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How to Choose Best Cruise Cabins

Choosing a suitable cabin during your vacation is an essential thing to guarantee a perfect Yangtze trip. It is a personal choice which can be fun and challenging at the same time, depending on your budget and lifestyle. Before booking your cabin, ask yourselves these questions:

Do you mind the price or not?
Do you want your beds and living area is separated in a cabin? Does size really matter for you?
Do you prefer to nest peacefully on your balcony rather than hanging with the crowd around the public area?

All in all, there are several essential factors to consider when making a decision: Star Rating of Cruise Ship, the Price of the Cabin, Cabin Locations, Cabin Types and Size, Amenities.

Star Rating of Cruise Ship

As we all know, the higher the star rating of ships is, the better cabins the ships are equipped with. With high star rating ships, the cabins onboard must have better wooden furniture, softer beds and high-quality baths. Generally, there are five-star and four-star deluxe ships for foreign travelers.

Choose Yangtze River Cruise Cabins - Century Paragon Cabins
Cabins and Suites onboard Century Paragon & Century Legend

The Price is Right

PRICE is certainly a consideration, and only you know your vacation budget. Your vacation time is limited, if you don’t mind the price, you might be willing to pay more to get a cabin better suited to your lifestyle. If you have fixed budget, choosing an ordinary cabin still help you enjoy a comfortable and unforgettable vacation.

Contact your travel consultant early and send an inquiry, and you may get a discount or so. While, it can guarantee that you will on the cruise you want and in the cabin or cabin type that you want.

Choose Yangtze River Cruise Cabins - Presitial Suite onboard President No. 7
Presidetial Suite onboard President No. 7 & No. 8

Location, Location and Location

Cabin location is the key factor for choosing a cabin and it is not decided in accordance with prices because prices are only dependent on cabin type. The “real estate” that your cabin occupies, no matter the type, can either keep you up all night with noise or it can lull you like a kid and provide exquisite views of your surroundings. That’s why doing your homework is important.

Higher Deck Cabins


  1. It is much closer to sun deck and all the entertainment areas, such as bars, card rooms, reading rooms, internet bars and spas.
  2. Besides, you can get better sightseeing.


  1. It is further from the dining rooms and reception.
  2. You may experience more rocking motion up high, so those who are seasick prone might want to avoid a higher deck cabin. Seasickness happens less during a Yangtze cruise than that on an ocean cruise.

Lower Deck Cabins


  1. It is much closer to dining rooms and reception.
  2. You will experience a smoother ride than those in higher deck cabins.


  1. It is further from the sun deck and all the entertainment areas.
  2. Sightseeing is more limited than from higher deck cabins.

Choose Yangtze River Cruise Cabins - Victoria Cruise Cabins
Cabins and Suites onboard Victoria Anna

Cabin Type, Size & Amenities Does Matter

Different cabin type varies in different price level on Yangtze Cruise ships. It doesn’t mean that the cabin of the highest price is best for you. The suitable cabin is the best. Generally, the cabin types include: Standard cabins, junior cabins, deluxe suites and supreme deluxe suite (including the Shangri-la suites on Victoria Cruise, President Suites on President Cruise, and Imperial Suites on Yangtze Explorer). Read more about Yangtze Cruise Cabin Types.

Balcony or Not?

  1. All the cabins in Victoria Cruises have private balconies.
  2. All the Cabins in New Century Cruises have private balconies.
  3. President No.6, President No.7, President No.8, Yangtze No.1 and Yangtze No.2 have private balconies.

Different ships have the different cabin types and locations, so you should choose the most suitable and right one according to your practical condition and requirement.

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Stairs on the cruise ships
Do you have elevators on the ships or only stairs? Are there many stairs to climb to the cabins and dining areas? We are 70 and 80 years and cannot walk too far. Do all cabins have windows that open? Thank you
2017-04-07 18:23
Hi Ann,
Thanks for your questions. Most Yangtze River cruise ships have elevators onboard, and they are Victoria Jenna, Victoria Anna, Victoria Lianna, Victoria Katarina, Victoria Selina, Century Paragon, Century Legend, Century Sun, Century Sky, Yangtze Gold 1, Yangtze Gold 2, Yangtze Gold 3, Yangtze Gold 5, Yangtze Gold 6, Yangtze Gold 7, Yangtze Gold 8, President Prime 6, President No. 7, President No. 8, Yangtze 2, Yangtze 1, and Yangtze Explorer. Usually the main dining area is at the 2nd deck and some VIP restaurants are arranged at relatively upper decks such as the 3rd, 4th or 5th floor. As not so large as ocean cruises, there are not so many stairs to climb. For windows in the cabins, most of them on the cruise can be opened according to your need.
Wish you have a wonderful trip on Yangtze River cruise!

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