Best of a Travelife 2012: An amazing sail into Shanghai harbor with Silversea

Reflecting at year-end on the wonderful TRAVELIFE that was in 2012, this is part of a series of blog entries that will look at the best aspects of our never-ending, and never-endingly eventful travels. 

This year was so full of indescribable and inspiring experiences — and we’re certainly looking forward to an even more amazing Travelife in 2013

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Last May, journeying from Japan to China by sea over two weeks, living a Travelife, I sailed into Shanghai by boat. I love sailing and I’ll go on a cruise if I have time, for any reason and even for no reason. Well, this particular sail into Shanghai was pretty amazing.

I was last in Shanghai about five years ago when it was already growing impressively but it was not the turbocharged metropolis it is today.

What a city, and how breathtaking to experience it slowly come upon you by boat. (I’ve decided to include Shanghai again for a long weekend in my 2013 travel plans, by the way, for a foodie, shopping and cultural experience...)

I’ve been to Shanghai many times over the years, but last May was the first time I arrived by sailing into Shanghai proper from the mouth of the Yellow Sea, after twelve days or so on board Silversea’s Silver Shadow ship from Tokyo.

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That sail into Shanghai was particularly amazing in terms of the weather and the sights. 
For about two hours, we sat at the helm of the boat to get a 180-degree view of China’s most dynamic city and its surrounding environment. 

The entire river was literally lined with container terminals, busy cities and neighborhoods, and so many docked commercial vessels. And we’re talking a river so long that it took us about seven hours in total to sail from the open sea into Shanghai via this river.

At noon, we left the promenade deck of the boat and continued to view our passage into Shanghai from the terrace of the ship’s Italian restaurant La Terrazza. 

Here we sat in the terrace with the sea breeze in our faces, enjoying an al fresco lunch of pasta, champagne and lots of white wine as we slowly sailed into Shanghai.

After about seven hours, we finally stopped to park in the waters of Shanghai. There we were right on the waterfront with the futuristic buildings of Pudong on one side and the early 20th century buildings of the Bund on the other side. No hotel could possibly equal our view.

And for dinner, we dined right by the pool of the Silver Shadow on the top deck, feasting on perfectly grilled filet mignon steaks with this most amazing view of Shanghai at night all around. There is no view like this in the whole Shanghai, as witnessed from our boat docked right by the Bund

We got both dramatic views of the Bund area and the Pudong area, rather than simply a view of the other from one side. 

What a view. What a cruise. What a never-ending, and never-endingly eventful Travelife.