Hong Kong cruises

Hong Kong is a paradigm of contradictions. On the one hand the city vibrates with modern commerce, soaring skyscrapers and sophistication. But at the same time it is a land of ancient beliefs and intriguing local customs: small, gilded shrines glow with red lamps, joss sticks and fresh oranges; markets are heaped high with salted eggs, squid and every kind of medicinal root and herbal remedy imaginable; red-sailed junks and sampans ply the harbour.

Excursions

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.

  • New Territories

    For those who have explored Hong Kong before, this tour offers an opportunity to visit a side of the city, which is often unseen.

    New Territories

    Your first stop will be at the Sam Tung Uk Museum which provides an authentic and fascinating insight into the lifestyles of villagers in the New Territories before modern development completely transformed this once entirely rural area.

    The next visit is to Chuk Lam Sim Yuen (Bamboo Forest Monastery) which is one of the most impressive temple complexes in Hong Kong. The temple was completed in 1932 when, legend has it, Tou Tei, the earth god, told an elderly monk to build it. The temple contains three of the largest golden Buddhas in the territory.

    The Man Mo Temple is a dedicated temple to the gods Man (Literature) and Mo (Martial Arts). It was built a century ago to serve as a centre of worship for the community. Also situated here is the Tai Po Market which sells all kinds of fresh products, dried herbs and seafood.

    The fortified village of Tsang Tai UK was built in the mid-19th century as a stronghold for the Tsang Clan. The corner towers feature curved gables topped with tridents. The fortifications kept human threats at bay, while the 3 pronged spikes deterred evil spirits.


    This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. There is approximately two hours of walking on this tour. This tour will not operate on Tuesdays.

    Tour code

    HKG_007

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    Duration

    5½ hours

  • Magical Macau

    Leave Hong Kong behind and head to the stunning new metropolis of Macau.

    Magical Macau

    Board your coach for a short transfer to the Hong Kong Ferry Terminal and join the jetfoil for a fast crossing to the ‘Las Vegas’ of the East – Macau. Macau is a stunning new metropolis where UNESCO sites are nestled amongst sparkling new casinos.

    Discover the history of this former Portuguese trading post as you visit some of the most significant sites in Macau’s history. St Paul’s Cathedral was built in the early 17th Century by an Italian Jesuit. Only the facade remains of this exquisite cathedral after the interior was ravaged by fire during a typhoon in 1835.The Museum of Macau is a must, it charts Macau’s history from its colonial heyday to the present day with a vast collection of cultural and historic art and memorabilia. Enjoy some free time at St Pauls and the Museum to browse amongst the local vendors and gift shop for souvenirs.

    Jump back to the 21st Century with a trip to the Macau Tower. This 1,109 foot tower features glass elevators and an observation deck which delivers a breathtaking 360 degree view of Macau and beyond. A delicious buffet luncheon will be served in the Tower Revolving Restaurant on the 60th floor where you can take in the stunning views as you dine.

    Finally visit A-Ma Temple, built in the 15th Century by Chinese fishermen as a shrine to the goddess A-Ma this is considered to be Macau’s oldest temple. The temple consists primarily of four halls which sit in perfect harmony with the natural environment. Sit back and relax as you leave the glittering city of Macau behind and join your return jetfoil transfer back to Hong Kong.


    This excursion operates by coach, jetfoil and on foot. There is approximately 2 hours of walking on this excursion. Entrance to the observation deck is not included. Passengers are required to carry their passports with them on this tour.

    Tour code

    HKG_031

    Features

    • Activity high

      Activity Level: High

    • Meal included

      Meal Included

    Duration

    9 hours

  • Lantau Island Uncovered

    Discover the enchanting island of Lantau, linked to the mainland by the world’s longest 2 deck suspension bridge.

    Lantau Island Uncovered

    Head away from the hustle and bustle of Kowloon’s waterfront to the island retreat of Lantau. Cross the world’s longest road and rail suspension bridge, Tsing Ma Bridge, and stop at the viewing platform for some incredible views and a further insight into this amazing structure.

    Visit Tai O fishing village, the largest settlement on the island. Built on stilts on the river, the village still retains its ancient history and traditional houses and customs, providing a glimpse of how Hong Kong used to be.

    The island’s main attraction is Po Lin Monastery, which houses three magnificent Buddhas. It is also home to the largest outdoor bronze Buddha in Asia. Enjoy a traditional vegetarian luncheon at the Monastery.

    The final visit of the tour will be to Ngong Ping, this village has been architecturally designed and landscaped to reflect the cultural and spiritual integrity of the Ngong Ping area. Attractions located here are walking with Buddha and Ngong Ping Tea House. Afterwards, return to Lantau island by cable car.


    This excursion operates by coach and on foot. A traditional Chinese vegetarian luncheon will be served; a western option is not available. A substantial amount of walking over even ground will be required at Tai O Village and at Po Lin Monastery. The cable-car is subject to weather conditions and may be closed at short notice, in which case a coach ride will be provided instead. To visit the attractions at Ngong Ping, guests will have to pay an additional cost, payable locally.

    Tour code

    HKG_029

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    • Meal included

      Meal Included

    Duration

    7 hours

  • Evening Harbour Cruise

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

    Evening Harbour 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.

    This excursion is not exclusive to Cunard. Guests 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. Guests 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 guests are advised to have dinner before leaving on this tour.

    Tour code

    HKG_006

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    • Refreshments included

      Refreshments included

    Duration

    2 hours

  • Historical Hong Kong

    Learn about Hong Kong’s past and present on this historical tour.

    Historical Hong Kong

    Hong Kong’s Museum of History is one of the most interesting museums in Hong Kong. Established in 1975, it occupies a state-of-the-art building, with an area of 17,500 square metres. Currently, its collection amounts to over 90,000 historical objects and materials including a unique collection of natural history and a wide range of Hong Kong's archaeological objects. You’ll have the chance to see early newspapers, a complete set of Hong Kong currencies, documents and a huge collection of historical photographs, including village furniture, fishing ships and other fishing equipment, traditional clothes, customs and beliefs.

    The Wong Tai Sin Temple commemorates a famous monk, Wong Tai Sin (also known as Huang Chu-ping), who was born in the 4th century and became a deity at Heng Shan (Red Pine Hill). Worshippers pray for good fortune through offerings, divine guidance and fortune telling.

    The Hong Kong Heritage Museum is located within a wooded setting just out of Sha Tin’s towering housing complexes. It is patterned after the traditional siheyuan; a compound of harmoniously blended houses built around a central courtyard. The extensive museum is divided into 12 exhibition galleries, each a treasure trove of relics that express the history, culture and arts of early Hong Kong and the nearby South China region.


    This store will operate by coach and on foot. There is approximately 2½ hours of walking over paved ground on this tour and some steps at the museum. This tour will not operate on Tuesdays.

    Tour code

    HKG_023

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    Duration

    4½ hours

  • Scenic Highlights

    This popular tour introduces you to many of Hong Kong's famous highlights.

    Scenic Highlights

    One of the city’s most popular spots is Victoria Peak, where visitors from all over the world come to see the spectacular views. Sit back and relax during a panoramic coach journey to the top of the mountain before visiting the viewing deck of the Sky Terrace at The Peak. Take the opportunity to enjoy the famed views of the city’s skyscrapers, harbour and the hills of Kowloon in the distance.

    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. Visit Tin Hau Temple that lies at the western end of Stanley’s main street and is one of the oldest temples in Hong Kong.

    The renowned fishing village of Aberdeen is home to hundreds of people who spend their entire life on the water. Take this wonderful opportunity to take a short sampan boat ride, taking in the fascinating sights by water. A quick stop will be made at a Jewellery factory to freshen-up and browse the collection of hand-made jewellery.

    During your tour, you’ll also see modern high-rise skyscrapers, a busy harbour and traditional ways of life on the water.


    This tour involves approximately two hours of walking in total, including visits. Please note that views from the Sky Terrace are weather dependent.

    Tour code

    HKG_002

    Features

    • Activity high

      Activity Level: High

    • Shopping

      Shopping

    Duration

    5½ hours

  • Hong Kong at Night by Vintage Tram

    Step aboard a vintage double-decker tram for a fun-filled evening tour of Hong Kong Island's hottest nightspots!

    Hong Kong at Night by Vintage Tram

    Depart the port by coach as you head towards the tram depot, where you’ll board a vintage double-decker tram, for a scenic tram ride along the northern part of Hong Kong Island.

    Wind your way from Western Market through the island's Central, Wan Chai and Admiralty Districts to Causeway Bay and.

    Marvel at the sights of this vibrant and bustling city as your friendly and knowledgeable guide narrates, bringing the street scenes around you to life and pointing out landmark buildings, decorated with traditional Chinese motifs and illuminations.

    Continue to one of Hong Kong’s popular restaurants where you can indulge in a complimentary, sumptuous eight-course Chinese traditional dinner.

    Reboard your coach and take in the brilliantly coloured neon signs that illuminate Nathan Road, Hong Kong's ‘Golden Mile’ of shops. Enjoy some free time for retail therapy at Temple Street Night Market, an amazing shopping district featuring rows of brightly lit stalls hawking an astonishing variety of inexpensive goods.


    This tour will operate by coach, vintage tram and on foot. There is approximately 1¼ hours of walking on this tour and some steps to negotiate to board the vintage tram. The vintage tram is not wheelchair accessible.

    Tour code

    HKG_026

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    • Meal included

      Meal Included

    • Shopping

      Shopping

    Duration

    5½ hours

  • Hong Kong by Night

    Experience Hong Kong by night including a visit to the Sky Terrace at The Peak, Symphony of Light Show and a traditional 8 course Peking Duck dinner.

    Hong Kong by Night

    Few cityscapes are as spellbinding as the view of Hong Kong from the Peak, the green-swathed mountain that looms above Central’s tight-packed ranks of skyscrapers. Cool, clear and removed from the city's bustle, the area has long been one of the city's most exclusive retreats. Enjoy a scenic coach journey as you make your way to the Peak Tower at the top of the mountain. Take in the renowned views of the Harbour and beyond from the viewing deck of the Sky Terrace.

    After returning to ground level, proceed to the Peking Garden Restaurant where your traditional eight course Peking duck dinner will be served in a bustling and lively atmosphere.

    The multimedia spectacle Symphony of Lights Show employs coloured lights, lasers, holograms and searchlights synced to music to transform 33 buildings along Victoria Harbour. Hailed as the World’s Largest Permanent Light and Sound Show by Guinness World Records, the show commemorates the energy, spirituality and diversity that is Hong Kong.

    Temple Street night market is lined with row after row of brightly lit stalls hawking inexpensive goods. The wares range from clothing, jewellery and accessories to CDs, electronic gadgets and luggage.


    There is approximately two hours’ walking on this tour. Please note that the Sky Terrace at The Peak will be open to the public during the visit and the order of sights may operate in reverse to avoid congestion. Views from the Sky Terrace will be weather dependent. One soft drink or local beer will be included.

    Tour code

    HKG_008

    Features

    • Activity high

      Activity Level: High

    • Meal included

      Meal Included

    • Shopping

      Shopping

    Duration

    5½ hours

  • Walk Old & New

    Hong Kong is a city best discovered on foot and this tour takes you deep into the heart of the city.

    Walk Old & New

    Your walk begins at the Man Mo Temple. Afterwards, stroll down to Hollywood Road, famous for its curio and antique shops. Hollywood Road is the perfect place to find wood-block prints, china, porcelain, Buddha statues, snuff and perfume bottles, Chinese furniture and a host of other items.

    The lively district of Soho is home to the Mid-Levels Escalator, currently the Guinness World Record holder of the world’s longest covered escalator. This one-direction escalator carries almost 34,000 people daily and is 800 metres long. Soho is an area packed with bars and restaurants and is a particular hot spot for nightlife.

    The huge, grey building of the Central District Police Station features Doric-style columns and stands as a testimony to Hong Kong's colonial heritage.

    The compact narrow alleys of Li Yuen Street East and West are packed with stalls and shops selling casual wear, leatherwear and knick-knacks to local housewives, visitors and commuters alike.


    This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. Please wear comfortable, non-slip shoes and take a raincoat or umbrella in case of possible downpours. Guests are advised that there is an extensive amount of walking involved during this tour.

    Tour code

    HKG_005

    Features

    • Activity high

      Activity Level: High

    • Shopping

      Shopping

    Duration

    4½ hours

  • Steps of WWII

    Visit two of the impressive military fortifications built by the British Government and used during World War II.

    Steps of WWII

    At the extremity of Kowloon Peninsula is Devil’s Peak. This large fortification was constructed to defend the eastern approaches to Hong Kong harbour.

    Continue with a walk through the seafood restaurant of Lei Yue Mun (literally the ‘Mouth of the Carp’) and see live fish and seafood on display in giant fish tanks, ready to be picked for luncheon or dinner. At the end of the village, enjoy a ferry ride to Sai Wan Ho on Hong Kong Island to visit the Museum of Coastal Defence, housed inside the late Victorian-era Lei Yue Mun Fort.

    The fort occupied a strategic position guarding the eastern approaches to Victoria Harbour, where the British had built military style barracks as early as 1844. In 1993, the Hong Kong Government took the decision to conserve and develop the fort into the present day Museum of Coastal Defence.

    Inside the museum, there is a permanent exhibition with exhibits from the Ming and Qing dynasties, the British period, the Japanese Invasion and the period after Chinese sovereignty resumed over Hong Kong.


    This tour operates by bus and on foot. There is approximately 3¾ hours of walking over uneven ground on this tour. A packed luncheon and bottle of water is included on this tour. Guests are reminded to wear comfortable, flat, walking shoes. Space on this tour is limited and therefore early booking is recommended.

    Tour code

    HKG_020

    Features

    • Activity high

      Activity Level: High

    • Refreshments included

      Refreshments included

    Duration

    5 hours

  • Helicopter & Peninsula

    Get a bird's-eye-view of Hong Kong on an exciting helicopter ride, before indulging in afternoon tea at the Peninsula Hotel.

    Helicopter & Peninsula

    Embark your helicopter from the rooftop of the world renowned Peninsula Hotel for an adventure into the skies. The flight over the peaks and skyscrapers of Hong Kong and Kowloon, showcases the fantastic scenery of this bustling metropolis, whilst catching a glimpse of the outlying islands.

    After your exciting trip, relax in the lobby of the Peninsula Hotel over a traditional afternoon tea. Known as the ‘Grande Dame of the Far East’, the Peninsula is probably Hong Kong’s most prestigious and well-established hotel and continues to offer an elegant blend of eastern and western hospitality. The lobby is a busy, but relaxed dining venue and one of Hong Kong’s premier meeting places. Afternoon tea here is very popular and you will be entertained by a live string band during your visit.

    This excursion will operate by coach and helicopter. Your helicopter ride will last approximately 15 minutes and will operate subject to weather conditions. There is an overall weight limit for the helicopter which must not be exceeded due to safety reasons; therefore you may be contacted on board to ensure regulations are met. The helicopter is subject to availability and may be taken out of service at short notice. The tour may begin with afternoon tea followed by your helicopter ride. Capacity is extremely limited so early booking is recommended. There are four seats at the back of the helicopter, so not all guests will have a window seat.

    Tour code

    HKG_012

    Features

    • Activity low

      Activity Level: Low

    • Refreshments included

      Refreshments included

    Duration

    2½ hours

  • Magical Macau

    Leave Hong Kong behind and head to the stunning new metropolis of Macau.

    Magical Macau

    Board your coach for a short transfer to the Hong Kong Ferry Terminal and join the jetfoil for a fast crossing to the ‘Las Vegas’ of the East – Macau. Macau is a stunning new metropolis where UNESCO sites are nestled amongst sparkling new casinos.

    Discover the history of this former Portuguese trading post as you visit some of the most significant sites in Macau’s history. St Paul’s Cathedral was built in the early 17th Century by an Italian Jesuit. Only the facade remains of this exquisite cathedral after the interior was ravaged by fire during a typhoon in 1835.The Museum of Macau is a must, it charts Macau’s history from its colonial heyday to the present day with a vast collection of cultural and historic art and memorabilia. Enjoy some free time at St Pauls and the Museum to browse amongst the local vendors and gift shop for souvenirs.

    Jump back to the 21st Century with a trip to the Macau Tower. This 1,109 foot tower features glass elevators and an observation deck which delivers a breathtaking 360 degree view of Macau and beyond. A delicious buffet luncheon will be served in the Tower Revolving Restaurant on the 60th floor where you can take in the stunning views as you dine.

    Finally visit A-Ma Temple, built in the 15th Century by Chinese fishermen as a shrine to the goddess A-Ma this is considered to be Macau’s oldest temple. The temple consists primarily of four halls which sit in perfect harmony with the natural environment. Sit back and relax as you leave the glittering city of Macau behind and join your return jetfoil transfer back to Hong Kong.

    This excursion will operate by jetfoil, coach and on foot. There is approximately two hours of walking on this excursion. Entrance to the observation deck is not included. Guests will be required to take passports on this tour.

    Tour code

    HKG_018

    Features

    • Activity high

      Activity Level: High

    • Meal included

      Meal Included

    Duration

    9 hours

  • Shopping Trip

    When it comes to shopping, Hong Kong has everything in abundance, so what better place for a spot of retail therapy.

    Shopping Trip

    The bustling street market in Stanley is ideal for those shoppers who like to practise their bargaining skills. Stanley Market has an array of shops and stalls, ranging from brand name clothing to sports shoes, art, woodcarvings, ornaments and leather goods. This is an ideal place to pick up some souvenirs for friends and relatives and you can also wander along the waterfront lined with bars and restaurants. At the western end of Stanley’s main street also lies Tin Hau Temple, one of the oldest in Hong Kong.

    Your next destination will be a jewellery factory in the harbour-side area of Aberdeen, where you can see how pieces of hand-made jewellery are put together. You will, of course, have an opportunity to purchase any of the gems which take your fancy.

    Visit Hollywood Road and Cat Street, small lanes filled with stalls selling curios and antiques - it’s a perfect place to find woodblock prints, china, porcelain, Buddha statues, snuff, perfume bottles and much more. Even if you decide not to purchase any of the unusual and interesting items on sale, the experience and atmosphere of being in amongst Hong Kong’s bustling streets and markets is sure to enthral you.

    One of the first traditional-style temples built 100 years ago, Man Mo has a great canopy dominating the temple with huge hanging coils of incense. The incense is donated by those making offerings to the Taoist gods of literature (Man) and war (Mo).


    This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. Guests are advised to take care of personal possessions whilst in crowded areas. The authenticity of designer clothing cannot be guaranteed and Cunard cannot be held responsible for the quality of items purchased during this tour. Walking is involved at all stops.

    Tour code

    HKG_003

    Features

    • Activity high

      Activity Level: High

    • Shopping

      Shopping

    Duration

    5 hours

  • Lantau Island Uncovered

    Discover the enchanting island of Lantau, now linked to the mainland by the world's longest two-deck suspension bridge.

    Lantau Island Uncovered

    Head away from the hustle and bustle of Kowloon’s waterfront to the island retreat of Lantau. Cross the world’s longest road and rail suspension bridge, Tsing Ma Bridge, and stop at the viewing platform for some incredible views and a further insight into this amazing structure.

    Visit Tai O fishing village, the largest settlement on the island. Built on stilts on the river, the village still retains its ancient history and traditional houses and customs, providing a glimpse of how Hong Kong used to be.

    The island’s main attraction is Po Lin Monastery, which houses three magnificent Buddhas. It is also home to the largest outdoor bronze Buddha in Asia. Enjoy a traditional vegetarian luncheon at the Monastery.

    The final visit of the tour will be to Ngong Ping, this village has been architecturally designed and landscaped to reflect the cultural and spiritual integrity of the Ngong Ping area. Attractions located here are walking with Buddha and Ngong Ping Tea House. Afterwards, return to Lantau island by cable car.


    This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. A traditional Chinese vegetarian luncheon will be served; a western option is not available. A substantial amount of walking over even ground will be required at Tai O Village and at Po Lin Monastery. The cable-car is subject to weather conditions and may be closed at short notice, in which case a coach ride will be provided instead. To visit the attractions at Ngong Ping, guests will have to pay an additional cost, payable locally.

    Tour code

    HKG_011

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    • Meal included

      Meal Included

    Duration

    7 hours

  • Open Top Bus by Night

    Hong Kong's biggest attraction is the city itself and this is especially true of its views, which can be seen from an open-top bus.

    Open Top Bus by Night

    See the sights of Hong Kong from the unusual perspective of an open-top bus. By travelling in this unique way, you will be able to take in the highlights from a completely different angle.

    The tour will cover Des Voeux Road, Hong Kong Island's principal street. The street contains many company headquarters, as well as numerous prestigious shops and offices. The Central District is the heart of Hong Kong and it forms the city's financial, business and administrative core, with its high-rise buildings making up the most dramatic portion of the city's fabled skyline.

    The Happy Valley is a residential suburb of Hong Kong, located in the north of Hong Kong Island. It is one of the early communities of Hong Kong, part of Wan Chai District and home of Happy Valley Racecourse, one of the two race tracks of the Hong Kong Jockey Club.

    The tour takes you through the famous Wan Chai district and you will see the Cross-Harbour Tunnel, the first tunnel in Hong Kong built under water. Since its construction, traffic has increased, making it one of the most congested roads in Hong Kong and the world. Nathan Road is the main thoroughfare in Kowloon and Shanghai Street was the major business corridor in the area.


    Due to height restrictions within the port guests will be transferred to the open top bus by regular coach There is minimal walking with about ten steps to reach the top deck of the bus. It is recommended that you bring a light jacket at the temperature tends to drop in the evening.

    Tour code

    HKG_013

    Features

    • Activity low

      Activity Level: Low

    Duration

    2½ hours