The Concerto lunch cruise I took lasted 90 minutes and went from Kobe Port towards the Akashi Kaikyo Bridge and back. According to the pamphlet I read, the lunch cruise actually gets quite a bit closer to the bridge than the same cruise at dinner time. However, we didn't go remotely close enough to the bridge to get decent views.
We had the Chinese buffet in the lowest deck (out of a total of 4). At the beginning of the meal we were treated to a live flute/piano performance, which was nice but lasted no more than (what seemed like) 10 minutes. It turns out that there are several dining areas in the ship, and the two musicians had to perform in all of the areas during the short cruise.
The lunch buffet had lots of dishes, but somehow the meal really lacked a variety of taste. And having to eat confined patrons to the inside, which prevented patrons from the ultimate purpose of taking the cruise, which is to enjoy the view. Moreover, the buffet doesn't include most beverages - which were quite expensive on top of an already overpriced meal.
Luckily, Concerto doesn't require that patrons dine during the cruise. I believe the cruise sans lunch option costs half as much as also having lunch (~2000 yen versus ~4000 yen). In retrospect, I wish I would have opted to pass on lunch so I could have spent the entire time enjoying the scenery and then redirected the 2000 yen saved to food in Chinatown, where much better Chinese food can be had for the same price.
The good cruising experience was diluted by a weak dining experience so it averages out to be an average one. Had I passed on lunch, however, the Concerto experience would have easily been very good. My recommendation is to buy the cruise-only (i.e. no meal included) ticket.
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