The world’s largest hydroelectric project rises 110 metres above the river and two kilometres across the broad valley at Sandouping and effectively achieves flood control, hydroelectric generation and improved navigation. For centuries boats had to struggle for survival as they attempted to sail the treacherous rapids through the Gorges.
Today, massive step locks lift ships past the dam for smooth passage on the reservoir to Chongqing. The construction of the massive Three Gorges Dam, and the ultimate widening of the Yangtze by the rising water level, has added another dimension to the river cruise experience.
The flooding of the river reached its maximum in 2009 and the resultant higher waters allowed vessels to reach previously inaccessible parts of the river system, offering new sightseeing opportunities. Meanwhile, the sheer height of the mountain peaks and cliffs – from several hundred to 1,000 metres – through the Three Gorges of Qutang, Wu and Xiling, will ensure travellers continue to enjoy an unforgettable cruise along the Yangtze River, one of the world’s great natural wonders, for many years to come.
We offer a number of outstanding tours, including sightseeing excursions ashore – strolling the streets of quaint rural towns, browsing village shops, exploring ancient temples and experiencing up close the many points of cultural, historical and commercial interest that are unique to this region. Each excursion allows ample opportunity for you to discover not only the changes and the glories of the Yangtze, but also the beauty, charm and wonders of some of the most famous regions and cities of China.
Ships feature cabins in four categories – Superior, Executive, Deluxe Suites and Shangri-La Suites. All cabins feature satellite TV with HBO and CNN broadcasts plus Sky Sports from Hong Kong. All cabins (except on Victoria Rose) feature private balconies for viewing the magnificent Three Gorges scenery, and full baths in the bathrooms. All ships boast the same deluxe style and décor.
Authentic Chinese with a mix of Western specialities is served during a single seating in the Dynasty Dining Room on each ship, with American-style buffet breakfasts, buffet lunches and Chinese banquet-style dinners. We have introduced expanded menus with more western-style specialities and optional à la carte in a separate dining room (offered on all vessels except Empress and Prince).
Multilingual cruise directors, private balconies (on most ships), air-conditioned, business centre, internet access and fitness area, gift shop and beauty salon.
Victoria Cruises has introduced extended sailings between Chongqing and Shanghai, which take in interesting stops such as Wuhan, Huangshan and Nanjing. In 2012, Victoria Cruises will include more features on this cruise with a 75-minute ride on China’s high-speed Bullet Train between Shanghai and Nanjing in both directions. This will be a memorable ride prior to or after the cruise.
Vessels: Victoria Jenna, Victoria Anna, Victoria Empress, Victoria Katarina, Victoria Prince, Victoria Lianna, Victoria Selina
Entered service: From 1994-2009
Months of operation: Mar–Nov
WHAT’S INCLUDED IN THE PRICE
Accommodation, meals, entertainment
Shore excursions (when booked in Australia)
History and culture lectures, Tai Chi, painting and calligraphy lessons