We took the Cotai Ferry to Taipa because it was convenient for the City of Dreams and the Grand Hyatt. Another review recommended upgrading to First Class, but frankly it's not worth the little extra it costs (about $200 HKD for 3 people). It is a 60-70 minute trip and a fairly smooth ride. We took the economy class on the return trip and the differences were:
First Class had seats that were soiled and leaned back, making it difficult to get in and out of the rows; First Class provided a free pop or small (tiny) bottle of water and ramen noodles; First Class gets off the ferry before Economy Class. You pay more.
Economy class had comfortable seats that didn't recline (or at least they weren't permanently in reclining position); no free drinks. You exit after First Class. It costs less.
The restroom was pretty clean. Avoid the stairs whilst en route unless you can hold onto the handrail! Both ferrys were fast, pretty clean, no rubbish. The crew quickly took our orders for drinks or ramen in First Class and cleared the little tray quickly as well, but were no where to be seen in the Economy return trip!
NOTE: There are many shuttles to the City of Dreams upon exiting Immigration. We took the City of Dreams shuttle to the Grand Hyatt, the second stop after the Hard Rock Hotel. The bus was anything but dreamy and had a strong mildew smell. We had to ask the driver repeatedly to open the luggage door and then put our own bags into the compartment because he / they wouldn't exit the bus, both ways! It was free though, and only accentuates the "you get what you pay for" adage!
That said, we won't pay for First Class again and bring our own drinks!
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