Yangtze River Cruises

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Top 3 Yangtze Cruise Ships 2023

Century Victory

5-Star: Century Victory

  • Brand new MS Century Victory cruise launched in 2022
  • The first Cruise Ship on the Yangtze with river-view staterooms bigger than 25 ㎡
  • Savor your tastebuds for Chinese and Western food

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Century Glory

5-Star: Century Glory

  • Sister ship of Century Victory
  • Zero paint healthy cruising
  • The Unique Double-deck Global Restaurant and Pavilion VIP Restaurant

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Victoria Sabrina

5-Star: Victoria Sabrina

  • Victoria Sabrina is the largest river cruise ship on the Yangtze River
  • Built to the highest standards of energy-saving and environmental protection
  • The ship was designed for maximum passenger comfort

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FAQ About Yangtze Cruise

1. Differences between upstream and downstream

Downstream cruises are usually shorter than upstream cruises. Downstream sailings from Chongqing to Yichang or Shanghai take 4 days and 3 nights, while upstream means the opposite direction and normally takes 5 days and 4 nights.

The shore excursion of the whole cruise is the same but at different times of the day at the same destination.

How to choose an upstream and downstream trip depends on your transport from the departure point, and which disembark port is easy to access to your next destination.

2. Compare Victoria, Century, and President Cruises?

They are all luxury cruise companies. They have been operating for over 15 years and up, and ships have been ranked “A” class—the top class by the Yangtze navigation authority.

Different Cruise Companies have their own features:

Victoria Cruise: The only cruise series operated and managed by American companies on the Yangtze, with a high-quality service stander, Victoria Sabrina is now the best ship among seven vessels and the largest one.

New Century Cruise: The five-star cruise series built after 2003 on the Yangtze River, cooperates with Viking Cruise. The Century Victory and Century Glory are their newest and best ships so far.

President Cruises - cost-effective fleet on the Yangtze, President 7 and President 8 is their newest and best ship, recommended for families.

3. What is the average weather like on my sailing?

The Yangtze River weather features strong wind and humidity. The average temperature reaches 30 C (86F) in July and 10 C (50 F) in January. Spring and autumn are therefore the best seasons for taking river cruises.

In summers, dramatic thunderstorms and torrential rains often happen and heavy rainfalls cause the high water level between July and September (Which is usually coincided with the Flood Season on the cruising itineraries). Winters are freezing.

4. How shall I dress on the ship and how many formal nights are there on my sailing?

No special formal dress is required on the ship. Be sure to take clothes that are suitable for shore excursions or to enjoy the scenery from the ship deck. Clothes to protect you from the hot sun in summer and strong wind in winter are essential.

Usually, most ships will have two formal nights, the Captain's Welcome Cocktail Party and Dinner and the Captain's Farewell Dinner. Suggest that appropriate dress is: men coat and tie, and ladies a dress or pantsuit, but the decision is yours to make based on your baggage restrictions.

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