I must agree, sometimes we need to indulge and spoil ourselves just because. It was during our backpacking trip to Hong Kong that we decided to cross over to Macau, in style. We traveled on a Premier Grand Class for the one-hour high-speed ferry ride via TurboJet to Macau. We had free-flowing wine, food and laughter.
Me and my buddy were first-timers while the others had been to Macau before. Hong Kong and Macau are just an hour away from each other via high-speed passenger ferries. I’ve been to numerous ferry trips and this one was totally easy, breezy and comfy.
We processed our online reservation at the TurboJet ticketing office located inside the Shun Tak Center in Central Hong Kong. We’re one hour away from our scheduled trip but we ain’t rushing.
As Premier Grand Class passengers, we got to enjoy some of its elite perks; exclusive ticketing counters, free porter services, free check-in for 2 pcs. of standard size luggage, use of Premier Grand Class waiting lounge at the departure hall, priority disembarkation, privileged services at TurboJet Premier Lounge (complimentary WiFi, drinks and snacks), complimentary land transfer service and free-flowing drinks and food onboard.
Excitement filled me as I enter the departure hall. Checking in was fast as we had our own queue and after passing through the immigration officials we were ushered to our exclusive waiting lounge. I slouched at the comfy couch like I came back to my bedroom after a long trip, it was very relaxing.
We eased a bit and waited as we’ll be staying there until boarding time. And when I heard from the voice prompt that our vessel was ready for boarding, I saw a huge crowd made their way to the queue while we’re chatting endlessly on the lounge. A staff approached us and ushered us to a special boarding area for VIP and Premier Grand Class passengers.
We took a special lift and were assisted all the way through the Premier Grand Class cabin located at the ferry’s front end. We settled on our assigned seats and waited for the other passengers to board.
I eased myself to my seat thinking about having a quick nap but when we were handed the menu for lunch, I stirred back to life.
The voyage started as I was still thinking about what to eat. The server then expressed that I could have anything I wanted at no extra cost (which I almost forgot). I ended up having Pan-fried Veal Fillet with Mushroom Cream Sauce for lunch and Jumbo Hotdog for snacks. We also guzzled a few bottles of premium beers. All that during the one-hour ferry ride.
The time was fleeting that I failed to notice that we’re almost approaching Macau Ferry Terminal. We tossed down our last bottle of beer and were told that we’re the first one to disembark.
We were assisted all the way to the arrival hall where a guy flashing Premier Shuttle from his tablet greeted us. He ushered us to the immigration officers and to the shuttle van that will bring us to our hotel in Macau. It was efficient and effortless.
|Free land transfer for Premier Grand Class passengers|
|Drinking water and wet tissue inside the shuttle|
After our three-day Macau stint, it was time to go back to Hong Kong. I called up their Macau office to confirm our shuttle pick-up.
We’re still lounging on our hotel room when the front desk guys phoned up to inform us of the shuttle’s arrival.
We arrived early at the ferry terminal and went straight to the Premier Lounge where we lounged while waiting for the boarding process. And just like the ease we had during the first leg, we arrived at our cabin sans the stress and hassle of going on board and stuff. It was, again, seamless.
The smooth ferry ride was complemented by the sumptuous feast we had. Me and my buddies had sandwiches, hotdogs, cakes and beers. It was as if we’re on a party boat of some sort. You’d think that it would not be a pleasant meal because of the sea travel but we did enjoy it. Like we wished the trip was longer, like a whole day. Haha.
And there you go. Our party boat cum TurboJet Hong Kong and Macau ferry ride was truly an experience in itself.
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