Inchon (officially Incheon Metropolitan City) is located in northwestern South Korea, bordering Gyeonggi and Seoul to the east. Inhabited since New Stone Age, Incheon was home to just 4,700 people in 1883 when it became an international port. Today, around 3 million people live in the city, ranking it Korea’s 3rd most populous city - following Seoul and Busan. The city's growth has been assured in modern times with the development of the port due to its natural advantages as coastal city and the proximity to South Korean capital. It's part of Seoul Capital Area, along with Seoul and Gyeonggi Province, forming the 2nd-largest metropolitan area by population in the world.
Incheon has since led Korea's economic development by opening its port to the outside world, ushering in the modernization of Korea as an industrial centre. In 2003, the city was designated as Korea's first "free economic zone". Since then, global enterprises and large local companies have increasingly invested in Incheon Free Economic Zone, including Samsung company which chose Songdo International City as its new investment destination for bio industry.
- In 2016, Incheon cruise port handled a total of 62 ship calls and around 165,000 passengers. Of those, 47 (around 75.8%) were departures from China. In 2016, South Korea was visited by around 2 million cruise ship tourists - an increase of 130% over 2015. The country was included in a total of 811 cruise itineraries, of which 534 to Jeju, 215 to Busan and 62 to Incheon.
- Official statistical data (reported by Korea's Ministry of Maritime Affairs and Fisheries) for 2016 showed that a foreign cruise passenger spends on average nearly USD 890 (on tours / excursions, shopping, food, drinks, services).
- In March 2017, Incheon - a major port of call for cruise ships from China to South Korea and Japan, was on alert as China's government officially ordered Chinese travel agencies to halt selling South Korean cruises. The measure was in retaliation for Seoul's push for US military deployment (advanced anti-missile system) on its territory. China harshly criticized South Korea's decision to introduce the advanced THAAD system, posing threats to its security. In 2017, there were a total of 43 scheduled cruise ship visits to Incheon port, of which 30 (around 70%) were departures from ports in China.
Incheon cruise terminal
Via a joint venture company, the South Korean government is currently building a new cruise ship terminal in Port Incheon. The "International Passenger Terminal" is an USD 580 million investment. When completed in 2019, the new cruise ship facility will have capacity to berth even the world's largest cruise ships of the Royal Caribbean's Oasis class.
Incheon Port International Terminal (Golden Harbor)
The cruise terminal project's size is 0,8 km2 (0,3 ml2). Tha land area is located northwest of Songdo City. It includes cruise ship terminal (futuristic building), retail dining venues, an outdoor park space, an Yacht Club , Water Park, large shopping mall, Urban Entertainment Center, resort hotels.
The designer company is Cuningham Group. The innovative concept makes the cruise facility a leisure destination. The waterfront open-air park is along the shoreline and features an yacht club and a boat marina. The indoor-outdoor water park is also along the shoreline and features an entertainment pier with popular attractions.
The Incheon cruise ship terminal is part of Incheon Port Authority's plan for developing an international tourism complex (named "Golden Harbor") that targets a market (including passenger shipping) of around 3 million per year. Construction works on the new passenger terminal started on April 29, 2016. The passenger terminal's construction started in October 2016.
The Golden Harbor project comprises a new cruise ship wharf, passenger terminal building (with logistics facilities) and a harbor leisure complex. The project will result in numerous culture and leisure activities, plus an exclusive area for international cruise passengers. The project's 1st stage included the construction of transport networks (roads) and facilities for the cruise harbor.
The 2nd stage includes construction of hotels and condos around the cruise harbor, with scheduled completion in April 2018. The budget for the project was funded by the Korean government, the Incheon Port Authority and also by private investors.
The Golden Harbor will be used as cruise tourism complex by both Korean citizens and international tourists.
The Incheon cruise port map is interactive. It shows the port's exact location, along with the real-time cruise ship traffic (if any) in its vicinity - today, and right now. By zooming-out you can see other cruise ship ports located near Incheon, Seoul, South Korea.
If you lose the Incheon location on the map, simply reload the page (also with F5 button). This feature is integrated with the CruiseMapper's cruise ship tracker tracking the vessels' current positions at sea and in ports.
Port Incheon cruise ship schedule shows timetable calendars of all arrival and departure dates by month. The port's schedule lists all ships (in links) with cruises going to or leaving from Incheon, Seoul, South Korea. To see the full itineraries (ports of call dates and arrival / departure times) and their lowest rates – just follow the corresponding ship-link.
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7 July, 2017