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Sanctuary Yangzi Explorer
Why We Love This Boat :
Location: The most luxurious vessel on the Yangzi travels between the Chinese ports of Chongqing and Yichang; a fabulous way to discover China’s stunning scenery in style.
Service: With a staff-to-guest ratio of 1:1, the Sanctuary Yangzi Explorer boasts an unparalleled level of service, making for a truly comfortable experience.
History: Travelers will discover China’s unique and beautiful culture with a cruise along one of its most interesting and visually arresting rivers.
The Sanctuary Yangzi Explorer stands alone in terms of comfort and service. It is the only cruiser on the mighty Yangzi whose cabins and suites - some of the largest in the area - all boast private balconies from which guests can enjoy the Chinese panoramas as they glide by. Accommodating up to 124 passengers, it’s a uniquely boutique and intimate travel experience with warm and attentive service unavailable anywhere else on the river. Foodies can dine a la carte on the finest Chinese and international cuisines and learn to cook local delicacies with acclaimed chefs. Explorers can learn about the region with a variety of itineraries, on-board activities and site visits. Relaxation and indulgence is available in one of the river’s largest spa and fitness facilities; bookworms can curl up in the library, and those in search of beautiful sights can take in the views on the observation deck or be entertained in the on-board theater.
The Sanctuary Yangzi Explorer boasts a range of accommodation including deluxe cabins and specialty suites. All of these spacious rooms are airy and spacious and elegantly decorated with luxurious fabrics and modern fittings and feature en-suite bathrooms.
Celestial and Imperial Suites
The most luxurious accommodation available on the Yangzi, these suites are designed with the highest quality Chinese decor across a massive 1180 square feet. The living and sleeping areas are separate and huge sunny windows lead onto the private balcony, with table and chairs for guests to relax and take in the river views.
At 330 square feet, this is the largest cabin of its kind on the river. Each has its own private balcony for guests to enjoy the views in peace and is equipped with LCD satellite television, personal safe and mini-bar.
Mandarin and Jade Suites
These vastly spacious, 871-square-foot speciality suites are decorated in a traditional Chinese style with beautiful silks and warm wood. They have separate living and sleeping areas and floor-to-ceiling windows leading to a private balcony.
With the largest on-board luxury spa on the Yangzi, guests of the Sanctuary Yangzi Explorer will feel well looked after. As well as pampering, there are a range of on-board activities to keep guests entertained and occupied.
On board the Sanctuary Yanzi Explorer, guests who enjoy staying active can take part in a variety of activities, including Tai Chi classes, Chinese cooking classes, traditional calligraphy and even silk embroidery workshops.
Relaxation and indulgence is available with a range of treatments in the ship’s spa. From manicures and pedicures to massages and facials, guests can treat themselves to a little luxury during their time on this luxury cruiser.
Dining aboard the Sanctuary Yangzi Explorer is a true pleasure; a team of internationally-trained chefs is on hand, whipping up culinary delights, not to mention delivering engaging cooking classes so guests can spend the day learning how to make Chinese dumplings before sitting down to a world-class dinner.
Sanctuary Yangzi Explorer restaurant
With abundant buffets for breakfast and lunch and dinner a la carte, the on-board restaurant serves up a range of innovative dishes. Diners can choose from finely-crafted local cuisine and European classics, perfectly paired with complimentary delicious house wines and local beers.