1. Home
  2. Find a Cruise
  3. Cruises to Kaohsiung

Cruises to Kaohsiung

Kaohsiung (Photo:Wayne0216/Shutterstock)

About Kaohsiung

Known as Taiwan's main export center and largest port, Kaohsiung is located on Taiwan's southwest coast. Once largely industrial, the country's second biggest city (after Taipei) has come a long way in terms of urban renovation and cleaning up one of its star attractions: the Love River. Solar-powered yachts now carry tourists and hometown romantics alike on leisurely rides to marvel at the shore's towering skyscrapers, parks and film-shooting locations.

The Pier-2 Art Center, housed in a repurposed warehouse on the wharf, is characteristic of the harbor's creative boom. Art galleries and trendy music venues vie for attention along with bikeways meandering along the bustling waterfront. The paths are dotted with graffiti-style murals and eye-catching, larger-than-life sculptures adorned in a multitude of colors. Even subway stops sport works of contemporary art, particularly Formosa Boulevard Station with its brilliantly colored glass "Dome of Light."

Fortunately for culture buffs, the city shifts easily between pop culture and old school Asian traditions. Spend the morning enjoying the rooftop amusement park of Taiwan's largest shopping complex, Dream Mall, built in the shape of a whale. To the delight of youngsters, the roof's playground comes complete with a Hello Kitty Ferris wheel, said to be the whale's spout. In the afternoon, check out the equally delightful Dragon and Tiger Pagodas. Here, brightly painted animals and pavilions perch on pilings above Lotus Pond, site of 20 temples of varying sizes.

  • Sponsored
    $500 Onboard Credit w/ Virgin Voyages
    4-, 5-, & 7-night Caribbean itineraries from Miami
    • Sailings begin October 16th
    • Cruises from $575 per person
    • Flexible booking and cancellation policy
    • 20+ eateries, gratuities, WiFi & more included ($600 value)
    Virgin Cruises Intermediate Limited
  • More about Kaohsiung

    Why go to Kaohsiung?

    Pros: Kaohsiung is a trendy city, with its art galleries and music venues -- there's even a Hello Kitty Ferris wheel.

    Cons: English is not widely spoken, so if you don't know a bit of Mandarin you might want to have Google Translate handy.

    Bottom Line: There's a lot of culture to soak up in Kaohsiung, both modern and historic.

    Currency & Best Way to Get Money

    The official currency is the New Taiwan Dollar (NTD or NT$). Check www.oanda.com or www.xe.com for current conversion rates. You can get money from ATMs in banks and the 7-Eleven shops located on every other block, or so. You'll need small bills or coins for the Liouhe Night Market to barter for handicrafts and snacks.

    Language

    Mandarin Chinese is the primary language. Some shopkeepers and restaurant workers speak English. For your best chance of finding an English speaker, look for teens or young adults.


    Kaohsiung Cruise Reviews

    Majestic Princess
    c7009
    Sail Date: Mar 2019
    Kaohsiung Taiwan. We did the Princess tour of Fo Guang Shan Monastery and then to Lotus Pond. This was a great tour....Read More
    Majestic Princess
    briviv
    Sail Date: Mar 2019
    Very average guide not good seemed more interested in talking to driver...Read More
    Majestic Princess
    LSGDRG
    Sail Date: Mar 2019
    Tour was scheduled to visit a stadium, Lotus Lake and a nearby island. Stop at Lotus Lake was cut to only 10 minutes. This was due to the need to make up time after the tour got a late start. It could have been a...Read More
    Celebrity Millennium
    vanvleckeren
    Sail Date: Mar 2018
    In Kaohsiung, we did the Tainan Tour. It was interesting to learn a bit about Taiwanese history and the influence of the Japanese there....Read More
    • Cruise Critic is not a booking agent and does not charge any service fees to users of our site. Our partners who list cruise pricing on Cruise Critic are required to provide prices for cruise only, per person, double occupancy, and are based on specific cabin types and sailing dates, and may not be available for all cabin types/sailings. Taxes, fees and port expenses not included. Rates are in USD and valid for US and Canadian residents only. Fuel supplement may apply. When you book with one of our partners, please be sure to check their site for a full disclosure of all applicable fees as required by the U.S. Department of Transportation.

      For any cruises listed, Cruise Critic does not guarantee any specific rates or prices. In addition, average cruise prices are updated nightly.

      Furthermore, Cruise Critic makes no guarantees for availability of prices advertised on our site. Listed prices may have blackout dates, qualifications or restrictions.

      Cruise Critic is not responsible for content on external web sites.

    • Lowest pricing is based on our 3rd party pricing supplier and valid as of June 1st, 2020.