Revamped at a cost of some $36 million, the new cable car rides boasted of 67 sparkling new cabins done in a modern metallic black and chrone design which boasted of large panoramic view windows. The flip-up seats were more comfortable, and the internal ambient lighting helped to make it less pitch black at night. Having experienced the old cable cars before, I must say that this recent upgrade is a major improvement to the overall experience.
Hopping onboard the spanking new cabins
With a new mono-cable system, I found the ride faster and smoother (13 minutes each way), with the "intersection points" at the world trade centre and Sentosa less rocky than before. The midpoint is also higher at 120 m above sea level - 30m higher than before - enhancing the vantage point offered to passengers. At night, the aerial adventure offered wonderful views of Keppel Road, VivoCity, Harbourfront centre, Keppel Port, the Sentosa causeway bridge, and of course Resorts World at Sentosa.
Resorts World Sentosa
Keppel Road at Night
Apparently, there is also a World's First 7 Star VIP Jewelled Cabin which boasts of Swarovski crystals in both its interior and exterior, leather upholstery chairs and a Swarovski glass panel illuminated roof! Talk about luxury! Be prepared to pay more though (both the standard and VIP rides). Ticket prices are now about $26 (round-trip) for adults compared to $18,90 in the past.
Other than the new cabins, Jewel Box itself at Mount Faber undertook a transformation. Its overall design and decor is now dripping with decadence, with elements like chandeliers, crystals, silver-coloured furniture, and dark walls to evoke a sense of luxuriant and opulent indulgence.
Life doesn't get better than this!
The F&B outlets - named Black Opal and Sapphire no less - were given a new touch of class, offering splendid and unobstructed views. Even the tacky old souvenir shop was gone, replaced by a carefully themed one with specially "curated" merchandise.
Here are all the photos of our experience for your viewing pleasure. If you haven't already gone on the Jewel Cable Car ride, do check it out soon!