The popular Vivid festival ended on June 18 with much fanfare and I was there to witness it all on a fabulous cruise!
This is my second year of attending Vivid Sydney and I have to say that you must experience this enormous spectacle on a cruise at least once, to soak in the best views of Sydney Harbour and other landmarks.
Hailed as world’s largest festival of light, music and ideas, Vivid Sydney was hosted for 23 nights, packed with 90 light installations and projections, 190 music gigs and 658 speakers at Vivid Ideas events. The festival employed nearly 500 plus volunteers working for 1,860 shifts that attracted local and international tourists for approx. 9300 hours. To know more visit the Vivid Sydney website www.vividsydney.com
My cruise experience
Constellation Cruise at Darling Harbour
A friend found a fantastic cruise offer on Groupon.com.au by Constellation Cruises for a 4-hour hop on/hop off cruise @ $30 per person. It was a fast selling offer, so of course we booked it for Saturday 18 June, which was the concluding night of Vivid Sydney.
Just few days before the cruise, we discovered there was a storm warning on Saturday; we swung in to action to know if we could change our dates. The staff at Constellation Cruises assured the storm warning wouldn’t affect the sailing, however we were told that our booking although paid did not register the date we chose. The Saturday cruise was sold out and therefore we took the best available date which was Thursday 16 June, now this turned out to be a blessing
Just a note if you ever book through a third party website like Groupon, always check the confirmed booking directly with the hotel / cruise / restaurant you are visiting to ensure that you don’t get last minute surprises like we did.
Back to the cruise experience….
The weather was amazing on Thursday evening, allowing us to enjoy the sights at the upper deck for longer. The cruise wasn’t so busy on a week day, which means travelling after the cruise was a lot easier via train or car. So I suggest next time, you take a weekday Vivid cruise to avoid the weekend rush.
Sydney Harbour in all its Vivid Glory
There were free drinks on arrival, the surprise package however turned out to be the buffet at lower deck @$10 pp. We changed our dinner plans and decided to be on the cruise till the end and enjoyed the pocket happy buffet which included pasta, salads, lamb cutlets, chicken curry, rice, fruits and desserts. It saved us time and a lot of inconvenience.
The staff was really helpful at the boarding points and the onboard crew was also very good. Its always recommended to check photos and reviews of the cruise you are boarding.
Promenade deck bar of Constellation Cruise
Overall, the cruise was indeed a great experience at an amazing price of $40 per person (cruise + meal). Constellation Cruises offers packages regularly, to book visit their website www.constellationcruises.com.au
The cruise did bring back memories of our New Year Cruise, check the post here
Images courtesy: Vivid Sydney, Constellation Cruises and some have been taken by The Oz Safari