AirPhil Express Fly and Sail Singapore and Malaysia Chronicles

Superstar Virgo on dock at Sentosa Port
Superstar Virgo on dock at Sentosa Port

Gotta hand it to AirPhil Express for tying up Star Cruises to make a South East Asian Cruise accessible to Filipinos. From their invitation, I along with a few bloggers and media people from print were able to experience their Double the Adventure! Fly and Sail (Fly to Singapore the Sail to Malaysia) AdvenTour Package from AirPhil Express. Here’s a recount of that 4-day tour to give you an idea of what happens during this exciting cruise.

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Fly and Sail Day 4: An Afternoon Fun at Sentosa Capping the Tour

A "Marry Me" sign on one of the islands in Sentosa
A "Marry Me" sign on one of the islands in Sentosa

I had a feeling I would be visiting Sentosa one of these days. I’ve been to Singapore several times but it wasn’t really on top of my lists but I do know it’s one of the premier parks in Singapore that most Filipinos would visit when in the country. When I saw in our itinerary that we’ll be spending an afternoon in Sentosa before we head to the airport for our evening flight, I welcomed the idea of finally getting a sight of this popular Singapore Playground.

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Fly and Sail Day 4: Thoughts on a Cruise Back to Singapore

Slowing down on a cruise
Slowing down on a cruise

It’s time to slow down. Pick one of the lounge chairs and forget about the time for a moment. As soon as we finished our breakfast at the Mediterranean Breakfast Buffet, I took time to sit down by the pool and enjoy just being there. Like I said earlier, cruise are meant to be enjoyed in a slow steady pace. And that morning before we leave the ship, I took time to just wander around before our 11am checkout from Superstar Virgo.

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Fly and Sail Day 3: The Asian Melting Pot Tour in Kuala Lumpur Malaysia

The Thean Hou Temple in Kuala Lumpur Malaysia
The Thean Hou Temple in Kuala Lumpur Malaysia

I woke up from the faint light emanating from the window. It was already past 5am. I looked out beyond the frosted glass and it was completely blue. The ship seems to be approaching Port Klang, Malaysia slowly through an overnight cruise. Aside from the disjointed snores inside the room, I barely noticed the movement while I was sleeping. We got ready for breakfast as we’ll soon disembark for a short tour around Kuala Lumpur.

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Fly and Sail Day 2: On Board the Superstar Virgo Cruise Ship in Singapore

The Pool Pavillion at the top deck of Superstar Virgo
The Parthenon Pool at the top deck of Superstar Virgo

I stand in amazement on how steady the ship was as if I’m walking on plain ground. It was my first time to try out a cruise and this Superstar Virgo Ship from Star Cruises is a good introduction. I take my sights out from the sea and look at the people walking around the ship’s upper decks. It was a mixture of people of different age and nationalities. It’s not all for oldies as I thought. We’ll be spending 2 nights here on board. Sailing from Singapore to Port Klang in Malaysia then back.

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Fly and Sail Day 2: Soaring High Above the City in the Singapore Flyer

View of the City from the Singapore Flyer
View of the City from the Singapore Flyer

A 360-degree panorama of Singapore’s modern city and nearby land areas of Malaysia and Singapore unfolded in front of our eyes as our capsule steadily soar high up the giant steel wheel known as the Singapore Flyer. Modern skyscrapers spread out like a rise and fall of a 3D chart and portions of some reclaimed areas promised more structures which from the looks of it came from an architect’s sci-fi dreams. It was mid-day but the view was impressive, how much more if it was late afternoon when the city starts to light-up under the twilight cloak.

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Fly and Sail Day 1: In Transit to Singapore from Manila via AirPhil Express

AirPhil Express flight 2P800 to Singapore
AirPhil Express flight 2P800 to Singapore

“AirPhil Express operates a cruise ship now?” I asked when I got invited to experience their new Fly and Sail AdvenTour Package. It turns out that AirPhil Express partnered with Star Cruises to create a unique travel package making a cruise escape more affordable to everyone. The idea of having a cruise seems too luxurious and exclusive for the can-afford or post retirement crowd but it turns out it can be for everyone. Since I haven’t tried a cruise before I was happy to join in. So here’s the start of a 4-day adventure with a bunch of media peeps.

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