I planned to take the Yangtze River cruise with my family this Sept. But this June, I got a chance to do a business trip in China. After some tiring days in Chengdu, I would like to relax, so I chose to do a river cruise on Yangtze. This was my first time to visit Yangtze, and it was also a perfect trip.
I booked through yangtze-river-cruises.com with Jessie Wang, a professional and reliable cruise agent. After checking my date on Yangtze, I chose cruise ship Victoria Anna – 4 days and 3 nights from Chongqing to Yichang.
With 2-hour D-train to Chongqing from Chengdu, I got to Chongqing North Railway Station. Then I visit Eling Park and Three Gorges Museum with the local guide. My cruise is docked on Chongqing Chaotianmen Pier, getting there was not difficult. Looking from Chaotianmen Square, I could see where my cruise located. The crew has already waiting for you outside the cruise – friendly and smiling. The dock was a set of very steep stairs a floating walk bringing you to the middle of the river where Victoria Anna is docked. There were some private porters offering to carry my bags with no more than 15 Yuan per bag. Once entered the ship, you were in another world. Greeted by the warm crew who spoke English, checked in just in a few minutes, and the staff showed you where your cabin located. I should say Victoria Anna is a clean and comfortable cruise and highly recommended.
My cabin was No. 303. It was a standard cabin shared with another member. I had a great time to talk with my mate. There was a shower and a bathtub in the bathroom, shampoo included. I also got a hair dryer and a safe. The good thing about Victoria Anna is that every cabin has a small balcony, enough for two chairs and a table. Every morning and evening, I spent some quiet time on the balcony just looking at the sights.
Food was good. There were lots of options for every meal. Our table was composed of 8 persons from different countries. On day three, the dinner was served by Chinese table. All the visitors had meals together and toasted. The boat even celebrated the birthday for several visitors and offered every table a beautiful cake. Very happy and lively! I enjoyed the great time with others. At this moment, we just like a big family celebrating together.
The evening entertainments were lots of fun. All the activities were performed by the crew members. I think they are professional. Actually, I like the tour guide on our ship, he is smiling all the time and very experienced. From Qutang Gorge to Wu Gorge and Xiling Gorge, the guide gave us fantastic interpretation. I have seen Goddess Peak and hanging coffin (just one).
The shore excursions were good. I did Fengdu Ghost City, White Emperor City, Shennong Stream and Three Gorges Dam. I missed Shibaozhai Pagoda for I wanted to have a rest in my cabin. The stairs in Fengdu is a lot! We climbed and climbed till to the top. A little bit tired that day. But I like the ghost & culture there.
I waited for about 2 hours and finally saw the five-stage ship locks. It took 4 hours to pass through. The guide told us that the cargo ship under 3000 tons would be carried by elevators to pass the locks just in 40 minutes in the year 2015. At that time, I would like to come again.
The last day around 12:00, our boat arrived at Yichang New Century Pier. After having lunch onboard, it was time to leave the ship. All the crew members waved goodbye and said “Zaijian”.
The experience on Yangtze was awesome. The scenery of Three Gorges was spectacular. The service onboard was personalized. Next time I will like to take my family to Yangtze and surely will contact yangtze-river-cruises.com again.