Port Kaohsiung is the largest seaport in Taiwan. It is located on the island's southwestern coast, facing Taiwan Strait, The city is ranked Taiwan's second largest (urban population over 2,54 million, metro around 2.8 million).
Since its establishment by the Chinese in the 17th century, Kaohsiung has grown into major transportation, economic, manufacturing, industrial and shipbuilding center.
Among the main city landmarks are the Tuntex Sky Tower, Kaohsiung Arena, Kaohsiung Harbor, ferris wheel. Newly developed, the city is also popular among tourists for its huge number of night markets, shopping streets, new leisure parks (Pier-2 Art Center, E-DA Theme Park).
Natural attractions include Shoushan (Monkey mountain), Love River, Qijin, Xiziwan Bay, Dapingding Tropical Botanical Garden, Yushan National Park. Among the historical attractions are the Old City of Zuoying, the former British Consulate (Takao), sugar and crop factories (built during Taiwan's occupation by Japan, 1895-1945).
Port Kaohsiung has the biggest harbor in Taiwan. However, the port is not officially part of the city. Kaohsiung Mass Rapid Transit is the city's subway system inaugurated in 2008. The city hosted World Games 2009 (sports not included in the Olympics).
In December 2017, the company Van Oord (based in Rotterdam Holland, specialising in dredging, marine engineering, offshore ebergy projects) completed the Port Kaohsiung expansion. The project (by Taiwan International Ports Corporation) awarded the contract to the Dutch company in 2015. The works were completed 8 months ahead of schedule, creating a total of 250 hectares (2,5 km2 / 1 ml2) of new land for the new Intercontinental Container Center. The new area will accommodate many containership cargo terminals and docking wharves, some of which able to handle the world's largest container ships (up to 22,000 TEUs / containers).
Being Taiwan's largest port, Kaohsiung handles around 150 vessels daily. The port's container shipping annual volume is over 10 million TEUs (containers).
In 2017 (March 21 through May 30), Star Cruises (GHK brand) homeported in Kaohsiung the ship SuperStar Virgo. The 5-night / 6-day roundtrip cruise itinerary (themed "Golden Triangle Journey”) has as ports of call Manila (Philippines), Laoag (Philippines) and Hong Kong (China). The new itinerary allows Taiwanese tourists to embark / disembark in Hong Kong, Manila or Kaohsiung.
- Star Cruises' Early Bird Discount program offers pricing from TWD 18800 (USD 620 ) per person (double occupancy) and standard pricing TWD 31333 (USD 1040) per person. Third and fourth passengers received additional 50% discount.
Kaohsiung cruise terminal
The new Kaohsiung cruise terminal is still under construction. Among the project's features is the boardwalk (connecting the complex with the Maritime Cultural and Pop Music Center), also with premium shopping and dining districts and several recreation areas located along the port's waterfront.
Terminal building view from land
Terminal building view from above
Port Kaohsiung 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 Kaohsiung, Taichung, Taiwan. To see the full itineraries (ports of call dates and arrival / departure times) and their lowest rates – just follow the corresponding ship-link.
|Day||Ship||Arrival||Departure||Next Port of Call|
|6 April, 2018|
|Seven Seas Voyager||07:00||16:00||Hong Kong, China|
|10 April, 2018|
|Norwegian Jewel||08:00||18:00||Hong Kong, China|
|11 April, 2018|
|ms Europa 2||11:00||19:00||Manila, Luzon Island, Philippines|
|26 April, 2018|
|Seabourn Sojourn||07:00||15:00||Keelung, Taipei, Taiwan|
The Kaohsiung 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 Kaohsiung, Taichung, Taiwan.
If you lose the Kaohsiung 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.