The Sanctuary M.S. Yangzi Explorer has introduced a new standard of cruising in China.
With the largest cabins and suites on the river, the highest crew to passenger ratio and a commitment to environmental friendliness and sustainability, this is a cruise unlike any other.
Life aboard the spacious Sanctuary Yangzi Explorer is tranquil and unhurried. And with only 62 cabins, and fewer passengers than other boats, the journey is more relaxed.
With 62 cabins including 24 suites, the Sanctuary M.S. Yangzi Explorer is the smallest and most exclusive ship cruising the stunning Three Gorges regions of China.
38 Deluxe Cabins (31m² / 333ft²)
20 Suite Cabins (39m² / 420ft²)
1 Jade Suite (81m² / 871ft²)
1 Mandarin Suite (81m² / 871ft²)
1 Celestial Suite (110m² / 1,183ft²)
1 Imperial Suite (110m² / 1,183ft²)
**Connecting cabins are available
All cabins are equipped with private balcony with seating area, personal electronic safety deposit box, mini-bar, hairdryer, air-conditioning, large LCD television with satellite channels.
Complementing the natural beauty of the Yangzi River is a rich programme of onboard activities that highlight the remarkable wealth of China’s vast cultural tradition.
Tai Chi classes, Chinese cooking classes and hands-on calligraphy and silk embroidery workshops are just some of the engaging programmes available. Evenings feature live entertainment that includes the best of both East and West.
Guests have the option of sailing from Chongqing to Yichang (3 nights) or Yichang to Chongqing (4 nights).
Guests can venture into the “Ghost Temple” where the Chinese believe the souls would gather after they pass away.
Visitors can enjoy the town, its temples, shrines and explore real life on the Yangzi River.
Crystalline waters, verdant forests and stunning riverine gorges provide an incredible backdrop for an experience aboard traditional sampans rowed by expert Tujia boatmen.
Three Gorges Dam Project
At one end of the Xiling Gorge is the largest construction project ever undertaken.
The Three Gorges Dam is the biggest hydropower project in the world, and a hugely controversial dam due to its profound environmental impact on the local communities and countryside.
A laundry service is available on board the Sanctuary M.S. Yangzi Explorer.
A team of internationally trained chefs and a well-stocked wine cellar ensure dining aboard the Sanctuary Yangzi Explorer is a superb experience.
Innovative a-la-carte menus featuring the finest of Chinese and continental cuisine, served with complimentary house wines, local beers and other refreshments at all lunches and dinners, are hallmarks of the Sanctuary Yangzi Explorer experience.
The chef is always at hand to cater for particular dietary requirements, or a special dinner with family and friends.
No age restriction on children; however, adult supervision is required at all times for children under the age of 12. Children’s programme is also available upon request. Activities include Chinese Opera mask painting, kite making, Mandarin lessons for beginners and much more. Other amenities include baby cots, high chairs, children’s movies, books and board games.
Environment & responsible travel
Sanctuary Yangzi Explorer has been developed to minimise its environmental impact. The ship is fitted with a technologically advanced sewage disposal system, and the crew adhere to a rigorous recycling programme onboard.
• Gross Tonnage – 6,733 tons
• Length – 91.5m (300ft)
• Width – 16.4m (54ft)
• Height – 17.6m (58ft)
• Draught – 2.8m (9.2ft)
• Passenger Deck – 5 decks
Onboard payments: No cash policy during sailing.
All settlement will be calculated at time of check-out. All major credit cards (Visa, Master Card, American Express) accepted.
Electricity: 220 Volt (transformer available on request).
Dress Code: Cool and comfortable clothing. Jerseys and heavier jackets for spring and winter, light t-shirt and shorts during summer. Sturdy and comfortable shoes are essential.
Smoking Policy: Non-smoking in all closed areas.