Singapore Slings on the Singapore Flyer

Please note–This is a sponsored post.  I accepted this ride in exchange for promoting the Singapore Sling 2 for 1 special.  All opinions are mine.  Italicized text indicates promotional materials.

Back in November, I blogged that I had accepted a ride on the Flyer with Singapore Slings in exchange for promoting the Flyer’s 2 for 1 deal.  This past Saturday, Ravi, Rhiannon and I experienced our Singapore Flyer flight with Singapore Slings.

I don’t know how typical of the Singapore Sling Flight our experience was, but I felt like a rock star.  We were picked up at customer service by two employees, given special lanyards, and whisked up to the flyer.  We were escorted past a very large line (due to lightening, the Flyer had shut down for two hours on Saturday, and the line was prodigious).  There are only four cars in which the Singapore Slings (and the Champagne flight as well) are served, so timing was critical.  Only patrons doing the Champagne or Sling flights are allowed on those capsules, and in our case, we were the only patrons.  A waiter greeted us with Slings as we entered the capsule and they quickly stepped off, leaving us alone in a snazzy capsule with jazz music playing.

 

Singapore Sling

This was my first drink since this past February when Ravi and I were in Hong Kong and had a bottle of wine with dinner at Ruth’s Chris.  My only two previous experiences with Singapore Slings were on a Singapore Airlines flight (it was watery) and the non-alcoholic one at the Long Bar when I was pregnant and my friend Jim was visiting.  I did some homework and discovered that although there’s some variation in the recipe, Wikipedia says that…

The original recipe used gin, Cherry Heering, Bénédictine, and fresh pineapple juice, primarily from Sarawak pineapples which enhance the flavour and create a foamy top

The Singapore Sling is a dangerous drink in that it has a ton of alcohol but you don’t taste very much of it.  The pineapple overpowers the alcohol, so I imagine it’s easy to overdo.

Posing with my Sling.  The Champagne bottle in the glass has “Singapore Flyer” spelled out in little faux diamonds (I assume they’re faux)

The capsule is a standard capsule jazzed up a bit.  The biggest modification is the branding by Moët.  There are gold champagne bubbles on the ceiling, the branding on the walls, a nice carpet (I don’t remember regular capsules having carpeting), and underneath the seats, there are lit gold balls, which again I take to be “champagne bubbles”.  The seats are cushioned, and there’s a gold curlicue coming up out of the middle of each of the large seats.  There’s a stereo system hooked up to an iPod playing jazz.

While I enjoyed the capsule, the most unique aspect of it was that we had it to ourselves.  It made for a romantic ride, as Rhiannon slept through the majority of the flight.

Gardens by the Bay…read this post by Laura to learn more about this attraction opening in early 2012.  She got a sneak peek during the Orchid Show

Our flight began around 6:45 which on a sunny day would have been the perfect sunset flight.  However, it was drizzling rain, which made for a more somber, but still romantic atmosphere, which was enhanced by the jazz music.  I’m not a huge fan of jazz, but it works for me in New Orleans and when it’s rainy for ambiance.

The capsule ahead of us, skyline in the background

Our first and only trip on the flyer previous to this flight was in early to mid 2010.  We hadn’t lived in Singapore for very long, and while I loved the view, I didn’t know many of the buildings or construction projects I was seeing at the time.  One of the cool parts of riding the flyer this time was that so many new buildings had popped up, and I had a much better sense of what things were/where they were.

Marina Bay Sands

Art Science Museum

One of the really cool parts of riding the flyer at this time of night was watching all the lights come on.  The Flyer turns into a Christmas Tree via a star near the apex of the wheel and strings of lights angling down from it.  The lights blink in a color patter so that the tree is green, pink, blue, etc.  I couldn’t get a picture of it from inside the capsule, but it was fun to watch.  I also watched as the lights came on over the DNA bridge, the Marina Bay, and through the city.

Double Helix (DNA) bridge in the foregroud, Merlion and the Esplanade theater (aka the Durians) in the distance

The advantages to doing the Singapore Sling Flight are, in my opinion, less full capsules (so you’re not trying to frame a shot over other people’s heads, and as someone who is not a fan of over crowding, any extra space in our overcrowded dot is a plus), a fun drink (it’s not too strong, but it’s not watery–compliments to the bartender and whatever mix they used), and a more grown up atmosphere.   Although we did bring Rhiannon with us, I doubt many families are going to queue up for this ride, and if you’re looking for a break from the kids it’s a better bet than your average ride.  The 2 for 1 deal is approximately equal to two regular priced adult fares, so if you get the deal, you’re going to get more for the same amount of money.

Rhi prefers some mamamilk to a Singapore Sling

About 2/3 to 3/4 of the way through our flight, Rhiannon woke up.  I had a bottle of expressed milk ready to go, and Daddy gave Rhi her drink while we had our more grown up drinks.  (For those who are curious, I chose to pump and dump three hours post drinking, although it’s not completely clear that after only 1/2 a Sling with my bmi that I needed to…better off safe, though, since the drink had liquor in it, as opposed to wine).

The entrance to the flyer, prettied up for the holidays, as seen from our capsule

I really enjoyed our Singapore Sling flight.  It was a lovely grown-up activity to do following our morning at Toys for Tots, and a fun date. We passed through the gift shop and headed home to figure out a game plan for the rest of our rainy date night.

Thanks to the Flyer for the ride and the Singapore Sling.  If you get a chance and enjoy the kind of sight-seeing experience that the Flyer offers, I highly recommend the 2 for 1 Singapore Sling Flight.

From the Singapore Flyer website…

Chill out with an all-time classic – the Singapore Sling – and take in lovely city sights 165-metres above the skies. The experience is now sweetened with a 1-for-1 deal, only for visitors who purchase the tickets directly from any of our ticketing booths at the Singapore Flyer. Daily Flights: 2.30pm; 4:30pm; 6.30pm; 7.30pm; 8.30pm & 9.30pm. For more information, please visit the Singapore Sling product page.

Terms and Conditions:

  • Valid from 5 November – 31 December 2011, subject to availability.
  • Valid for walk-in purchase at Singapore Flyer ticketing counters only.
  • Not valid for online, corporate, group and advanced bookings.
  • Offer does not include a souvenir glass.
  • Offer is not exchangable or redeemable for cash and/or other items.
  • Not valid with other promotions, discounts, privileges and vouchers.
  • Singapore Flyer Pte Ltd reserves the right to amend these terms and conditions without prior notice.
  • Other terms and conditions apply.
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4 Responses to Singapore Slings on the Singapore Flyer

  1. Laura says:

    Glad you enjoyed your ride, thanks also for the link back to my Gardens by the Bay post.

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