One of the best ways to enjoy Hong Kong’s city skyline is to take one of the many harbor cruises that ply Victoria Harbor. There are a multitude of cruises to choose from ranging from standard cruises to dinner cruises, sitting on the Star Ferry or a traditional Chinese junk.
Tickets for the cruises can be booked online or through your hotel if they offer the service. For ourselves, we got our hotel to do the booking and tickets were sent to the hotel for our collection. We decided to take the evening cruise that coincides with the daily Symphony of Lights multimedia show. This is one of the top things that you should do while in Hong Kong, as it gives you the opportunity to appreciate the skyline while enjoying the multimedia show, and experience a harbor cruise at the same time. This is a popular cruise timing so you should book in advance to ensure you get seats.
The cruises depart either from Kowloon or Hong Kong Island, so you do need to check the boarding location. For ourselves, we decided to take the cruise from Kowloon since our hotel was there. We found our way to the public piers in Tsim Sha Tsui, next to the Star Ferry Terminal. There are several piers there and they are numbered, so you’d also have to check which pier number you are supposed to board at.
Very soon our ferry arrived and we boarded it. Well, it was supposed to look like an oriental boat but I think in the end it was a mish-mash between a junk and a modern ship.
The first half of the cruise was to sail to Hong Kong Island and pick up a second batch of passengers. This was followed by sailing towards the eastern part of Victoria Harbor as far as Quarry Bay and then turning back towards Central. Where we were just in time for the Symphony of Lights to start.
The Symphony of Lights show lasts for around 20 minutes, and once it ends, the cruise starts to return to the pier. The cruise takes roughly 90 minutes including the Symphony of Lights. If you have not seen the Symphony of Lights or taken the harbor cruise before, then I’ll recommend that you do this and kill 2 birds with 1 stone.
If cityscapes aren’t your thing, or you have already taken the harbor cruise, then how about taking a cruise to enjoy some sun, sand and sea? You can do this in Sai Kung, and I have a blog post on how you can do that.