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Keelung (officially Keelung City) is a major seaport and large city located in Taiwan's northeastern part. The city borders New Taipei - forming together the Taipei–Keelung Metro. City's nickname is "Rainy Port" due to its maritime role and frequent rains. Keelung is Taiwan's second largest seaport - after Kaohsiung. Other cruise port cities in Taiwan include Kaohsiung, Anping, Magong, Taichung, Hualien.
Keelung City covers a total area of approx 133 km2 (51 ml2) and has population over 370,000. City's northern part faces the ocean and is marked by the large deep-water harbour port. The annual Ghost Festival is one of the oldest in Taiwan. It dates back to 1851 following bitter clashes between rivaling clans. Coal mining peaked in 1968 and the city quickly developed. here is Taiwan's only fully oil-fired power plant (Hsieh-ho Power Plant). Its installed capacity is 2000 MW.
A major tourist attraction is Bisha Fishing Port. Port Keelung is in the harbour - located right in the city. The port serves mainly the cargo and passenger shipping traffic to Xiamen China, also to the Japanese islands Okinawa and Matsu.
Keelung Port (aka Keelung Harbor) is in city's vicinity. All its facilities are operated by the state-owned company "Taiwan International Ports Corporation".
The seaport was opened in 1886, and by the 20th century it became Taiwan's largest. The port's business growth brought prosperity to the city, which became Tawain's 4th largest - after Taipei, Tainan, and Kaohsiung. Following Japan's defeat in WW2 (1939-1945), the Japanese army left Taiwan through Keelung. Being the largest port, the Chinese entered Taiwan through Keelung and took over the territory from Japan. In the 1960s-70s, the port became one of the world's busiest ports. By 1984, its harbor became the world's 7th largest containership port.
The harbor waterway is narrow - approx 2 km (1,2 ml) in length and approx 400 m (13000 ft) in width. It extends from the inner harbor (port's southwestern part) to northwest (port's entrance). The seaport is accessible from railway's Keelung Station (Taiwan Railway Administration's northern terminus) that was opened in 1891.
In 2016, Taiwan was ranked Asia's 3rd-largest cruise travel market - following China and Singapore. In 2017, Taiwan’s cruise industry value reached about USD 162 million. In 2016, Taiwan International Ports Corporation reported a total of 493 ship calls handled and about 750,000 cruise passengers served. Season 2017's projections were for over 1 million passengers.
In 2017, to promote Taiwan's cruise tourism industry, Port Keelung attracted Costa Cruises (via Costa Asia) for two roundtrip itineraries. They were operated by the ships Costa neoRomantica (departing April 12) and Costa Fortuna (departing June 16). Costa Fortuna's cruise had scheduled live performances onboard by the popular Taiwanese pop singer A-Lin (on June 19 and 23).
In 2017, the port reported a record year with 32% increase in cruise passengers - up to 1,14 million (from ~860,000 in 2016). This ranked Taiwan Asia's 2nd in terms of cruise ship tourism. In 2017, Star Cruises (GHK brand) homeported here SuperStar Aquarius. The roundtrip cruise itinerary visited ports in Japan - Naha, Ishigaki Island and Miyakojima Island.
"Taipei Port Container" project at Port Keelung included the construction of 7 berths (total length 2366 m / 7762 ft) plus development of an area of 1,1 km2 (0,4 ml2). The project's total investment was USD 600 million with estimated capacity of around 4 million TEUs (containers) per year. All construction works were completed in 2014. The first 4 berths were operational by the end of 2009. The bid for the extension project (containership berths 18 and 19) was won by CCTC (China Container Terminal Corporation) in 2006. Along with berths W18 and W19, CCTC also received a 38-year concession on berths W19, W20 and W21 starting from April 21, 2009.
Port Keelung's terminal for general and bulk cargo ("Taipei Port 2") was built in 2009-2015. In 2018, the cruise port handled 1,06 million passengers (13,47% increase over 2017). The increase was attributed to increased international ship calls. In 2018, the number of foreign cruisers was ~940,000 (compared to ~830,000 in 2017), including ~60,000 from Philippines (23% increase).
According to statistics provided by Taiwan International Port Corporation (state-owned seaport management company), the number of cruise tourists visiting Keelung rose from ~560,000 (in 2015) to ~660,000 (in 2016), ~820,000 (2017), ~940,000 (2018) and ~950,000 (2019). In 2019, Port Keelung's cruising business contributed ~NT$ 5 billion (USD160,9 million) to city's economy. During its homeporting season 2019, the 2017-inaugurated ship Majestic Princess alone served 217,236 passengers.
Keelung cruise terminal
Cruise ships in Keelung dock on a pier located in port's industrial areas. From the cruise port, downtown is within approx 10 min walking distance. At the docking pier there is an information tent providing disembarking tourists with tour schedule times and city maps. The cruise terminal was majorly renovated in 2018, and has capacity to handle world's largest passenger ships of Royal Caribbean's Oasis-class (LOA length 362 m, capacity 6370 passengers plus 2400 crew).
The cruise port offers plenty of sightseeing and other activities, most of which are within approx 10 min walking distance from the cruise ship pier.
- Yingge Ceramic Museum
- Tzushr Temple
- Sansia Old Street
- hand-made souvenirs shopping
- Miaokou Night Market (downtown Keelung) - entertainment, dining, shopping
However, most of the shore excursions and activities are in Taiwan's capital city - Taipei. Keelung Station (train station) is also relatively close to the cruise terminal - approx 15 min walking distance. Trains are the cheapest and quickest way. Train travel to Taipei's main station is approx 50 min.
The images below are design projects for building of a dedicated cruise ship terminal in Keelung.
Port Keelung 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 Keelung, Taipei, Taiwan. 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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The Keelung 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 Keelung, Taipei, Taiwan.
If you lose the Keelung 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.
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