New Guangzhou Cruise Port is Now Open
China’s southern city of Guangzhou officially opened its new Nansha International Cruise homeport on 17 November 2019. Upon opening, the port offers one 225,000-gigatonne megaship-ready berth and one 100,000-gigatonne berth for mid-sized vessels, with further plans to have four megaship-ready berths in the future. Its 50,000-square-metre terminal building is expected to handle between 750,000 to one million inbound and outbound passengers annually and is optimized for 2,000 passengers per hour.
Guangzhou (also known as Canton) is the capital city of Guangdong Province and is located along China’s southern coastline of China where the Pearl River Delta meets the South China Sea. Nansha has been designated as a free trade pilot zone and the cruise industry has been identified as key development area by government officials. This combined with Guangzhou’s year-round mild climate and close proximity to Hong Kong, Macau, and Southeast Asia, the city is poised to become a key cruise port in the years to come.