How to Plan a Yangtze River Cruise

How to Plan a Yangtze River Cruise

By Candice SongUpdated Mar. 18, 2021

When planning a Yangtze River cruise it is good to know the differences between upstream and downstream cruises. China Highlights’ travel advisors can help you create unforgettable memories and fit the cruise perfectly into a travel package of your choice.

The Best Time for a Yangtze River Cruise

Spring and autumn are the golden seasons to take a cruise on the Yangtze River, when the weather is comfortable and the scenery along the Yangtze River is stunning and colorful. April, May, September, and October are the best months to go. However, the prices during these high seasons are higher than other seasons. See our Yangtze cruise calendar for 2016.

Upstream or Downstream

A downstream cruise of the Yangtze River (from Chongqing to Yichang) is one day shorter than an upstream cruise (from Yichang to Chongqing). On both routes, you can extend your excursion to visit the historic and cultural places along the river.

A map of the Yangtze River cruise route

Yangtze Cruise Map

Choose a Cruise Ship

There are more than 20 cruise ships on the Yangtze River, among which the Century Cruise and President Cruise ships are luxurious and exquisite. President 7, President 8, Century Paragon, and Century Legend are the newest cruise ships, which made their first voyages in April and May, 2013.

Yangzi Explorer is the most deluxe cruise ship among all the Yangtze cruise ships. The service, decorations, food, and facilities are the best. The Jade suite and higher level cabins all have a coffee machine, which is unique to Yangzi Explorer.

They can also provide unlimited Wi-Fi in the lounge and lobby, free flowing wine and local beer before dinner, snacks throughout the day in the lounge, and complimentary cold and hot beverages as their VIP service. They also have T-shirts and hats as gifts.

Choose a Yangtze Cruise Cabin

Choosing a suitable cabin is very important for a perfect Yangtze cruise. China Highlights’ travel advisors can help you choose a cruise cabin to suit your budget and requirements. There are four essential factors: the ship's star rating, the ship’s refurbishment history, cabin types, and cabin locations.

Among all the Yangtze cruise ships, Century Cruise and President Cruise ships’ cabins are bigger and well decorated.

Yangtze Cruise with Kids

For families who take a Yangtze cruise, there are many fun activities that kids can enjoy on the ship.

Yangtze Cruises for Seniors and Physically Challenged People

A Yangtze cruise is ideal for seniors, because it is a relaxing and comfortable tour option. On the cruise ship, elevators and stairs are convenient for seniors to be able to stroll around. Physically challenged people don’t need to worry either. If the elevator can’t take you to the top deck, you can ask the staff on the ship to help.

Recommended Activities for Seniors

Yangtze Cruises with China Highlights

The advantage of a cruise as part of a tour package is that we can tailor-make a personal China experience for you with all the tour components fitting together perfectly. You could start by choosing one of our Yangtze cruise packages and customize it to suit you.

Our tour packages allow you to see more of China, such as Beijing, Shanghai, and Zhangjiajie. If you book a cruise alone we suggest also booking at least the transfer from your hotel to the ship with us, so that we can guarantee a smooth check-in.

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