Lately I've been leaving work late. When I leave late, all I want to do is get home so I've been heading to this wharf (pictured) to catch the Fast Ferry home. It's fast because it's only about a 16-18 minutes journey instead of the 35 minute Manly Ferry. And the views... The eastern side of Circular Quay presents people with some of the most amazing views of this city, and then we zoom away from it.
But, there's more to the Fast Ferry than just a quick tip home. You can enjoy a glass of wine or a beer out on the deck in the open air and cruise the harbour every night. Every now and then you may even be offered free champagne. And that is what I call great customer service. It seems every one who works on the ferry is enjoying their time too.
Last night when I boarded the announcement went something like this: "Good evening ladies and gentlemen. Welcome aboard and thanks for choosing Manly Fast Ferries. It's a beautiful night and we'll be cruising at sea level and, for those on the top deck, at an altitude of about 14ft with an expected arrival time at Manly of approximately 16 minutes from now. We'd like to welcome back our ferry frequent fliers and offer a special welcome to those passengers traveling with us for the first time. The bar is open, the week is nearly over, so sit back and enjoy your ride home."
It's only 20c more than the single ticket on the big slow ferry! But shhhhh, we don't want this little secret gem to become too popular...