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Unique Romantic Dinner in Singapore: Review of Dinner Cruise on the Royal Albatross

Looking for an idea for a dinner date or somewhere to take loved ones for a special occasion in Singapore, but you’re bored of the usual fancy restaurant options? Try going for a dinner cruise on board of the Royal Albatross, Singapore’s only luxury tall ship.

I’ve been living in Singapore for close to ten years, but I’ve only known about Royal Albatross last year when they held a sunset party cruise. When I found out they also do dinner cruise, I had to check them out! Here is my experience on the dinner cruise on Royal Albatross.

The Royal Albatross Tall Ship

The website will tell you about how the Royal Albatross hails all the way from the opposite side of the world in Chicago, before undergoing the long 15,000 km journey to Singapore to be renovated.

Royal Albatross in Singapore
Royal Albatross in Singapore

But what the website didn’t mention is that the yacht was a shoot location of the The Dark Knight, a Batman trilogy from 2008 – and personally I think it’s the best Batman movie so far. How cool is that??

Okay but even without the Hollywood fame, this ship is still a pretty cool one to be on board.

Boarding the Royal Albatross

We arrived at 7PM, 30 minutes before we were set to sail. I personally think you should arrive earlier around 6:30 when the door first open so you can catch a glimpse of the yacht while the sun is still out. I didn’t do this only because the day of our cruise was a rainy one so there wasn’t much sun (though thankfully the rain stopped once we set sail and didn’t resume until after we were off the ship).

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Welcome drinks on Royal Albatross

But having been on the cruise, I still think it’s worth coming earlier to chope a good seat. By the time we arrived, most of the seats were already taken. Although there aren’t really any bad seat, there are still some that are better than others. I would have loved to sit further up on the Foredeck for a more lively setting (near the singer), or on the Aftdeck for a more quiet evening.

Here is a layout of the Royal Albatross for your consideration:

Royal Albatross Layout
Royal Albatross Layout
Royal Albatross in Singapore
The Aftdeck of Royal Albatross
Royal Albatross in Singapore
Bar at the Aftdeck

The 3-Course Dinner Cruise experience on Royal Albatross

The boarding area for Royal Albatross is right behind the RWS Aquarium. Just follow the water line to the back. Once you’ve arrived at the boarding gate, simply go through the check in process. If you’ve done the necessary check in online, you’ll get your wristband very fast – we got ours in less than 2 minutes.

Royal Albatross in Singapore
Royal Albatross in Singapore
Singer on the foredeck

You have to take your shoes off before your board the ship, so don’t bother wearing anything fancy. Don’t wear socks either! The ship might be wet if it had been raining. Speaking of which, the dress code for this dinner, although it’s a luxury ship, is a fairly casual one. You can wear a summer attire – think light summer dresses or jumpsuits for ladies and a button shirt and cotton shirt / pants for men. Keep in mind the upper deck, where you’ll be having your dinner, is quite breezy so I would stay away from dangly accessories.

The ship starts sailing at 7:30 PM on the dot. Timing might change depending on the cruise you booked, but make sure you arrive at least 30 minutes before the sail time or you can’t complain if they sail without you. They might even sail earlier – on our cruise, everyone was already in place so the ship left the dock early at around 7:20 PM.

Royal Albatross Dinner Menu
Royal Albatross Dinner Menu

The menu we had on the cruise are listed as above, but it might change and of course there is a vegetarian option.

In terms of timing of the meal, I feel they managed it quite well. Once the sail starts, live entertainment begins and your first course starts rolling in. An hour later, the main course were served and about 30 minutes before the ship is due back at the dock, dessert is served. Food and service was great, but it was not anything I would remember in say, five years, as I would remember the ship more. I feel the dinner cruise is more memorable for the sailing experience.

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Sharing platter, the main course of the dinner

The interval between courses gives you enough time to explore the rest of the ship, have conversation with your companion and chill. I suggest checking out the air conditioned Grand Salon on the main deck to see the carpentry, luxurious room and some photos of the ship’s famous guests from the past.

Royal Albatross in Singapore
Royal Albatross in Singapore
The Grand Salon

Also look out for the Singapore city line, especially if you’re sailing close to National Day (August 9) as they do quite a bit of fireworks rehearsal around this time.

Could I get Seasick on the Royal Albatross?

It’s unlikely, but possible from my own personal experience. The Royal Albatross is quite a sizeable and stable ship. The cruise was done on very calm water with only a few waves, but about 45 minutes into the ride… it hit me, hard (which explains the lack of good photos during dinner). I didn’t take any seasick pills since I don’t normally get sick. I suspect it could be because of my pregnancy which makes me more prone to motion sickness, and the fact that I was already having a minor headache before boarding. It seems like no other guest was having a difficult time aside of me 🙁

We headed down to the Grand Salon on the main deck, one level below the upper deck, and I felt a lot better. So I spent most of my time down there and only came back up for courses (surprisingly I could still eat). Once we got off the ship, I felt instantly back to normal.

If you know you’re prone to motion sickness, I suggest taking a seasick pills a few hours before boarding (these pills are only effective if taken while you’re still on land). On board, the crew can also provide ginger pills which may help alleviate the seasickness.

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One last look at Royal Albatross

Overall, I think the dinner cruise is a great option for any special occasion – birthdays, anniversaries or even graduation. On the night I went, there was even a proposal onboard! Very romantic and/or memorable night, especially if you’re looking to make someone feel special.

This dinner cruise will set you back $195 per person, including meals but not drinks. You can book the cruise here. Keep in mind to rent a small 30-people yacht in Singapore you’ll already have to shell out $90-110 per person and that’s not including meals, so I think the price is also quite affordable for what you get.

Thank you for the amazing night Royal Albatross!

Filed under: Singapore, Weekend in Singapore

by Melissa Hie

Hello! Welcome to Girl Eat World. I'm Melissa, the "Girl" in Girl Eat World. I run a popular Instagram account by the same name, @girleatworld, where I update my followers about my food and travel adventure. I love writing really long detailed blog posts about my travel experiences, which I'm guessing was how you ended up on this site! (Read more about me here)

1 Comment

  1. Cordelia says

    Hi Melissa, your review about the Royal Albatross is truly informative, does sound like something different from the regular dinners at restaurants. The dinner looks delicious. I agree that dinner cruise is definitely something to try out for a special occasion with an amazing view of the sea.

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