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Yangtze Explorer Cruise Ship

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

Good News 2024: Except for the classic cruise itineraries (4 Days Chongqing to Yichang Cruise and 5 Days Yichang to Chongqing Cruise), Yangtze Explorer offers a special exclusive itinerary in 2024, travelers will appreciate the enchanting scenery of World UNESCO natural heritage site of Shennongjia, the world's only place to close up with wild golden monkeys, seek the tracks of wild men, and enjoy a cool holiday, etc.

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Yangtze Explorer Overview

As the BEST super-5 star cruise ship on the Yangtze River, Yangtze Explorer (also called Yangzi Explorer) offers not only the largest and most beautifully appointed cabins and suites, but also the finest and comfortable relaxing environment from your dining to all entertaining hours.

Each cabin on board is exceptional in size and has been recently furbished with awesome design with awesome modern Chinese and Western beauty to create a more harmonious and luxury cruising experience, with a private balcony facing to the gorges along the Yangtze River. Carrying just 124 passengers at most, Yangtze Explorer provides the finest and most personalized service, delivered by the highest ratio of staff to guests. The one-on-one VIP services ensure that every level of comfort is catered for during the cruise.

Cruising with Sanctuary Yangzi Explorer provides a supremely relaxing way to get you as close as possible to Central China’s most captivating landscape, steer you to the dramatic destinations old and new and give glimpse of remote riverside life without the need for unpacking and repacking in between.

As Yangtze Explorer is the only cruise vessel managed strictly under the world renowned Sanctuary Retreats, it provides the international standards of service and luxury cruising experience, also, since this ship is also chosen by many financial and political magnates, such as Bill Gates, Warren Buffett, and Henry Kissinger, for their Yangtze River cruise, you are surely not missing it for start your deluxe unbeatable Yangtze cruise vacation in China!

  • Maiden Voyage
  • Refurbished
  • Tonnage
    6733 T
  • Length
    91.5 M
  • Width
    16.4 M
  • Height
    20.4 M
  • Speed
  • Itinerary
  • Capacity
  • Crew
  • Decks
  • Elevators
  • Restaurants
  • WIFI
  • Swimming Pool
  • Laundry Service
  • Cabins
  • Private Balcony
  • Private Bathroom
  • Hair Dryer
  • VIP Restaurant

Why Choose Yangtze Explorer?

Yangtze Explorer

Exclusive One-on-one VIP Service

Highest crew to passenger ratio on the river of 1:1, Yangtze Explorer treats all guests onboard as distinguished first-class guests with real one-on-one VIP service, and takes care of every one by the professional staff and management team skillful at English and Chinese speaking.
Yangtze Explorer

Only Yangtze Cruise under Sanctuary Retreats

The only one luxury cruise ship under global famous award-winning Sanctuary Retreats to explore the amazing Yangtze River to treat all guests with the philosophy of “Luxury, Naturally” for the real high level of holiday enjoyment.
Yangtze Explorer

Largest Cabins & Suites on Yangtze

All standard cabins provide the largest space of 31m2 with private balconies, minibar, fridge, etc. to let you enjoy the largest room on Yangtze River. The stylish design and international cutting-edge linen give you the ultimate sweet sleep on the moving 5-star resort.
  • Ignite Every Moment Onboard: With diverse activities arranged, like Chinese calligraphy, Chinese cooking learning, kite flying, etc., no single minute onboard will be boring but be interesting with the views, culture, history and fun.
  • Unique Shore Excursion Arrangement: Creatively scheduling a series of special attractions, such as nuclear plant, underwater museum, authentic trackers’ village, etc., it brings more surprises for your tour to the Three Gorges and Yangtze.
  • Diverse Offers for Your Best Savings: Early bird booking, traveling with children offer, and solo escape offer, you can enjoy nice discount at any time you want to cruise.
  • Yangtze Only A-La-Carte Dinner: Unique arrangement of A La Carte dinners every day among all Yangtze River cruises, it offers more cuisine choices to please your taste buds.
  • Complimentary Daily Afternoon Tea: Splendid gorges scenery to go with the free afternoon tea, time will be really wonderful to release minds.

2024 Yangtze Explorer 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.

Day 1: CHONGQING | Embarkation
Day 2: FULING & ZHONGXIAN | 816 Underground Nuclear Project/White Crane Ridge Underwater Museum, Feng Yan San Guo Show
Day 3: WUSHAN & BADONG | Qutang Gorge, Wushan Goddess Sky Road, Wu Gorge, Shennong Stream
Day 4: YICHANG | Disembarkation, Three Gorges Dam

Yangtze River Cruise

4 Nights & 5 Days Yichang - Chongqing Karst Landscape Cruise (via Badong)

Experience a wooden sampan ride on the river inside the typical Karst Wuyuan Cave before cruising through the three gorges, fully appreciating the landscapes' contrast.

Day 1: YICHANG | Embarkation
Day 2: BADONG | Wuyuan Cave, Wu Gorge
Day 3: FENGJIE | Qutang Gorge, White Emperor City, Three Gorges Summit
Day 4: ZHONGXIAN | Shibaozhai/Xituo Ancient Town
Day 5: CHONGQING | Disembarkation

Yangtze River Cruise

4 Nights & 5 Days Yichang - Chongqing UNESCO Heritage Site Discovery Cruise (via Shennongjia)

Explore Shennongjia, a UNESCO World Heritage site that protects the largest primary forests remaining in Central China and provides shelter to many rare animal species.

Day 1: YICHANG | Embarkation
Day 2: SHENNONGJIA | Shennongjia National Park
Day 3: FENGJIE | Wu Gorge, Qutang Gorge, White Emperor City, Three Gorges Summit
Day 4: ZHONGXIAN | Shibaozhai/Xituo Ancient Town
Day 5: CHONGQING | Disembarkation

What to Expect on Yangtze Explorer?

Schedule of Yangtze Explorer

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    Yichang → Chongqing

    from $1609
    via Shennongjia

    Chongqing → Yichang

    from $1206
    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.

    Any charge for beverages
    2018-02-04 16:48
    Hi Horvath,

    Thank you for the question. Onboard Yangtze Explorer, the cruise staff prepared a bottle of drinkable water for every guest in their room every day. If you want more, just tell the staff at the reception desk. Besides, there are some beverages like local beer, wine made in China, coca cola, sprites, soda water, juice, and so on, served in the dining rooms for free during your specified meals onboard. However, if you want more drinks, you could buy in the bar onboard where beverages usually are charged a little higher than others onshore but still reasonable. You could know the detailed price of each kind of drinks from the cruise staff after boarding.

    Wish you a nice sailing with Yangtze Explorer!
    Laundry price list
    thank you for the response. can you please provide a price list for laundry services, including wash and fold if available.
    2017-08-07 19:57
    Hello Tom,

    I’m sorry to tell you that we don’t have the detail price list for laundry onboard, but the fees for such services are reasonable, and you could know the prices from the staff on the cruise after boarding.

    Have a nice day!
    laundry on board
    is there a guest laundry on board the Yabgsi Explorer and/or a wash and fold laundry service?
    2017-08-06 21:15
    Hello Tom,

    Thanks for the question. There is laundry service offered on Yangtze Explorer for your choice, which is for extra payment. If you book cabin type of suit, you could have your clothes done laundry for free.

    Have a good time onboard the Yangtze Explorer!
    Is the Yangtze river and area that is known for mosquitos and hence should we be considering malaria tablets/injections. Travelling in September
    2017-07-11 23:18
    Hi Graham,

    Thank you for the question and good to know your traveling to Yangtze River cruise in September. That month is during summer season, and there are relatively more mosquitos. However, since most of your time would be enjoyed onboard the cruise, and there is great central air-conditioner provided, you would not be influenced much by the mosquitos. But still, to make you have a worry-free trip and maintain healthy, it is suggested pack your mosquito-repellent for your river cruise and use it before embarkation, going onshore for excursions, and disembarkation.

    Wish you a wonderful trip onboard the Yangtze Explorer!
    telephone and email
    Is it possible to have someone reach the ship by telephone? What is the ship email address should a friend wish to contact me on board? Thank you.
    2017-05-30 05:42
    Hi Robert,

    Thanks for your question! Yes, guests onboard the Yangtze Explore can be contacted by telephone, and the ship phone number is (0086) 13972600837. However, it is not recommended for people to contact a guest onboard the ship by Email.

    Wish you a good trip on the Yangtze Explore!
    We are booked on Apr 23 sail date on the Yangtze Explorer.

    Are there any formal events ? What's the dress code for dinner and watching shows ?

    2017-04-17 04:51
    Hi Jennifer,

    Thanks for your questions. It is great to take a cruise sailing on Yangtze River in late April for the pleasant weather. Wish you have a nice vacation on Yangtze Explorer.

    Travelers will enjoy Captain’s Welcome Party and Farewell Party can attend evening shows performed by the crew onboard, join in different kinds of cultural activities such as Traditional Chinese Culture Lectures, Chinese Tea Appreciation and Chinese Brush Painting and Calligraphy and more.

    Usually dressing code for captain's welcome, farewell party and shows is not very formal. Such as, suite, tie, evening dress, etc. are not strictly required. You can dress as comfortable as possible to enjoy your cruise tour, but too casual clothes like jeans, round-neck shirts, shorts, slipperier, and so forth are better to avoid.

    If you have more questions, please feel free to contact us and we are here glad to help!
    One ship
    Please can you tell me if you have more the one ship called The Yangzi Explorer. Are there others?
    2017-04-03 14:26
    Hi David,

    Thanks for your question. Yes, besides the super 5 star Yangtze Explorer, there are other 23 cruise ships sailing on Yangtze River. You can check it on our page (http://www.yangtze-river-cruises.com/ships.html), and among the ships we recommend you Century Cruises like Century Paragon and Century Legend, Victoria Cruises like Victoria Jenna and Victoria Anna, etc.

    Please feel free to tell us your traveling date and number of mates, our travel consultants will send you detailed quote based on your date.

    Best regards,

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