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Victora Sophia(Victoria Prince as well) is a second-class ship belongs to Victoria Cruise with great service.As the only vessel sailing bettwen Chongqing and Shanghai,Victoria Sophia currently runs the regular itineraries bettwen Chongqing and Shanghai with stable departures all over the year.You can book trip on the internet with us and the process is fast and efficient.
After the renovations in 2011,Victoria Sophia has upgraded every cabin with private balcony where you can enjoy the fantasitc view.The ship is well-equipped with conference rooms and bars.And the cruise goes to a mix of shore excursions everyday to amazing and varied places.Food on board is a wonderful mix of both Western and Asian Cuisine.The staff have a good command of English and help always near at hand to make sure you have a hassle free way to holiday in China from booking to disembarkation.
Yichang – Chongqing 5 Days & 4 Nights Upstream Cruise
|Day||Time||Event & Activities|
|Meet at Yichang Three Gorges Center Cruise Terminal for shuttle to Maoping pier|
|Note: the above itinerary of Day 1 is only for cruises during October 16th – December 31st or so, 2017.|
|Day 2 (B, L, D)||06:30~07:00|
|Early bird coffee and tea|
Board sightseeing boat and sail through the Three Gorges Dam ship elevator
Shore excursion to Three Gorges Dam Site
Optional shore excursion to Tribe of Three Gorges or Quyuan Birthplace
Cultural activities onboard
Sail through the Xiling Gorge
Captain’s welcome party
Minorities & Dynasty costume show
|Note: the above itinerary of Day 2 is only for cruises during October 16th – December 31st or so, 2017.|
|Day 3 (B, L, D)||06:30~07:00|
|Early bird coffee and tea|
Shore excursion to Shennong Stream
Sail through Wu Gorge
Sail through Qutang Gorge
Optional excursion to White Emperor City
|Day 4 (B, L, D)||06:30~07:00|
|Early bird coffee and tea|
Shore Excursion to Shibaozhai Pagoda in Zhongxian County
Cultural activities onboard
Optional shore excursion to Fengdu Ghost City
Cultural activities onboard
Captain’s farewell banquet (table dinner)
|Day 5 (B)||07:00~08:15|
Disembark in Chongqing
What's included in your cruise?
The following items are included in your Yangtze River cruise fare. There is no need to pay onboard.
Entrance Fees: The arranged shore excursions listed in the itinerary of your cruise ship;
Meals: The daily meals (specified with “B”, “L” or “D”) on your cruise ship;
Cabins: A bed in the cabin as specified in the itinerary. You could enjoy your room during daytime and night. Usually,
Chongqing to Yichang for 3 nights onboard;
Yichang to Chongqing for 4 nights onboard;
Activities & Lectures: Captain Welcome Party, cabaret shows, fashion shows, Chinese Yangtze culture and history lectures, Captain Farewell party;
Cleaning: room cleaning service every day;
Local guides for the arranged shore excursions;
Accident Injury Insurance;
Service Charge & Government Taxes.
What's excluded in your cruise?
The following items are excluded in the cruise fare. If you want to enjoy the services, you need to pay extra fees accordingly.
Transfers: Between airport/hotel and cruise terminal in each city not specified in the itinerary;
Optional Shore Excursions: Different cruise companies have different price for per person per optional land tour.
Victoria Cruises are for 295 RMB;
Century Cruises are for 290 RMB, except Quyuan Birthplace for 220 RMB;
President Cruises are for 280 RMB;
Yangtze Gold Cruises are Shibaozhai Pagoda for 220 RMB, White Emperor City 290 RMB, and Lesser Three Gorges for 150 RMB;
Yangtze Explorer Cruise is for 280 RMB;
Changjiang Cruises are for 290 RMB.
Personal Expenses: Expenses of a purely personal nature such as laundry, clinic service, faxes, telephone calls, spa, salon, shopping, Internet, DVDs etc.
Meals: Any meals which are not specified with "B", "L", or "D".
Single Room Supplement: If you want to stay in one cabin (usually two beds in one cabin) on your own, you need to pay higher than one room shared with another.
Gratuities: there is a mandatory tip required to be paid when checking in the cruise, you can pay at the ship reception counter. Volunteer tips to river guide, cruise director and staff onboard.
Almost all the 4 to 5-star ships require a compulsory ship tip which is required to be paid when checking in at the reception counter; it is the regulation of the ship companies which passengers are supposed to follow. The tip amount differs from different cruise lines and will be specified in our confirmation letter, please kindly note this so that inconvenience can be avoided.
Victoria Sophia has hired award winning celebrity chef Walter Staib to design and upgrade its dining and the food has already earns high marks from travelers in recent years. The cuisine is specially designed for western travelers with both western buffet and Chinese cuisine experience.
Breakfast, lunch and dinner are all western and Chinese buffets, served in a single-seating Dynasty Dining Room. Also, an elegant Captain’s Farewell Banquet is served on the final night of the cruise.
Breakfast options: roasted toast, black bread, French pancakes, bacon, shredded children, shredded potatoes, fried egg, scramble eggs, congee, fresh meat buns, steamed twisted roll, pickles, soy cheese, peanuts, oatmeal, milk, orange juice, fruit, etc.
Lunch options: desserts, soup (borsch, mashed potato soup, children and corn soup), salads, appetizers, bread, main courses (pickled peppers beef, pork chop, braised meat balls with brown sauce, milk flipping eggplant), fried rice with egg, dumplings, vegetables, pudding, fresh fruits, etc.
Dinner options: desserts (different kinds of bread sticks), salads, Dandan noodles, appetizers (spiced beef, barbecued pork, spiced vegetarian children,), main courses (beef with potato chips, black pepper beef, pork ribs, chicken wings, tofu), soup (West Lake beef soup, seafood soup), pie, fresh fruits, etc.
(Please note: 1. The above is the dish list of breakfast, lunch and dinner for reference only; 2. Special dietary requirements, such as diabetic or vegetarian, are accepted onboard, but need to be advised in advance at time of booking with us or you can tell the front desk when checking in; 3. To know exact dining time, you can have a clear idea by checking the daily schedule delivered in your cabin, in the elevator or by listening to the broadcast.)
Travelers on Victoria Sophia can attend Chinese history and culture lectures, like the evolution of the Three Gorges Dam Project and its importance to China, Chinese medicine, Chinese traditional brush painting, dumpling wrapping; enjoy the awesome time at Captain’s Welcome Party and Captain’s Farewell Banquet; as well as enjoy evening entertainment activities - fashion shows and cabaret shows performed by the talented cruise staff. You will not only learn Chinese painting, Chinese mahjong and Taichi Quan, but also have a fun time with other travelers onboard, making new friends and sharing your happy travel time with each other.
Fashion Show: The crew on Victoria Sophia presents some of China’s most elaborate fashions dating back to the Han Dynasty (206BC-220AD). During the evening shows, travelers can appreciate a variety of traditional costumes from all regions of China which reflects China’s cultural diversity.
Cabaret Show: This evening show will be very lively with sing, dance and music! It also offers an opportunity for travelers to display any special talents whether it be shaking a leg or curling the tongue…anything! This will be a wonderful opportunity to unwind and enjoy the experience while cruising with Victoria Sophia.
Taichi Quan: Every day in the early morning around 06:30~07:00, travelers can follow the Taichi master practice Taichi on the sundeck. Taichi is an internal Chinese martial art practiced for both its defense training and its health benefits. Daily practice of Tai Chi promotes mental clarity and a healthy body, assists with balance and helps the circulation of the blood. Want to try?
(Dress code for Captain’s Party: A suite and tie for a man or an evening dress for a woman is not strictly required, but avoiding dressing too casual like jeans, round-neck shirts, shorts, slippers and so on.)
On Victoria Sophia cruise, you can enjoy high quality service in every detail to satisfy your needs. Please note that some of the service belongs to personal behaviors which needs extra charge.
Daily Schedule: Travelers can have clear idea about what you will do every day by listening to the broadcast with exact time, or checking the daily schedule sheet delivered to your cabin or suites.
Guide Service: An excellent and experienced English-speaking guide will accompany you all the way and he or she will introduce the facilities onboard, explain the Three Gorges (Qutang Gorge, Wu Gorge and Xiling Gorge), and join in to the evening entertainment to have fun with you. If you have any questions or need any help, just tell the guide directly.
Meal Delivery: If you want to enjoy meals in your cabins or on the sundeck, please tell your nees to front desk and they will help and arrange it.
Business Center: you can use Internet or Wifi to check your email or work if you need.
International / local phone calls and faxes are available at the reception desk and the Business Center on Victoria Jenna cruise. Each ship is also equipped with Internet access and an Internet cafe on board. All of these services are fee-based and you can sign these charges to your account and settle them at the end of the voyage.
Money Exchange: You can exchange different kinds of currency onboard, like US dollars, Euro, Ren Min Bi, etc.
Laundry: Of course, you can do laundry onboard. There are laundry bags in every cabin that you just need to put your clothes into the bags and the staff will come and collect your clothes. When finished washing, the staff will send your clothes back to your cabin. Doing laundry onboard needs extra charge. To know the detailed price, please ask for our professional cruise agents.
Luggage Carrying: You don’t need to carry your luggage on your own and just tell your cabin number to the porters and he will help you do it no matter for embarkation or disembarkation. It needs extra charge and you can discuss the price with porters beforehand.
Victoria Sophia is the second class ship of Victoria Cruises with very modern facilities. It offers Spa, Massage rooms, Beauty Salon and Reading Room, where you can totally relax yourself after a shore excursion or kill your time in your spare leisure time.
Lounges, bars, sundeck and the Yangtze Club onboard are good choices to meet new friends.
There is a doctor and health clinic on Victoria Sophia cruise ship. Customary charges are in effect for medical care. And the doctor will take a lecture of traditional Chinese Medicine, telling you something about Chinese medicinal herb and acupuncture and moxibustion. You can do some excursuses in the Fitness room on board, or join to play Taichi on the sundeck every morning.
Staff on Board
Since Victoria Cruises is the ONLY cruise line that managed by American company, there is western cruise director and English-speaking river guides on Victoria Sophia cruise, providing interesting lectures about China and the Yangtze for you. And it is the outstanding services, offered by those well-trained staff, makes Victoria Sophia so different from others.
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