:00 am
Deck 10 Aft
11:00 am - 3:00 am
For cheaper drinks, wait for the 'Happy Hour' for the 30% discount. This is on Sunday from 1:00 pm until 7:00 pm and when the ship docked in Phuket, from 12:00 pm until 9:00 pm.
This 30% 'Happy Hour' discount is also applicable for hair and beauty treatments.
4. Spa and Salon Treatments
To be pampered on board Superstar Libra is not cheap. The rates in Phuket and Krabi are cheaper. I suggest you wait and once you are onshore at Phuket or Krabi, your spa and saloon of your choice. By the way, it is cheaper in Krabi but you have shorter time onshore in Krabi compared to Phuket.
Entrance to the spa facilities is RM18. If you intend to visit more than once, buy the multiple entrances that cost RM36. This gives access to the sauna only.
For massage, this entrance fee does not apply. The rates on board the ship for the 1-hour session are as follows:
- Body Massage: Varies from RM90 to RM121
- Acupressure: RM121
- Foot reflexology: RM68
- Body scrub with massage: RM138 (75 minutes)
You have a choice of Thai, Chinese or Indonesian traditional massage or Swedish massage.
If you prefer to be pampered in the privacy of your cabin, additional charges apply. For massage, the rates for the 1-hour session will cost you RM138.
Exchange rate for Malaysian Ringgit (RM) for RM1 at time of travel was:
- Indian Rupee 18.40
- HK$ 2.32
There are various treatments for facial therapy and the rates are from RM60 to RM150. Depending on the type of facial you choose, the session will be from 60 minutes to 150 minutes.
Hand and Foot Care
The manicure will set you back by RM52 and pedicure will cost RM58.
If you are game for body waxing, the cheapest is for lip/chin or eyebrow at only RM20. Want to try their "Brazilians"? It will cost you RM100, which I was told is not that expensive. Do you dare to bare yourself to this pain?
A simple shampoo and blow-dry will be RM35 for short hair and RM70 for extra-long hair. Hair treatment rates vary from RM65 to RM308.
5. Laundry on Superstar Libra
Laundry is not cheap on Superstar Libra. Since this is only a 4D3N cruise, you should be able to pack enough clothes in your medium size baggage.
If you need to use this service, then these are the rates (inclusive of service charge) for some of the clothing types:
Men's long sleeve shirt
Ladies' evening dress
For collection before 12 noon, your laundry will be delivered the next day at noon. For collection before 6pm, it will be delivered by 6pm the following day.
A surcharge of 50% is applicable for express service, which is within 5 hours.
Click the following links for more info on Superstar Libra Cruise:
- Review & Tips on Star Cruises Superstar Libra 4D3N Penang Phuket Krabi Cruise
- Listing of Free Activities on Superstar Libra
- Shore Excursion: Phuket. Is it worth it?
- Krabi Shore Excursion, is it better than Phuket?
6. Wi-Fi and Internet
Internet service on board Superstar Libra is available at RM20 for half day but if you buy online, it is RM18. For a full day surfing, it cost RM38. The service is for 'light surfing' only. So don't attempt to download movies or music on board the ship as it will take you ages.
Wi-Fi is given free on some of Star Cruises online deals. So, check them out for this special offer.
7. Other Facilities
Other facilities on board Superstar Libra that are chargeable are:
- Medical Facility
- Child Care Centre
- Foreign Currency Exchange
Have a Good Time on the Cruise
With the above information and tips, you can now plan and budget yourself for the incidentals that you are keen to try.
This additional advance preparation will not only take care of your expenses but will make your cruise vacation enjoyable and unforgettable.
© 2014 Mazlan
Chad Crouch from South Africa on August 19, 2017:
Looks real awesome.
Akriti Mattu from Shimla, India on May 17, 2015:
Thank you so much for all the information. I'm going to take one of these soon. Voted up.
Piyush on March 30, 2015:
Great, this article just provided me with sufficent information to go on my next vacation, along with the dos and dont's, thank you.
Taranwanderer on February 17, 2015:
I absolutely want to take a cruise on this one someday! Will be looking into it more thanks for sharing.
Mazlan (author) from Malaysia on November 18, 2014:
Thanks for your comments and I hope you will take the cruise vacation soon and share your experience here on HP. Have a good day.
Dianna Mendez on November 15, 2014:
My hubby and I are thinking of taking one of these on some year. Perhaps this is the year to do this. Thanks for sharing your experience and how much fun it is to take the trip.