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How to Plan a Yangtze River Cruise

How to plan your Yangtze River cruise? Is it difficult for you to make a decision?

Our experienced cruise experts here offer you some useful advice about how to plan a Yangtze cruise. By learning from the five points listed below, you’ll be on your way in no time.

Plan a Yangtze Cruise in Five Steps

Best Time to Take a Yangtze Cruise

The best seasons for Yangtze Cruise should be the spring and autumn when the weather is cool and comfortable, neither cold nor hot. These months belong to the high season. If you cruise in summer and winter, you can enjoy the preferential price and the cruise prices are the lowest for the winter. In a word, it is suitable for tourists to cruise Yangtze River at any time, and there are advantages and disadvantages for Yangtze cruise in peak season and shoulder season. Cruising in peak season, the weather is cool and comfortable but the cruise is crowded and cost is high; while cruising in shoulder season, the crowd is lessened and the cost is lower although the weather is not so perfect.

You could take a cruise at YOUR best time as we offer ships sailing along Yangtze River all the year round at a competitive price.

Best Time to Cruise

Best Time to Cruise

Upstream or Downstream?

Yangtze River Upstream Cruises mean sailing from East China - lower part of Yangtze River (such as Yichang, Shanghai or Wuhan), up to Chongqing.

Yangtze River Downstream Cruises means sailing from West China - higher part of the river (such as Chongqing) down to East China (such as Yichang, Wuhan or Shanghai).

Usually, the downstream cruise is shorter than upstream cruise. >> For more downstream and upstream differences, please view Yangtze Cruise Upstream & Downstream.

Downstream Cruise from Chongqing

Downstream Cruise from Chongqing

Choose a Yangtze Cruise Line

In 2020 and 2021, Yangtze River cruises offer 2 lines running between Chongqing and Yichang with different duration.

Upstream Cruise Line:

  1. 4 Nights and 5 Days Yichang - Chongqing cruise (the most popular upstream cruise line)

Downstream Cruise Line:

  1. 3 Nights and 4 Days Chongqing - Yichang cruise (the golden cruise line, chosen by most travelers)
  2. >> Read Full Information about How to Choose a Yangtze Cruise Line

Upstream Cruise from Yichang

Upstream Cruise from Yichang

Choose a Yangtze Cruise Ship

After you have settled down how to choose a cruise line, it is time to choose an exact Yangtze cruise ship. In 2020, there are 26 ships sailing on Yangtze River, both for upstream and downstream.

With so many cruises are offered, you could need to narrow your choice down. You could choose ships from your favorite cruise companies like Victoria Cruises, Century Cruises, President Cruises, Yangtze Explorer, Yangtze Gold Cruises and Changjiang Cruises. Or, you could select from our top series, including best-value cruises, luxury cruises, budget cruises, newest cruises and family friendly cruises.

If you still cannot find the one you like after reading and comparing the ships, please head to our Find A Cruise, there are more ways to find your cruise.

Cruise on Yangtze River

Cruise on Yangtze River

Choose a Cruise Cabin

Choosing a suitable cabin during your Yangtze vacation is an important thing.

It is a personal choice depending on your budget and lifestyle. Before you make a decision, you should take some time to consider: The price of the cabin, the location of the cabin (higher deck cabin or lower deck cabin), cabin type, size and amenities. If you travel with a kid, you should know ahead whether the cabin you chose is suitable or not.

>> Know Yangtze Cruise Cabin Types Onboard

Yangtze Cruise Cabin

Yangtze Cruise Deluxe Cabin

www.yangtze-river-cruises.com is specialized in Yangtze River cruise booking for many years and we know how to make our travelers plan a perfect Yangtze cruise. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our cruise experts and they’ll help you make your booking a breeze.

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