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Yangtze Explorer

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

Top Highlights of 2019:

  • 1. New and Innovative Discovery: the only Yangtze cruise taking you to explore world unique 816 Nuclear Military Plant, amazing White Crane Ridge Underwater Museum, etc.
  • 2. Inspiring Special Route to Shennongjia: enjoy enchanting sceneries of World UNESCO natural heritage site of Shennongjia, world only place to close up with wild golden monkeys, enjoy a cool summer holiday, etc. (for cruises on July 7th, July 28th and August 18th in 2019). Please check more about Special Itinerary of Yangtze Explorer.

Cruise Route:

Chongqing - Yichang (4 days & 3 nights;)

Yichang - Chongqing (5 days & 4 nights;)

Price:  $1,097-$1,497 •This price range is based on a standard cabin for twin sharing, valid until Feb.28, 2020.

•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.

•Reference exchange rate of USD 1= RMB 6.40. The USD quote is based on current exchange rate, and it may change according the currency fluctuation, while the RMB quotation will remain the same.

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Yangtze Explorer Cruise Ship

Ship Overview

As the TOP 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 most personalized service. Each cabin on board is exceptional in size and designed 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 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.

For the international standards of service and luxury cruising experience, Yangtze Explorer is also chosen by many financial and political magnates, such as Bill Gates, Warren Buffett, and Henry Kissinger, for their Yangtze River cruise.

  • Maiden Voyage: 2008
  • Refurbished: 2016
  • Passenger Capacity: 124
  • Crew: 121
  • Total Cabins: 62
  • Decks: 5
  • Itinerary: Chongqing - Yichang; Yichang - Chongqing

Why Yangzi Explorer?

• Highest crew to passenger ratio on the river of 1:1
• Largest cabins and suites on river, all with private balconies
• Spacious spa with variety of treatments
• Carefully planned itineraries with variety of on board activities and sites visits
• Personalized service due to smaller number of passengers than other boats

What Our Customers Say?

We booked this cruise through Vivian at Yangtze River Cruises. She was very helpful with all arrangements, including a driver from the Chongqing train station to the dock, and a tour on the way to the airport at the final port. The Sanctuary cruise is the best on the river. The size of the ship is smaller, and there is no problem with crowding. We had a deluxe cabin and it was quite spacious and comfortable. We were very glad that all dinners were served a la carte. There was no lining up for crowded buffets as happens on most ships. The chef provide excellent dishes, and the menu included quite a few good western and asian items. The cruise director was extremely knowledgable and provide excellent lectures on history and commentary on all that we were seeing. I think a cruise it the best way to get a sense of the history of this important region, learn about the cultures and populations and appreciate the engineering aspects of the dam.

---- Reviewed by CjcoultonCleveland Ohio, June 7, 2017

I wasn't thrilled about spending 3 days of my time in China on a riverboat, but was I ever wrong! Took the Yangzi Explorer and would highly recommend it! Rooms were immaculate, staff was very helpful and friendly. Most spoke good English, and those that didn't made up for it with great smiles and finding you someone who could speak. Wait staff in the elegant dining room were some of the fondest memories I have of the trip - these folks went the extra mile. The gorges are fascinating - even in the rain or overcast. The descent thru the locks at the dam is an experience. Great activities onboard (the evening shows are put on by the staff and crew of the ship, not actors - but you'd never know if you weren't told!), interesting lectures (I'm not much for lectures, but these were all really interesting!), and yes, even some very nice yet reasonable shops on the ship. The tours that were part of this trips were fun and quite eye-opening! Even the "trip-scrooge" (there's one on every tour) complimented the staff and crew!

---- Reviewed by drtw2503, Oct 18, 2016

We sailed on the Yangtze Explorer, though one of the smaller it is one of the most highly recommended ships on the Yangtze. It was very good, we knew it wouldn't be mainstream sea cruise standard; nonetheless, the staff, food, entertainment, excursions were all very good.

---- Reviewed by Steve, November 5, 2016

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from $1,097-$1,497


from $1,097-$1,497


from $1,097-$1,497


from $1,097-$1,497


from $1,097-$1,497
Price 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.

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 00:48
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 04:57
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 06:15
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 08:18
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.
2017-05-29 14:42
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 ?

2017-04-16 13:51
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?
2017-04-02 23:26
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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