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Century Paragon

Century Paragon Cruise Ship

The 5-star Century Paragon is the TOP DELUXE and NEWEST Yangtze Cruise, leading in luxurious river cruising on the Yangtze River.

Cruise Route:

  • Chongqing - Yichang (4 days & 3 nights)
  • Yichang - Chongqing (5 days & 4 nights)
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Ship Overview

Century Paragon, one of the newest 5-star ships on Yangtze River, was made her first voyage in 2013. It was supervised by EMS and Schiffstechnik Buchloh, two of the foremost ship-building experts from Germany. The state-of-the-art-ships were built with technologies to further enhance the travelers’ experience: e-propulsion and rudder propeller systems make for better steerage and less noise and vibration, while low-emission, “green” practices have been put in place for sustainability and “healthy cruising” environments.

As you embark on the luxury and elegant cruise, the friendly, English-speaking crew will welcome you aboard in the stunning 7-story atrium lobby. You’ll enjoy every moment when you stay onboard from the modern facilities to the highest level of service. Furthermore, with free Wi-Fi access on the whole cruise, all guests will have more fun time onboard for entertainment and social media sharing. This will be a completely new cruise experience on Asia’s longest river!

  • Maiden Voyage: March, 2013
  • Tonnage: 12516 T
  • Length: 141.8 Meters
  • Width: 19.8 Meters
  • Height: 24.6 Meters
  • Speed: 26km/h
  • Passenger Capacity: 398
  • Number of Crew: 150
  • Total Cabins: 196
  • Decks: 7
  • Elevators: 2
  • Restaurants: 2
  • Indoor Swimming Pool: 1
  • Itinerary: Chongqing - Yichang; Yichang - Chongqing

Why Choose this Ship?

The “First” of Century Paragon:

Century Paragon, designed by Yran and Storbrraton, has adopted "Green Environment, Low Emission and Sustainability", including:

  • The first integrated e-propulsion and rudder propeller system on the Yangtze, reducing vibration and noise while increasing the ships’ maneuvering capability;
  • The first Internet-based remote control surveillance system;
  • The first “zero paint” Yangtze cruise ships, instead colored using high-tech compound panels for interior decoration and furniture.

The “Uniqueness” of Century Paragon:

Aboard Century Paragon, guests will be treated to some decidedly uncommon river cruise features:

  • 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.

Yangtze Only Free Use of Wi-Fi:

The only Yangtze cruise company enabling all guests to enjoy free use of Wi-Fi onboard the whole cruise throughout your sailing.

What Our Customers Say about Century Paragon?

“Yangtze River Cruise, Century Paragon”

We enjoyed our Chongqing to Yichang cruise on the Century Paragon. Neither I nor my travelling companion had been on a cruise ship or part of such a heavily organized tourist activity. Our cruise booking was arranged by Wendy Dan at Yangtze-River-Cruises.com. Wendy was responsive and professional in her communications and everything went smoothly. She communicated my vegan dietary preferences and the ship prepared special lunch and dinner dishes for me. The ship is well appointed and maintained--we didn't accept any of the upgrades they offered for an additional fee; there was nothing lacking in the "basic" accommodations which included a third-floor room with a small balcony, and the standard dining room was fine. Everything worked well, with one exception: the WiFi almost never worked. Lots of activities and shore excursions, my favorite was the "Goddess Stream" outing, for which we were transferred to a small boat to see the best scenery of the trip. English speakers were clumped together for the excursions and at a couple of dining tables, so we came to know interesting fellow travellers including a couple of folks who were teaching in China for a couple of years. Onboard activities included an elaborate stage show in which crew members (including housekeeping and kitchen staff) donned costumes and engaged in highly rehearsed dances. I suspect that the ship workers may be overworked, trapped on the boat for months at a time, but they provided good service in any case. I can't compare this ship to any others, but I do not hesitate to recommend it.

-- Reviewed by BeeTee9, Los Angeles, July 16, 2019

“Century Paragon - Yangtze River Cruise”

I commenced the cruise 30 October 2108 from Chongqing to Yichang and had an amazing time on-board the Century Paragon due to the exceptional service provided by the entire cruise staff, however, shout-outs especially to Nancy, Jeffrey, Alex, and Emily.

The meals in the VIP dining area offer both western and Chinese meals and are replenished throughout the meal service (make sure to order the cook to order before going to the buffet).

When on the ship there is not much to do other than RELAX and enjoy the scenery with a cocktail or several and mingle with the other guests.

I highly recommend attending and participating in the shows of an evening time, the staff put on a fabulous show considering they are not actual performers.

Once again, thank you Nancy, Jeffry, Alex, and Emily, you all made my time on-board beyond expectation.

-- Reviewed by Rodney R, Brisbane, Australia, November 9, 2018

“An Enjoyable Upstream Yangtze River Cruise onboard Century Paragon”

We enjoyed the upstream Yangtze River Cruise onboard Century Paragon tremendously and thanks to Lyn Wang of Yangtze River Cruises (based in Chengdu) for making it possible for both of us. We chose an executive suite for a comfortable stay on board the cruise ship. The suite was clean, spacious and comfortable for our four night stay. The cruise ship managers, Jeffery, Nancy and Mona were helpful and friendly. They provided us with good service, advice and suggestions and there was never a dull moment on the cruise ship with all the activities and programmes during the day and night. The views of the mountains and the gorges from onboard the cruise ship were beautiful. We were treated with Captain's Bridge Tour (Wheel House) on Day 4 and it was an eye-opening experience. We got to see what's the captain does behind the wheel.

The shore excursion to the Three Gorges Dam and the Ship Lift, boat excursion to the Goddess Stream and land excursion to Shibaozhai Pagoda were enjoyable. The upstream Yangtze River Cruise is recommended if you are keen on a cruise holiday.

-- Reviewed by Au_and_Family, Singapore, October 10, 2018

2020 Century Paragon Cruise Routes

  • 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, Shibaozhai Pagoda, Shennv Stream...

  • 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, Tribe of Three Gorges, Shennv Stream...


Schedule of Century Paragon

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    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 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.
    • Limited winter schedules may be adjusted into other dates, cruise ships, etc. based on the arrangement of the cruise company.

    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?
    2019-04-01 20:41
    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?

    2018-11-02 12:09
    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 00:07
    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 05:57
    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
    2018-07-09 19:38
    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.
    2018-03-04 19:52
    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?
    2018-02-26 21:21
    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?
    2017-10-16 21:45
    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 01:43
    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?
    2017-09-01 22:46
    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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