In addition, could I have a hotdog, please? We were seated at TurboJET’s Premier Grand Class cabin, comfortably reclining on our spacious seats as we sped through the Pearl River Delta. We just started our journey from Hong Kong to Macau as a lady approached asking what we would like to have for snacks. Before the waiter started back to the kitchen, I called to her again, Err, can you you make it two, please?
|TURBOJET’S TICKETING AREA AT SHUN TAK CENTRE|
|SHUN TAK CENTRE’S AIRPORT-LIKE TERMINAL|
It was going to be my first time in Macau and I have zero idea how to get there from Hong Kong. It was a good thing that two of my travel mates have been zinging back and forth the two regions since birth. I was, indeed, with good company.
From Pentahotel Hong Kong, we rode a bus to Shun Tak Centre in Sheung Wan where the terminal for Macau-bound ferries dock. It was easy as one, two, three from there.
|LOUNGE EXCLUSIVE FOR PREMIER GRAND CLASS TICKET HOLDERS|
With premier grand class tickets for TurboJET, we breezed through the counter, easily passed the immigration lines and onto the premier lounge, an exclusive space with snacks, drinks and more importantly, Internet Wi-Fi, for premier ticketholders. We were asked to stay there while waiting for the boarding time.
I was surprised at how smooth everything was, being used to the chaos of RORO ports in the Philippines, everything was very airport-ish.
|BOARDING TURBOJET’S HYDROFOIL SHIP|
We were hailed by an attendant some minutes later as a queue started to form to the jetfoil ferry that would take us to Macau. It was a pleasant surprise that premier passengers are routed on an exclusive entry point to the ship, we didn’t have to fall in line at all. We could’ve also availed of the free porter service and complimentary check-in luggage, but since we packed light, we didn’t find the need for it.
|EVEN THE ECONOMY CLASS LOOKS SPACIOUS|
|PREMIER CLASS WITH UNLIMITED FOOD AND BREATHING SPACE|
|THE VIP CLASS|
I was told how choppy the ride usually is from Hong Kong to Macau, and indeed as our ship revved to life, we skimmed across the Pearl River Delta with a bit of turbulence. It wasn’t really that smooth but it wasn’t bad either, the ride was very tolerable.
How tolerable? I was able to down two bottles of Flensburger Weizen, a German beer part of the unlimited complimentary snacks TurboJET provides for Premier Grand and VIP class ticketholders.
|AND THEY HAVE UNLIMITED CAKES, LADIES AND GENTLEMEN|
TurboJET runs 24-hours daily and we sailed just in time for our midday meal. Besides the usual sandwiches and cakes, we were able to try out their lunch offerings, which at the time was pan fried veal fillet with mushroom sauce. If their food doesn’t suit your taste, you can reserve your particular order online a day before your sailing date. Pretty nifty.
|I WANT MORE HOTDOGS!|
The ride from Hong Kong to Macau, takes about an hour, which was too soon, really. I was just starting on my third hotdog sandwich, which was absolutely delicious by the way; hence the third order lol, when we were told that we’re already in Macau and the free van service was already waiting for us to drop us off at our hotel of choice in the city, Metropole Hotel.
Pffttt. I so wanted another hotdog! Would a take-away be okay? I was too shy to ask. Oh well, there’s the ride back from Macau to Hong Kong to look forward to anyways.
* BIG THANKS TO TURBOJET FOR MAKING OUR HONG KONG – MACAU TRANSFER POSSIBLE
TurboJET Hong Kong - Macau
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