Hotels in Yangtze Cruise

A cruise along the Yangtze River is a legendary journey, a once-in-a-lifetime experience, and that is why China Holidays uses only the very best river cruise companies, Century Cruises. and Victoria Cruises. Both have been cruising the Yangtze for many years, honing their itineraries, rigorously training their staff, and perfecting the 5* comforts on board.

Century Cruises

Yangtze River Cruise - Century Deluxe cabin

Century boasts the newest fleet on the Yangtze, all built since 2003 with guests' comfort and enjoyment in mind, so the emphasis is on natural light and ensuring there are glorious river views at every turn. All Century ships have a sleek and elegant exterior, and an impressive Grand Atrium that brings sunlight and a feeling of space right into the heart of the ship. All have either a sundeck bar or panoramic views from the a la carte restaurant, and most have outside, glass-sided lifts too.


Cabins on Century ships are luxurious and spacious, the largest on the Yangtze even in standard cabins at 236-278 square feet, all have their own bathroom, and a balcony with floor-to-ceiling sliding windows and chairs so that you can watch the ever-changing river scenery glide by from inside or outside your cabin in complete privacy. TVs in the cabins have English language channels such as CNN and HBO, and feature films too. Upgrades to larger cabins or higher decks are available at a supplement.


The cuisine on board, prepared from the freshest local ingredients by expert chefs, may well be one of the highlights of your cruise. Breakfasts are hearty buffets with bacon and eggs, breads and pastries, yoghurt, fruit and cereals as well as the Chinese dumplings traditionally eaten at breakfast time. More than 20 hot and cold dishes, both Western and Chinese, are served at the buffet lunches and dinners, and the farewell dinner is a single-sitting Chinese banquet.


Immaculate service comes as standard on Century ships, the highly-trained crew and expert river guides are joined by Western hotel managers and a cruise manager who ensure that Century guests are well-informed on the day's activities which could include tai chi or mah jong, performances of Chinese Opera, acrobatics, or lectures on history and culture, as well as shore excursions, most of which are already included in the tour price. A doctor is on board all Century ships, internet access and an international telephone are also available.











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Victoria Cruises

Yangtze River Cruise - Victoria Cabin

Victoria Cruises boasts the largest 5-star fleet on the Yangtze with seven luxurious ships. It is the only American-owned company on the river and they have been cruising it for 18 years. Two of its fleet have recently been completely rebuilt, with lifts installed, an entire new deck and separate a la carte restaurant and executive lounge, and structural overhauls, redecoration and refurbishing are very much the hallmark of the company which constantly strives to attain the highest standards possible. The Victoria Jenna is the world’s largest and most technologically advanced river cruise vessel, the only one with four lifts, two full-service kitchens, and wireless internet access throughout.


Cabins are modern, stylish and thoroughly comfortable as you would expect from their American designers, and their standard cabins range from 157 to 226 square feet, all with their own bathroom and all bathrooms boast a bathtub, something of a rarity on any river cruise!  All cabins have private balconies so that guests can enjoy the scenery of the Three Gorges in their own way, satellite TV with CNN, HBO, Sky Sports and feature films, and all the ships are air-conditioned throughout. Upgrades to larger cabins on higher decks are available at a supplement, and these can bring other benefits such as "white glove" Concierge service, access to exclusive VIP areas, à la carte meal service, private cultural lessons and reserved seating for evening entertainment at the Yangtze Club.  


Guests on board can enjoy a huge range of speciality Chinese cuisine served alongside traditional western dishes at mouthwatering buffets for breakfast, lunch and dinner in a single-sitting restaurant.  The final night on board is always a Captain’s Farewell Banquet. Guests who have booked upgraded cabins may choose to eat in the a la carte restaurant which is a feature of five of the Victoria ships.


Service on board all Victoria ships is impeccable, with a generous crew to guest ratio, and highly experienced cruise directors and river guides. Activities include early morning Tai Chi classes, lectures on the construction of the Three Gorges Dam or Chinese medicine for example, presentations featuring the evolution of the traditional national costume, or cabaret shows displaying the talents of crew and passengers. Shore excursions are usually included in the price. Ships feature a gym, beauty salon, doctor and health clinic, internet access and international telephone.


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