Not clear from the tour description that the sunset cruise is a standard trip up and down the Victoria harbour and the Jumbo trip is a bus trip from the Hong Kong Central pier - I had imagined us sailing round to Aberdeen. The Jumbo itself is just a couple of minutes ferry through a standard yacht marina - there is no real sensation of "floating" and the old image of a sampan filled exotic harbour no longer exists. The restaurant itself is spectacularly kitsch and worth seeing and the food was good for such a touristy place. Worth doing but probably better value done privately.
The tour was amazing! The start was heading up to Victoria Peak for dinner @ Bubba Gump restaurant overlooking the beautiful city. Afterwards was a visit to the night market and then on to the 55 min night cruise. Amazing!
Great cruise and really great dinner. The experience of walking along the seafood stalls on way to restaurant was also great.
Loved the cruise. Shame it didn't coincide with the laser show. Dinner was good, and the trip to a lookout on Victoria Peak was unexpected! We were dropped off at our hotel afterwards, too. All up, a great night.
The tour guide collected us from our hotel on time. We travelled by coach to two other pickups enroute to the harbour to catch our boat. (the coach first picked us up (2 people) then picked up two guests, then fourteen guests) We were driven to the harbour to catch our boat. The boat was nicely decorated. The choice of drinks were somewhat limited but seeing as they were all included, this made up for it. (there were spirits such as whisky, gin, vodka, etc as well as wines, beers and soft drinks) Also we were given a packet of potato chips each. The cruise enabled us to take many photos of the colourful harbour at night and allowed us to see many sights along the way.
After about 40 mins we arrived back at the harbour. Our coach then took us to a jetty where we boarded a smaller boat which took us a short distance to Jumbo Restaurant. The restaurant is a beautiful place, nicely decorated, however the service is very rushed. Additional drinks are very expensive. (a small bottle of mineral water costs 42 HKD) There were a total of 18 people in our tour so our tables were devided with eight and ten people per table. After our meal, the small boat took us back to our coach, which then drove us to the mid levels viewing area. The tour guide gave commentry along the way, was very good. We arrived at the mid levels viewing area and took some photos. The trees were overgrown which obscured what would've made good photo shots.
I cannot understand why we could not have been driven slightly further up the hill (about ten more minutes) to the Peak where we would have had a much better view and without overgrown trees spoiling our view.
Overall though, this was a highlight of our trip and we are glad we booked it.
Our guide Timothy was really friendly and knowledgable. We sat with some nice people at dinner and enjoyed the night immensely. Food wasn't amazing but that's to be expected when catering for large numbers. Harbour cruise was great.
This activity is billed as a Symphony of lights harbour night cruise, sadly it failed in every aspect of what was advertised, it started badly for me, as my colleague and I went to pier 9 looking for our boat, but couldn't find anyone representing the tour operator, only representatives from other tour operators, such as the Aqua Luna, we stood on the pier for some 30 minutes in advance of the time, and still could not work out where the boat would come in, we asked around and no one seemed to be interested in directing us, as it was, no one from the tour operator was there, a large Chinese style boat arrived on time, and there was no one on it, apart from my college and i, we wondered if it was the right boat, but the man at the dock when the boat came simply grunted and gave us a voucher for a free snack, and it turned out to be a packet of crisps, sadly and rather unusually by Hong Kong standards the weather was extremely cold, and made matters worse up on the upper deck, we then sailed back across to Kowloon to pick up another small group of 4, and that was it, the chinese man told us, theres the show, it starts in 5 minutes, ( Amazement, as no show, or very little of it, a couple of lights and that was it, no music, nothing, after 5 minutes of sitting there with a coke, the boat set off down the harbour to the other end, hung around for 5 minutes picked up someone else, and then set off back to Kowloon, where we got off, I still can't work out what this activity was about, for the money, i thought i was poor value, just a glorified ride down the harbour, in the feeling cold, I think this operator has let Viator down, and the unlimited drinks, was not a bar as i had thought it would be, it was just choose a can from a pack on the floor, very poorly presented…I would not recommend this, or do it again.
Doing what: Symphony of Lights Hong Kong Harbor Night Cruise
This was about the biggest rip off I've ever experienced in my 30+ years of traveling abroad. The description absolutely misrepresents what is delivered, starting with the photo to the left. The "cruise" was a standard junket boat, the "open bar" consisted of as much cheap beer you could drink in one hour plus a bag of barequed chips. The Jumbo Floating has seen better days-it is in desperate need of renovation, and a new chef. I am a huge fan of asian food, and this was inedible. The only saving grace is that we were paired with a fun couple from London, and we had a lot of laughs and a good cocktail after we escaped our disastrous "tour". Take it from me, do not, do not sign up for this "sunset cruise"
Excellent. My tickets were waiting for me at the hotel when I arrived.the river cruise was good seeing all the lights at the harbour. We were then taken on foot through the most amazing seafood market to our restaurant the food was excellent and plentiful although there could have been a bit more seafood. After the meal we were taken back to our pick up point on the boat. All in all a very pleasant evening
A trip well worth doing. The cruise lasted about an hour and a quarter and took you past all the night scene photographic opportunities you could wish for on both the Hong Kong and Kowloon sides of Victoria Harbour. The bar on the boat was free if that is of any interest. Once dropped off the trip continued to the Jumbo Restaurant by a short bus ride. The food was excellent and the company on our table was very good. If i could find fault with this trip it would be that the experience in the restaurant was a little rushed by our guide but it didn't spoil anything for us. Before being dropped off we were taken to a view point half way up Victoria Peak to view the city by night. Little disappointing that the 'view' point was partially masked by trees/bushes etc but there were still some decent photographic opportunities to be had. All in all, a trip well worth doing
The Victoria Harbor cruise was fantastic with all those city lights being reflected on the water. Unlimited drinks were available during the cruise.
It was really nice to walk past displays of seafood in the fishing village and the guide was patient enough to explain all of the species on display at different stalls.
The dinner at the fishing village was excellent but alcoholic drinks were available for a price.
The return trip was uneventful.
Lights disappointing but cruise was nice and relaxing
Doing what: Symphony of Lights Hong Kong Harbor Night Cruise
Loved it !! Only thing I would change is the constant back and forth from Kowloon to Hong Kong Island which happened about 4 or 5 times. Would have liked more time on the Peak (Bubba's was great by the way) and more time at the markets. We spent a lot of time on the bus and we all felt it was unnecessary. Harbour cruise was fab - loved to have incorporated the tour with the Laser show. Cheers, Julie
My favorite part of our Hong Kong trip was this sunset cruise around the harbor seeing the city at night with all of the lights. The dinner at Jumbo Floating Restaurant was delicious and the place itself is gorgeous and such a great experience!! Loved it!!
geoffrey roy ward
we got picked up on time and went straight to the peak for dinner,well what can i say its the best steak Ive had in any Asian country and beer was cold top place and tour we did not do harbor cruise as our hotel was 1 block from street markets and this is a must if visiting hong kong only think they should as is traim ride up or down from peak
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