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10 hour stop for Shanghai Princess cruise passenger requires $180.00 visa

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We are booked on Sapphire Princess and visit Shanghai on 4/25/2014 for 10 hours and Princess has advised all passengers they must obtain a Chinese visa whether or not the passenger steps off the ship. Most travel blogs indicate transit passengers do not require a visa. Visa costs about $180.00 per person which I would rather spend on shore excursions and/or shopping in China's 2nd largest city.
Princess advises that their Port Agent in Shanghai informed Princess that all cruise passengers require the Visa.
China Consulate in New York advises the "Citizens of the following countries to transit Shanghai up to 48 hours without applying for visas: Korea, U.S......."
I have emailed the Port Agent in Shanghai but no reply yet.
We have valid US passports and the ship makes no other stops in mainline China.
This would be our 1st visit to China and might want to revisit but not if it costs us $180.00 per person for another visa.
Princess advised also that if we did not obtain the Visa we would not be able to start our cruise in Los Angeles.

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