Why Yangzi Explorer

Why Yangzi Explorer?

Intimate Style

Carrying just 124 passengers, the Sanctuary Yangzi Explorer offers the finest and most personalized service of any ship sailing the river. With other cruise ships accommodating well over 300 passengers the Yangzi Explorer is the market leader by offering such an intimate cruising experience. International standards of service, delivered by the highest ratio of staff to guests, ensure that every level of comfort is catered for during the cruise.

Luxury Accommodation

Complementing the attentive service are the largest and most beautifully appointed cabins and suites on the Yangzi today. The 38 Deluxe cabins (290 ft2) are extremely spacious, setting the Yangzi Explorer well apart from the typical regular cabins offered by other vessels. In addition, there are 20 Suites (387 ft2) and four stunning Speciality Suites - Jade and Mandarin Suites (732 ft2), and Celestial and Imperial Suites (829 ft2). Each Suite is exceptional in size, and is designed to create a more harmonious and luxury cruising experience. Most importantly, every cabin and suite features a viewing balcony that affords guests the opportunity to enjoy the kaleidoscope of ever-changing scenery through the gorges.


A team of internationally-trained chefs design innovative menus of both Chinese and western dishes, catering to the most discerning of palates. Lunches and dinners feature complimentary house wines, coffee and tea, local beer, and bottled water.

SPA & Well-being

The most spacious and indulgent Spa on board of any cruise vessel on the Yangzi! With an area covering more than 600 m2 / 6,000 ft2, the Yangzi Spa is a haven of tranquility and rejuvenation for guests. With 6 treatment rooms, guests will have the opportunity to truly indulge and relax whilst on board. A varied menu of spa services, including massage and beauty treatments, is complemented by a state-of-the-art fi tness centre, beauty salon and sauna.

ShiP & Shore Activities

The Yangzi Explorer is staffed by the best knowledgeable guides and resources who support a programme of daily lectures and shore excursions, ensuring guests are educated, engaged, and informed. Being the smallest and most intimate ship on the Yangzi, we operate our shore excursions with fewer passengers than most other cruise ships, and thus can offer a more informative experience and at times which are less frequented by other cruise groups. The onboard entertainment is discerning and sophisticated, consciously avoiding the ubiquitous karaoke found on so many Yangzi cruise vessels.

Conservation Ethics

Going green is more than a slogan on the MS Yangzi Explorer. State-of-the-art sewage disposal systems, recycling facilities, and attention to the fragile Yangzi environment are just some of the measures employed in the ship's design so our guests can truly appreciate the Yangzi with the knowledge that in doing so, they are not spoiling it for future generations.

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