After years of discussion, the Port of Dalian Group’s Dalian International Cruise Center plans have started to take shape and could begin before 2015. Currently, Dalian has 5,583 meters of shoreline.

Dalian port’s passenger terminal has received calls from cruise lines ranging from Regent to Holland America Line and Princess, averaging some 25,000 passengers annually.

In 2013, Dalian received 18 calls and more than 30,000 passengers.

According to initial plans, the cruise center will cost an estimated $1.6 billion to build. The three-phase plan calls for the completion of the new cruise port by 2017, and by 2020, the development and positioning of a major homeport.

Dalian will be one of many Chinese ports at the upcoming China cruise trade show.

The ninth edition of the China Cruise Shipping and International Expo is the Asia/Pacific's No. 1 cruise event, learn more at The show takes place Oct. 15-17 in Tianjin, China.

Read a detailed analysis of all Chinese ports in Cruise Industry News Fall 2014 Quarterly Magazine, due out October 15.

Visit Cruise Industry News, the official event media sponsor and partner, at booth B31.