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How to Choose Your Yangtze River Cruise Ship

There are as many as 26 ships cruising on the Yangtze River, with new ships being launched each year. Plus, these ships have many more similarities than differences, and some seem even almost interchangeable in their itineraries and daily routine. It is really a hard work to choose the Yangtze River cruise ship right for you! To make the thing easier, here, in this How to Choose Yangtze River Cruise Ship Guide, we rank the cruise ships according to their different characteristics, including their size, service, price... Whether you are looking for a family-friendly cruise, a romantic pick for two or a top luxury option, there’s a perfect ship match for you!

Best-value Yangtze Cruise Ships

If you have no specific prefers for the ships, why not choosing these best-value ones?

These ships are the hottest picks of our customers, boasting almost all the wonderful characteristics like large cabins, luxury amenities, warm services and reasonable price. The top picks include Century Glory, Victoria Jenna (and its sister ship Victoria Anna) and President No.8 (and its sister ship President No.7)…

Tip: Sister ships on Yangtze River means the ships are almost identical in layout, size and features. In addition, they are launched and operated by the same cruise company. Therefore, you will get almost the same cruise experience at any ship of them.

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2023 Newest Yangtze Ships

We love new items, like new shoes, new phones, and new clothes and so on. It seems our happiness will be doubled when we are using something shiny new, and so for the ships.

New ships usually suggest more “wow” factors, like larger size, more luxurious amenities, new technologies and more beautiful cabins. Everything is so great on a new ship, and it comes no surprise why they are so popular among Yangtze travels. The only problem may be the price, which charges more than the old ships. However, it isn’t really a big problem for selecting a Yangtze ship, because the price of brand-new ships on Yangtze River is still reasonable, with only 45~112 dollar higher.

New ship options on Yangtze River include Victoria Sabrina, Century Glory and Century Paragon (and its sister ship Century Legend), amongst which Century Glory with an unbeatable price is the hottest and our pick of best recommended.

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Best Yangtze Ships for Luxury Lovers

Luxury ships offer the best cabins and amenities you can expect to find on the Yangtze River. And they have universally high crew-to-passenger ratios. The quality is evident in the soft-close beddings, oversize wardrobe and waiting bottle of Champagne. Besides, all the details are great.

If you are looking for the best luxury Yangtze ships, then look no further than Yangtze Explorer, Century Glory and Victoria Sabrina. These three ships present not only the top level of three different ship companies but also the top luxurious of all Yangtze River ships. Yangtze Explore, in particular, boasts unprecedented 1:1 crew to guest ratio. Everyone onboard Yangtze Explorer will enjoy one to one VIP service.

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Best Yangtze Ships for Budget Travelers

If your budgets get tight, you may prefer the budget ships with the most pleasing price. The cheap price doesn’t means you have to ditch the quality. There are strict requirements for ships cruising on the Yangtze River. Once a ship cannot match the requirements, it will be knocked out of the competing market. Therefore, you will still get luxury experience onboard the budgets ships.

Following ships are our selects of the best budget Yangtze ships. There is no much difference on their price, but they are managed by different ship companies and may sail on different days. You can choose the best one for you according to your prefer and travel itinerary in China!

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Best Yangtze Ships for Family

Planning to cruise Yangtze River with your family? You may want a ship with something for everyone. Whether you are looking for a great choice for multi-generational family travel or the best ship to please your kids only, these ships recommended below will give you a good bang for your vacation.

Yangtze Explorer, of course, is the best choice for everyone travelling with family. Their excellent almost one to one VIP service guarantees you a wonderful cruise trip without worrying much about your family members. Everyone will be very well taken care of. Besides, it offers special discount for family with child under 12. Century Glory is also a good option, because it is not only one of the newest and luxurious ships but also provides the loveliest family suites, such as suites in pink hello-kitty style and the ones in panda style. Also, the newly created Victoria Sabrina with special themed cabins for familly visitors and the brand-new stylish entertainming fun facilities and activities makes it another top best choice for a family cruise trip!

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Best 5 Star Yangtze Cruises

Except the 4.5-star cruise Yangtze 1 and the super 5-star Yangtze Explorer, all the other Yangtze River ships are in 5-star! If you do not want to try the budget but old Yangtze 1 or luxury but expensive Yangtze Explorer, how can you find your best ship from so many ships in the same level? Maybe you can check these best 5-star ships for your reference.

For travelers have prefers about the luxurious level and price, you can select the most luxury or most budget ships. However, if you do not care much about that, you can try the ships below:

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Top Largest Yangtze Cruises

It seems large Yangtze River ships are more popular on Yangtze River, as evidenced by the fact that cruise companies keep rolling out new large ships. The large size of a ship means it has larger places to create larger cabins and more dizzying number of entertainment options. In addition to the classic reading room, fitness center and bar, the large ships may also boast swimming pool, VIP restaurant and more. If you have no idea of which to choose, how about booking the large ships?

At present, Victoria Sabrina is the largest, followed by Century Glory and President No.8 (and its sister ship President No.7).

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Top 4 Small Yangtze Cruises

Compared with large ships, small ships offer a sweet sense of intimacy. There will be a closer distance from your cabin to the sun deck, dining room, bar, and also the front desk. Besides, with fewer guests onboard, you will have a cozier atmosphere while dinning in the restaurant and sightseeing on the sun deck.

Yangtze Explore, Victoria Selina (and its sister ship Victoria Lianna) and Century Emerald are the best small Yangtze ships we recommended for you. Yangtze Explorer is the best of best for travelers who have high requirements on service. Century Emerald is recommended for the visitors who prefer European-style management, while Victoria Selina is recommended for travelers who love American-style management.

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