Vladivostok is a port city located in Russia (northeastern Asia), and on Golden Horn Bay (Sea of Japan). The city covers a total area of approx 331 km2 (128 ml2) and has population around 0,6 million.
- The city is the terminus of Russia's largest Pacific seaport, Trans-Siberian Railroad, and also the country's main naval base of its Pacific fleet. The harbour is being kept open by icebreakers during winter months and serves as base for whaling and fishing vessels. Far Eastern State University is also here.
- The city is a major centre of scientific research. It was founded in 1860 as a military outpost and grew rapidly after 1903 when the Trans-Siberian Railroad was completed. During 1918-1922, Vladivostok was occupied by Japanese and Allied forces.
- Port Vladivostok is ice-free the whole year round.
- In 2002, the port had a foreign shipping trade turnover worth USD 275 million.
- In 2015, a special economic zone was established with the free port.
- The city's main industries are the Russian naval base, also cargo shipping and commercial fishing. Fishing accounts for about 4/5 of its commercial production. A major source of revenue and important employer is the Japanese cars import.
In 2012, the city hosted the 24th Summit of APEC (Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation) forum on Russky Island. In preparation for the event, city's infrastructure was improved and two giant cable-stayed bridges were built - Zolotoy Rog Bridge (over Golden Horn Bay, city center) and Russky Bridge (connecting with Russky Island).
The 4-lane Russky Bridge (across Eastern Bosphorus strait) is the world's longest cable-stayed bridge ever constructed - with length of 3,1 km (10,200 ft). Its longest span is 1,1 km (3622 ft). The bridge's clearance above is 70 m (230 ft). The construction cost around USD 1,1 billion.
- In August 2016, the Chinese ship Chinese Taishan (former Costa Voyager) made a maden port call. The vessel's operator Bohai Cruises soon announced the company's decision to include Vladivostok in its regularly operated Asian itineraries.
- On July 31, 2017, the Peace Boat-chartered cruise ship Ocean Dream made a maiden port call in Vladivostok, with around 1200 tourists from Japan and South Korea. The voyage departed Port Kobe (Japan) on July 27, with ports of call Yeosu (Korea), Vladivostok, Hakodate (Japan), Sakaiminato (Japan) and Busan (Korea).
- In 2017, cruise ships managed by Costa Asia (Carnival Corporation's subsidiary company) visited Port Vladivostok 6 times. The first vessel was Costa Victoria (max capacity 2314 passengers) docked here in May 2016.
- In 2017, the cruise port handled a total of 13 ship calls. In 2016, their number was 6.
- On February 26 was opened the port's season 2018 with the arrival of Amadea (Phoenix Reisen) carrying over 500 passengers. Among 2018's highlights were the maiden calls by the large liners MSC Splendida (3900 pax), Costa Serena (3600 pax) and Costa Fortuna (3250 pax).
- There are plans for establishing a local (Russian) cruise line to operate itineraries to other Russian Far East destinations. In 2018, the area near the cruise berth was dredged to allow docking of bigger vessels.
- On May 12, 2018, Costa Serena became the ever-largest cruise ship docking in Vladivostok. The liner carried over 3000 passengers and crew. The ship arrived from South Korea (roundtrip Busan cruise itinerary) chartered by Lotte Tours. Passengers and crew were greeted with a live performance by Far Eastern State Technical Fisheries University students (drummers, singers, dancers). The port and Vladivostok tour operators arranged a total of 79 buses each with a Korean-speaking tour guide.
- In 2019 were booked for berthing here the RCI ships Quantum and Spectrum.
Via Vladivostok, the Russian cargo shipping company FESCO operates three express routes connecting Russia with South Korea, China and Japan - Busan to Moscow (15 days transit launched June 2018), Shanghai to Moscow (20 days transit launched January 2017) and Toyama to Moscow (15 days transit launched April 2018). The new services allow delivery time reduction achieved by implementing new pass-through technology (port-railway). Busan to Vladivostok transit time is 2 days.
Vladivostok cruise terminal
Cruise ships dock at Vladivostok Sea Terminal where their passengers are welcomed with a ceremony that includes live performances of traditional Russian dances, folklore songs and drummers. The event is organized by the company Vladivostok Sea Terminal, LLC.
To all passengers are given free city maps and tour guides, provided by Primorsky Region's Tourist Information Center. Traditionally, an outdoor market with Russian souvenirs is also organized for the disembarking tourists.
Vladivostok tours, shore excursions, hotels
City Tours and Shore Excursions
- In Olga Bay is located the port town Olga (population around 4,000) - the administrative center of Olginsky District (Primorsky Krai, Russia). The St Olga military post was established in 1860.
- Lazovsky Nature Reserve is accessed through the port town Preobrazhina (aka Preobrazhenie).
Port Vladivostok 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 Vladivostok, Russia. To see the full itineraries (ports of call dates and arrival / departure times) and their lowest rates – just follow the corresponding ship-link.
|20 March, 2019|
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