Considered a true icon of the city of Hong Kong, the Star Ferry is not only the most popular cruise operator in the island nation but a true hallmark of the city’s glorious past. Having shuttled residents of the great city from Hong Kong Island to Kowloon and back for more than a century, these captivating Double Decker vessels have become part of the country’s present with engaging cruises and tours that explores the best of the city via Victoria Harbour. Employed as a mode of transportation till 1978 during which time the Cross-Harbour Tunnel was opened to the public, the Star Ferry transformed its identity to become the most coveted and popular tourist ferry cruise services in the island which is ranked among the 50 must-see “places of a lifetime” by the National Geographic of Travellers.
Taking guests to the 1920’s in a vessel that is considered as an integral part of Hong Kong city and also the harbour’s legacy, the tour on board the Shining Star Ferry departs from three easily accessible pier locations in Wanchai, Central and Tsim Sha Tsui. Guests can purchase tickets before departure as the cruise sets off hourly from each departure point. Meandering past the Hong Kong city landscape at a leisurely pace the hour long cruise takes visitors across Victoria Harbour to witness the beauty of a city that is constantly evolving. The cool sea breeze provides the perfect backdrop to the Star Ferry Cruise where an audio commentary on the landmarks on either side of the harbour is also played to give visitors a complete understanding of their surroundings. Exploring some of the city’s most engaging quarters such as the Causeway Bay, Sheung Wan, Central, Tsim Sha Tsui and Wanchai the cruise offers first time visitors an all encompassing view of Hong Kong’s diverse neighborhoods as well as its multifaceted identity as a global city.
Visitors can also enjoy refreshments courtesy of the ferry’s air conditioned café where premium coffee is served to complement the panoramic views guests are greeted with at every turn.
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