Sanctuary Yangzi Explorer

​Sanctuary Yangzi Explorer Is without compare. Supremely elegant, She sets the standard for luxury cruising in China.

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The elegant Sanctuary Yangzi Explorer sets the standard for luxury cruising in China with strong environmental commitments. Friendly and intimate, on board service is a highlight with an atmosphere more private club than cruise ship. Features on ‘Highlights of China’

The most celebrated stretch of the Yangzi is the spectacular Three Gorges where A&K uniquely tailors shore excursions with a fully qualified bilingual guide to avoid the crowds. Highlights include the river town of Fengdu, the crystal clear waters of Shennong Stream and a ride in a traditional sampan. Qutang Gorge, famous for its rolling waters and sheer cliffs, is the shortest and narrowest of the three, while Wu is characterised by majestic forest crowned peaks. Xiling, the longest, finishes at the Three Gorges Dam, the largest construction project ever undertaken.

The Cabins
All cabins boast floor-to-ceiling windows providing access to private balconies with outdoor armchairs and coffee tables. In addition to a choice of king or twin beds, connecting cabins are also available. All cabins are equipped with private bathroom, hairdryer, safety deposit box, mini bar and LCD satellite television.

DELUXE Cabins (31m²)
This is the largest entry level cabin of its kind on the Yangzi River, each with its own private balcony. The deluxe cabin is fully equipped with LCD Satellite TV, electronic safe, mini bar and fridge.

SUITE Cabins (39m²)
The perfect suite for a family of three guests, the room is still spacious after adding an extra bed.

These suites both have separate bedroom and living room areas. The spacious suites are designed with the traditional Chinese décor to enhance the experience of sailing down the Yangzi River.

These suites both have separate bedroom and living room areas. The spacious suites are the largest on the Yangtze, designed with traditional luxury Chinese décor and provide the highest levels of modern comforts whilst sailing down the River.

Daily Activity
Complementing the natural beauty of the river is a rich programme of shore excursions and shipboard activities which highlight the wealth of China’s cultural tradition as well as the river’s history and ecology. Tai Chi classes, Chinese cooking and silk embroidery are just some of the diversions available. In between activities the Huang Ding Spa beckons. There’s also a fitness centre, sauna and beauty salon.

Luxury On Board
Occupying four decks, the ship boasts the largest and best appointed cabins on the river. Each has floor to ceiling picture windows, private balconies and en suite bathroom. Dining is a delight with a team of internationally trained chefs delivering innovative à la carte menus featuring the finest of Chinese and continental cuisine served with complimentary house wines and other refreshments at lunch and dinner. There is an espresso bar and special menus for vegetarians and children.

The specially tailored ‘Summer Camp’ welcomes families on four night cruises upstream from Yichang to Chongqing with exciting activities planned to keep all entertained. There is a Chinese Opera mask painting, introductory Mandarin lessons, cooking lessons, kite making, movie nights and early morning Tai Chi.

Suite Privileges
Guests in suites have exclusive access to the Suite lounge with unlimited use of lounge computer and WiFi, all day hot and cold beverage service, canapés and snacks and house wine and local beer pre-dinner. In addition, guests in one of the four Speciality suites (Jade, Mandarin, Celestial, Imperial) are offered one afternoon tea and one private gourmet dinner in their suite.


  • Launch year: 2008
  • Length: 91.5m
  • Beam: 16.4m
  • Draught: 2.8m
  • Passengers : 124
  • 38 cabins, 20 suites and 4 themed suites
  • Cruise length: 3 & 4 nights (Mar –Nov)
  • Routes: Chongqing to Yichang (and v.v)

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