Victoria Cruises

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Our 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’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.

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.

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Ships

Destinations

Suites

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.


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.


Victoria’s food already earns high marks from passengers, but we are always endeavoring to upgrade our dining. To introduce new dining concepts and menus, including additional western dishes and a la carte dining, Victoria hired award winning celebrity chef and hospitality consultant Walter Staib. With five decades of experience, Chef Staib is a leader in the field, and has advised many large hotel chains and created nearly five hundred restaurants globally.

Services

Beauty Salon:
For cut, wash, set and blow dry. Massage is also available by appointment.


Electricity:
220 volts; wattage may not be compatible with your hair dryer. Please do NOT use personal equipment in your cabins. Video cameras, digital cameras and other electrical appliances can be recharged at the front desk.


Fitness Room:
A variety of exercise equipment is available.


Health Clinic:
Each Victoria vessel has a doctor and health clinic on board. Customary charges are in effect for medical care. We recommend that you bring enough of any prescribed medications for your entire trip throughout China. Do not pack your prescriptions in your checked baggage.


Laundry:
We offer same-day laundry service, but not dry cleaning. Press-only service is also available.


Reading Room:
Books and journals are available to read in quiet surroundings.


Phone Calls and Faxes:
The latest satellite communications systems are on board each vessel. Each of our ships possesses international phoning capabilities, fax options, and internet service. 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. You may make arrangements at our reception desk or in the business center to send or receive international and local phone calls and faxes.


Smoking Policy:
No smoking is permitted inside the ship. Smoking is only permitted on the outside observation deck.


Water:
Drinkable water is offered through the room thermos and bottled water. Please do not drink the tap water. Water and ice served in the Yangtze Club and dining room are safe.

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. 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.

Shopping

In our Victoria boutique is a wide variety of Chinese gifts and souvenirs for family, friends or personal collections, as well as useful sundries. You will find souvenirs from Yangtze destinations, oriental clothing, Victoria logo items, post cards and more.