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● Shanghai Port International Cruise Terminal
● Another Cruise Ship Terminal is to be Built in Shanghai
● Contacts for Shanghai Port International Cruise Terminal
 
 
 
● Shanghai Port International Cruise Terminal   
A bubble-shaped glass building is located on the Huangpu River in downtown Shanghai. Three mid-sized cruise ships are able to berth at the same time and the annual capacity of the terminal is one million passengers. The terminal helps fulfill the city's dream to become one of the premier cruise ports in Asia.

As one of the biggest economic centres in China, Shanghai enjoys preferential geographic advantages, rapid economic development and plenty of tourist attractions - it's also a city where east meets west. All of these elements make Shanghai an ideal cruise destination in China. The Shanghai government's port development blueprint for the next five years calls for the development of cruise business and for Shanghai to be developed into a homeport. In recent years cruising has developed rapidly in Shanghai with the volume of both calls and passenger numbers increasing dramatically. Meanwhile, the strong economic growth and prosperous tourism market provides scope for the healthy development of the cruise industry in the region. The potential cruise market is huge due to the global interest of the 2010 World Expo, hosted by Shanghai. Estimated passenger numbers will be around 500,000 each year for the next several years.

Construction of the cruise terminal, on a 165,000 square metre site, began in 2004. It occupies an ideal position opposite the Lujiazui financial centre and is a few hundred meters from the Bund, enjoying a golden location, convenient transport links and an excellent connection to the surrounding tourist attractions. Shanghai has a backup facility for larger cruise vessels at the Waigaoqiao terminal, 30km away from the city centre. Meanwhile, the Customs, Border and Immigration Office are working hard on simplifying the process for ships and passengers traveling to the region.

In 2006, Costa Crociere SpA launched a Shanghai-Japan-South Korea itinerary using its 1,000 passenger ship Costa Allegra, one of its fleet of 12 that serves Asia. US-based Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd will start operating cruises from Shanghai using its 2,400 passenger ship Rhapsody of the Seas. In 2007, 47 ships and nearly 100,000 domestic and foreign cruise passengers passed through Shanghai.

Between 23 - 25 October 2008, Shanghai played host to the inaugural Seatrade All Asia Cruise Convention where leading cruise line executives and industry players came together to look at this emerging cruise market to discuss how its huge potential could be realised.
 
 
● Another Cruise Ship Terminal is to be Built in Shanghai   
Another cruise ship terminal will be built at the city's northern Wusong estuary by 2010. The construction of the port, which will cost 8 billion yuan (US$1.17 billion), will start soon and is expected to be in use during the Shanghai Expo.

The Wusong estuary's advantages in depth and width will allow it to accommodate three or four 60,000-ton, 300-meter cruise liners at the same time. When the port is built, Shanghai will provide anchorage for international cruise liners on the Huangpu River, from Wusong estuary to the Shanghai Port International Cruise Terminal near the Bund.
 
 
● Contacts for Shanghai Port International Cruise Terminal   
Add: 18th Floor, No.358, Daming Rd., Shanghai, 20080, China
Tel: +86 21 61819900
Fax: +86 21 61818024
Email:  marketing@cruiseterminal.net
Website: www.cruiseshanghai.com.cn
 
 
 
 
 
 
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