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Century Paragon Cruise Ship

Century Paragon is the leading luxury 5-star Yangtze cruise under Century Cruises with featured European-style managing criteria. Leading in luxurious river cruising on the Yangtze, it also ranks as the top most popular choice for all types of visitors to enjoy a relaxing Yangtze River cruise sailing trip in real luxury!

2024 Upgraded Shore Excursion Arrangement from Century Cruises:

To optimize guests’ travel experience, Century Cruises made a careful selection of spots to be visited at the Three Gorges Dam site, settling down the two best highlights, River Closure Memorial Park and the Three Gorges Dam Project Museum in 2024, which are less crowded and offer an extensive view.

2024 Brand New Upgraded Services from Century Cruises:

1). Embarkation night dinner (19:00-20:30); 2). Porter service; 3). Themed flavored cuisines; 4). Midnight snacks daily; 5). All-day set menu snacks; 6). Selected free drinks at lunch and dinner; 7). Childcare service; 8). Guide earphone for sight visiting.

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Century Paragon Overview

Century Paragon (SHI JI SHEN HUA in Chinese Pinyin) is the classic leading luxury cruise star on the Yangtze, featured in offering worthy deluxe Yangtze River cruise experience with a valuable price to all types of visitors from pole to pole.

Making her first voyage in 2013, Century Paragon is always the proud popular star of Century Cruises brand. Specially designed by Yran and Storbrraton, the proud team Norwegian architects of Seabourn cruises that is famous in the world, this cruise is the top best cruise with high-quality facilities and personalized designs. Besides, it was supervised by EMS and Schiffstechnik Buchloh, two of the foremost ship-building experts from Germany. A series of high technologies are adopted to further enhance travelers’ experience, including e-propulsion and rudder propeller systems for better steerage and less noise and vibration. Plus, low-emission and “green” practices are applied for enjoying sustainability and “healthy cruising” environments. To give you the most comfortable time relaxing on the cruise, Century Paragon meticulously designs and prepares all-suite cabins to highly suit the needs and likes of all types of visitors no matter young or senior, couple or family, business or solo, etc.

As you board the luxury and elegant cruise, all the 150 friendly English-speaking staff who are strictly trained under the European theories will welcome you with their sincere hospitality and give you their highest caring service. Moreover, finely decorated dining rooms, sun deck and more public recreational places, various interesting cultural activities, parties, shows, etc. will give you a memorable and wonderful cruise trip onboard. Furthermore, free Wi-Fi access on the whole cruise, porter service for embarkation and disembarkation, themed cuisines, night snacks, and more complimentary services are exclusively upgraded for the highest worry-free and valuable luxury vacation with Century Paragon.

  • Maiden Voyage
    Mar., 2013
  • Tonnage
    12516 T
  • Length
    141.8 M
  • Width
    19.8 M
  • Height
    24.6 M
  • Speed
  • Itinerary
  • Capacity
  • Crew
  • Decks
  • Elevators
  • Restaurants
  • WIFI
  • Swimming Pool
    Indoor Heated
  • Laundry Service
  • Cabins
  • Private Balcony
  • Private Bathroom
  • Hair Dryer
  • VIP Restaurant

Why Choose Century Paragon?

Century Paragon

Green Ship by Global Famous Expert Team

Designed by Yran and Storbrraton, the Norwegian architects behind the world famous Seabourn cruises and supervised by EMS and Schiffstechnik Buchloh, this excellent ship has been built on world leading science and technology in a pursuit of “Green Environment, Low Emission and Sustainability.”
Century Paragon

Yangtze Proud Platinum Series Leading Vessel

It is the classic platinum series 5-star vessel under praised Century Cruises, which has won the “Silver Prize of Travel Weekly Magellan Awards”, “Asia's Best River Cruise Ship 2021 & 2022”, “Cooperate Travel Awards 2019 - Luxury Cruises in Asia of the Year”, "2017 best Luxury inland river cruise brand in Asia" and the "most dynamic cruise line on Yangtze River" by New York Times.
Century Paragon

High-end Personalized European Service

This ship as the top star ship of Century Cruises that is the only Yangtze fleet with European hospitality experts providing professional concierge and personalized service focuses more on the satisfaction of every single guest from any place of the world, particularly suitable for European visitors.
  • Exclusive Complimentary Treatment Only for Century Cruises Guests: Embarkation night dinner; Porter service; Themed flavored cuisines; Midnight snacks daily; All-day set menu snacks; Selected free drinks at lunch and dinner; Childcare service; Guide earphone for sight visiting.
  • Innovative Supreme Experience of International Food: The professionally trained chef team meticulously prepare the wide selection in buffet style and authentic Western a-la carte cuisines enables to have a joyous savory of various flavors in China, Asia and the Western countries anytime of your cruise trip!
  • Innovative and Revolutionary High Technological Performance: The first integrated e-propulsion system and rudder propeller system on the Yangtze, reducing vibrations and noise while increasing the ships’ maneuvering performance of the ship; The first Propulsion Control System with Optical Fibre Transmission Technology and Remote Control and Surveillance System based on data highway on the Yangtze further guarantees security and safety; The first “zero paint” Yangtze cruise ships, instead colored using high-tech compound panels for interior decoration and furniture, guarantee a true sense of “Healthy Cruising; The first Yangtze ship adopting a “bulb type stem” maximizing power efficiency.
  • Unique High Class Luxury Cruise Elements: An over 2,150 square foot heated indoor swimming pool and spa complete with bar, fitness center, private relaxation area and two dressing rooms with shower; Public area and sightseeing elevators extended to the B1 deck; A 7-story Grand Atrium lobby that provides views of the surrounding Yangtze scenery; An unobstructed 12-foot high, multifunctional lounge featuring a center stage with large LED screen; An auditorium-style HD cinema seating up to 150-guests, and featuring multi-lingual translation equipment for international meetings.

2024 Century Paragon Cruise Routes

Yangtze River Cruise

3 Nights & 4 Days Chongqing - Yichang Cruise

Most popular downstream itinerary to see the best significant mountains and gorges of Yangtze.

Destinations: Three Gorges, Three Gorges Dam, Fengdu Ghost City, Shennv Stream...

Yangtze River Cruise

4 Nights & 5 Days Yichang - Chongqing Cruise

Another classic upstream route to appreciate the golden section of Yangtze with a more leisure pace.

Destinations: Three Gorges, Three Gorges Dam, Fengdu Ghost City, Shennv Stream...

What to Expect on Century Paragon?

Schedule of Century Paragon

    • Jan.
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    • July.
    • Aug.
    • Sept.
    • Oct.
    • Nov.
    • Dec.

    Yichang → Chongqing

    from $429

    Chongqing → Yichang

    from $429
    Please 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 enquire us of the exact price according to your nationality, cruising time and cruising route.
    • The cruise prices for holidays such as National Holiday (the first week of October), Labor Day, Spring Festival, etc., are quoted upon request.
    • Limited winter schedules may be adjusted into other dates, cruise ships, etc. based on the arrangement of the cruise company.

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    Questions & Discussions

    Following are latest questions and answers from our webusers and customers. You can learn many useful information from the discussion and cases. You can also join in the discussions or ask your own question. Our experts will help you ASAP.

    Which night should we wear formal - Captain Welcome Night or Farewell Night.
    Can we bring a small iron to our cabin?
    2019-04-02 11:41
    Hello Miss Tan,

    Thanks for your questions! You are suggested to wear some formal attire at both the Captain’s Welcome Party and the Captain’s Farewell Night. However, there is no strict requirement about dressing for the parties and dinners onboard, because the cruises also want you to enjoy your vacation. If you want to join those occasions with better experience, we suggest ladies prepare long skirts (or knee length) and comfortable kitten heels or low heels, and gentlemen prepare casual shirts, casual suits and thin shoes.

    Besides, you can bring a small iron with you, as long as it meets the electricity standard. All the power sockets onboard Century Diamond are of 220V in Chinese types.

    Wish you a wonderful ship experience with Century Paragon!
    Luggage & Three Gorge Dam
    There are two of us. Could we bring one large luggage and two carry on onboard the cruise ship?
    Do you have the price list for each land excursions along the river and the time allocated for them?

    2018-11-03 03:09
    Hi George,

    Thanks for your question! There is no strict limitation about the luggage. You can take your luggage onboard if your luggage can get through the airport security.

    There is no extra expense for shore excursions like Shibaozhai Pagoda, Shennv Stream and Three Gorges Dam Site. They all have been included in your ship itinerary. Other optional shore excursions like Fengdu Ghost City (290 RMB/pp), White Emperor City (290 RMB/pp), Ship Lift (218 RMB/pp), Tribe of Three Gorges (290 RMB/pp) need extra expense and you can choose the excursions you are interested in. Each shore excursion above takes about 2.5-3 hours except the Ship Lift for about 1.5 hours.

    Please note that all shore excursions are subject to change due to weather, river conditions and permission from the navigational authorities. The cruise company will arrange the same fabulous sightseeing if the prearranged sites cannot be visited in a particular case.

    You can get more detailed information about your ship itinerary at:

    Wish you a memorable cruise & pleasant onwards Journey!
    Money on board
    1. Can we change US$ into Chinese RMB on board ?
    2.Do we pay with RMB or US$ for the optional shore excursion sites arranged by
    century Paragon?
    2018-09-05 15:07
    Dear Mrs.Antonina,

    Thanks for your questions! You can exchange US dollar into CNY (Chinese Yuan) onboard Century Cruises. Actually, Century Cruises offers 24-hour foreign currency exchange service on board. You can contact the Front Desk on deck 2, and the real time currency rate is displaying at Reception desk. And, both CNY (Chinese Yuan) and US dollar are acceptable onboard Century Cruises, but you are more recommended to pay with CNY.

    Warm tips:
    1. Cash advance on credit cards cannot be handled onboard.
    2. Aside from cash, you can also pay with credit cards like American Express, Diners Club, Master Card, JCB and VISA.

    Wish you a wonderful cruise trip on Century Paragon!
    Service charge
    Pls tell me what's the daily service charge to be paid directly
    during the cruise ?
    2018-09-01 20:57
    Dear Antonina,

    Thanks for your question! Onboard Century Paragon, compulsory ship tip (about 150 RMB) is required to be paid when checking in at the reception counter. The tip is for the whole sailing. The detailed 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. During the daily ship life on board, there is no other compulsory ship service fee required, but you can pay some tip to the stuff if you think she/he has provided excellent service to you.

    Wish you a nice ship experience in China!
    Is there smoking allowed in certain rooms or anywhere on the ship please?
    I have booked for September 2019
    2018-07-10 10:38
    Hello Pam,

    Thank you for the message. Smoking is banned in the rooms, restaurants, and other indoor places onboard. However, you can do that just on the Sun Deck area.

    Enjoy your nice Yangtze River Cruise trip in China in 2019!
    Dinner on boarding in Chongqing
    Will there be food available to purchase when boarding in Chongqing.
    2018-03-05 11:52
    Hi Faye,

    Thanks for your good question. Usually, there is no food offered included in your itinerary on the embarkation day. however, if you want to enjoy the dinner onboard Century Paragon, you could tell the reception desk in advance when you check in, order some dishes and drinks you like, and give the payment, so the staff there would prepare that for you. Also, if you have any needs about your food, like less salt, less sugar, etc., just feel free to tell them in advance for at least half a day before the meal.

    Wish you a memorable Yangtze River cruise trip in China!
    Connecting balconies?
    Do all Century ships have balconies that can connect to an adjacent cabin if two cabins are booked? Is that feature available for all stateroom types?
    2018-02-27 13:21
    Hi Ian,

    Thank you for the good question. Among all Century cruise ships, only Century Paragon and Century Legend offer all types of rooms connecting to the adjacent room by the connecting balcony, so you could enjoy your highlighting time with your family and friends freely. Moreover, the deluxe suite onboard Century Sun also can connect to the nearby one since there is a door between in the room but not at the balcony. If you are interested, you could just directly tell us about your ideal cruise ship, group size, nationality, traveling time to China, Email and more other information, and our professional travel expert will answer you as soon as possible to help you tailor make your Yangtze River cruise tour in China.

    Have a nice day!
    Is there food or snack to order on the cruise ship .......
    if arriving time from the airport to the cruise ship is after 9.30pm?
    2017-10-17 12:45
    Hello Ruth,

    Thank you for the question. For downstream from Chongqing to Yichang, Century Paragon arrange the embarkation from about 18:00-21:00, and it would depart from Chongqing at about 21:00, therefore, you are suggested to arrive at the Chaotianmen Port and board the cruise before 21:00. Since it needs about 40-60 minutes from Chongqing Jiangbei Airport and you would spend some more time collecting your luggage, waiting for the vehicle and finding the way, it is advised to plan 1.5 hours and more after your landing and before your embarkation. Moreover, as there are often traffic jams during late afternoon and night in Chongqing, you are highly suggested to book a flight arriving in Chongqing before 16:30.

    If you are taking an upstream cruise from Yichang to Chongqing, the boarding time is during 19:00-22:30, and ship would start sailing the next morning. As it needs about 40-80 minutes from Sanxia Airport to Taohuacun Port, if you want to board on time, it is advised to take a flight arriving in Yichang before 16:00.

    Onboard Century Paragon, there are food provided during the three meals included in your itinerary. If you need to order some other food, snacks and drinks, you could tell the reception desk about your needs, and they would tell the cruise kitchen to prepare it. And the service needs extra charges.

    Wish you a memorable cruise on Century Paragon!
    WLAN avaliable?
    Is Wlan available on the ship. Is it free or how are the costs?
    Thank you for your answer.
    Yours sincerely
    Juergen Betsch
    2017-10-12 16:43
    Hello Juergen,

    Thank you for the good question. Yes, WI-FI service is offered around the entire Century Paragon cruise but needs extra payment, and as I know it needs about 200RMB for one whole trip. You could know the detailed price after boarding. If you want to use it, just tell the reception desk onboard and give the charge, and they will help you link your mobile phone, computer or tablet PC to the Internet. Besides, if you book the Executive Suite or Presidential Suite, you could enjoy the WI-FI access in the Executive Lounge for free and many other value-add amenities and complimentary services.

    Wish you a nice cruising experience onboard Century Paragon.
    century paragon
    what has an extra fee on the sailing -
    and do all cabins have balconies?
    2017-09-02 13:46
    Hi Elizabeth and Paul,

    For your Yangtze River cruise sailing trip, the transfer between airport/hotel and cruise terminal in each port city, fees of optional shore excursion sites, personal expenses such as laundry, clinic service, faxes, telephone calls, spa, salon, shopping, Internet, DVDs, etc., any meals not specified with “B”, “L”, “D”, and single room supplement are not included in the quotation, and you can give extra payment to enjoy. Besides, there is a mandatory tip requited to be paid when you checking in the cruise, you can pay at the reception counter.
    Every cabin onboard Century Paragon has a private balcony for the sightseeing enjoying of guests onboard. You could sit on the chairs there to spend some leisure time alone or with your friends and family.

    Have a nice trip on Century Paragon!

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