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From Deluxe one to Budget one, from the Newest one to the Experienced one, visitors gave the reviews in several side way, such as the ship itself, service on the ship, special activities on board, food and the scenery spots during the cruise.

July 24, 2018 by Abrie P

"Three Gorges River Cruise"

Truly spectacular! I did the cruise recently (July 2018) Monday - Friday. The ship/ cabin/ staff/ meals were absolutely 5 star level. The shore excursions were great also, very interesting sights and the local guides were charming and professional. The sights as you go through the gorges are really amazing. The cruise was very reasonably priced, I would definitely recommend this to anyone travelling to or living in China. During this time of the year the water level is quite high/ flooded and the waters are brown, apparently during low water season the water is more green and pleasant to look at but this was just a minor thing, for me it didn't detract from the experience. Good job guys.

From: Trip Advisor

July 23, 2018 by Anna S

"Yangtze River Cruise"

In June 2018 we wrote to Yangtze River Cruise agency to book our 5 days cruise. All the process was by email, easy and clear, well explained. We would like to thank our travel consultant Ms. Wing Zeng for the great work and pleasant manner. Strongly recommended.

From: Trip Advisor

July 22, 2018 by lcolcott, Melbourne, Australia

Victoria Anna

"Victoria Cruises"

This cruise was booked as it was advertised very cheap & sounded like a “must see” for us as we had just retired.

My husband & I were very impressed with the quality of the trip information given to us in the weeks preceding the cruise. The company organising the trip starting from Melbourne airport to arriving on the Victoria Anne were Expedition Exclusive. The journey was long, involving buses & trains, however we enjoyed the experience & our tour guide was exceptional.

I would definitely recommend this trip, make sure you have plenty of tipping cash as it’s very much appreciated amongst the hard working tour guides.

Which ship: Victoria Anna
From: Trip Advisor

July 16, 2018 by Theresa C, Columbus, Georgia, United States

Century Sun

"Century Sun 3 day Yangtze River Cruise"

My family of 9 went on the Century Sun Yangtze 3 day River Cruise in June 2018.

(Barnes Family) Our cruise managers name was Stephen. Stephen was the best. He was professional,knowledgeable, funny, and very entertaining. At the end of our cruise, he made sure we had accommodations to our next destination and wheelchair assistance off the boat for our uncle Walter. Once we retrieved our luggage from the center city, Stephen was there to ensure the van was in place and helped us with our luggage. His kindness and attention to detail will always be remembered. I highly recommend this cruise. We can't stop talking and sharing our wonderful experience with Stephen and Century Cruise line. The staff was polite and friendly. Food awesome. My only complaint was the room being hot and slightly damp. Our clothes never did dry from hand washing. So utilize their laundry service. Looking forward to seeing Stephen again in our future travels.

Which ship: Century Sun
From: Trip Advisor

July 12, 2018 by tonyredrup, Bangkok, Thailand

Victoria Selina

"Yichang to Chongqing, a wonderful trip up the three gorges and Yangtze"

Our cruise on the Victoria Selina was a fabulous experience, seeing the dam itself, incredible in its conception and execution, not least the extraordinary 'ship-lift' and then up the river for 4 days seeing the amazing achievement of the Chinese government and people in the erosion works, creation of new cities to house the 1.3 million people relocated from the area flooded by the dam, whole areas re-forested, etc., together with the amazing geology of the rock faces exposed on the littoral shoreline throughout. Our tour, organized by Ms Wing Zeng, of China Discovery/ Yangtze River Cruise, was beyond our expectation and capped off 3 wonderful weeks in China, visiting Shanghai, Chongqing (Dazu rock carvings) and Kunming (Stone Forest), climbing HuangShan, JiuhuaShan and several days in incredible Zhangjiajie. Our 9th trip to China, arranged to celebrate my 70th birthday, and mind-boggling as ever.

Which ship: Victoria Selina
From: Trip Advisor

July 4, 2018 by baznsaz, Adelaide Hills, Australia

Century Paragon

"Yangtze River Cruises"

We have just returned from the most fantastic personalised tour of China organised by the wonderful Leo Li at Yangtze River Cruises. We compiled a list of what we wanted to see and do - with many changes along the way - and Leo patiently put it all together for us. We had the most wonderful local English speaking guides who met us in each city when we arrived and then showed us around their tow, sharing their local knowledge and giving us an amazing insight into life in China. Shout outs to Frank in Shnaghai, Smiley in Guilin, Jeffrey and Nancy on the Paragon Yangtze Cruise, Fen in Chengdu, Lee in Zhangjiejie, Timo in Xian and Kevin in Beijing.All the drivers where safe and consiensciuos and the cars clean and reliable. Accommodation was also wonderful. Everything went like clockwork and we had the most amazing holiday. Zhangjiejie was an absolute highlight and Leo made sure we saw all the amazing things in this region. We can not recommend Yangtze River Cruises and especially Leo enough for a perfect private tour in China.

Which ship: Century Paragon
From: Trip Advisor

July 3, 2018 by Martina S, Shanghai, China

"Ein besonderes China-Erlebnis"

Selbst nach 5 Jahren in China war unsere Yangtze Kreuzfahrt etwas Besonderes und sehr zu empfehlen! Neben kulturellen Landgängen, Natur und gigantischen Bauprojekten, die es zu bewundern gab, konnten wir uns auf dem Schiff ausruhen und verwöhnen lassen. Schon vor Reiseantritt war die Betreuung durch Leo klasse. Während der Reise war Kathy immer eine große Hilfe und hat uns in allen Situationen gut betreut.

From: Trip Advisor

June 14, 2018 by ghenri209185

Century Diamond

"Century Diamond..Good Cruise"

Thanks Mr.Wonder Wang..

We just come home from a Very Nice Cruise on Yangtze River...Good service...Nice Smiling Staff..I can Recomander This Ship CENTURY DIAMOND..And Tour..4 Days go fast when You have a Good time...We upgrade to Deck 5..Nice Big cabin,,,And dinner on deck 6..Thanks For 4 good days....

Which ship: Century Diamond
From: Trip Advisor

June 10, 2018 by JDCE1231, Manila, Philippines

Century Paragon

"Best Yangtze river cruise onboard Century Paragon"

Last May 22, we sailed through the Yangtze River aboard Century Paragon from Chongqing to Yichang. Ongoing road and building construction towards the dock, so bit of a walk to the ship boarding, but on paved grounds. But the experience only gets better.

The crew of Century Paragon were right there at the designated boarding dock number to greet and attend to their guests. They were neatly dressed and very helpful, especially helping senior guests walk down the somewhat difficult dock staircase onto the ship.

During onboarding and for the entire cruise, i found the ship crew to be very hospitable, warm and attentive to the passengers. They showed concern to customer needs. Concierge/front desk personnel were ok, expect lines to build up so transact ahead of deadlines.

We were offered a meal upgrade for a reasonable price to enjoy meals at the top deck (6/F), with reserved seating and exclusive food items. Found this to be very worth it, especially if one wants to enjoy meals without the big crowd and long lines. Food is great and gets better daily. Their supervisor at the time, Ms. Paris Ling and her team at Deck 6 were superb; they were cheerful, always present, provided 5 star service and care for their customers. By Day 2, they almost instinctively knew what you needed!

At times when docking for day tours, we were required to pass through other cruise ships. That’s how i noticed that Century Paragon is really the best ship there is now on Yangtze cruises — bigger and more modern. This entire ship was clean. Room and provisions were very decent, new and comfortable. Facilities and premises were very simple but atleast neat and clean. Toilets very clean. I especially enjoyed great deal of time spent on the sun deck to enjoy the scenery, fresh air. The cruise speed is just right to enjoy sights. Sadly, no one was manning the sun deck bar to serve drinks!

Included tours and optional tours were nice and interesting. Be prepared to walk a bit. Because they’re worth it. The Dam project is altogether impressive, inspiring, and majestic as everyone says - a must see.

Highly recommended to book your river cruise via Century Paragon!!

Which ship: Century Paragon
From: Trip Advisor

June 6, 2018 by Matijs77, Hilversum, The Netherlands

"Amazing and breathtaking"

Last April my girlfriend and I went on a Yangtze River cruise from the Three Gorges Dam to Chongqing. And we had great time! Our stay on board was very pleasant and relaxing. The staff was very friendly and helpful. The trip itself was amazing! The variety of landscapes was breathtaking. Of you have the opportunity to go on this cruise I really recommend it.

From: Trip Advisor

June 6, 2018 by Chris T

"8 Days Leisure Tour to Zhangjiajie & Yangtze River"

I would give this company and Jack Li and their guides a 10. Jack was our consultant (highly recommended) who organized and set up our group tour so professionally. One word to describe everything "EXCELLENT".

From: Trip Advisor

June 2, 2018 by Olivier C, Dakar

Century Paragon

"Everything just perfect !"

I went on a 3-days cruise on the Yangtze with Century Paragon. This was a wonderful experience, very professionally organized and managed by Ashley He, in a perfect English. Everything went very fluently. The cruise was great. When I forgot some wallet in a hotel in Chongqing, she very kindly found an efficient way to send it to me in my hotel in Beijing, keeping contact all the time ! I strongly recommend her services !

Which ship: Century Paragon
From: Trip Advisor

May 28, 2018 by Ralf H

"Private Reise"

Außergewöhnliche Schiffsreise auf dem Yangtze von Yichang nach Chongqing. Wir hatten alles direkt über das Internet bei Yangtze River Cruises gebucht, was völlig Problemlos verlief. Vor Ort bekamen wir ein günstiges Upgrade auf die Präsidenten Suite was sich als richtige Entscheidung herausstellte. Tolle Ausflüge und Eindrücke die wir nicht missen möchten. Service auf dem Schiff hervorragend.

From: Trip Advisor

May 27, 2018 by Helene H

"Victoria Cruise was spectacular"

I am still dreaming out about my three nights on the Victoria Cruise ship along the Yangtze. The rooms were lovely, the staff was first rate... and even the nightly entertainment on the ship by the crew was delightful. I enjoyed the lectures on the Chinese language, culture and medicine and experience my first acupuncture treatment. But most of all, sailing on the Yangtze through the gorges was like a dream that mere photos cannot convey. Chongqing itself is huge with a breathtaking skyline.

From: Trip Advisor

May 25, 2018 by KarenUbsdell, Westhampnett, United Kingdom

Century Diamond

"the scenery"

we went in may and had lovely weather the scenery was breath taking the centrey diamond was a good boat maybe a bit tired. The food and cleanliness was great. Wish we had done a longer one you don't board till four and you have to pay for your first tea, then the next two days are busy and enjoyed this bit, the last day of the boat trip we had to be out by 8 to go the three gourges so you only get the full two days on the boat. I booked with Wing and she was very helpful all the way with any questions I had, was very happy with the service she provided. would book through wing again. thank you wing for all you did. Made our holiday a pleasure without stress.

Which ship: Century Diamond
From: Trip Advisor

May 23, 2018 by bigchin8, Brisbane, Australia

Century Paragon

"Yangtze River cruise on Paragon Century"

we did the upstream Yangtze River cruise from Yichang to Chongqing and added extra private group tour to Xian (Terracotta Warriors) before starting the cruise .From the initial inquiries to the end of our tour ,Wonder Wang had been very helpful and was very quick in replying to all our queries. We had our flight cancelled without warning from Xian to Yichang on the day we were to embark for the cruise- Wonder was able to respond to my distress email promptly He had a driver at the airport within 45min to transfer us to the Fast/Bullet train station where a tour guide was there waiting with the tickets ,He even organized a tour guide to meet us at the platform at Wuhan (transit point ) to make sure we get to the right gate for the connecting train to Yichang -which was all very reassuring and comforting -Wonder was able to change a stressful (being stranded in unfamiliar airport )situation into and exciting bonus Fast train trip. All his staffs that were involved were very polite cheerful and helpful- cannot ask for anymore better service

The cruise didn't disappoint either - the crews were very friendly and services were good. The Paragon Century was well maintain and the cabin was spacious and clean.The dining experience was reasonable - with different menu for breakfast lunch and dinner which were different each day.

The only negative would be the crowd -especially during meal time -which is unavoidable-being in the most populous country in the world , but if you avoid public holidays or peak season its manageable and we discovered the local tend to have their meal early and rather quickly -if you have your meals time a bit later the crowd and Queue is manageable

The sight seeing was fantastic -the river and its scenery were beautiful -definitely one for the bucket list

Which ship: Century Paragon
From: Trip Advisor

May 23, 2018 by BillieWET, Calgary, Canada

"Yangtze River Cruise - Tour of China"

My husband and I had a wonderfully informative and enjoyable two week tour in China thanks to Stephanie’s organization and thoughtfulness. She was diligent in making sure we were looked after if English could be a problem, arranged tours with English guides, and great hotels that were attractive, clean, and accommodating. We had great food the whole trip. The Yangtze River Cruise was a highlight, meeting every expectation provided in the itinerary and more. The ship was very pleasant to spend time on and the food too good. The scenery of the Three Gorges was absolutely spectacular, like nothing we had ever seen anywhere else. The Shennv Stream (Goddess Stream) tour was led by local people with excellent English and full knowledge of the history. It was a relaxing ride on smaller boats with breathtaking scenery. Most of the guides throughout our trip were able to answer any questions we had. Thank you Stephanie. I knew little about the geography and developments in China and you helped us have a very worthwhile and pleasant holiday.

From: Trip Advisor

May 23, 2018 by Barbara C, holywell

"upgrade if you can."

we stayed on the mv yangtze 2 for a four night stay. if you can possible upgrade i would recommend as the dining room was a bit of a scrum at meal times., the upgrade meant you had a much larger cabin, a smaller dining room with beer and wine included, plus use of the swimming pool and sauna also included.

From: Trip Advisor

May 23, 2018 by Ada F, Hythe, United Kingdom

Century Sun

"3 gorges on Century Sun"

What a wonderful way to see China. The boat fully catered for westerners and the inclusive trips added value. The ships had lots of activities and the food was high quality. 3 days is enough to give a taste of river cruising and a great way to wind down on a busy tour.

Which ship: Century Sun
From: Trip Advisor

May 21, 2018 by TheyCallHimFlipper, Canada

President 8

"4 Night/3 Day Yangtze River & 3 Gorges on "President 8" Cruise Ship: Yichang to Chongqing May 14-18"

Spoiler alert: review is long for good reason.

Does the River Cruise really deserve a 5/5 rating even though there are annoying things to consider beforehand and complain about afterwards? YES

Should you go on this tour? YES

Are the sights breathtaking? YES

Do all shore excursions and the cruise-ship itself deserve a 5/5 rating? NO, NO

This is a two-part review because there are no TA reviews specifically for "President" Cruise Ships.

This review is of the "Yangtze River Cruise," but I also provide a review of my 2/5 ranking of the "President 8" Cruise Ship at the end of this review.

Shore excursions are elsewhere on TA.

If you have time to do this 4 Night/3 Day Yangtze River Cruise while in China, BY ALL MEANS, DO IT.

Make sure you have a good camera with lots of data storage for the many, many videos and pictures you will likely be taking on this river cruise alone! Have a very good phone case that not only protects against all the clunking / dropping / splashing it might get, but also allows your camera lens to take good pictures.

Research using your phone while in China: the "free" WIFI, only available in the cruise-ship main lounge, is useless and you will be much happier if you have a translation app. available to use on your smart phone.

Dress for heat, rain, and something nice to wear to dinner. It certainly isn't a black-tie affair, but I didn't notice any slobs either.

I was lucky to cruise mid-May. We heard it is too hot and rainy after May.

No concerns about motion sickness: it was literally "smooth sailing."

We came prepared for mosquitoes, but experienced very few; saw more in Ontario.

The annoying things to consider:

There are many "markets" you have no choice but to walk through, when on shore excursions. Both our itinerary and Cruise Ship Director failed to mention the "markets" beforehand.

A "5 hour excursion" therefore includes the time it takes for slow pokes on the ship, 15 minute walk off the ship to the tour bus, 1 hour bus ride to the destination, 15 minutes of instructions and pee break, 30 minute walk (sometimes uphill) through markets, and the return to ship.

You see the same items for sale as everyplace else on your tours, but cheaper along the river.

Locals are correct when saying the beer and water they sell is: "Cheaper than on boat!" LOL

Markets were safe; more of an annoyance when you are hot and tired. We wanted to "shop" a few times, but you just don’t have adequate time when the Ship is on a tight schedule. LOL

LOTS OF WALKING AND STEPS TO CLIMB on shore excursions that neither the Tour Company, nor the Cruise Ship Director tell you about beforehand.

You might challenge yourself to 'make it to the top,' but beware the walk back down can be even harder on shaky legs. LOL

Two excursions, though, had locals that you could pay to carry you in a "Sedan Chair."

If you are obese or have mobility problems, I recommend you pass on the river cruise. The passageways on the ship alone, are quite small.

This is NOT the kind of "Cruise Ship" that you will want to stay behind on, when docked during excursions.

This ship is for eating, sleeping, Talent Shows at night and using the bathroom. Nothing fun to do alone, by yourself.

Ironically, the tour of the actual 3 Gorges Dam is underwhelming at best.

If you only do 2 excursions while on this cruise, you just have to do the Tujia Mountainside Wedding and River Boatmen excursions.

There’s a lot of hiking uphill for the wedding and you must wear lifejackets in the hot weather when on the River Boats.

Our cruise ended at Chongqing.

There are NO trolleys, NO escalators from the Chongqing dock way down to the Cruise Ship on the river below.

"Warm Tips:"

Plan on paying local Chongqing porters 15-20 RMB for EACH piece of luggage you need carried up to the dock.

You’ll be sorry if you valiantly carry your own luggage up the many flights of stairs to the dock and then notice that your transportation is waiting 1.5 Km away at the top of a sloping street.

The overall river tour is truly an amazing sight to see.


THE STAFF, on President 8 were all 5/5

This Chinese-5-Star-rated ship is a 1-Star IMHO, considering my other cruises. It might have been "completely renovated" in 2013, but I can’t see how it was ever "new" in 2013. LOL

President 8 accomodations were adequate.

All things considered, we do not think that any possible "upgrade packages" that were offered would have made anything any better.

This is an action-packed "cruise."

You won’t be 'hanging out' in your room except to sleep and use the bathroom, and everyone will be too tired to stay up late drinking and partying. LOL

All rooms had "balconies" it seemed.

We were told only Twin-sized beds were available; they were lightweight, but sturdy. We pushed two together.

Stiff mattresses were extra firm. (Were those really mattresses? LOL)

Anyway, you will be so tired from the daily excursions that you will sleep like a rock (on top of a rock) every night. LOL

Bathrooms were, basic, not bad at all.

Water pressure was great & you can have a scalding-hot shower if desired.

You get free toothbrushes and toothpaste everyday.

Housekeeping was very responsive when needed.

In-room refrigerators are completely useless. The Staff knows this. LOL

If you need to keep medication or something else COLD while on this river cruise PLAN AHEAD.

IMHO available Chinese "wines" are exactly like James Bond exclaimed: "PHUYUCK" LOL

Other cheap wines and most typical high-end booze from around the world are offered for sale on board. The "Bar" lounge-room looked fine, but I never saw anybody buy a drink from the bar. The locals used the quiet, air-conditioned room with comfy tall-backed chairs to nap in while the ship was moving during the day.

You can / should purchase alcohol at stores in Yichang before boarding, and surprisingly, you are allowed to bring whatever alcohol onto the boat that you desire, as long as you drink it in your room. LOL We did see one very organized tour group having a wine and cheese party on the top deck at night and I have to assume they somehow arranged for their own 'good wine' for that. LOL

I’ve seen TA reviewers posting pictures of the "President 7" ship: it looks identical to "President 8."

You will likely cruise along with 3 to 5 very similar ships and dock with them every day. You will have to walk straight through 2 to 3 other ships every time you leave / board your own ship.

You will just love the staff on the "President 8."

I have never seen so many professional 18 year olds, working so hard, smiling, being polite and helpful, all at the same time and in the same place!

Staff that need to talk to you every day will understand and speak English well enough.

Any conversations you may want to have about topics outside of the day to day workings of your cruise, however, will require your use of a Translation App. that needs a live DATA connection on your smart phone in order to work.

Our Cruise Ship Director "Sweety" spoke and understood English very well.

I love Chinese food.

I understand Chinese food: real Chinese food.

I wanted to eat nothing but 'local' Chinese cuisine during our entire 14 day tour.

Sigh … The ship’s food was HORRIBLE.

("Warm Tips:" The Staff knows how bad the food is.)

Apple and Orange "juices" were something like watered-down "Sunny Delight." I have no idea what that "Tea" was they served us. LOL

After 10 previous days of touring and eating around China, the Cruise Ship food was even worse than various low quality Chinese and Western foods we already experienced.

And why all the Chinese Tours think that Westerners want Starbucks, McDonalds and KFC while in China is just … just sad. LOL

I tried everything offered, but ended up eating a lot of fried eggs, cooked snow peas, plain white rice, black fungus, plain buns and dessert cake for every meal on this ship.

Ironically, the Chinese food served was terrible; Watermelon was rarely offered, even though we received tons of awesome watermelon everywhere else on our tour; the locals heaped their plates high everytime, and the dessert cakes were VERY good. LOL

The ship smells funky from crappy food, from the river, from cigarette smokers on the decks and from the mould (89% relative humidity).

Carpets / fabrics were worn and drab.

I am allergic to mould, I smelled mould, but observed very little mould. I dosed up with daily Reactin before leaving Canada and I managed just fine.

Deck boards were more than just "loose" on our balcony and on the top, observation/party Deck 6. Yep, be careful. When sunny, top deck is like an oven. … which I liked. LOL

The "Spa" was smelly, overpriced, dirty (cringing if walking in bare feet), worn out and below decks. The staff smoked out of sight inside the Spa.

Ironically, the "Chinese Massage" they provided was good and the staff were very polite and friendly.

The cruise, price and overall experience was worth the one and only time I’d ever spend on this ship.

Which ship: President 8
From: Trip Advisor

May 19, 2018 by silverbrook, Canada

President No.7

"Great cruise with stunning views"

Our group enjoyed our Yangtzee River cruise on the President 7 ship. Although embarking on the ship was rather interesting because we had to go through two other ships to get to ours, I was delighted once we got on board. There is an initial sales pitch in the dining room to potentially upgrade your cabin as well as to get one of the inclusive packages offered on board. Our room, and bathroom, was larger than most cruise ships and quite comfortable. I also really enjoyed having a balcony - especially in the early mornings or evenings. Breakfast and lunch were served buffet style, which could get quite crowded, and dinner was a sit-down meal served family style. The top deck of the ship was an observation deck that allowed you to easily see the amazing views on each side of the ship as you cruised through the gorges on the Yangtzee River. I believe this is a must-do if in China even if you do not do any of the excursions since the views from the ship are spectacular. I would absolutely do this again.

Which ship: President No.7
From: Trip Advisor

May 17, 2018, 2018 by Renata R, Canberra, Australia

"Wonderful cruise"

We had an amazing experience on this cruise. The room was lovely, the food great, lots of variety and fresh, the staff were all very helpful and charming. The views were magnificent. All in all it was a great experience.

From: Trip Advisor

May 17, 2018 by cecbeer, Mackay, Australia

"Very Interesting Yangtze River Cruise"

We booked our River Cruise Through Leo Li at China Discovery and were pleased the he kept in touch with us during the entire process. After a little trouble with changes in flights and a very long boarding day we settled into a very interesting 4 night cruise from Yichang to Chongqing. The scenery was outstanding and excursions, although a little strenuous at times, were interesting and informative.

I chose to do the White Emperor Temple as an optional excursion and although it was extremely arduous it was well worth the effort.

From: Trip Advisor

May 17, 2018 by Ryan C

Century Paragon

"Century Paragon Cruise"

Excellent service provided by Wonder to ensure our tour was successfully organised. He has organised airport pick up, Yangtze River cruise as well as day tours in Chongqing and Yichang. Tour guide in Chongqing and Yichang are exceptional with exceptional insightful knowledge. We highly recommend Wonder if you want your trip organised!

Which ship: Century Paragon
From: Trip Advisor

May 16, 2018, 2018 by Pedro R

"Cruise in the Yangtze river"

The cruise is a good way of seeing a different part of China outside the big cities. The help from Lyn at the tour agency has been great, always responding extremely quick and with full information.

From: Trip Advisor

May 14, 2018 by London_John_Jane, Canada

Century Sun

"Better than expected"

We did a 3 night 2 day cruise on the Century Sun as part of an organized tour. Frankly, we didn't expect too much but were pleasantly surprised by the overall quality of the boat and the meals. The room was very comfortable with a safe and very clean bathroom. We had a nice balcony although didn't use it much. The included tours at the Red Pagoda and on the gorge miniboats were both fun and interesting. We did the optional tour on the second morning to the White Emperor City and found it well worth the effort - was a warm muggy day and the 300 steps were a bit tiring but worth the climb. The museum at the top has a display about hanging coffins. Of course, the trip through the gorge area was spectacular even with a bit of rain. Doing one of the cruises on the Yangtze is highly recommended at least once in your life.

Which ship: Century Sun
From: Trip Advisor

May 13, 2018 by LarissaLacombe, Montreal, Canada

Century Paragon

"Great experience on the Century Paragon"

I am so happy we decided to cruise the Yantze! It's an amazing way of exploring inland China. We booked with China Discovery and Rita assisted us throughout the process with great care and efficiency. We were happily impressed by the quality of service. We also booked airport pick up and both a Chongqing day tour prior to boarding and a Yichang tour afterwards. Everything went smoothly from start to finish, they took care of everything and we could just chill and enjoy.

Concerning the cruise itself, the ship is very nice, our cabin was excellent and super comfy. We decided to upgrade to the 5th floor, which I strongly recommend. It's quieter up there and the upgrade includes access to a separate restaurant where you can have your own assigned table for every meal, which is much more relaxing and convenient. The crowds on board can be quite energetic and noisy...

Just don't expect every crew member or local guide during the cruise to speak good English. This is quite understandable if you come to think of it, but it can be a little frustrating when you are eager to hear every piece of information during a tour but you fail to understand your guide. But that was just a small detail in an overall great experience! Our guides in Chongqing and Yichang were great!

Which ship: Century Paragon
From: Trip Advisor

May 11, 2018 by Minah N

Century Paragon

"Great customer service"

I booked Yangtze cruise and a few tours through Vivien and was highly impressed by her professionalism and customer service. Having been to many cruises in the US, price for Century Paragon is quite expensive for what you get, especially compared to other things in China. But going through the tour company was much easier and Vivien responded within 24 hours for all my questions. You get what you pay for. All the tour guides spoke English well and also very professional. I highly recommend the company if it’s your first time visiting China, you don’t speak Chinese, or you’re crunched for time and just want someone else to do the planning for you.

Which ship: Century Paragon
From: Trip Advisor

May 9, 2018 by michaelwong368, Adelaide, Australia

"Excellent Experience"

We booked our tour with Yangtze River Cruise. Our Tour Organiser, Catherine Liu is most efficient with her work, constantly providing updates regarding our bookings and progress. Even we changed our itinerary several times, Catherine was just too happy to do what we asked for. We booked with Catherine a 4 days 3 nights Cruise and onwards to Zhangjiajie with her arranging all requirements including our train, flights and transfers even back to Chongqing where we started our cruise. Every detail is way above our expectation and the local guides and drivers are most helpful and obliging to our needs.

Special mention to our guide in Zhangjiajie, David, who has gone the extra mile to please our group of four and at times we had requested different options within our group and yet nothing is too difficult for David.

A BIG thank you to Catherine,David and Yangtzw River Cruise for making our holiday such a memorable holiday

Michael Wong

From: Trip Advisor

May 9, 2018 by lisbeth439, Holstebro, Denmark

Victoria Sophia

"Yangtze River Cruise"

Sidste år i oktober bestilte vi en sejltur på Yangtze via Mr. Wing Zeng, Yangtze River Cruise. Dagen før vi gik om bord fik vi en mail, om hvilken pier skibet lå. Lørdag 31/3 -2018 gik vi om bord på Victoria Sophia. Tirsdag 3/4 -2018 gik vi fra borde efter en fantastisk sejltur. Kan virkelig anbefales. Fantastisk oplevelse, med dejlig mad om bord og fine udflugts ture fra skibet. E. Knudsen

Which ship: Victoria Sophia
From: Trip Advisor

May 5, 2018 by laujoso

Victoria Anna

"Tolle Kreuzfahrt"

Wir hatten eine tolle Kreuzfahrt (aber auch super Wetter, bei Nebel sind die Schluchten sicher nicht so schön) auf der Victoria Anna. Essen und Zimmer waren super. Die Ausflüge waren typisch für Kreuzfahrten. Viel zu viele Menschen zur gleichen Zeit am gleichen Ort, aber das gehört wohl dazu. Wir reisen sonst meist ohne Tourguides und fanden die Ausflüge daher etwas anstrengend.

Insgesamt war es toll und wir können es sehr empfehlen!

Which ship: Victoria Anna
From: Trip Advisor

May 2, 2018 by Jay_Guo3053, Burlington, Canada

Victoria Katarina

"Three Gorges Cruise Onboard Victoria Katarina"

My wife and I had a very good cruise through the Three Gorges onboard the Victoria Katarina in mid April. Everything went exactly as described in their plan. We were very much impressed by the smooth operation by the ship crew, despite of the large number of passengers at this season. One thing particularly surprised us was that passengers could board the ship as soon as they arrive at the port hours before schedule, which does not happen often in China. This arrangement has eliminated the long lines of waiting for checking in. All the shore excursions were well-organized without a glitch. They spared no effort to ensure every passenger is safe and accounted for. The food onboard was very good and all the ship crew members were courteous and helpful. After the cruise we needed to catch a same day train from Yichang to Zhangjiajie. The Chengdu Bamboo International Tour made special arrangement to pick us up from our last excursion site. They proactively contacted the ship in advance to secure a smooth transition. Because the delay caused by the excursion to the Three Gorge Dam, we thought we were going to miss the train. But the two ladies sent by the agency did a great job rushing us to the train station. Not only they came very early waiting for us , they also called the train station to find out details of the layout of the train station so that we could go straight to the right platform without any delay. Because of their all-out efforts, we got to the train station some 20 minutes ahead of the time, which was absolutely impressive.

Which ship: Victoria Katarina
From: Trip Advisor

May 2, 2018 by AndrewLJ17, Hereford, United Kingdom

"Relaxing trip"

Relaxing way to travel and observe the banks of the river. Ship very comfortable, good food and entertainment, provided by the crew. One annoying feature is the anouncements piped into the room, repeated twice in chinese and english, couldn't lower volume.

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May 1, 2018 by 36. Stephanie99118, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

President 7

"Relaxing and enjoyable"

We cruised upstream on the Yangtze for 4 nights on the President 7. This is a newish cruise boat and it was spacious and comfortable. We selected to upgrade to an Executive room on the top level and we were very pleased we did as it was a lovely room with huge bed and large verandah. I had done the cruise before but going downstream (3 nights only) and was looking forward to going through the locks on the dam but we did not do this as the ship was docked up stream of the locks. We did the tour of the dam site but missing the experience of going through the locks was a disappointment.

Nevertheless we very much enjoyed the cruise. The scenery was spectacular and the meals excellent.

Which ship: President 7
From: Trip Advisor

May 1, 2018 by Mitesh Vinod V, London, United Kingdom

Century Paragon

"Thoroughly enjoyed - century paragon"

We booked century paragon and service was excellent. Really clean and very good food options. Was bit worried after reading some of the reviews but service on century paragon was 5 star.

Our tour organizer Wing Zeng from Yangtze river cruise was brilliant. She always replied promptly and resolved all our queries efficiently. All 3 day trips at Beijing, Xi'an and Chengdu were perfect. Will highly recommend Yangtze river cruise.

Which ship: Century Paragon
From: Trip Advisor

April 20, 2018 by Mil930, New York City

"Great 4 day cruise on Yangtze River"

This is my third trip in China, and finally I made it to the famous Yangtze River, Chongqing to Yichang. I am glad I booked online with this company (communicating with Stephanie via email). The cruise and all shore trips were very well organized (in addition to the included trips I booked the 3 additional trips, and I am glad I did). Whoever traveled in China know well how hard it is if you do not know Chinese, but on the cruise there was always English guide - on the ship and on the shore trips, so the whole experience was very enjoyable.

Room, food, everything was great. The only thing I did not like was that the beer on the ship was quite expensive - 25 yuan :)

I would highly recommend this cruise and the company!

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April 13, 2018 by VanH_Pacific, Shanghai, China

"Short but great trip"

It was one of the best trips we have ever made in China. My whole family enjoyed every single hour of it. It was impressive, exciting but also quite relaxing at the same time. We would definitely recommend to those who are interested in ancient history, who enjoy beautiful nature landscape and can value the great engineering achievements in bending the power of the fascinating Jangtze!

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April 13, 2018 by James M

Victoria Jenna

"Yangtze River Cruises tour company does a great job, with great value"

We had a marvelous time on Yangtze River Cruises' 13 Days Classic China Tour with Yangtze Cruise. It included Beijing, Xian, Guilin and a cruise on the Li River to Yangshuo, a cruise on the Yangzi from Chongqing to Yichang, and Shanghai. The itinerary is a great bucket list setup, covering highlights of China's history, scenery and culture, and is very well thought out. Catherine Liu, our travel consultant at Yangtze River Cruises, suggested we do the Yangzi cruise part downstream, toward the end of our China tour, and that was indeed a good idea.

In each city, Yangtze River Cruises provided my wife and I with a dedicated guide and driver team, and a well structured but also flexible itinerary. This is definitely not a group tour, and the individual attention is a bargain. The guides knew what they were doing, what they were talking about, and how best to see the attractions. They also were good at listening and acting on what we were interested in, which changed from time to time. Essentially you are getting a private tour at far below what most tour companies, especially the foreign river cruise ship companies, charge for the same extensive itinerary in a crowded group tour. And the quality was very good.

The hotels chosen are built for foreigners and quite adequate. They have fancy rooms but sometimes odd features (notably stiff beds). Overall they compare to Holiday Inn or Comfort Inn chain hotels in the US, but with granite floors and far more extensive breakfast buffet offerings. Lunches are generally provided outside the hotels during your land tour, chosen by the independent guides, and you are on your own for supper.

On ship all meals are provided, and our Victoria Jenna's meals were pretty good. It is well worth paying a bit more for the "amenities package," which the ship will try to upsell you anyway, as the a la carte dining room was much nicer than the downstairs dining room even though both are buffet for breakfast and lunch. Dick, the American cruise director, is worth taking Victoria Jenna over any of the other ships.

Last, Yangtze River Cruises' tours work well because of its travel consultants. Ours was Catherine Liu, and she was superb. Our itinerary covered more than 4000 miles inside China, and airlines there sometimes change or cancel scheduled flights without much notice. A hotel might toss its reservations to host a dignitary or convention. Catherine fixed each issue as it sprung up during the trip, and was quite adept at explaining options to enhance our experience even before we went. She was also very straightforward. When she had to put us on a train after an airline canceled, she had guides give us a refund. When a hotel canceled, she found a better one at no extra cost. When there was a better travel option that cost a bit more, the extra we paid was what it cost, not an upselling markup.

You won't go wrong choosing any of Yangtze River Cruises' tours, and you will be surprised at the affordable cost.

Which ship: Victoria Jenna
From: Trip Advisor

April 12, 2018 by Bahiano63, Bern, Switzerland

"Tolle Kreuzfahrt auf dem Yangtse"

Buchung und Vorbereitung über China Discovery (Sitz in Chengdu) über die Beraterin Stéphanie Kuong. Kompetente und unkomplizierte Betreuung (alles schriftlich per Email). Die 4-Tägige Kreuzfahrt war ein ausgesprochen schönes und interessantes Erlebnis, welches ich jederzeit empfehlen kann.

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March 23, 2018 by Hanna M, Edmonton, Canada

Century Legend

"Fantastic river cruise"

Where do I start?

Probably with Ms. Lily Xu, who helped us organize 4 nights/5 days Yangtze river cruise on Century Legend ship. She was extremely helpful and very professional, always promptly answering our emails.

Big thanks to the entire hard working crew on the ship from Allan and Daniel to the tireless young people working the dining room, the bar and of course fantastic, fast and efficient cleaning ladies. They all made the cruise one of the most memorable experiences of our visit to China.

We came home happy and pleased with everything Century Legent had to offer.

Which ship: Century Legend
From: Trip Advisor

March 21, 2018 by Emma B, Edinburgh

"Fun and Friendly"

I was a solo english speaking traveller so I was a little nervous about going on a huge cruise like this, but the booking assistant, Wonder, was so friendly and helpful and put me completely at ease. I booked a half fare which meants I might have to share a cabin (though in the end I had it to myself, result!) and was seated at a table half english speaking guests and half chinese which meant I had the best of both worlds.

All through the cruise the staff were friendly, helpful and polite and even those who couldn't speak English or understand my very basic Chinese did their utmost to help me and to make me feel at home.

The cabins were comfortable and the balconies a very welcome added bonus! The staff were excellent and the food (served buffet-style except on the final night) was great with a mix of chinese and western food depending on your tastes.

I would 100% recommend this cruise and the company I booked it with (ChengduBambooCruise).

From: Trip Advisor

March 19, 2018 by elissejo, Eckman

Century Diamond

"A highlight of our month in China! See the China of your travel dreams!"

This cruise was one of the top highlights of the month my husband and I spent in China. Having grown up on National Geographic photos of the Gorges and Yangtze River, THIS is the China I'd dreamed of seeing for 40+ years! Sailing between the immense Gorges on the Yangtze River and visiting little villages along the way was truly a dream come to life. I booked direct, and Lyn from Yangtze River Cruises arranged the cruise for us, as well as a car and driver on each end, train tickets to get to Yichang, and a flight on Sichuan Airlines from Chongqing, and it all went perfectly smoothly! Her English is perfect, she was SO helpful, and I highly recommend her and would absolutely use her again! We took the four-night cruise from Yichang to Chongqing on the Century Diamond.

The ship is world-class and excellent, all the cabins have balconies (a must!), and they even have a drinking water tap in the bathroom! (They do supply bottled water, as well). The staff was very nice, especially the "Cruise Leader" on board, Stephen, who went out of his way to be of assistance. You can get WiFi on the ship, as well- they rent a device for that. (TIP: Get a VPN subscription before you travel to China- we got ExpressVPN which worked quite well). In addition to the included tours (we did 2, including one to the famed Three Gorges Dam Project, and another delightful one that took us by boat to a "Minority Village" for a music presentation), we also took one of the extra tours, to a different "Minority Village", and it was excellent- an enchanting walk through a folk tale set in a "living museum" viliage on a river; the walk included lots of friendly wild monkeys, fishermen, flute playing, etc., and culminated in a fun viliage wedding with music! Our stateroom was lovely, and we enjoyed our romantic little balcony a great deal. The bar and entertainment on the ship was fun, with several very good performances, including folk dances and "mask changing", and they serve a very good Chinese wine- Great Wall (we love to "drink local" when at all possible, and the Wine Package was a good deal). The top deck was a glorious place to be to enjoy the magnificent scenery, day and night- they even did kite flying out there our last day at sea! The only real disappointment was the food at the buffets (all the meals were buffets), as we expected it to be much better; we were glad we had enjoyed 3 weeks of "foodie" dining around China prior to the cruise or we wouldn't have known how totally fabulous the food in China can be! (The spa's massage treatments were extremely overpriced and a disappointment, as well: having had Amazing massages in China for $10 we knew how great they can be and what they should cost...) We were also saddened that after we booked the regulations were changed and the ships are no longer allowed to sail though the famed locks. As a result, we sat in port the first night and day, while we were given a tour of the Dam Project... but that wasn't the cruise company's fault. The boarding location has also apparently been changed, and we had a 1.5 hour bus ride to from Yichang to embark... But we'd do it all again in a heartbeat! We would have loved the cruise to be longer- a week-long round-trip cruise with an excursion to see the carvings in Chongqing would be grand! TIP: before boarding or after disembarking in Yichang, eat at the Fang Weng Hanging Restaurant in Yichang- it is built into a cave and hangs out over the river so you can enjoy the spectacular view, & they serve the local Yangtze River fish and greens- IMHO it's a "must-do"!)

Which ship: Century Diamond
From: Trip Advisor

March 19, 2018 by audreyang, Paris, France

Victoria Jenna

"Croisière de rêve"

Victoria Jeanna super bateau, pas trop grand mais avec plein de services (massages, atelier tous les jours ...). Chambre bien avec tout ce qu'il faut, un balcon pour profiter du paysage. L'équipage est très gentil, toujours à notre disposition que ce soit au restaurant ou au bar ou pour les services en journée.

Nous avons fait toutes les visites proposées, les guides sont en général des personnes du village visité, des gens passionnés et très intéressants. Un peu fatiguant, beaucoup de marches mais ça en valait la peine.

Les repas sont très bien du petit déjeuner au diner (nous avons pu gouter plein de choses). Le soir, des soirées sont proposées, nous ne les avons pas toute faites, mais c'était très sympas.

Which ship: Victoria Jenna
From: Trip Advisor

March 5, 2018 by CinBtown

"Relaxing float in the middle of a busy trip"

We were 2 of 6 English-speaking travelers but never felt left out. The accommodations were wonderful, and all the food was served buffet style so we got to try so many things. Even the language is no barrier; one of our tablemates spoke English, but we communicated with all and even had some laughs! The shore trips were so interesting and informative - you can always learn something from other cultures and am glad we didn't skip this one. Loved the little balcony for coffee and tea between activities.

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February 26, 2018 by Arlette G

"A Must-Do in China"

If you're going to tour China, you must do a Yangtze River cruise. Sailing on the Yangtze offers spectacular views and a wonderfully-relaxing time. The staff on board go out of their way to make your experience perfection. There are three excursions included in the cruise package. The excursions a just a couple of hours long, so you can get back to relaxing on the ship while you sail along a jaw-dropping landscape. There are three additional excursions offered that you can pay to do, so there is always something interesting to see and do along your journey. The cabins are very nice and clean. This cruise feels luxurious.

yangtze-river-cruises.com (Chinadiscovery.com) provided excellent service and good communication. Stephanie Kuang was my sales agent, and she was superb. She answered all my questions, made the booking process very easy, and was even available on her cell phone on a Sunday afternoon as I was looking for the port. You should definitely book your tour through yangtze-river-cruises.com (Chinadiscovery.com).

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December 30, 2017 by Markus S, Berlin, Germany

"Gorgeous Yangtse Trip and excellent service"

The Trip has been one of the highlights of our four week China tour. Gorgious views, a phantastic, friendly and reliable crew, a modern, stylish, and clean ship, pleasant amenities on board, delicious food and not to forget a truly outstanding preparation of the trip by our contact person Wonder Wang.

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December 26, 2017 by Edmond L

Century Paragon

"Happy sailing with the Century Paragon"

We were on a 5 day cruise trip on the Century Paragon in November from Yichang to Chongqing. All the facilities in the ship were very high standard and well maintained. Overall services were excellent in particular the staff in dining room (upgrade to the VIP dinner room is highly recommended). Scenery of the entire trip was special and spectacular. It's like layers of fjords everywhere. Excursions were wonderful and interesting. English speaking guides were arranged for our group's special need. Last but not least, Wendy at YRC was more than helpful in booking our trip and all connecting flights. She was excellent in response to our questions and always so cheerful in helping to resolve special needs.

Which ship: Century Paragon
From: Trip Advisor

December 20, 2017 by robp28461, Southport, Carolina

Victoria Katarina

"Amazing scenery, comfortable accomodations"

We traveled on the Victoria Katarina which is a great choice. Rooms are very comfortable, every one with a small balcony and chairs. Buffet meals were excellent and the staff was very attentive and friendly - and talented as there are two shows provided by the crew during the cruise. Didn't participate in the optional Ghost City tour on the first day but did go on the Empress City optional tour on the second day - highly recommend the tour. Standard tour of Goddess Stream was amazing and not to be missed.

Which ship: Victoria Katarina
From: Trip Advisor

December 7, 2017 by Alexandra P, London, UK

Yangtze 2

"MS Yangtze II River Cruise Ship Happy Sailing"

We boarded our beautiful ship the MS Yangtze II River Cruise Ship at Yichan at night and had 4 nights and 5 days which included excursions and extra sight seeing. This ship was launched in 2011 and was amazing it sported a wonderful staircase very elegant indeed and had so much light which seemed to permeate a lot of happiness. We were on deck 3 and had all our meals at the Dynasty Restaurant which catered for 400 people this was buffet dining for Western tourists and Chinese tourists alike. For those that upgraded to deck 4 there was a smaller quieter Kunlun restaurant catering same food for 259 people. Really there was no need for us to upgrade as our room was plenty spacious with en suite facilities and we even had our own balcony with table and chairs we had a table coffee tea facilities and tv free wifi on board ship. Facilities on board were pleasurable Tai Chi 6am Cinema Library Games Room Lecture Room Swimming facilities sauna fitness massage beauty parlour even a doctor on board just in case. We enjoyed a Captains Welcome Reception and entertainment fashion show and karaoke. There is a sight seeing sun deck as we cruised along to view the gorges Qutang Wu Xiling 3 Gorges and we viewed the lesser Gorges by small sailing vessel with an excellent English speaking guide.The three gorges dam we negotiated at night and it was very eerie and somewhat scary as we were surrounded by grey concrete walls we were embedded in the longest dam in the world an absolute amazing feat of engineering marvel I would say one of the Wonders of the Modern World. We could then hear the creaking of cogs as the ships elevator kicked in to raise us a level till we reached the next lock with other vessels for company a couple more times which lasted to the morning sleep was a little troubled but a good breakfast settled matters. This whole procedure was most impressive and brought us safely through the three Gorges until we finally reached destination of Chongqin. This was a great little escape from the humdrum of everyday life caring duties with the added bonus that this ship is modern luxury and enjoys eco friendly technology. Note that unless you are booked for an excursion you cannot just leave the ship so that when you do go on an excursion as there are only clothes shops various souvenirs beautiful snuff box painting in crystal and glass with demonstration it is worthwhile to either bring extra food and drink along if needed but quite frankly we had more than enough food and drink aboard ship. For a first cruise I can say that I enjoyed my stay aboard ship and was happy sailing along the Yangtze River. The scenery was most stunning and certainly memorable. What saddens me though is that so many people lost their way of life and livelihood but on balance others have created a new way of life such as our guides and increase in tourism.

Which ship: Yangtze 2
From: Trip Advisor

December 6, 2017 by lakazdi

"Victoria Cruises"

I went with Victoria Cruises and it was such a great experience. There was really a great level of service on this boat and the food was amazing each and every meal. I liked the shore excursions that were included and didn't feel like I missed out on the extra excursions. The staff were all very good on board and you could tell that hey really cared about their boat and kept it in good condition.

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December 3, 2017 by campervan_question, Ottawa, Canada

Yangtze Gold 3

"Wonderful scenery and service"

We did the Yangtze River cruise on the Yangtze Gold 3. I had a balcony room on the 3rd floor. The scenery was spectacular. Did the extra excursion to the water village which was interesting but has a lot of stairs. The food was good with lots of North American choices. They have a little shop where I bought Coke Zero on the boat. The service was excellent. They are always changing your towels and turned your your bed each evening.

Which ship: Yangtze Gold 3
From: Trip Advisor

November 26, 2017 by Joel4460933, Albuquerque, New Mexico

"Excellent cruise with VIP treatment"

On a recent trip to China, had heard amazing things about the Three River Gorges cruises, and planned to go there. I wanted to try a Chinese cruise line for a more authentic experience. This was not only authentic, but we received VIP treatment the entire time. My wife and I were the only non-Mandarin speakers on the boat. They took extra care of us, and made sure we were treated special, and had everything we needed. We had arranged to go on multiple excursions, and they arranged local English-speaking tour guides for every stop. On some of these we had a tour guide to ourselves, so really personalized. They had us wait in the lobby, instead of crowding into the dining area with the others, and took great care of us. The food was mostly Chinese, with an occasional nod to the Western palate, but that was what we wanted. There were sufficient choices for my vegetarian son (who could speak Mandarin after living in China for awhile). My wife skipped one excursion to get a Chinese massage, and one of the staff stayed with her and translated the entire time. I would strongly recommend Yangtze Cruise Lines for an authentic and very enjoyable experience. All of the arrangements were done online ahead of time, with little hassle. There was a change in the pickup location in Chongqing, and they emailed me to let me know a day or two beforehand. Everyone was friendly, including the other tourists. I would also recommend the various excursions, although we had a lot of rainy weather. They did provide umbrellas for us.

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November 8, 2017 by 153B, Calgary, Canada

Century Sun

"Exceptional Travel Experience"

Have just returned to Canada after a three-week journey across China and Mongolia, the highlight of which was a 4-day-3-night cruise from Chongqing to Yichang on the 'Century Sun'. All ticketing, booking and payments were handled in a very efficient and professional manner by Lyn Wang, a Travel Consultant with Yangtze River Cruises (lyn@yangtze-river-cruises.com). For 4 days I wallowed in very agreeable comfort while the scenic highlights of the river gently unfolded. First-class cabin accommodation, outstandingly courteous and attentive staff, excellent open buffet meals and interesting on-shore excursions and side-trips only added to my enjoyment. In short, an exceptional travel experience for very modest cost. Strongly recommended.

Which ship: Century Sun
From: Trip Advisor

Novermber 6, 2017 by Will Newcomb Y, London, UK

Victoria Lianna

"Excellent 3 Gorges River Cruise"

My 4.5 day (4 night) trip was excellent. The ship, Victoria Lianna, was very well appointed with excellent services and very helpful crew. Last year I did a cruise to S Korea on a huge 70,000 ton liner but the cabin on the Lianna was more comfortable AND had a view and balcony. (The only downside was that there was only one electrical outlet even though the cabin was for two people. These days you need at least two outlets to enable 2 smartphones/cameras to be recharged at the same time. The huge liner to S Korea had the same problem. PROVIDE MORE POWER OUTLETS!)

The included and extra tours off the boat were well organised and the guides were both well informed and had excellent English. Bear in mind that this trip goes through gorges so if you get off the boat you are going to have to climb a lot of steps. Pretty much every time we had to climb at least 300 steps. Be prepared!

Our tour organizer Wonder Wang was very helpful and prompt in replying to questions and various queries.

Living in Changsha I am used to spicy food which I missed on the cruise but perhaps the other Chinese passengers and Americans prefer the Cantonese and Western cuisine. Always plenty of food even if you arrived at the dining room late! But I enjoying having a good old fry up for breakfast - unusual in China!

I thoughly recommend Victoria Cruises.

Which ship: Victoria Lianna
From: Trip Advisor

November 1, 2017 by Ryan Lin X

"Perfect organization"

We did river cruise from Chongqing to Yichang. Everything went smooth. Tour guide picked us up from the airport und dropped us off at the harbour. Highly recommend pick up service from the airport as tour guide will tell you interesting stories from Chongqing. River cruise was well organized. Staff was very friendly and food was ok. Also all costs were transparent from the beginning. Agency was very responsive and helpful.

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Yangtze Explorer Ship.
The Yangtze Explorer does not seem to be as popular a ship compare to the other ships for the Yangtze River Cruise. Why is that so ? The Yangtze Explorer is a much smaller ship, is it better ? Thank-you for your comments.
2018-09-17 15:39
Hi Nancy,

Greetings from China and thank you for the message! Yes, Yangtze Explorer is comparatively smaller than many other Yangtze River cruise ships, however, it is also favored by groups of world cruise visitors to China. Carrying only 124 passengers onboard, Yangtze Explorer hires over 100 crews to offer special one-on-one VIP service and take care of every passenger guest through your sailing days in China. Besides, all the cruise cabins and suites are designed finely with high standard equipment and offer the largest and comfortable private balcony, so tourists can enjoy cozy relaxing time in your room and appreciate the natural views comfortably. Furthermore, as it served many global celebrities including Bill Gates, Warren Buffett, and Henry Kissinger, etc., Yangtze Explorer arranges a series of high standard food, facilities, amenities, entertainment, and so on in great order to meet your needs and life style, therefore, your time onboard this praised vessel will be memorable. If you are interested in this luxury cruise, please tell us directly, and our travel expert will help you arrange your cruise vacation and your China tour with sincerity and professionalism!

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