Shanghai, China also requires a full day at sea.
Shanghai, China also requires a full day at sea. We despise sea days, but ours was softened by 1-1/2 hours in the gym, and a wine reception for all the back-to-back (two-itineraries) cruisers (The marketing name for this is "Star ... Read More
Shanghai, China also requires a full day at sea. We despise sea days, but ours was softened by 1-1/2 hours in the gym, and a wine reception for all the back-to-back (two-itineraries) cruisers (The marketing name for this is "Star Collector", and features unlimited free laundry. ) Last-minute Chinese change/indecision/extortion? held us in the river until we docked 5 hours late, at noon. This wreaked havoc with the full-day excursions. We walked independently to The Bund, maybe a mile, seeing tiny alleys not as old as Beijings hutongs, but equally crowded with low budget lodgings, without full modern plumbing. We continued to the busy but famous Yueyang garden, and took the inexpensive subway back to the ship. Except for immigration, we never entered the modern port building. Instead, we used a subtle and anonymous slanted driveway at. ( (31.2470704,121.4958417) https://goo.gl/maps/rwpTA7B35mR2 ). This is an easy walk from International Cruise Terminal stop of Subway Line 12, Exit 3. Use the office plaza you come up in, swinging left around the W Hotel, and walk downhill to the traffic light. Do not enter the big mall with the word “Cruise” in its name, it's useless for getting to the ship. Turn right along the busy boulevard, past the COSCO shipping company office tower and turn left just before the decorative “scholar's rock” in front of another office building that has a Starbucks in the base. (Have to give a phone number to get WiFi there.) The pier security booth is about 300' from the scholar's rock. This pierage is a million-dollar location. I mean, just stunning! Our starboard cabin faced the pier, but the port cabins faced across the river to the ultra-modern Pudong area, with skyscapers and the trademark TV tower. (River traffic was so heavy, I don't know if you can know in advance just when the ship will turn end-for-end to depart.) The ship's decks had a clear view of the equally famous "Bund", with landmark 1930's buildings renovated for contemporary banking and investment. We took the 6PM-10:30PM Local Food Crawl tour, which they sent out even though only two couples booked it. The restaurants ranged from superb to so-so, but the local guide was superb. He described the food (NOT "fine dining", but "local food") as "the food of my childhood", and he relished sharing it with us. There was a lot of walking, including many stairs for pedestrian overpasses. Read Less
Sail Date October 2018
Shore Excursion Provider: Windstar Cruises