Yangzi river cruisers typically carry 300-plus passengers. The MS Yangzi Explorer offers a more intimate and luxurious alternative, with a maximum of 124 guests enjoying the comforts of the largest cabins and suites on the river – along with a 1:1 crew to passenger ratio. All cabins have floor-to-ceiling windows with access to private balconies, and are equipped with a private bathroom, mini bar and LCD satellite TV. The four super suites – Mandarin, Jade (both 81 square metres), Celestial and Imperial (110 square metres) – have separate bedroom and living areas and combine detailed Chinese décor with the greatest modern comforts.
Life onboard is relaxed and unhurried, and embraces a fabulous range of facilities and activities, including a two-floor theatre and ultra-spacious spa. This is the smallest and most exclusive ship cruising the Three Gorges region, the scenic heart of the Yangzi. She sails downstream from Chongqing to Yichang over 4 days (3 nights) from Thursday to Sunday and upstream between the two cities over 5 days (4 nights) from Sunday to Thursday each week from spring to autumn. Group excursions with knowledgeable local guides to dramatic natural sights and cultural and technical marvels are limited to groups of less than 20 and retain the feel of a private tour. Messing about on the river is rarely this special.
Food and Drink
Dynasty Palace restaurant, Explorer bar, Tang Theatre bar plus 24-hour room service.
Fitness Centre, Tai Chi, Chinese cookery and Mahjong classes, calligraphy, traditional painting and silk embroidery workshops. Children can enjoy lessons in kite-making, opera mask painting and beginners’ Mandarin, as well as choosing from a range of films, books and board games.
The beauty salon attached to the Huang Ding Spa offers a variety of hair styling, manicures and more. The open Explorer Deck has plenty of lounge chairs and a drinks service.
Full board included in all cruises, comprising international buffet breakfast and lunch, à-la-carte dinners, one private afternoon tea and one gourmet dinner served in the speciality suites. Soft drinks, house wines, local beer and bottled water are included with meals.
A rich live entertainment programme centring on the two-floor on board Tang Theatre features a wide range of music and performance from East and West. There are also a crew show, karaoke nights and optional movies.
The spacious Huang Ding Spa has six individual treatment rooms offering a variety of beauty treatments and massages to rejuvenate and rebalance the body.
Onboard tour guides deliver a fascinating programme of lectures about the climate, culture and history of the Yangzi River.
Inclusive onshore activities include visits to the shrines of Fengdu, a sampan tour with Tujia boatmen along the Shennong Stream tributary, exploring the high peaks and remote villages of Qutang, Wu and Xiling, and a private visit to the Three Gorges Exhibition Centre. Further optional tours are available according to demand.