Keelung is the port city where ships dock for Taipei, which is approximately a 20-minute drive from the port, and is easily accessible via mass transit (about a one-hour trip). Since Keelung is filled with many exciting things to see and do, you might consider spending some time in this city before heading to Taipei. When spending time in Keelung, there are a few great sights and attractions that you certainly don’t want to miss checking out. Keelung is filled with historic forts, street food vendors, parks, museums, and many scenic views! Plus, you can enjoy the mouthwatering flavors of authentic Taiwanese cuisine, which is certain to tickle your taste buds.
A great time of year to visit Keelung is between October and May, when you can typically enjoy its most pleasant weather for exploring.
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The following cruise destinations can be visited on a cruise that includes Keelung. Select a destination to view the upcoming cruises that are available:
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These cruise lines fit (quality and, usually, price-wise) somewhere in between Premium and Luxury cruise lines.
A country club casual atmosphere can be expected on these lines, as can be elegant accommodations and gourmet cuisine. These cruise lines are a great option for adults looking for a upscale, yet laid back, vacation.
Unique itineraries are often available on these cruise lines, as their small-to-mid-sized ships can visit ports of call that large ones can't get to.
The pricing on Azamara Club Cruises includes select beverages and pre-paid gratuities, while the pricing of Viking Ocean Cruises includes shore excursions and select beverages.
These cruise lines enhance what mainstream cruise lines typically offer, by providing their guests with higher quality service and cuisine, along with more spacious public spaces and accommodations.
Depending on the cruise line, the ships in this class range in size from small to very large.
These cruise lines appeal to a more discerning traveler, and are typically more expensive than mainstream cruise lines, but more affordable than the luxury lines.
Value is a key feature of these popular cruise lines, as they offer lots of activities, entertainment and dining options, along with a variety of stateroom types. Some of the cruise lines in this category have ships with unique innovations like water slides, rock-climbing walls, ice-skating rinks, surfing simulators, bowling alleys, and boardwalks.
Their ships are usually anywhere from mid-sized to very large "mega" ships, accommodating thousands of guests. These ships give the feel of being in a large resort.
Mainstream cruise lines are a great option for just about everyone (including multi-generation families, and first-time cruisers), and typically have great youth programs.
During the cruise, entertainment may include Broadway productions, Vegas-style shows, comedians, and music. Some of these lines have select formal nights during the cruise. Specialty restaurants are becoming more and more common (some which have a cover charge for this type enhanced dining experience). Buffets are usually available throughout the day, besides room service, and the main dining room(s).
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On a luxury cruise line, guests experience highly personalized service, a more intimate (and usually formal) onboard experience, gourmet cuisine, well-appointed accommodations, and fantastic amenities. Many of these brands have smaller ships, allowing them to reach ports of call that the larger ships can't, which results in unique itineraries.
All of these brands feature a version of all-inclusive pricing, and some of them have ships with all-suite accommodations. Although these cruise lines are usually more expensive than the rest, they also provide their guests with so much more, resulting in a fantastic value when considering all that's included.
These cruise lines offer a truly unique vacation experience, with a wide range of possible amenities and itineraries. Some are expedition cruise lines, others have sailing yachts or are coastal ships.
On these types of cruise lines, there's usually a focus on a specific destination or theme. Itineraries are usually very destination intensive, aided by the fact that they're able to reach many ports of call that larger ships can't.
Expedition cruise lines are a great fit for adventure-seeking travelers, featuring exciting destinations like the Galapagos Islands, Antarctica, and the Norwegian coast. During the cruise, there will usually be plenty of interesting lectures given by experts on the destination being visited. Often, shore excursions are included in the cost of the cruise. In fact, some of these cruise lines have all-inclusive pricing. There's a definite focus on the ship's surrounding scenery, as well as opportunities to view wildlife in their natural habitat. Small, but comfortable, ships are commonplace here, with anywhere from basic to very luxurious public spaces, cuisine, and accommodations (depending on the cruise line and ship).
Sailing Yachts, sail-assisted motor ships, offer a really unique vacation experience. Accommodations and cuisine on these intimate vessels can be anywhere from good to fantastic, depending on the cruise line. Destinations offered by these cruise lines may include the Caribbean, Europe, Panama Canal, Tahiti, and Costa Rica.
Becoming more and more popular, a river cruise is an immerse and destination-focused vacation experience, on a small and luxurious vessel.
River cruises sail through the inland waterways of some of the world's most interesting vacation destinations (i.e. Europe, Asia, the Middle East, and North America), and provide their guests with a greater opportunity to spend time visiting more unique ports of call than a traditional cruise typically would.
Because the destination is the star of a river cruise, (typically guided) shore excursions are included at no additional charge by many River cruise lines. There are usually many interesting lectures given during the cruise, by experts on the history and culture of the region being visited.
Among the famous rivers that one may take a river cruise on are the Rhine, Mississippi, Seine, Danube, Mekong, Nile, Yangtze, Amazon and Douro.
These are just a few of the more popular tourist attractions in Keelung, along with a brief description:
♦ Keelung Miaokou Night Market
One of the most popular attractions in Keelung is none other than the Miaokou Night Market! This open-air market is a lively site where you can discover tons of street food, a culturally authentic ambiance (complete with many yellow lanterns that illuminate the space), and some of the country’s best sights, sounds, and smells! The majority of stalls specialize in food, so make you sure come hungry! Seafood is the most popular type of cuisine served here but you can also find sausage, dumplings, sandwiches, and many desserts!
♦ Chaojing Park
Chaojing Park is a must visit in Keelung no matter your interests! Originally a landfill, this park is now a beautiful place that’s perfect for the whole family. There is nothing better than the scenic beauty you’ll find here, which include unique rock formations, dramatic coastal landscapes, and even a sculpture museum. This is also a great beach to try out some snorkeling, hiking, or scuba diving. You might even run into some people flying kites. There are also bike trails, a few food vendors, and artistic sculptures.
♦ National Museum of Marine Science and Technology
While there are many museums in Keelung, one of the best is the National Museum of Marine Science and Technology. This museum is so appealing that it attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors each year! Housed in a former power plant, this museum features a few different galleries on topics such as marine life, naval architecture, ocean engineering, and deep-sea animals. There is also a 3D IMAX theater and a zone designed especially for kids. Plus, you can take in some of the most breathtaking views of the coastal landscape along one of their seaside walking trails!
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