A taste of the exotic east

Dec 29, 2005
Author: P&S

Looking for a short break during March without the slog of having to make umpteen detailed arrangements? Triton Cape Sea Travel of Cape Town and Star Cruises, the global cruise line, have just announced a special offer that may just be what you are looking for.

The offer is for 8 nights which includes international airfares and a balcony-class cabin on board the SuperStar Virgo, one of Star Cruises’ premier ships based in South East Asia. The offer is available to anyone departing from South Africa and includes flights between Johannesburg and Singapore on Singapore Airlines, two nights at a top rated hotel in Singapore and a five-night cruise that takes you to Malacca (to visit Kuala Lumpur), Port Kelang and Penang in Malaysia, and Phuket in Thailand. Each visit involves a full day spent at each sampling the delights and hospitality of the east while visiting ancient temples and exploring exotic blends of traditional, colonial and modern architecture.

SuperStar Virgo of Star Cruises – picture courtesy Jim C and Shipspotting.com

Once the cruise is over and the ship has returned you to Singapore you transfer to the luxurious Marriott Hotel in the heart of the island city, where another two days of exploring and time to get lost in a shopper’s dream world awaits. Your second and last night in the city includes dining at one of Singapore’s finest restaurants with a visit to the famous Raffles Long Bar thrown in.

The special fare from Johannesburg is R19,950 per person sharing and includes upper grade balcony cabin, private transfers, deluxe accommodation on land, escorted tours and gourmet experiences. Plus the sights and a sampling of the East! Special domestic airline rates can be arranged.

The tour departs Johannesburg on 4 March 2006 from Johannesburg International Airport, economy class on Singapore Airlines, for Changi International Airport, Singapore.

On arrival in Singapore you transfer to your hotel with a morning at leisure, before leaving at 13.00 to join the ship. Five nights of luxury cruising follow, visiting the places mentioned above. On 10 March the SuperStar Virgo returns you to Singapore where you transfer to the Marriott Hotel.

Once settled in you have time to visit the famous Waterfront area, the Fullerton Hotel and the Asian Civilization Museum. After that stroll across the Padang to Raffles City, sip cocktails on the 75th floor of the Swiss Stanford Hotel before enjoying a conducted tour behind the scenes of Raffles Hotel. No visit to Singapore is complete without experiencing the world-famous Singapore Sling at The Long Bar in Raffles Hotel. After that a day of experiences can only be finished with an evening with Chef Chan, which promises an unbelievable dining experience.

On the following morning, 11 March you explore Little India and Tekka Market filled with the sights, sounds and smells of India. Lunch at Little India before retuning to the Marriott and some last minute shopping ahead of your final evening in Singapore.

Your farewell to Singapore is said in style as you dine in one of the city’s finest restaurants, before transferring to Changi International Airport and your flight home, arriving at JIA on 12 March 2006.

The offer excludes airport taxes, visa costs where applicable, drinks and meals not mentioned in the itinerary, shore excursions from the SuperStar Virgo and personal sundries.

The Ship

SuperStar Virgo is a modern-style cruise ship built in Germany in 1998 and has 980 cabins. The 76,800-gt ship is stabilised and cruises at a fast 24 knots. There are eight restaurants to choose from, offering a variety of cuisine from Italian to Eastern. For time spent relaxing you have a choice of lounges, discos, cinema, games rooms, library, swimming and gymnasium etc – all the usual found on board cruise ships. SuperStar Virgo also has a business centre for those who cannot leave their work at home and a fully equipped communications centre that allows you to stay in touch with family and friends. English is the common language spoken on board.

Full details

Full details of this offer are available from Triton Cape Sea Travel in Cape Town – telephone 021-405 4268 or fax 021-405 4278. You can also email
vanessac.nclsa@galileosa.co.za for details

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