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Yangtze Explorer

Yangtze Explorer (also called Yangzi Explorer) is the most luxury, and the only super 5-star ship on the Yangtze River. Carrying just 124 passengers, it offers the finest and the most personalized service (highest crew to passenger ratio on the river of 1:1) to ensure every level of comfort for an intimate cruising experience.

Cruise Route:

Chongqing - Yichang (4 days & 3 nights;)

Yichang - Chongqing (5 days & 4 nights;)

Price:  $1,087-$1,505 •This price range is based on a standard cabin for twin sharing.

•The prices are valid until Feb.28, 2018.

•Please enquiry for the exact price according to your nationality, cruising time and cruising route.

•Please quote us for the price may change during China's Golden Week (the first week of October) and Spring Festival.

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Practical Info

Please Provide Complete Information for Booking

When booking a Yangtze cruise ship, please provide us the complete information including your and your group members’ name, nationality (if you have two nationalities, please show us the nationality used for entry visa), gender, passport number, date of birth, your favorite cabin and amount of cabins, and other personal requirements.

Valid Documents & Real-name Registration

When booking a ship with us, please provide us the correct passport info, like your name and passport number. Real-name registration is needed when booking the cruise. If there is any change for your passport, please contact us and provide us the latest personal info that we should deliver to the cruise company once you changed.

Call the Ship or Check Email ahead

To make everything go smoothly, please call the ship (the phone number we’ll show you clearly in the Confirmation Letter) one day ahead or at least in the morning on the boarding day. Or, you can also check your mailbox on the boarding day or one day before for the updated boarding information our travel consultant delivered. Please make sure your phone can be called through in China, so that we can also call you if there is any urgent change.

Private Transfer/ Taxi-taking/ Porter

Private transfer: From Chongqing Airport / Chongqing Railway Station to Chongqing Chaotianmen Port, and from Yichang Airport / Yichang East Railway Station to Yichang Ports, you could use private transfer. Usually, there are two ways, cost with guide and cost without guide. As for the fee, please kindly inquiry your travel consutant.

Note: Different vehicles will be used if you have a group larger than 4 adults, the transfer cost then will be different, please kindly inquire your travel consultant if you need any of our transfer service.

Taxi-taking: If you choose taxi, the transfer cost will be cheaper. When the booking is done, we will send you the confirmation letter which includes the detailed information for taxi taking. Please note that Yichang New Century Port and Yichang Taohuacun Port are a little bit far away from City Center that not so well conntected by city buses and taxies. The cruise companies will inform travelers in advance and if you want a transfer from the cruise port to Yichang city center/railway station/airport, feel free to tell your needs to the cruise companies. The price will be reasonable. And if there is any problem, you can contact us.

Note: We do recommend our private transfer service especially in Yichang so as to avoid any inconvenience might cause.

Porter: Please kindly note that if you do not book private transfer with us and need to hire the local porters to carry your luggage in either Chongqing or Yichang, the price is around RMB15/per person, please confirm the price with the porters before using their service, some porters might ask for much more than RMB15/per person if not checking price beforehand.

Boarding Documents, Time, Pier & Tips

Boarding Documents: When booking a Yangtze cruise ship, real-name registration is needed! Please provide us your passport info with correct name and number. You'll get your cruise ticket at the port in Chongqing or Yichang before boarding your ship, also, you'll need to show your valid passport when check in at the front desk onboard.

Boarding Time and Boarding Pier:

  • 4-day downstream cruise from Chongqing to Yichang
  • Boarding time is 18:00—21:00, the ship sails around 21:00 from Chongqing.

  • 5-day upstream cruise from Yichang to Chongqing
  • Boarding time is 18:00—00:00, the ship does not sail until next day morning from Yichang.

    Boarding Tips:

    Travelers will collect the cruise ticket with your real-name info signed at the corresponding port in Chongqing / Yichang, make sure your passport and ticket with consistent information, and get security check before board the ship for checking-in. (Note: When booking your Yangtze cruise ships with us, please provide us the correct passport info, like your name and passport number. Real-name registration is needed when booking the cruise.)

    Cabin Arrangement

    For many cruise lines (not all) that the cabins could not be designated beforehand, it is arranged by the ship company, and the ship company will charge floor upgrading fee if you want to upgrade your cabins to higher floors, the price is different according to the different cruise companies, if necessary please inquiry your travel consultant for the details of this. And after check in the ship, if there is any problem with your cabin, please let the ship reception know ASAP so that adjustment can be made accordingly. If you need any urgent assistance from our company, please contact your travel consultant immediately.

    Extra Bed: Not all ships are spacious enough to hold an extra bed, so if you need a cabin with one extra bed, please kindly inquire your travel consultant for the recommendation of specific ships.

    Service Onboard

    Drinks: Wines and beers are not a part of the free drinks, only some soft drinks during the meals are provided for free on ship. Drinks on the ship can be expensive; if necessary you can prepare some drinks or snacks before boarding the ship.

    Foods: Some ships provide mostly buffet meals but some provide mostly table meals, it depends on which ship you are taking. If you have any diet habit, please kindly let us know or let the ship receptionist know, so that the according arrangement can be made.

    Elevator: Not every ship has elevator, if you need to know this, please kindly inquire your travel consultant or check the ship company official website.

    Medical Service: There will be a clinic on the ship, but their service can be very expensive, please kindly note it.

    Internet Service: The ship does not have wifi, but the business center has internet service available and it is pay-for, the price will be different according to different ships.

    Adaptor: If you want to charge some electornic products and without bringing the adaptor, you may check with the ship front desk to see they have the right adaptor on ship, but bring the right adaptor from home is convenient for your China or Yangtze tour.

    Ship Tips

    Almost all the 4 to 5-star ships require a compulsory ship tip which is required to be paid when checking in at the reception counter; it is the regulation of the ship companies which passengers are supposed to follow. The tip amount differs from different cruise lines and will be specified in our confirmation letter, please kindly note this so that inconvenience can be avoided.

    Optional Excursions

    Besides the listed shore excursions listed in your itinerary, there usually will be 2-3 optional shore excursions in each cruise term and it is not part of the cruise itinerary.

    Different cruise companies have different price for per person per optional land tour: Victoria Cruises are for 295 RMB; Century Cruises are for 290 RMB, except Quyuan Birthplace for 220 RMB; President Cruises are for 280 RMB; Yangtze Gold Cruises: Shibaozhai Pagoda for 220 RMB, White Emperor City 290 RMB, and Lesser Three Gorges for 150 RMB; Yangtze Explorer Cruise is for 280 RMB; Changjiang Cruises are for 290 RMB. And the optional shore excursions differ from different cruise lines, and it is not compulsory.

    Physical-Challenge: Some shore excursions like “Fengdu Ghost City” needs some steps climbing; it might a bit challenging to some visitors who have problems with steps, in this case visitors can stay on the ship without join in the shore excursion (no refund). And booking a ship with elevator will be more convenient actually. Please kindly note it.

    Weather

    Yangtze River will be a kind of foggy from the latter half of October to next March or so, and sometimes it might be foggy in summer time. And the rainy season of Yangtze will be July to August or so.

    Note: if you book flights by yourselves, please kindly consider these weather factors and book the suitable timing fight, or we can assist you to book the flights, more details please inquire your travel consultant.

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    Price Note:
    • The above price range is based on a standard cabin for twin sharing.
    • The prices are valid by Dec.31 of the year.
    • Please enquiry for the exact price according to your nationality, cruising time and cruising route.
    • Please quote us for the price may change during China's Golden Week (the first week of October) and Spring Festival.

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