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2018 Latest Port & Shore Excursion News for Yangtze River Cruises
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2018 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 2018 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 2018, travelers will embark & disembark your Yangtze cruise ships at Yichang Maoping Port. The distance between Yichang downtown area and Maoping Port is about 50 kilometers which takes about 1~1.5 hours' for driving. 

Yichang Maoping Port Map
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 NameGathering TimeGathering PlacesTransportation 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.
Century Cruises
President Cruises
Yangtze Gold Cruises
Changjiang Cruises
Yangtze Explorer

 

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 Three Gorges Center Cruise Terminal

Yichang East Railway Station

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.

SituationTransportation to YichangArrival PlaceArrival 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 No.9 Port

Yichang Three Gorges Center Cruise Terminal

>> Check more details about Maoping Port & How to Get There.

 

2. New & Unique Shanghai Nanjing Route on Yangtze Delta

Three Gorges Dam Ship Lift
New Route between Shanghai and Nanjing offered by Century Sun

In the whole year of 2018, Century Sky is the ONLY ship sailing between Shanghai and Nanjing for 4 days & 3 nights, with a low price only from $369!

No matter you are interested in Shanghai to Nanjing upstream route, or fond of Nanjing to Shanghai downstream route, you will have awesome day tours to Zhangjiagang, Suzhou, Wuxi, Taizhou or Yangzhou along the poetic Jiangnan area with slow pace for sightseeing. The elegant gardens, small bridges, floating narrow river, tall pagodas, old residential houses, etc. The poetic and picturesque featured charm could be the top reason taking this new route.

>> Check Detailed Shanghai Nanjing Itinerary of Century Sky.

 

3. Three Gorges Dam Ship Lift Experience

Three Gorges Dam Ship Lift
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 2018, almost all the cruise company will offer optional experience 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. The extra charge is at 295 RMB/pp.

>> Check more details about Three Gorges Dam Ship Lift Experience and How It Works.

 

4. Three Kingdoms Open Air Show

Fengyan Sanguo Show
Open-air Show in Zhongxian County

In the year of 2018, Victoria Grace, Victoria Sophia 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. 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 19:00~21:00. Extra charge is needed at 295RMB/pp. 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 2018 Detailed Itinerary of Victoria Grace

>> Learn more about 2018 Detailed Itinerary of Victoria Sophia

>> Learn more about 2018 Detailed Itinerary of Yangtze Explorer

 

5. New Shore Excursion to 816 Nuclear Military Plant

816 Nuclear Military Plant in Chongqing
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 2018, 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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