Shanghai is major cruise port of call and also a turnaround port for round-trip itineraries from China to Japan and South Korea. Shanghai is also a departure point for Yangtze River cruises leaving from Wuhan to Chongqing. These China river cruise deals are inclusive of internal / domestic flights between Beijing-Xian-Chongqing and between Shanghai-Wuhan. Shanghai is China's largest city, and also the world's largest city by population (over 24,3 million).
Port's cruise ship terminals serve mainly the large-capacity Asian fleets of Royal Caribbean, Costa Asia and Star Cruises. While operating on World Cruise itineraries, many medium-sized and smaller luxury cruise ships stop visit Shanghai as port of call. Among such lines are Holland America, Princess Cruises, Crystal Cruises, Azamara, Celebrity Cruises, P&O UK.
- In 2014, the port handled a total of 216 ship calls and over 1 million passengers. Port's berth earnings in 2014 were 6 times the projected, ranking Shanghai China's only profitable homeport.
- In 2015, the port handled 284 calls and over 1.8 million passengers.
- In 2017, the cruise port handled 483 ship calls (of which 475 roundtrips) at the Shanghai Wusongkou Terminal.
- The port plans to reach 1000 cruise ship calls annually (up to 6 million passengers) by the year 2023.
On May 30, 2017, the countries' largest shipbuilding companies - Fincantieri (Italy) and CSSC (China State Shipbuilding Corporation), signed a letter of intent with the city's Baoshan District for construction of a cruise ship industrial park.
- The event followed the signed in Beijing in February 2017 deal between both shipbuilders.
- In that occasion, Fincantieri's CEO signed an agreement with Carnival Corporation and CSSC for building 2 cruise vessels (plus additional 4 / optional). These will be the ever first large cruise ships built in China.
- By the signed in May 2017 deal, the 3 parties were engaged for building a hub dedicated mainly to cruise activities and shipbuilding.
- The Baoshan district is China's largest commercial and cruise port, representing the country's most developed cruise industry region.
Highlights: Shanghai Museum, Jade Buddha Temple, Yu Yuan Gardens, The Bund
Shanghai cruise terminal
The port is located on the Huangpu River at Wusong estuary and ships dock temporary on their route to Shanghai Port International Cruise Terminal.
Port Shanghai has all 3 cruise terminals - "Wusongkou Cruise International Terminal", "Waigaoqiao International Cruise Terminal" and "Shanghai International Cruise Terminal". Shanghai Waigaoqiao Port has capacity to handle 4 cruise liners simultaneously.
Port Wusongkou has a major role due to its location in adjacent to the Eastern Sea (where Yangtze River meets Huangpu River).
Shanghai Waigaoqiao Port
Shanghai Port Group operates the Third Shanghai cruise port terminal. It is 30 km away from the city downtown, located in the Shanghai’s Pudong New Area, at Waigaoqiao. The distance to Wusongkou International Cruise Terminal is 7 km, direction East.
The old terminal has 2 berths. The first quay can handle vessels with max GT tonnage 100,000. At the second quay can dock up to 200,000 GT ton vessels.
Address: "Wusongkou Cruise Terminal, No.01 Baoyang Road, Baoshan District, Shanghai, China".
Shanghai Wusongkou International Cruise Terminal
The new terminal's design features futuristic buildings covered with glass and steel. This "Winter Garden" like complex features huge indoor spaces (also containing live hanging gardens and glass-bottomed balconies built on a 400 m / 1300 ft long steel herringbone), glass facades (sheltering a pedestrian route along a public park). The terminal's cruise ship docking area has total length of 774 m (2540 ft).
The "Shanghai International Cruise Terminal" project was won by Sparch Architects in 2004. The terminal's passenger facilities were designed by Frank Repas Architects. It was completed in 2 phases. Approx 800 m (2600 ft) riverfront area was redeveloped as a gateway into the city. There can be berthed simultaneously 3 cruise ships with GT tonnage up to 80,000. The projected passenger traffic through the terminal is over 1,5 million per year.
The total construction area is around 0,26 km2 (0,1 ml2). Approx half of this is built underground, which includes the terminal’s cruise passenger facilities. This "underground" design allows most of the area to be redeveloped as terraced green park along the river.
This design concept was also based on the idea of a crystal wave wrapping over the terminal's buildings. A second skin of steel and glass was implemented to protect the terminal's aboveground (commercial) spaces, aslo forming populated semi-indoor balcony spaces that overlook the river.
The terminal's pods 1, 2 and 4 contain public venues, including cafes, restaurants and bars. The development project resulted in around 80% commercial and 20% public facilities, including entertainment venues and retail shops. The pedestrian street along the terminal has length of 400 m (1300 ft) and is lined up with public events spaces, live gardens, a terraced outdoor theatre, Media Garden (Public Winter Garden), Food Court. The Media Garden hosts festival events and features a 40x30 m (130x100 ft) digital screen for media projections.
The roofs of the office pavilion are covered with photovoltaic panels producing enough electricity for all the lighting needed, thus reducing the terminal's energy consumption and maintaining costs.
The new cruise terminal has all 4 berths, of which 2 are reserved for Royal Caribbean's largest ships (Quantum-class and Oasis-class vessels), and the remaining 2 are for smaller vessels (up to 150,000 GT tons). The expanded terminal has capacity to handle around 3.6 million cruise tourists per year.
Shanghai tours, shore excursions, hotels
City Tours and Shore Excursions
- The Bund: the center of Shanghai since the mid 19th century. The world famous waterfront will guide you through the past and the future with the promenade views across the Pudong River.
- Shanghai Acrobatic Troupe: visit the amazing show at the Shanghai Center Theatre at night.
- Shanghai Museum: one of China’s best museums. Discover over 120,000 artifacts of the history in 11 galleries.
- Huangpu River Cruise: chose you cruise range from half an hour to four hours. You will take a different look at the city highlights.
- Jade Buddha Temple: the most popular temple in Shanghai. The white jade Buddhas were brought in 1881. They are made of Burmese jade and you will see them separated in houses in the middle of stones and jewels.
- Nanjing Lu: the most popular shopping street. There you will find “something for everyone.”
- Yu Yuan Garden: dates from the 16th century. You will need days to discover all its beauties and attraction. The most popular is the Grand Rockery.
- Xin Tian Di: the most popular district in Shanghai for bars and restaurants.
- Peace Hotel: built in 1929, one of the world’s finest hotels.
The Shanghai 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 Shanghai, China.
If you lose the Shanghai 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 Shanghai 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 Shanghai, China. 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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