Tuesday, 15 December 2015

Victoria Cruises into 2016 with fleet upgrade

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Victoria Cruises has announced its 2016 schedule which includes the popular Three Gorges Highlight and Grand Yangtze Discovery programs.

The only American-managed cruise line on China’s Yangtze River enters the new season having upgraded and transformed its entire luxury fleet since the launch of the Victoria Jenna in 2009.

Now returning its attention to the Victoria Jenna, a new series of major upgrades will be implemented to ensure the six-year-old ship remains the flagship at the forefront of the Yangtze service leader’s five-star fleet.

The redesigned Victoria Jenna will be rejoining the fleet in early April 2016, sailing the Three Gorges Highlights itinerary. The program operates daily in 2016 with four-night upstream voyages departing Yichang six days per week excluding Tuesdays, and three-night downstream cruises departing Chongqing every day except Saturdays. Increased departures will run throughout the summer.

While onboard, guests will enjoy informative lectures, nightly entertainment and a world-class dining program designed by Emmy© Award-winning celebrity chef Walter Staib (pictured right filming from the top deck of the Victoria Anna, which was redesigned in 2013).

Passengers will observe stunning views of the Qutang, Wu and Xiling Gorges as well as centuries-old temples and pagodas – all from the vantage point of their own private balcony (featured in all staterooms on all Victoria Cruises vessels).

Prices for 2016 start at $880 per person, based on double occupancy, while some sailings such as the Victoria Jenna begin at $980 per person, double occupancy.

For an additional $200 per person, passengers can enhance their experience with Victoria Cruises’ Luxury Amenities upgrade, which provides access to exclusive ship areas and other VIP perks such as “white glove” service, happy hour, complimentary Wi-Fi internet access and enhanced dining privileges.

Comprehensive shore excursion packages cost an additional $90 per person featuring three standard excursions including a guided tour of the Three Gorges Dam, a visit to Shibaozhai and a scenic voyage along one of the Yangtze’s tranquil tributaries via traditional Chinese sampan (excursions may be substituted based on river conditions and scheduling factors).

Travelers can also choose to participate in Victoria Cruises’ Grand Yangtze Discovery program which sails the full navigable length of the river aboard the five-star Victoria Sophia. The expanded six- and eight-night voyages encompass all the highlights of the three- and four-night cruises with additional sightseeing east of Yichang, including Wuhan, Jiuhuashan and Nanjing (the city of Yangzhou may serve as a temporary substitution for Nanjing at beginning of the season while the dock at Nanjing is being upgraded). Departures are available twice a month during the months of April, May, September and October in each direction, on Fridays (for upstream sailings) and Saturdays (for downstream cruises).

Rates for Grand Yangtze Discovery departures start at $1,610 per person, based on double occupancy, in a private balcony Superior Stateroom. The excursion package costs $240 per person featuring many of the excursions featured in the shorter cruise with additional experiences including the memorial of the Chinese revolutionary Sun Yat-sen in Nanjing as well as Mountain of the Nine Lotuses, one of the four sacred mountains in Chinese Buddhism.

The Luxury Amenities upgrade is available for passengers sailing the Grand Yangtze Discovery from an additional $300 per person.

For more information, call 800-348-8084 or visit http://www.victoriacruises.com/.

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