Victoria Cruises

Victoria Cruises is the only American cruise line operating on China's rivers. All of the other American companies use ships leased in China - some actually use Victoria's ships.

History

Since 1993, Victoria Cruises has been the leader in luxury river cruising. Based in New York, Victoria Cruises established new standards of excellence for sailing China’s Yangtze River when its first ship edged out of port in 1994. Victoria Cruises has a fleet of seven Five–Star Ultra–Luxury vessels (as designated by the China National Tourism Administration). Their ships are all newly built or structurally rebuilt, and all refurbished with a modern blend of European–Asian design. The architecture emphasizes spacious rooms with modern amenities including private balconies, bathtubs, and cable TV. All ships are fully equipped with wi–fi and international telecommunications systems.

Victoria Cruises’ fleet are named the Victoria Grace, Victoria Lianna, Victoria Selina, Victoria Anna, Victoria Katarina, Victoria Sophia, and Victoria Jenna. Victoria’s vessels range in size from 200 to 400 passengers and are built to international maritime regulation standards. Onboard entertainment includes activities geared towards showcasing the culture of China and its spellbinding Yangtze River – the world’s third–longest river. Among the daytime pleasures: informative lectures, painting demonstrations, acupuncture demonstrations, Tai Chi as well as lessons in the Mandarin language, calligraphy, mah jong and the making of silk kites. In the evening in the elegant Yangtze Club, guests can delight in colorful cultural presentations, traditional fashion shows and the sounds of authentic Chinese music.

Victoria’s ships are refurbished every year, and its management is always seeking to innovate. Victoria’s Executive Deck Program has been hailed as a major success by tour operators with whom Victoria Cruises partners to provide the Yangtze River cruise segment for packaged China vacations, particularly those catering to upscale passengers. The program features “white glove” service, enhanced ship placement, access to the exclusive Executive Lounge, complimentary beverages, exclusive shore excursions for groups of six or more, enhanced dining privileges, exclusive happy hour, and complimentary internet access.

Victoria Cruises has earned numerous awards and recognitions over the years, including the 2011 TravelAge West WAVE Award Editor’s Pick for Best River Cruise Line as well as Best New River Cruise Ship in 2010 with the launch of the luxurious Victoria Jenna. Travel Weekly also recently selected the Victoria Jenna as a Silver Award Winner for the Magellan Awards’ River Cruise Ship category.

Amenities

Victoria Cruises proudly features the following services and amenities:

  • The only American cruise line on the Yangtze River
  • International multi-lingual cruise directors
  • All cabins are outside
  • All cabins have private balconies and bathrooms with bathtub and shower
  • Luxurious suite accommodations feature a private sitting area
  • All ships are fully air conditioned
  • Fabulous breakfast, lunch and dinner buffets served in a single seating, and alternate dining arrangements available in our a la carte dining room
  • Captain's farewell banquet
  • Facilities include a business center, reading room, fitness area, gift shop, and beauty salon
  • Onboard activities feature lectures on Chinese history and culture, Tai Chi lessons, and calligraphy demonstrations
  • Narrative by knowledgeable river guides while sailing through the Three Gorges
  • Departures year round
  • Latest satellite communications, HBO, CNN, and internet access on every ship

Passengers in Suites and Executive Superior Cabins will receive the following services and amenities:

  • Complimentary morning coffee and tea service
  • Welcome Fruit Basket
  • Complimentary Wi–Fi service in the Executive Lounge and lobby areas
  • Complimentary internet computer usage in the Executive Lounge
  • Complimentary regular laundry service (up to 4 items per day, not available on embarkation & disembarkation days, no express service)
  • Nightly turn down service with printed Daily Itinerary
  • Complimentary shoeshine service
  • Diet soda included for lunch and dinner
  • Private shore excursions with 6 or more passengers in a particular group
  • Dining selection from two dining rooms (choice of dining room to be made at the beginning of the voyage). The Dynasty Dining Room offers buffet breakfast, lunch and dinner daily, and the Captain's Farewell Banquet on the final night of the voyage.  The A la Carte Restaurant offers buffet breakfast and lunch, and an a la carte menu at dinner.
  • Hot & Cold soft drinks available daily in Executive Lounge (Pepsi, Sprite, Juice, Coffee, and Tea)
  • Complimentary “Happy Hour” one hour before dinner in the Executive Lounge (including House Wine, Beer, and Soda)
  • Complimentary house wine and beer offerings at dinner
  • Reserved seats for evening entertainment may also be reserved through the Cruise Director by passengers purchasing the Executive Deck Program. We ask that those who have reserved seats arrive for the show 15 minutes prior to the scheduled starting time.

Experience on Board - Programs

Tai Chi Chuan: The term Chuan refers to a school or method of boxing or combat. Tai Chi Chuan is a sophisticated method of fighting based on the reconciliation of dynamically interacting forces. Daily practice of Tai Chi promotes mental clarity and a healthy body, assists with balance and helps the circulation of the blood. Tai Chi is also a vehicle for the realization of surpassing beauty. We offer Tai Chi early mornings to begin the day.

Lectures: We offer lectures on Chinese history and culture which add insight and depth to the cruise experience. Topics include the evolution of the dam project and its importance to China, Chinese medicine, poetry by many of the famous Chinese sages, Chinese language, Chinese traditional brush painting, dumpling wrapping, etc.

Fashion Shows: Bring your cameras and your smiles, as our crew presents some of China's most elaborate fashions dating back to the Han Dynasty (206BC-220AD). A variety of traditional costumes from all regions of China will reflect China's cultural diversity.

Cabaret Shows: Our crew puts on a performance not to be missed! Singing, dancing, music! The cabaret show is also an opportunity for passengers to display any special talents they may have, whether it be shaking a leg, or curling the tongue...anything! This is a wonderful opportunity to unwind and enjoy the experience while cruising on the Yangtze with Victoria.

Feature Films: If you prefer to simply relax in your cabin, feature films are presented on your cabin television.

Tea Time and Happy Hour: Complimentary tea and coffee is offered in the early morning before breakfast, and complimentary tea and cookies are offered in the afternoon. During "Happy Hour," enjoy your favorite cocktail at a discounted price in the Yangtze Club, as you unwind from the day's activities.

Cuisine - China has one of the world's great culinary traditions. Passengers will experience the joys of Chinese cuisine, expertly prepared with the highest quality fresh ingredients. Victoria's award-winning dining experience is reflective of China's evolving culinary landscape, with a fusion of western dishes.

Meals are served in a single-seating Dynasty Dining Room. Sumptuous western and Chinese buffets are offered at breakfast, lunch and dinner. An elegant Captain’s Farewell Banquet is served on the final night of the cruise.

In addition to the main Dynasty Dining Room, we have a separate dining room which offers buffet breakfast and lunch, and an a la carte menu at dinner. This separate dining room is available without additional charge to passengers pre-booking upgraded Executive Superior Cabins and Suites, or for a supplementary charge for passengers in Superior Cabins on other decks.

If you have special dietary requirements, please advise us of your needs at time of booking. Meal times will be posted in a daily events schedule distributed to each cabin. The legal drinking age on board Victoria Cruises vessels is 18 years old.

Itineraries - range from 5 to 8 nights and are all on the Yangtze river. Their 8 night version takes in some of the river that other companies don't frequent.

The Ships - range in size from 208 to 378 passengers. Cabins are large compared to other small ship - standard cabins at 150 to 200 sq ft and a wide variety of suites in the 500 to 600 sq ft range. All ships are rated five star by the China tourism agency and have very comfortable and stylish public areas.

The Cost - cruise only fares for a mid level cabin are around $350 per person per night.

Sample Itinerary - Three Gorges Explorer