There's a sea day for the 500 miles to Hong Kong. We had a deck burger bar option for lunch, and the officers' farewell reception before dinner. It's another spectacular harbor, with the docking at 9:00AM so you don't ... Read More
There's a sea day for the 500 miles to Hong Kong. We had a deck burger bar option for lunch, and the officers' farewell reception before dinner. It's another spectacular harbor, with the docking at 9:00AM so you don't miss the view sailing in. The ship has a full day and night in Hong Kong before you disembark from the cruise. A startling 60 passengers were on a double ("Star Collector") cruise with this port between them.
We had the best berth at the International Port. ( https://goo.gl/maps/jGfEih8xFLK2 ) Our starboard side faced the open harbor and the massive towers of Hong Kong island. A good pitcher might have been able to hit a Star Ferry with a baseball. On the minus side, the exit from the ship requires a very, very long walk through a soulless new shopping mall with all the same-old international luxury brands. The cruise ship access seems to be about 1% of the mall's square footage, but the developer got to make you walk by an entire floor of shops to get to Tsim Sha Tsui. And then you have to walk two blocks back to the Star Ferry terminal, if that's where you're going. My estimate is 1/4-mile to the Tsim Shat Tsui Metro subway stop. With all the Cartier and Miu Miu outlets, it feels like forever.
I was last in Hong Kong in 1990. While it's still wonderful, much of it has been redeveloped, cleaned, and sanitized for mass consumption. For example, the Bird Market "street" is now a purpose-built sweep of pavement without residences, with drainage trenches, and multiple spotless covered dumpsters for recycling and, er ... bird debris. There are custom-welded pipe frames to hang up bird cages. The adjacent Flower Market has a little more charm.
The Disembarkation cruise-taxi line moved slowly during disembarkation, with single red cabs pulling up (far from the main streets) two minutes apart. But we got a cheerful driver who graciously took us from Airport Terminal 2 to Terminal 1 when I found that (excellent) Vietnam Airways was in the latter building. (It was hard to use their website on my elderly Iphone 5.) Read Less