Singapore River Cruise Reviews
Singapore River through time Jul 29, 2012
Singapore River Cruise was the first company to start river cruises in 1987. They started with 4 boats, which have now grown to 24. They operate with boats, which originally were barges called bumboats. The bumboats were designed by the Chinese 150 years ago to transport cargo from the bigger ships and to the warehouses along the river. The boats were painted with eyes on the bow to scare away the evil and to see danger. They still have the eyes.
The bumboats were originally sail powered, before they got diesel-powered engines, which now have been changed to the environmental friendly electric version. The seating area is covered, except from a bench in the very back of the boat.
This is a voyage through time, as you pass a blend of old and new, culture and traditions, which have made Singapore into what it is. The Singapore River tells the tale of Singapore, from an obscure fishing village, to trading port and to the global city of the future.
I have tried both the Hippo River Cruise and now Singapore River Cruise. I can´t say that one is better than the other. I was a bit disappointed that the guide was only a recorded voice. Last time, when I did the Hippo River Cruise, they had a real person, which made it much more interesting as he commented on things a long the way. I noticed that they have also turned to a recorded voice now.
Singapore River Cruise has two different routs:
1. 2 Quays (Boat Quay, Clarke Quay & Marina Bay), which lasts 40 min and cost SGD17/10 adult/children.
2. 3 Quays (Boat Quay, Clarke Quay, Robertson Quay & Marina Bay), which lasts 60 min and cost SGD22/12 adult/children.
The cruises are run daily from 9 am to 11 pm. Departures are approximately every 20 minutes.
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