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About Hong Kong

Hong Kong may boast some 236 islands but most of the five million inhabitants of this former British Crown Colony are concentrated on just one, Hong Kong Island, and one city, Kowloon, on the facing peninsula. It is known as one of the most crowded and vibrant places in the world, making Hong King cruises a must see.

Be energised just walking down its teeming streets where you can buy anything from a handmade suit, fancy jewellery and the latest duty-free electronic gizmos to Asian antiques.

Also part of our cruises to Hong Kong is a journey between Kowloon and Hong Kong Island with Star Ferry, which gives you the experience of the world's busiest crossings.

For one of the steepest journeys, try the tram which travels to the top of Victoria Peak, 1,300ft above the harbour. And for the ultimate taste sensation on your Hong Kong cruise, head for Aberdeens floating restaurants featuring every kind of Asian cuisine.

 

 

Shore excursions in Hong Kong

Please note: The shore excursions listed are typical for this port. The full programme of shore excursions available for your cruise will be displayed on Cruise Personaliser at least 12 weeks prior to departure.

A Local Hong Kong Experience

Activity mediumMeal included

Duration: 6 hours

Experience Local life in Hong Kong, on this Small Group Tour.

The Chi Lin Nunnery is a large temple complex of elegant wooden architecture, treasured Buddhist relics and soul-soothing lotus ponds. The complex was established in 1934 and renovated in the Tang dynasty style in 1990. During your visit, you’ll see a series of temple halls, some of which contain gold, clay and wooden statues.

Next door to the Chi Lin Nunnery is the Nan Lian Garden, nestled amongst a myriad of high-rise apartments. Its scenic garden is meticulously landscaped and provides a moment of tranquillity away from the hectic pace of Hong Kong.

A typical wet market in Hong Kong is where the locals go on a daily basis to buy the freshest fruits, vegetables and live poultry or fish. This vivid and colourful experience will offer you a glimpse into the daily life of a person living in Hong Kong, that refuses to be superseded by modern means.

Dim sum was invented for the pleasure of the Emperor and is a popular meal for the locals. Imagine yourself as an Emperor as you indulge in a delicious Dim sum lunch served at a local Chinese restaurant.

Half of the population of Hong Kong resides in mass public housing provided by the government for lower-income residents. A home visit to a Public House in the city will provide you with a unique insight into local home life.

Essential information

This tour will operate by bus and on foot. There is approximately 1¾ hours of walking on this tour and some steps at the local market and local home.

Crystal Bus Experience

Activity lowMeal included

Duration: 3 hours

The Crystal Bus is a new tourism concept in Hong Kong that combines a scenic city tour with mouthwatering cruisine.

After a short coach transfer to the bus depot, you’ll board a luxury double-decker bus for a unique and private sightseeing tour of Hong Kong.

On the Crystal Bus, you’ll learn about the history of Hong Kong, the Pearl of the Orient, and get closer to its culture, cuisine and city sights, whilst cruising around the city in a stylish and cozy environment.

Decorated with more than 100,000 pieces of Swarovski crystal, the Crystal Bus is the first double-decker tour bus specially designed with dining tables and booths on board. Enjoy an approximate 2½ hour city tour, driving past more than 20 attractions and landmarks such as The Peninsula Hong Kong, Hong Kong Space Museum, the Cultural Centre, Nathan Road and the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibiton Centre among others. Along the way, taste the iconic, classical staple Dim Sum provided by the Michelin Star dim sum restaurant, One Dim Sum.

Essential information

This tour operates by double-decker bus. The cancellation deadline is 3 days prior to the port call. Any cancellations made after this time will be non-refundable. Due to height restrictions within the port, the crystal bus is unable to pickup guests from the port. Therefore, guests will be transferred by coach to the Crystal Bus Depot. There is minimal walking on this tour but there are 10 steps to negotiate to reach the upper deck. One soft drink or mineral water is included.

Crystal Bus Experience

Evening Harbour Cruise

Activity mediumRefreshments included

Duration: 2 hours

Admire the glittering harbour and sparkling skyscrapers by night on this evening cruise.

Board an authentic Chinese-style cruiser and sail around Victoria Harbour, passing the shimmering waterfronts of Central and the main banking and commercial area. See the pristine skyscrapers, lit up against the night sky, including the Bank of China, the HSBC headquarters and the International Commerce Centre, the tallest building in Hong Kong.

The famous world of ‘Suzy Wong’ has now evolved into a prominent commercial district, adorned with giant neon signs along the rooftops and harbour-front buildings. During your cruise, you’ll see many sights of Kowloon’s bustling harbours.

Enjoy unlimited refreshments from the bar as you watch the sights and city lights pass by and witness the incredible Symphony of Lights Show.

Essential information

Passengers are advised that there will be a walk of around 10-15 minutes to reach the cruise if the ship is berthed at Ocean Terminal, therefore the duration of the tour may vary. Passengers must be able to access a few steps onto and off the boat. Some sea swells may be experienced within the harbour and delays may be encountered due to water traffic. There is no meal or snacks served on the boat so passengers are advised to have dinner before leaving on this tour.

Free Time at 4 Sites

Activity lowShopping

Duration: 5 hours

The perfect way to explore Hong Kong independently. Enjoy free time at 4 of the main visitor areas.

Once onboard your 4 stop transfer, you will be given a map of Hong Kong, so you can plan your free time.

The first stop will be at Hong Kong Park. This oasis of green amid an urban landscape features an aviary, a greenhouse and the Flagstaff House Museum of Tea. Follow one of the walking paths and admire the water features or relax in the peace and quiet.

The Peak is the highest mountain on Hong Kong Island and stands at over 1800 feet above sea level. The Peak was once a place that the early privileged residents could escape the scorching heat and was an exclusive residential area for ex-pats, now it is one of Hong Kong’s top tourist destinations. Enjoy some free time exploring the shopping and entertainment venues or taking panoramic photos of the city below.

Enjoy a scenic drive as you escape the city and head to the upmarket Repulse Bay, Repulse Bay is one of the most expensive housing areas in Hong Kong and has several interesting architectural buildings. Enjoy a short stop here where you can take photos or stroll along the crescent shaped beach.

The first store selling artefacts was opened at Stanley Market in 1973. Since then, the site has developed into a busy tourist area selling clothing, handicrafts, leather, silk, cashmere, watches and souvenirs. As well as shopping, the village of Stanley offers an attractive waterfront, lined with bars, pubs and restaurants. You’ll have just over an hour to ‘shop till you drop’ before returning to the pier.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. A tour assistant will be on hand to provide practical information about where and when to meet for the onward transportation. A map of Hong Kong will be provided. No entrance fees are included in the tour price.

Free Time at 4 Sites

Grand Tour of Hong Kong

Activity mediumMeal includedRefreshments includedShopping

Duration: 9 hours

A wonderful opportunity to experience some of Hong Kong’s best sights, including a delicious Cantonese lunch.

Step aboard a traditional Chinese wooden cruiser to enjoy a leisurely harbour cruise through the bustling Victoria Harbour, with coffee or tea served on board. The cruise sails out to the Eastern harbour area of Hong Kong, along the waterfront of Central, Wanchai, Causeway Bay and North Point before viewing the Shau Kei Wan Typhoon Shelter - home of the fishing families and their deep sea fishing junks.

A brief refreshment stop will be made at one of the city’s jewellery factory outlets for you to see the wonderful craftsmanship of the goods. Continue to the small village of Stanley and Stanley Market, famous for its clothes, furniture, oriental souvenirs and great shopping.

Enjoy the sights and scenery as you travel up the famed Hong Kong Peak. Situated at 1,308 feet high, it offers a truly impressive must-see perspective of the city. Then you’ll enjoy a typical Chinese Dim Sum lunch at one of Hong Kong’s famous Chinese restaurants.

The quaint and charming Aberdeen Fishing Village is not far from the hustle and bustle of the heart of Hong Kong, and is the first place the British set foot upon when they arrived. Back then, Aberdeen was the centre of the incense trade and this is how Hong Kong got its name, as it translates as ‘Fragrant Harbour’. It’s here that you will round off your day with an authentic Sampan boat ride.

Essential information

This Excursion will operate on foot, by coach, junk and sampan.There is approximately 2 hours of walking during this tour including your visits. Please note this is a fast-paced and comprehensive tour and the order of highlights may vary. Views from the Sky Terrace are weather dependent.

 

A selection of cruises to Hong Kong

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