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Best 5 Star Yangtze River Cruises 2024

There are so many Yangtze River cruise ships, so you have no idea about which one to choose to start your sailing in China? Here are the best 5 star Yangtze River cruises that are really popular and still attractive with luxury cruise facilities & amenities, high standard hospitality & services, and praisable arrangement of every step from your embarkation to the final disembarkation. You may doubt about the experience of cruising on an inner river in China, however, to make your Yangtze River cruise trip a highlighting experience, we would let you have a better understanding of the Yangtze River cruise by briefly comparing the 5 star river cruises in China and Europe, and give you some top recommendations. Start your exploration now!

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12 Recommended 5 Star Yangtze River Cruises

Among all the Yangtze River cruises, we here give the recommendations of the top popular and luxury 5 star Yangtze cruises for your reference. Please check the detailed features of the cruise ships at below.

Century Oasis & Century Victory & Century Glory - High-end Super 5-star Luxury Yangtze Cruise
Century Victory Cruise

Century Victory Cruise Making Its Maiden Voyage in July, 2022!

5 Star Yangtze River Cruises

Chic & Sleek Suite on Century Glory

Century Oasis Ship Data:

Managed by: Century Cruises
Launch: April, 2023
Capacity: 650
Cabins: 260

Century Victory Ship Data:

Managed by: Century Cruises
Launch: July, 2022
Capacity: 650
Cabins: 260

Century Glory Ship Data:

Managed by: Century Cruises
Launch: September, 2019
Capacity: 650
Cabins: 260

Best & New Cruise with International Yangtze Cruise Brand: Newly constructed with the strict and high criteria of international river cruise, Century Oasis, and her sister cruises Century Victory and Century Glory set another high level of Yangtze River cruises. Under the featured European styled management serving thousands of international visitors, they are three proud stars of Century Cruises that has won the “Silver Prize of Travel Weekly Magellan Awards", "2017 best Luxury inland river cruise brand in Asia" and the "most dynamic cruise line on Yangtze River" by New York Times.

Chic & Sleek Accommodation for High-quality Rest: Each ship prepares 6 different types of cabins and suites to satisfy your different needs when traveling with family, partner, in group, in business, or alone, etc. All types are well equipped with floor-to-ceiling glass window for the relaxing admiration of Three Gorge sightseeing, and the superior bedding linen of international 5-star hotel as well as the bright and clean private bathroom offers the ultimate relaxation during vacation.

Innovative Ship with 5 Firsts on Yangtze Ships: First create various luxury rooms on water, first create mobile intelligent cruise, first create luxury cruise with most restaurants on Yangtze, first create super large sun deck of 1,000 square meters, and first create river cruise with highly quiet environment, zero oil painting, and super comfort.



Victoria Sabrina - Brand-new World-class 5-star Luxury River Cruise
5 Star Yangtze River Cruises

Fashionable Design of Yangtze Club on Victoria Sabrina

Ship Data:

Managed by: Victoria Cruises
Launch: 2020
Capacity: 690
Cabins: 270

Yangtze New Leading 5-star Cruise Star: Newly built in 2020, Victoria Sabrina is the No.1 newest cruise ship and 5-star ship of highest level among all Yangtze River cruises. Besides, adopting the best technologies and equipment for energy-saving, environmental friendly and smooth cruising, the ship is worthy chosen for a comfortable and green sailing experience for anyone at any time!

High-standard American Service for Global Travelers: Managed by Victoria Cruises which is the No.1 cruise brand on Yangtze and the only Yangtze cruise line with American management, Victoria Sabrina offers the top best professional American styled service and care for every visitor onboard. And the foreign cruise director onboard supervises everything for your luxurious and memorable trip experience with Victoria Cruises!

Wonderful Paradise for Tongues & Taste Buds: Specially designs the delicious meals of buffet and a la carte with diverse world sorts by the professionally trains chef team, Victoria Sabrina gives the ultimate enjoyment of amazing food.



Century Paragon & Century Legend - Most Deluxe Century Cruises
5 Star Yangtze River Cruises

5 Star European Service onboard Century Paragon & Century Legend

Century Paragon Ship Data:

Managed by: Century Cruises
Launch: March 2013
Capacity: 398
Cabins: 196

Century Legend Ship Data:

Managed by: Century Cruises
Launch: May 18th 2013
Capacity: 398
Cabins: 196

5-star Hotel on Yangtze: Century Paragon and Century Legend have been perfectly designed and decorated by the Norway company named Yran&Storbraaton and directed under the German EMS and SchiffstechnikBuchloh during the designing. The high standard branded facilities, amenities and decorations are just for your enjoyment in the 5-star hotel on the Yangtze River.

World High-End Technologies: 7 world advanced high technologies are applied on the two cruises to both make the sailing smoother and safer, and also benefit your experience and health during the trip, which even had lead the technological revolution of Yangtze cruise ships.

5 Pioneering Facilities on Yangtze: the 5 pioneering facilities and amenities created and used on the two ships upgrade the luxury experience and entertainment, such as the magnificent 7 floor atrium lobby, stairways exclusive for executive suites on the 5th and 6th Floors, over 200 square meters wide indoor constant temperature swimming pool with leisure and entertainment areas, etc.



Victoria Jenna & Victoria Anna - Stars of American-managed Victoria Cruises
5 Star Yangtze River Cruises

Stylish Suite on Victoria Jenna & Victoria Anna

Victoria Jenna Ship Data:

Managed by: Victoria Cruises
Launch: 2009
Refurbished: 2018
Capacity: 378
Cabins: 189

Victoria Anna Ship Data:

Managed by: Victoria Cruises
Launch: 2006
Refurbished: 2019
Capacity: 266
Cabins: 133

Yangtze Only American Management: Victoria Cruises based in New York, the USA, are strictly and standardly managed under the American leaders, furthermore, the foreign cruise manager speaking multiple languages provides high professionalism and passion to lead his staff, which is the only one on the Yangtze River and in fact has good comments from the guests from all over the world.

Flag Ships of Outstanding Victoria Cruises: Victoria Jenna and Victoria Anna are both stars of the famous Victoria Cruises which has earned a great number of prizes and awards for many years, and also is an allied member of the American Society of Travel Agents, and an associate member of the United States Tour Operators Association, and a member of the New York Chapter of the PATA.

Satisfactory Service of International Level: the high standard service of Victoria cruises meets the satisfactory of numerous guests from the western countries, and till now, there are about 1 million visitors have experienced the Yangtze River by Victoria cruises.



Yangtze 3 - Newest National Cruise Offers the All-in Package and Full-view of the Three Gorges
5 Star Yangtze River Cruises

Yangtze 3 Deluxe Standard Room

5 Star Yangtze River Cruises

Exclusive Onshore Excursion Wuhsan Goddess Sky Road Offers by Yangtze 3

Ship Data:

Managed by: Changjiang Cruises
Launch: 2022
Capacity: 600
Cabins: 250

Newest National Cruise Ship launched by Changhai Cruises: As the newest national cruise launched in 2022, Yangtze 3 is a new generation of high-end cruise ships on the Yangtze River, representing the highest level of design and construction of river cruise ships, and has been selected as a pilot ship for the Ministry of Transportation and Communication's high-quality cultural cruise routes.

All-in Tour Package and Exclusive Attraction Site: Yangtze 3 is one of the few top luxury cruise ships that offer an all-inclusive tour package, which means that all attractions and onshore experiences are included in the ticket price from the moment of boarding, so passengers do not need to pay extra. As for the itinerary, Yangtze 3 offers an exclusive onshore excursion called the Wuhsan Goddess Sky Road (神女天路), which provides tourists with a vantage viewing platform atop the surrounding mountains to take in the Three Gorges.

Luxury Design & Sound Infrastructure & Satisfactory Cabin: There are over ten uniquely designed room types and 250 luxury guest rooms for guests to choose from. No matter the ship's appearance, functional layout, interior decoration, or service facilities and room supplies, all of them are green, comfortable, intelligent and luxurious.

Yangtze Gold 7 & Yangtze Gold 8 - Spacious International 5 Star Ships of Yangtze Gold cruises
5 Star Yangtze River Cruises

Large Room onboard Yangtze Gold 7 & Yangtze Gold 8

Yangtze Gold 7 Ship Data:

Managed by: Yangtze Gold Cruises
Launch: March 3rd, 2013
Capacity: 446
Cabins: 178

Yangtze Gold 8 Ship Data:

Managed by: Yangtze Gold Cruises
Launch: March 15th, 2013
Capacity: 470
Cabins: 190

International 5 Star River Cruise: Yangtze Gold 7 and Yangtze Gold 8 were designed and constructed with the standard criteria of an international 5 Star River cruise, so guests onboard could enjoy the luxury equipment and facilities, comfortable room with cozy bedding articles, tasteful food of Chinese and Western flavors, various entertainment places to have fun, and could feel the sincerity of all hospitable and professional crews onboard.

Advanced Technologies for Noise Reduction: brought in the German technology and more other high standard skills, the noise onboard Yangtze Gold 7 and Yangtze Gold 8 is perfectly controlled within 40 decibels in the cabins and about 45 in public places, which aims to offer the comfortable environment for your relax and good rest.

Wide Choices of Luxury Rooms: Yangtze Gold 7 and Yangtze Gold 8 offer in total 170+ luxury guest rooms of 5-6 different types and layouts for the diverse needs of visitors. All rooms are decorated with luxury and comfortable theme and equipped well to provide the best experience of a 5 star hotel.



President No. 7 & President No. 8 - Recommended 5 Star Vessels for Overseas Guests
5 Star Yangtze River Cruises

Luxurious Cabin onboard President No.7 & President No.8

Ship Data:

Managed by: President Cruises
Launch: April 2013
Capacity: 460
Cabins: 230

Visitors-Benefit Equipment: this pair of President vessels of over 10 thousand tons provide very stable sailing during the trip, and many types of first-class equipment are installed to do the best for the whole cruising, such as low carbon emission, central ventilation system, quiet environment in your rooms, and so forth.

Deluxe Decoration for You: the luxurious decoration from the grand lobby, shining crystal ceiling lamps, deluxe private terraces in your own room, and well-arranged dining rooms, and so on are all prepared by the smiling staff onboard, which is the best demonstration of their respect and welcome to the honored you.

Aquatic Resort Hotel: Since President Cruises is recommended by the National Tourism Administration of China to tourists from overseas, the President No. 7 and President No. 8 are the top great choices to enjoy your vacation on water with the luxury trim from the room to the public restaurants and other areas, interesting performances every day to enrich your time alone or with your mates, sweet services for guests from different places, elaborately prepared various cuisines and gourmets, the relaxing access to the beautiful nature, and so forth, from which you could have a highlighting carnival on water.



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Comparison of 5 star cruises on Yangtze River & European Rivers

Here we take the world famous Viking Cruises for good example to compare the 5 star river cruises on Yangtze River and European Rivers, like Rhine River, the Danube, etc. Know the mainly differences between them at below:

• View along the way

Yangtze River Cruises:

Yangtze River cruise ships take visitors to appreciate the natural and amazing sightseeing of the Three Gorges, shore excursion visits to the primitive beautiful and tranquil streams to get really close to nature, which really helps you get far away from the city and get best relaxed during your holiday. And it also takes you to enjoy reputable places of interests to know more about the local culture, history, folk life and customs of people living along the Yangtze River. More importantly, the ships offer the admiration of the great Three Gorges Dam project.

Viking Cruises:

The European Viking cruise ships, in contrast, take visitors to sail along the traditional European towns and villages along the way, to feel the leisure life style, which is quite distinct from that of Yangtze River cruises.

• Cruise decoration

Yangtze River Cruises:

For the development of Yangtze River cruise and needs of guests onboard, luxury 5 star Yangtze River cruises mainly are designed and decorated in a combined Chinese and Western style. On some ships, there are certain of rooms and public areas decorated with traditional Chinese features, which aims to give you the fresh experience of the traditional elements in China. Of course, a lot of cruises keep their main themes on the modern or Western-oriented styles to suit the needs of western people.

Viking Cruises:

Onboard Viking cruise ships in Europe, the styles and decorations are mostly modern and Western types.

• Ship size & capacity

Yangtze River Cruises:

Most Yangtze cruises measure about 130-150 meters (about 420-500 feet), furthermore, they mainly have 6-7 decks to accommodate up to 650 guests with some even could hold 570 people at once for a leisure sailing or visitors. And with the good design and arrangement, rooms onboard are spacious for guests to spend a relaxing holiday.

Viking Cruises:

Viking cruises on European rivers are mainly smaller than 5 star Yangtze River cruises. Most Viking cruises usually are between 260-440 feet, and they could hold only 100-200 passengers on one ship at once.

5 Star Yangtze River Cruise

Compare Yangtze River Cruises with European River Cruises

• Dining onboard

Yangtze River Cruises:

Onboard the 5 star Yangtze River cruises in China, there are many types of Western food and drinks served mainly in buffet style with some in sitting-style onboard to suit the needs of Western people, and offer a wide choice of local Chinese food for them to have some new tries, which a lot of Yangtze cruise visitors gave positive feedbacks.

Viking Cruises:

However, on the Viking cruises in Europe, there are mainly western food and just a few kinds of Chinese cuisines for choice.

• Prices

Yangtze River Cruises:

A Yangtze River Cruise just needs from around $350-$550 for one person in a standard cabin, no matter you choose a 5 days upstream or a 4 days downstream cruise, and the all-inclusive fee would cover all the specified meals, cabin fee, service fee, performances and the entrance tickets as well as the guide fees of the arranged shore excursion visits, and so forth. See more Yangtze River great deals in 2024.

Viking Cruises:

For Viking Cruises ships in Europe, one visitor would need at least $2,600-$3,000 to experience an 8 day cruise on the Rhine or the Danube during non-peak seasons.


In a nutshell, through the above simple comparison of Yangtze River cruises and European river cruises, we could know the features of the two kinds of river cruise sailings. Though some visitors have said the Yangtze cruise were quite different from that in Europe, in my opinion, both types worth your try, and the cost-efficient Yangtze River cruise is really a top recommendation for foreign people to have a deeper understanding about Chinese culture and the natural scenery of the great Yangtze River. As a lot of world travelers have great feedbacks on the Yangtze River cruise experience, I think it is correct choice to get close to China.

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Yichang or chongqing
We are flying into China from Singapore. Hi how is the better port to embark on the cruise. Yichang or Chongqing, and how to return to the same airport.
2018-09-07 14:50
Hi Huang,

Thank you for the message. If you are going to fly to China from Singapore, it is recommended to choose Chongqing as your landing destination since there are much more domestic and international flights to and from Chongqing Jiangbei International Airport. And from the airport, you can also reach the Chaotianmen Port in this city with about 40-60 minutes. After your cruise tour ending, you can leave Yichang by air, high speed train and others. If you want to fly back to Singapore, you could take a high speed train from Yichang East Railway Station to Chongqing for about 4.5 hours. Besides, you can take a plane to Shanghai within 2 hours to discover more highlights in China or directly fly home with more frequent flights to choose.

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