Singapore River Cruise Review 2022: An Honest One

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Singapore River Cruise review: When I hear Singapore, there’s always Marina Bay Sands in the backdrop, the lotus-shaped Art Science Museum, and the dreamy skyline. While there’s a thousand things to see, I’ve always wondered what the boats circling the river felt like – and I finally got on one!

When I was younger, I visited the Singapore Zoo, Sentosa, and even Jurong Bird Park but never the boat cruise. My parents thought it would be ‘boring’. Looking back now, I guess they were right and wrong. Afterall, it’s simply a slow river boat ride.

However, I loved it when I took the ride by myself – it opens up another perspective to look at to city. With the tickets at a dear price, I’d to put this Singapore River Cruise review out.

Best time to Visit

The river cruise timings are 10 am to 9 pm on the weekends while it starts at 1 pm on the week days. The weekends – Friday, Saturday, and Sunday can be crowded but any weekday is fine to avoid the wait. More people tend to visit in the evenings to get the night view of the city.

Thus, the best time for the Singapore river cruise depends on you. Either way, the landscape makes it all worth it be it day or night. My priority was avoiding the waiting anywhere I went, so I went for the afternoon cruise. When I got there, I realized I was too early on a weekday (around 11:30 am).

That gave me enough time to have a subway at Clarke Quay central for lunch and take a few shots of the river and the colorful shop buildings and pathways. Getting on one of the first river cruise trips of the day, the boat was half empty and was a comfortable ride throughout.

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Clarke Quay bum boats

Singapore River Cruise Review: Ticket Price

On the Clarke Quay river cruise stand, the on-spot tickets here are a flat S$25 for adults and S$15 for children. I tried my luck asking if there was a student concession like they had for the SG National Gallery. They didn’t.

Anyhow, I bought the ticket and was told to wait until the boat arrived at the dock. Later, I found out the river cruise ticket was cheaper on Klook.com and ultimately. For your next SG trip, I’d recommended getting your tickets for the river cruise on Klook – it costs around S$23!

Hurry up before you miss out and get your favorite deal today:

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For travelers like me, another great option is to get the Klook Pass that includes a list of attractions in SG that the ticket is applicable for. You have option to choose the number of attraction passes and get a bundle of SG attractions tickets for lesser.

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Getting on the River Cruise bumboat

SG River Cruise vs River Cruise by Water B

The 40-minute river cruise is a round trip ride that drops you back at the start point. In case you didn’t know, there are two cruise operators. The popular one is at Clarke Quay (the dark brown boats) and the other point begins from ArtScience Museum at Marina Bay Sands (the modern red and green ones).

Singapore River Cruise vs River Cruise by Water B: Both rides traverse through the same river routes and don’t differ much. They even have similar pricing and both have indoor and outdoor seating.

Pricing difference betwen Clarke Quay and Water B Cruises as of today on Klook. Anything below S$25 ($18.15 USD) will save your money – don’t miss out on the deal:

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But I recommend the Singapore river cruise operator (the one I went in) as it’s a traditional bumboat with its wooden interiors and low ceilings giving off a more rustic experience.

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Singapore River Cruise review: Larger boats we passed

How to Get to SG River Cruise Point?

With Clarke Quay being famous for being a historical riverside quay and nightlife venues, there are many ways to get here. The closest MRT stations here are Fort Canning (Downtown line), and Clarke Quay (Northeast line). The Fort Canning Station to the river cruise while Clarke Quay station is on the other river side.

I, however, got off at the Clarke Quay bus station on bus no.32 via nth Buona Vista Rd. as I’d to get there from National Gallery of Singapore. Not knowing where to get my tickets, I glanced at the Water B Fort Canning stand and ended up there at first looking stupid.

But someone helped me out to the right spot. Here’s the exact spot from Google Maps. The cruise ticket booth is right beside Hooters – you’ll know when you get there ;)

A Couple and Old People

Talking of the people that actually get on the boat – at least when I went, most of them were senior tourists. That’s what I loved most about SG. They cater to all sorts of tourists. There’s Sentosa, SG Zoo and so on for kids, but there a whole lot of things for old people as well (such as the Hippo bus). And River cruise is one of them.

Apart from the elderly, there was a couple on honeymoon along with a guide, and some solo travelers like myself. With the photogenic structures in the backdrop, the guide took a bunch of pictures of the couple.

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Wide shot the skyline view from River Cruise

With around a dozen occupants, the boat was barely half-full and we all sat at the outdoor seating at the back. To our good luck, it wasn’t too sunny, making up for a peaceful ride.

Things to Spot on the SG River Cruise

The high-rising skyscrapers fascinated me so much, I missed taking pictures of historic structures here like the Old Hill Street Police Station. Keep in mind these structures and spot them on your bumboat ride!

Clarke Quay and Riverside Point

Quite obvious, isn’t it? You’ll begin at Clarke Quay. On one side are the color full dine-in restaurants and the other bank side has the Riverside Point shopping complex.

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Singapore River Cruise review: Passing by Riverside Point at Clarke Quay

Read Bridge, Cavenagh at Fullerton, and Anderson Bridge

The vehicle underpass bridges were recent builds, but the enchanting ancients were labelled along with their build dates. We passed the Read bridge, Cavenagh Bride, and the Anderson Bridge each having unique structures and all over a century old!

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Read Bridge Singapore for pedestrians, 1889

Boat Quay and its shophouses

Boat Quay, similar to Clarke Quay, is another line of Singapore’s live music restaurants, pubs, and nightlife venues. Even the shophouses are similar and shows a world apart from the skyscrapers right opposite on the other riverside.

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Boat Quay – a calm spot with rows of house shops that light up at night

Asian Civilisations Museum

While not wholly visible, any local guide (if with you) will point out its noticeable historic build. While it stands as a museum today, it was previously a government building in the 1980s – known as the Empress Place Building.

Fullerton Hotel

The 5-star hotel today has opened only 21 years ago. But the neo classical structure’s construction started almost a century ago which began as a General Post Office Building in 1924. Its columns and decorative build itself is a breathtaking view from the SG river cruise.

Singapore Merlion!

After the Esplanade Bridge’s underpass is where the river widens, giving a grand welcome to Singapore’s skyline and Marina Bay with the official mascot – Singapore Merlion! I’d been on the shores by the Merlion over a decade ago and it felt nostalgic seeing it again.

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Singapore River cruise review: The Sea Merlion!

The Skyline

Following the SG Merlion is Singapore’s skyline and Marina Bay view. The cruise takes a slow circle around the skyscrapers, DBS towers with, and the Marina Bay Sands. It never gets dull to have a look at the buildings and the river cruise’s close proximity makes it even sweeter.

Marina Bay Sands and ArtScience Museum

Circling by the Marina Bay Sands, it’s majestic up close. I walked by the bay later on, so I gave it little attention. What caught my eye were the Sands Expo & Convention Center, the Apple and Louis Vuitton stores in front of Marina Bay. These stores were on the water and looked distinguished.

Though not as big as the other structures, they were just retail stores after all – and huge ones hovering over the water by the bay.

Esplanade

Last but not least, is the theatres on the bay Esplanade. This is one of Singapore’s largest performing arts center and a popular venue for live concerts. Most people call it the durian building for its shape though it wasn’t intended by its architects.

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Singapore River Cruise review: The durian building – Esplanade

Tailpiece: Singapore River Cruise review

Coming to the end of my Singapore River Cruise review, I’d say I’ve learnt a lot more while writing this review. The Singapore river passing through Clarke Quay, Boat Quay, and Marina Bay witnesses history and the nation’s achievements over the years.

Secretly, it also proudly smiles at how far the country has come with its growth and looks at world-class architecture around it. The River Cruise recognizes this and made it possible for the world to see in one trip.

Instead of spending an entire day, to catch a glimpse of each historical landmark, this cruise takes a smooth sail within an hour. Or if you wish to walk through all the landmarks here, the river cruise can make a sweet end to your day by taking you through time once again.

Either way, that’s what makes the cruise worth paying for. That ends my post on Singapore River Cruise review. Let me know what you think about it below :)

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