2019 Latest News for Yangtze River Cruises
1. Port Change for Embarkation & Disembarkation in Yichang
The most important news for Yangtze River Cruises at the beginning of 2019 is the port adjustment in Yichang which is a great change both for cruise companies and travelers. Yichang Taohuacun Port and New Century Port are stopped using now. In the whole year of 2019, travelers will embark & disembark your Yangtze cruise ships at Yichang Maoping Port (except Yangtze 1 at Sandouping Port). The distance between Yichang downtown area and Maoping Port is about 50 kilometers which takes about 1~1.5 hours' for driving.
Maoping Port Location Map for Embarkation & Disembarkation
For upstream cruise from Yichang to Chongqing:
If you book an upstream cruise, you need to arrive at Yichang Three Gorges Center Cruise Terminal (very close to Yichang No.9 Dock) or Yichang East Railway Station, and then take the tourist buses arranged by the cruise companies to Maoping Port.
|Cruises Name||Gathering Time||Gathering Places||Transportation to Embarkation|
|Victoria Cruises||16:00~21:00||Yichang Three Gorges Center Cruise Terminal or Yichang East Railway Station (宜昌三峡游客中心 | 宜昌东站 )||Take the bus arranged by the cruise company to Maoping Port to embark your cruise ship.|
|Yangtze Gold Cruises|
|Yangtze 1||19:00~20:00||Yichang Three Gorges Center Cruise Terminal (宜昌三峡游客中心)||Take the bus arranged by the cruise company to Sandouping Port to embark your cruise ship.|
Important Embarkation Tips:
1. Yichang Three Gorges Center Cruise Terminal Address: No.142, Yanjiang Avenue, Wujiagang District, Yichang City (facing Yichang No.9 Dock) 宜昌市伍家岗区沿江大道142号.
2. Yichang No. 9 Dock Address: No. 142, Yanjiang Avenue, Wujiagang District, Yichang City (facing Wanda Plaza) 宜昌市伍家岗区沿江大道142号(万达广场对面).
3. Yichang East Railway Station Address: Chengdong Avenue, Wujiagang District, Yichang City 湖北省宜昌市伍家岗区城东大道.
4. How to choose your gathering place? (1) If you take a train arriving in Yichang, you’d better use Yichang East Railway Station. At the exit, you can find the bus arranged by the cruise company heading to Maoping. (2) If you want to do city tour in Yichang downtown area, Yichang Three Gorges Center Cruise Terminal will be a better choice.
5. Please make sure to take the bus to Maoping Port on time, and if you miss it, contact us at once!
Yichang Three Gorges Center Cruise Terminal
Yichang East Railway Station
For downstream cruise from Chongqing to Yichang:
All the Yangtze cruise companies will arrange worry free tourist buses and pick you up at Three Gorges Dam Site after the dam visiting and transfer you directly to Yichang Three Gorges Center Cruise Terminal for disembarkation. You will arrive at Yichang downtown area around 12:30 or 13:30.
|Situation||Transportation to Yichang||Arrival Place||Arrival Time|
|Only Dam Visiting||After visiting the Three Gorges Dam Site, the cruise company will arrange the bus to transfer to Yichang downtown.||Yichang Three Gorges Center Cruise Terminal (宜昌三峡游客中心)||Around 12:30|
|Dam Visiting + Ship Lift Experience||First switch to a sightseeing boat to sail through Ship Lift and then visit Three Gorges Dam. After the dam visiting, the cruise company will arrange the bus to Yichang downtown.||Yichang Three Gorges Center Cruise Terminal (宜昌三峡游客中心)||Around 13:30|
Important Disembarkation Tips
1. On the disembarkation day, you’ll go through a check-out procedure and take your luggage away from the ship in this early morning. Then, you’ll begin your Three Gorges Dam tour or Ship Lift experience.
2. For you would arrive at Yichang downtown area during 12:30~13:30, we suggest you take a train after 15:30 or a flight after 16:40 for departure to next destination. Please ask our travel consultant for ideas before booking your flight or train to best suit for your time.
3. If you need any private transfer service between Three Gorges Dam and airport / railway station, please contact us in advance.
Yichang Three Gorges Center Cruise Terminal
>> Check more details about Maoping Port & How to Get There.
2. Century Glory is Going to Make Its Maiden Voyage in this September 2019, only at $474-$598
The brand-new Century Glory is going to make its first vovage this September, 2019
A totally newly built ship took over 600 days with a vast investment of around 300 million Yuan may surprise you! This ship is called Century Glory - the eighth luxury ship of Century Cruises.
Being the “”newest” “largest” and “most luxury” vessel on the Yangtze River, Century Glory is going to sail its first voyage on September 11, 2019 from Nanjing to Chongqing! Then, it will run steady schedules from Chongqing to Yichang for 4 days & 3 nights, as well as from Yichang to Chongqing for 5 days & 4 nights! Travelers won’t miss the highlighting attractions and amazing shore excursions along Yangtze River to witness the beautiful Three Gorges and magnificent Three Gorges Dam Site!
You may still wonder why choose Century Glory among all the ships? Onboard this brand-new vessel, you’ll enjoy high technologies bringing great comfort, incomparable high quality service in every detail, fun and eye-catching activities, luxurious accommodation experience, culminating food to treat your taste buds... Remember, the first launch of Century Glory is at this early beautiful autumn of 2019! Go at $474-$598!
3. Three Gorges Dam Ship Lift Experience
Three Gorges Dam Ship Lift experience
The Three Gorges Dam Ship Lift is not only the largest but also the most sophisticated ship lift in the world. Travelers can personally reveal and have a better understanding about the last mystery of Three Gorges Dam Project by experiencing the latest construction of Three Gorges Dam Ship Lift.
In the whole year of 2019, almost all the cruise company will offer optional experience (Yangtze 1 cruise covered it into the itinerary) to sail through the new Three Gorges Dam Ship Lift both for downstream and upstream. Travelers who want to experience Ship Lift will switch into a sightseeing boat sailing through the elevator in 40 minutes (Before it needs to sail through Ship Lock for 4 hours). You can marvel at the huge dam in very close distance and learn about the magnificent project. It definitely should be a fresh and special experience for travelers to Three Gorges Dam.
>> Check more details about Three Gorges Dam Ship Lift Experience and How It Works.
4. Three Kingdoms Open Air Show
Open-air Show in Zhongxian County
In the year of 2019, Victoria Cruises and Yangtze Explorer will be the innovative Yangtze cruise ships to perform new, interesting and meaningful arrangement to take travelers to enjoy Three Kingdoms Open Air Show in Zhongxian County.
For travelers who take a downstream cruise from Chongqing to Yichang with any of them, you can choose to watch this open air show to enrich your night life. The cruise ships will dock at Zhongxian Ferry Terminal and arrange tourist bus to send you for the show and pick you up to get back to your ship. The show is performed during 19:00~21:30. Extra charge is needed at 295RMB/pp for any Victoria cruise ships or 290RMB/pp for Yangtze Explorer. Travelers who do not purchase this optional excursion may remain for various onboard activities.
Three Kingdoms Open Air Show is an epic open air live action show, dramatizing the lives and battles of feudal lords and their armies from the Ancient Han Dynasty. Based on the famous 14th-century novel “The Romance of the Three Kingdoms”, the story is part historical, part legend, and part mythical. The show includes battles on horseback, light and aquatic special effects, 3D holographic projection and fireworks, with the Yangtze River as the background, and a 180-degree all-swivel auditorium.
>> Learn more about 2019 Detailed Itinerary of Victoria Jenna
>> Learn more about 2019 Detailed Itinerary of Victoria Anna
>> Learn more about 2019 Detailed Itinerary of Yangtze Explorer
5. Return to the Three Gorges Night Performance
Return to the Three Gorges Show in Fengjie County along Yangtze River
The mass-choreographed outdoor show called Return to the Three Gorges, directed by the world-famous film director Zhang Yimou, was debuted on Yangtze River in December of 2018.
Combining natural beauty of Yangtze River and modern technology, this new and brilliant show provides a unique demonstration of Chinese poetry and culture and travelers can feel the beauty of poetry through ten poems. Built on the section of Yangtze River near Qutang Gorge and White Emperor City, this floating performance area on the water is 160.8 meters long and 54 meters wide, while the floating audience area is 111.6 meters long and 34 meters wide and can host 1738 people. The whole performance lasts about 1 hour during 19:30~20:30.
Travelers who want to appreciate the beauty of Chinese poetry in the “Town of Poems” along Yangtze River, you can go with the upstream cruise sailing from Yichang to Chongqing including Victoria Cruises, Yangtze Gold 2 and Yangtze Gold 7.
(Victoria Janna, Victoria Anna, Victoria Selina, Victoria Lianna, Victoria Grace, Victoria Katarina, Victoria Sophia)
|Yangtze Gold Cruises
(Yangtze Gold 2, Yangtze Gold 7)
|From Yichang to Chongqing on day 3:
● 15:30-18:00, you can choose to take optional shore excursions to White Emperor City (295RMB/pp);
● 19:30-21:00, enjoy optional show “the Return to the Three Gorges” (295RMB/pp)
Note: You can enjoy trip to White Emperor City as well as the show, or show only.
|From Yichang to Chongqing on day 3:
During 15:30-22:00, you’ll have 2 options to enjoy the night show and feel free to select your likes:
● Option 1: Take optional excursion to White Emperor City and enjoy optional Return to the Three Gorges Night Performance (490RMB/PP);
● Option 2: After dinner onboard, take optional visit to night show Return to the Three Gorges (320RMB/PP).
Note: If you take option 2, you need to have box meal for dinner at White Emperor City Scenic Area, otherwise you will enjoy buffet dinner onboard.
6. New Shore Excursion to 816 Nuclear Military Plant
816 Nuclear Military Plant in Chongqing
816 Nuclear Military Plant strikes the world not only because it’s the world largest artificial cave, but also for its unveiled structure of the real nuclear plant (radiationless for no manufacture happened). You would meet the tens of kilometers long cave, multiple paths inside and a lot of unbelievable parts in the 816 Underground Project. As in the list of 20th century’s architectural heritages in China, this plant is really great for visiting, education and knowledge enrichment.
In 2019, Yangtze Explorer is the only one Yangtze River cruise newly offers the unique excursion visit to the 816 underground project in Chongqing. You could check the detailed itinerary, cruise calendar and other information of Yangtze Explorer to enjoy a great Yangtze Cruise sailing with the nuclear military plant.
>> Check more details about 816 Nuclear Military Plant.
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