More About Yangtze River Cruises
Cruising the Yangtze provides glimpses of some of China’s stunning landscapes, as well as insights into the challenges of modernization. Certainly it’s the best way to visit the Three Gorges Dam, the largest dam project in the world, the Ghost City of Fengdu, or the 400-year-old 12-storey wooden pagoda in Shibaozhai. Enjoy enriching special themed meals and inspirational cultural performances, and as on most river cruises, shore excursions are included in the price.
There’s a wide range of choice in China river cruise ships, with several having been built in recent years and offering more conveniences like Wi-Fi, luxury bedding and full shower tubs. The newest ships feature balconies and elevators that connect several decks. Some ships offer suites with sitting areas and larger bathrooms for those desiring more space and comfort. The overall quality and service standards vary.
The staff onboard Yangtze River cruises are Chinese, and the cuisine is usually a mix of Western and Chinese far, with buffet breakfasts and lunches, and sit-down dinner service. While not ashore, guests might enjoy a massage or acupuncture treatment, a lecture on Chinese history or culture, or a performance or talent show. Unless your ship is fully chartered by a tour company catering to western guests, you may be on a cruise with both western and Asian travelers.