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FAQ on Booking a Cruise

Can we get the cabin assignment on the cruise arranged early?

The ships do not assign cabins in advance. You may request a specific cabin on check-in in a similar way to airline check in however cabin allocation is at the discretion of the ship operators.

Can you arrange an extra bed in cruise?

Not all cruise ships are able to offer an extra bed, although most ships rating four stars and above have staterooms with larger space. You could ask your agent if the ship can provide it or not before your booking.

Do I get any insurance for the cruise?

On top of the travel insurance from your home country with specific overseas coverage, you will be automatically covered by the China Life Tourist Accident/Casualty Insurance up to a maximum of RMB 220,000 free of charge as an incentive for your purchasing cruises from China Highlights Travel.

How long in advance do you recommend to book the cruise?

We recommend that you book as early as possible to secure your preferred ship. The Yangtze Cruise trip is very popular and ships fill quickly, especially in peak traveling seasons. Book early to avoid disappointment!

How much do I need to tip when I check for a Yangtze River Cruise?

Some of cruise requires passengers to pay US$23/CNY150 per person as service charge. The service charge is payable at the time of boarding. Now the cruises which require service in advance are Victoria Cruise, Century Cruise and President Cruise. CH Victoria Cruise requires service fee for Asian passenger. For other cruises which don’t ask for service fee, tipping is voluntary. The general recommendation is $5.00-$10.00 per person, per day, which may be left in the tip box at the front desk of the ship at the end of your sailing.

What is “ single cabin supplemental fee”?

There are usually two beds in each cabin however if you request a private cabin, a single cabin supplemental fee is charged which is usually an extra 75% of the tickets price; some cruises charge 100% extra. China Highlights has no control of the supplemental fee, it is charged by the cruise companies. Different cruise companies have different rates. Please ask your travel advisor for more information. If you travel by yourself and do not ask for a private cabin, the cruise company will arrange place you in a cabin with a passenger of the same gender.