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Dock to give cruise ships closer passage

A professional cruise ship dock in northern downtown will launch full service this weekend, providing a better time for tourists who come to Shanghai via the sea.

The dock management said yesterday the Wusong cruise ship terminal, part of a project in Baoshan District to cater to river and sea passenger traffic, will start full service after a successful trial run.

The facility is being opened to large cruise ships that otherwise cannot sail into downtown due to their heights. Because of the Yangpu Bridge across the Huangpu River, which is on the common route for passenger liners heading to a north Bund dock, some larger cruise ships had to anchor at a cargo berth at the mouth of the Yangtze River.

The new cruise dock makes it possible for even the biggest passenger liners to take an alternate route that avoids the bridge but still gets them closer to downtown. Now sea travelers can expect to reach downtown sightseeing spots in less than half the time after getting off the ships.

Diamond Princess, ranking as one of the world's 15 most luxurious cruise ships, is scheduled to berth by the Wusong terminal this Saturday and become the first ship in the facility once it opens for full service.


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