Yangtze River Cruise is a 5-year old cruise line company operated by Chengdu Bamboo International Tours Co. Ltd. The company attracts English-speaking travelers from all around the world. Cruises range from 4-9 days and are offered year round. The company’s fleet consists of 23 ships and the largest ship has the capacity to carry 460 passengers. The company offers tours of various cities along the Yangtze River in China.

 

Rank Chart
Price
Total Ships
Our Score
#1
$149
3,652
7.5
#2
$91
6,296
7.4
#3
$279
4,248
7.0
#21
yangtze_river_cruises
$397
460
5.0

The Good

Onboard entertainment options vary depending on the ship selected, but there are plenty of activities for travelers of all ages. These selections aid travelers to learn more about Chinese culture. Options include Tai Chi, Mahjong, Chinese painting, movies, vegetable carving, and folk dancing.

At the start of the cruise, passengers are given a tour of the facilities. The ships feature fitness gyms, libraries, bars and lounges, business centers, shopping centers, spas and salons, and swimming pools and recreational decks. These also vary depending on the ship selected. The Captain and crew then throw a welcome party complete with folk dances and traditional music.

Passengers start the day with an buffet assortment of freshly-baked breads and pastries, fresh fruits, cereals, yogurt, bacon, and eggs. Lunch is comprised of hot and cold appetizers, mouth-watering soups, and more than 20 Chinese and Western specialties. Dinner features a choice of 6 appetizers and 8 delicious Chinese gourmet meals. Passengers are arranged in a group of 10 at meal times based on cultural and religious background and dietary preferences.

Yangtze Cruises offers 4 types of cabins for passengers to choose from: standard, junior, deluxe, and supreme deluxe. Each room features an LCD television, telephone, internet access, private bathroom, private balcony, and floor-to ceiling windows. Standard amenities found on all Yangtze River Cruise ships include:

  • Buffet Style Dining
  • 24/7 Customer Care
  • On-o-One VIP Service
  • Free Luggage Service
  • 4 Types of Cabins and Suites

The company provides professional travel consultants to help travelers research and plan their cruise. The staff is highly knowledgeable of the area and factors that can affect the enjoyability of a voyage. One-on-one VIP service and 24/7 customer care is offered to inform customers of travel changes and tips to help their journey be as smooth as possible. The company can help travelers customize their cruise and can also assist in transfers from the airport to the cruise ship.

The Bad

Meals are arranged on the Yangtze River Cruise ships at fixed times for one hour each. Special dietary preferences can be arranged, but these must be ordered in advance a day or half day early. Ships that are rated three stars and up provide free limited beverages, but guests will need to pay extra if they desire more to drink. Water purification and sterilization facilities are available on board, but guests are advised strongly not to drink the water. Bottled water is available to drink at ports of call.

All travelers are required to have a prepaid tourist visa that can be obtained from your local embassy. The passport must have at least two blank pages and have six months’ run time. The cruise line offers assistance to passengers in need of this item. Other service fees guests will be responsible for include:

  • Laundry Service
  • Internet Service
  • Business Services
  • Medical Services
  • Onboard Shopping and Spa Services

Shore excursions can be very challenging for certain passengers. These excursions require a moderate level of fitness due to the area’s rugged and uneven terrain. Passengers with mobility issues or who require wheelchair assistance may not find this cruise to be the best choice for their circumstances.

Offshore food choices can take some getting used to. The local restaurants all serve Chinese food and Western food is extremely rare. These restaurants are used to catering to tourists and will provide forks if chopsticks are an issue. The local markets can be disturbing for some passengers with tanks and boxes featuring scorpions, crickets, snakes, and live sea horses that are cooked openly at food stands.

Cash on hand will be needed for purchasing souvenirs and tipping drivers. Plenty of ATMS are available throughout the city for this purpose. Many street market vendors will expect a bargaining process when it comes to purchases, and may be offended if a traveler refuses to participate in the negotiation process.

The standard cabins feature large windows that cannot be opened. Very few customer reviews were available online. The lack of information makes it difficult to accurately judge overall customer service and the company’s process in handling customer complaints.

The Bottom Line

Yangtze River Cruise is a perfect choice for older couples seeking to learn more about Chinese culture and experience it firsthand. The company’s year-round cruises range from 4-9 days and are affordable for most passengers. Onboard entertainment focuses exclusively on Chinese culture and provides a wealth of options to keep passengers busy. The company also employs trained and highly knowledgeable travel consultants to help passenger plan a voyage customized to their unique needs and to assist in transfers to and from the airport.

The cruise line is not a good fit for passengers with mobility issues due to the rough terrain of the area during shore excursions. Guests are advised not to drink the tap water aboard the ship and meals are arranged at fixed times on strict schedules. With the lack of customer reviews, it is very difficult to judge the cruise line’s overall customer service.

Overall, we would recommend using another cruise line for your travel needs. Visit our recommended cruise lines.

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Audience & Convenience

Yangtze River Cruises attracts English-speaking travelers from all around the world. Cruises range from 4-9 days and offered year round.

What are the destinations for 2015-2016?

  • Destinations include: Various cities along the Yangtze River in China

Do they offer transportation services from airports to the ports?

  • Yes, at additional cost

Safety

Do they have any security? No

How do they prevent theft?

  • Passengers are held personally responsible for their belongings

What precautions do they take for disease prevention? None

Basically, what do they offer in way of Vacation Protection?

  • Passengers must purchase their own travel insurance prior to booking a reservation.

Price

What is the price of 2-3 of their featured cruise trips?

  • Chongqing Yichang Yangtze Cruises: $396-$562 per person

The golden cruise line, downstream sailing takes 4 days and 3 nights

  • Yichang Chongqing Yangtze Cruises: $397-$1,590 per person

Most popular upstream cruise line, takes 5 days and 4 nights

What are their prices for cruises to the Caribbean, Alaska, Mexico and Europe?

  • None Available

 

Activities/Services

What services/activities are standard on all their cruise ships?

  • Buffet Style Dining
  • 24/7 Customer Care
  • On-o-One VIP Service
  • Free Luggage Service
  • 4 Types of Cabins and Suites

What services/activities are unique?

  • Gyms
  • Swimming Pools
  • Libraries
  • Dancing Performances
  • Cultural Activities
  • Nightlife Entertainment
  • Onboard Shopping
  • Spa

Service Fees

Do any of the services on the boat cost?

  • Laundry Service
  • Internet Service
  • Business Services
  • Medical Services
  • Onboard Shopping and Spa Services

Contact Information

Email: [email protected]

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