Poor, poor blog. Neglected already.
I have a perfectly good excuse though… we spent the holidays in a cruise and when we got back I fired our yaya and a few days later our helper’s mom passed away. So, she went home and we got busy preparing for my little kuya’s birthday.
I finally found time to write! I’ve missed this so much! My first post for the year is all about our holiday cruise. It’s the best way to visit several countries in one go without breaking the bank. For this trip, we went for the five-days-four-nights cruise of Costo Victoria. It’s jump off point was Singapore, then Phuket, Thailand, then Penang and Malacca in Malaysia. That’s three countries in one trip!
We spent a few days in Singapore to visit Universal Studios and do the city tour. We boarded the ship in Harbour Front and sailed to the seas!
One thing about cruise ships is their built like hotels. I barely felt we were moving and the size of it actually tired me out going to my parents’ room and ours. We were on the 9th floor (or deck), while they were at the 4th. The kids usually slept with them since they had the double deck bed. It was such a novelty for them to sleep on the top bunk.
The first day the ship was at sea the whole time. It gave us time to explore the place and also do some of the in-house activities. They had dancing and crafts lessons. They had games and entertainment. The kids had their own club called Squok Club. It’s sort of a daycare where you can leave the kids. They have their own activities there. My eldest son loved it so much he would ask us to leave him there every free he got.
At night we had sit down dinners. We loved the food! And the fun thing was we got to dress up to different themes every night. The first night we had the Captain’s Ball. You could have your photo taken with the captain and have cocktails with the crew. We were late for the cocktails but we still got a chance to have our picture with the captain.
On the second day the ship was tendered in Phuket, Thailand. We took a tour and went to see the tigers and rode an elephant.
The next day we docked at Penang, Malaysia. We were exactly at Georgetown, it’s considered an UNESCO Heritage site. They had a hop-on-hop-off bus for free. We took that and it was like we went on a tour of the whole city already! For free! We just went down to visit their version of Intramuros, the Fort Cornwallis. We walked around a bit and went back to the ship. We couldn’t stand the heat!
The next day we again tendered in Malacca, Malaysia. We decided to just visit the Oceanarium at the Shore mall. I guess we were too tired to try anything else. Plus, the other tours does not interest our little boys.
Personally I enjoyed the trip because it was sulit. (a) We had accommodations similar to a hotel; (b) We had food available almost 24 hours; (c) There were lots of things to do! Every night there was Vegas-type shows at the theatre and themed parties as well. There was pool and jacuzzi too; (d) There’s duty free shopping albeit with limited supplies; (e) We were able to get our tickets at a discount and kids below 13 are free! Just take not that port charges (depending on the number of stops and length of trip) and insurance are mandatory but not really expensive.
Another notable thing also are all the Pinoy crews. They were so nice and the level of service they give is way above what the other nationalities give. Ang sipag talaga nila! Maybe that’s why more than half of the crew are Pinoys!
I would recommend going on a cruise for families. It’s a great way to bond and see many sites for a short time. Start with Asian trips like this one and maybe, when budget permits, you can do the European cruises next… or even the Disney cruises in the US. We were lucky to get promo rates for this trip.
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