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Introduction of Century Emerald Cruise

Century Emerald cruise is one of the most comfortable and luxury cruise ship on the Yangtze River. As the sibling cruise of Century Diamond, it launched its first voyage in 2010. It is specially designed with the assistance of cruise expertise and decoration expertise from the Europe, being one of the most comfortable cruise ships on the Yangtze River the meet the multiple needs of world travellers. In order to give every distinguished guest a sweet stay, enjoyable experience of dining and wonderful moments of leisure relaxation, the cruise managers thoughtfully prepare altogether 132 cabins and suites for your likes and demands, 2 restaurants serving various types of cuisines, diverse kinds of shows, performances and activities, and several shore excursion site visits, and so forth. On Century Emerald, you would feel your Yangtze River cruise trip so nice and unforgettable.

2019 Sailing Dates & Rates

Per person in USD. Deluxe cabin based.
Downstream: Chongqing to Yichang
MonthSailing DatesRate
JAN  
FEB  
MARN/A$380
APRN/A$380
MAYN/A$400
JUNN/A$380
JULN/A$380
AUGN/A$380
SEPN/A$400
OCTN/A$400
NOVN/A$380
DEC  
Upstream: Yichang to Chongqing
MonthSailing DatesRate
JAN  
FEB  
MARN/A$380
APRN/A$380
MAYN/A$400
JUNN/A$380
JULN/A$380
AUGN/A$380
SEPN/A$400
OCTN/A$400
NOVN/A$380
DEC  

Price Includes in Century Emerald Cruise

  • Travel Insurance: travel insurance offered by China Discovery for your whole cruise
  • Accommodation: a bed in your cabin for both daytime and night. You can enjoy 3 nights onboard for Chongqing Yichang downstream itinerary or 4 nights onboard for Yichang Chongqing upstream itinerary
  • Most Meals Onboard: meals listed in the above itinerary specified as “B”, “L” and “D”, and Captain’s Welcome Party and Captain’s Farewell Party included
  • Arranged Shore Excursions: three shore excursions arranged by the cruise company (including transportation to/back from the sites, local guide service, tickets, etc.)
  • Guide Service: Both Chinese and English-speaking guide service on the cruise
  • Activities: Cultural activities, Chinese lectures as well as evening shows and entertainment
  • Some service like front desk service for any request, guest room service to clean your room daily, catering service in the dining hall
  • Public facilities such as Gym, Library, Reading Room, Cigar Bar, Sun Deck and so on
  • Taxes charged by the government

Price Excludes in Century Emerald Cruise

  • Transfers: air or train to Chongqing or Yichang; as well as transportation between Chongqing airport or railway station and Chongqing Chaotianmen Port; transportation between Yichang airport or railway station and Yichang Taohuacun Port / Yichang New Century Port / Yichang Three Gorges Center Cruise Terminal
  • Porter Service: hire a porter to carry your luggage to get on or leave the cruise
  • Meals not listed in the itinerary: usually, the dinner for the boarding day and lunch for the disembarking day will not arranged by the cruise company and it needs extra charge if you want to enjoy the dining onboard
  • Optional Shore Excursions: usually there are two or three optional shore excursions along Three Gorges which charge extra fee. You can decide on your own to take it or not
  • Travel with Kids: your kids (0-2, 2-11 years old) need extra charge
  • Upgrade your room or deck
  • Items of a personal nature such as laundry, internet, medical services, gift shop items, spa and beauty services, photograph, beverages and so on
  • Tipping: you need to pay the service charge around 150 Yuan/person when checking in onboard. Besides, the service charge does not include a gratuity to the river guide or cruise director, which may be given at travelers' discretion based on your satisfaction with services received

Century Emerald Cruise Itinerary

Downstream: Chongqing to Yichang
Day 119:00-21:00Embark on the ship at Chaotianmen Port in Chongqing and Check in;
21:00-21:30Embarkation safety brieging & facilities onboard introduction
21:30Undock from Chongqing.
Day 2
(B, L, D)
06:30-07:00Have a cup of morning tea / coffee and some desserts to awake your body;
06:30-07:00Play the traditional Tai Chi with the master to get a physical stretch and inhale fresh air;
07:00-08:00Enjoy your buffet breakfast with rich kinds of dishes; (Chinese and Western)
08:00-11:30Go to enjoy the interesting cultural lectures or visit the optional site Fengdu Ghost City to feel the culture of afterlife in China;
12:00Enjoy your buffet lunch; (Chinese and Western)
14:00-17:00Visit Shibaozhai Pagoda onshore, one of the “World 8 Fantastic Architectures”;
18:00-20:00Join the Captain’s Welcome Party and enjoy your buffet dinner; (Chinese and Western)
21:00Appreciate the crew’s singing and dancing performance.
Day 3
(B, L, D)
06:30-07:00Have a cup of morning tea / coffee and some desserts to awake your body;
06:30-07:00Play the traditional Tai Chi with the master to get a physical stretch and inhale fresh air;
07:00-08:00Enjoy your buffet breakfast with rich kinds of dishes; (Chinese and Western)
08:30-10:30Take an optional tour to the White Emperor City, known as the “City of Poems”;
11:00-12:00Ship through Qutang Gorge, the most majestic one in the three gorges.
12:00Enjoy your buffet lunch; (Chinese and Western)
12:00-13:00Ship through Wu Gorge. Admire the beautiful continuous hills on the banks;
13:30-17:30Visit Shennv Stream on the sightseeing boat to feel the serenity and natural charm;
18:00-19:00Ship through Xiling Gorge (the west section), the longest gorge among the three;
19:00-20:30Enjoy the Captain’s Farewell Party and dinner banquet; (Chinese sitting dinner)
20:30-23:00Check out and close your account at the reception desk;
20:30-22:00Enjoy the cruise night show
Day 4
(B)
06:30-08:00Enjoy your buffet breakfast with rich kinds of dishes; (Chinese and Western)
08:00-12:30Disembark at Maoping Port. Shore excursion to Three Gorges Dam Site and marvel at the great project and feats of Chinese people; Be shuttled to Yichang Three Gorges Center Cruise Terminal for departure.
08:00-13:30Disembark at Maoping Port. Take the optional experience of the Ship Lift. Visit Three Gorges Dam Site and marvel at the great project and feats of Chinese people; Be shuttled to Yichang Three Gorges Center Cruise Terminal for departure.

Arranged Shore Excursions: Shibaozhai, Shennv Stream, Three Gorges Dam Site(fees included)
Optional Shore Excursions: Fengdu Ghost City, White Emperor City, Ship Lift(extra pay)

Upstream: Yichang to Chongqing
Day 116:00-21:00Gather at Yichang Three Gorges Center Cruise Terminal or Yichang East Railway Station and be transferred to Maoping Port for embarkation.
21:00-21:30Embarkation safety briefing & facilities introduction.
Day 2
(B, L, D)
06:30-07:00Have a cup of morning tea / coffee and some desserts to awake your body;
06:30-07:00Play the traditional Tai Chi with the master to get a physical stretch and inhale fresh air;
07:00-08:00Enjoy your buffet breakfast with rich kinds of dishes; (Chinese and Western)
08:30Brief introduction of itinerary & facilities onboard;
09:00-11:30Optional shore excursion to Tribe of Three Gorges
12:00Enjoy your buffet lunch; (Chinese and Western)
14:00-17:00Take a shore excursion to see the Three Gorges Dam Site and marvel at the great project and feats of Chinese people
14:00-18:00Optional experience of the Ship Lift. Visit Three Gorges Dam Site and marvel at the great project and feats of Chinese people
20:00-21:00Sail through Xiling Gorge (the west section);
18:30-20:00Buffet dinner
20:30-21:15Join the Captain’s Welcome Party
Day 3
(B, L, D)
06:30-07:00Have a cup of morning tea / coffee and some desserts to awake your body;
06:30-07:00Play the traditional Tai Chi with the master to get a physical stretch and inhale fresh air;
07:00-08:00Enjoy your buffet breakfast with rich kinds of dishes; (Chinese and Western)
07:30-08:30Ship through Wu Gorge. Admire the beautiful continuous hills on the banks;
08:30-13:00Visit Shennv Stream on the sightseeing boat to feel the serenity and natural charm;
13:00-14:30Enjoy your buffet lunch; (Chinese and Western)
15:00Ship through Qutang Gorge, the most majestic one in the three gorges.
15:30-18:00Dock at Fengjie Port. Take an optional tour to the White Emperor City, known as the “City of Poems”.
19:00-20:30Enjoy your buffet dinner with various of dishes and beverages; (Chinese and Western)
21:00Have fun in the Evening Entertainment;
Day 4
(B, L, D)
06:30-07:00Have a cup of morning tea / coffee and some desserts to awake your body;
06:30-07:00Play the traditional Tai Chi with the master to get a physical stretch and inhale fresh air;
07:00-08:30Enjoy your buffet breakfast with rich kinds of dishes; (Chinese and Western)
09:00-12:00Visit Shibaozhai Pagoda onshore, one of the “World 8 Fantastic Architectures”;
12:00-13:30Enjoy your buffet lunch; (Chinese and Western)
14:00-17:00Enjoy onboard activities
19:00-20:30Enjoy the Captain’s Farewell Party and dinner banquet; (Chinese sitting dinner)
20:00-22:30Check out and close your account at the reception desk;
21:00-22:00Have fun in the Evening Entertainment
Day 5
(B)
07:00-08:00Enjoy your buffet breakfast with rich kinds of dishes; (Chinese and Western)
07:30Return your room card to the reception desk;
08:30Arrive at Chaotianmen Port in Chongqing and Disembark.

Arranged Shore Excursions: Three Gorges Dam Site, Shennv Stream, Shibaozhai(fees included)
Optional Shore Excursions: Tribe of Three Gorges, White Emperor City, Ship Lift(extra pay)

Please note:

1. Subject to Change

The itineraries, ports, departure & arrival time, shore excursions listed above are subject to change according to the weather, river condition and permission from the navigational authorities. Besides, activities onboard, dining and entertainment options vary and are subject to change.

2. Shore Excursions

The Century cruise company will arrange three shore excursions during the whole cruise between Chongqing and Yichang and usually there are two or three OPTIONAL shore excursions which are not listed in the fixed itinerary that travelers can decide to go or not based on your interest, real physical condition and budget. The optional sites will be visited depending on the number of travelers who want to go and the cost is 290 RMB/person for each, except Quyuan Birthplace for 220 RMB/person, Ship Lift for 218 RMB/person. If you want to go, tell the reception desk who would register for you and receive your pay in site. The ARRANGED shore excursions are included in your quotation, so you could visit the sites without extra charge. However, if you do not visit the sites, the fees of arranged shore excursion sites are not refunded. You could stay on the ship to enjoy some leisure time. For your safety, you are not allowed to leave your ship on your own.

3. Physical Challenge

The shore excursions to “Fengdu Ghost City” and “Shibaozhai Pagoda” need some steps climbing and comfortable shoes re highly recommended! If you have problems with steps, you can choose to stay on the ship without joining in the excursions (If it is the arranged shore excursion by the cruise company, please note that there is no refund).

Century Emerald Cruise Facts Overview

Rating: 5 StarDraft: 2.6mTotal Cabins: 132
Maiden Voyage: 2008Elevators: YesDeluxe Cabin: 112
Rebuilt: N/ARestaurants: 2Junior Suites: 4
Gross Tonage: 7142TSwimming Pool: N/ADeluxe Suites: 14
Length: 110.00mDecks: 6Presidential Suites: 2
Width: 17.00m
Height: 22.25m
Capacity: 264Room Size Min: 25.00 m2
Speed: 26km/hNumber of Crew: 138Room Size Max: 78.00 m2
Itinerary: Chongqing = YichangAir-conditioning System: CentralDynamic System: Electric propulsion, with syncretic rudder propeller

Cruise Cabins

Deluxe Cabin
Junior Suite
Deluxe Suite
President Suite

  • Numbers of cabin: 112
  • Cabin Size: 25.00 ㎡
  • Beds: Twin beds (0.9 m x 2.0 m)
  • Private Balcony: 2.80 ㎡
  • Bathroom: Shower
  • Location: 2 / 3 / 4 F

  • Numbers of suite: 4
  • Room Size: 28.00 ㎡
  • Beds: Twin beds (0.90 m x 2.00 m)
  • Private Balcony: 4.30 ㎡
  • Bathroom: Shower
  • Location: 3 / 4 F

  • Numbers of suite: 14
  • Room Size: 30.40 ㎡
  • Beds: Twin beds (0.90 m x 2.00 m)
  • Private Balcony: 3.60 ㎡
  • Bathroom: Shower
  • Location: 5 F

  • Numbers of suite: 2
  • Room Size: 78.00 ㎡
  • Beds: Twin beds (1.80 m x 2.00 m)
  • Private Balcony: 30.00 ㎡
  • Bathroom: Shower
  • Location: 3 F

Cabin Amenities

  • Private Balcony
  • Sofa
  • Mini Refrigerator
  • Bed
  • Glass Tea Table
  • Kettle
  • Tea Bags
  • Desk
  • Toilet Paper
  • Private Bathroom
  • Safe Box
  • Hair Dryer
  • Face Towel
  • Toothpaste
  • Teacup
  • Weight Scale
  • Chair

  • Mirror
  • Extension Telephone
  • Life Jacket
  • Shampoo
  • Hand Towel
  • Toothbrush
  • Coffee Spoon
  • Napkin Box
  • Clothes Hanger
  • Sign of Free Drinking
  • TV
  • Mineral Water
  • Bath Foam
  • Floor Towel
  • Tooth Mug
  • Sugar Bowl
  • Shoe Basket

  • Cloth Line
  • TV Remote-control
  • Ball-pen
  • Shower Cap
  • Soap
  • Slippers
  • Tea Tray
  • Shoehorn
  • Laundry Bags
  • Shower
  • Wardorbe
  • Bath Towel
  • Soap Plate
  • Bathrobe
  • Ice Bucket
  • Shoe Sponge
  • Alarm Clock

Useful Tips for Accommodation on Century Emerald

1. Put two beds into a larger one

Onboard Century Emerald, the two single beds in the room can be put together into a larger bed, which meets rightly the requirements of travelers like a couple, a parent with one or two kids, and so on. It is better to tell our Travel Consultant in advance if you need this great service.

2. Rollway bed

If you travel on Century Emerald and want to have a rollway bed in your cabin, you are advised to tell out Travel Consultant in advance and required to pay extra.

3. Upgrade rooms & decks

Cabins on Century Emerald cruise ships are arranged from the second floor to the upper floors. Usually cabins on the upper decks enjoy better sightseeing and have shorter distances to the recreation areas and the sun deck. If you want to upgrade your room or deck after checking in, you can tell your needs to the staff at the reception desk, and then they will handle it based on the practical situation of room occupation. Usually, you can successfully make it, however, if there is no other room available, you can still enjoy great moment in your own cabin. This service needs some extra payment.

Deck Plans

Upper Deck or Lower Deck?

1. Advantage for Upper Decks

Cabins on upper decks on Century Emerald cruise have better sight for sceneries and are closer to many recreation facilities, such as the bar, entertainment hall, reading room, card room, sun deck, etc. which are better choices for travelers who want to have fun during every minute on your trip.

2. Advantage for Lower Decks

For cabins on lower decks on Century Emerald, they are usually smoother during the sailing and enjoy shorter distance to the dining hall. People who like smoother trip and don’t want to walk too far to dine are highly recommended to choose the lower decks.

3. Upgrade Rooms & Decks

Cabins on Century Emerald are arranged from the second floor to the upper floors. Usually cabins on the upper decks enjoy better sightseeing and have shorter distances to the recreation areas and the sun deck. If you want to upgrade your room or deck after checking in, you can tell your needs to the staff at the reception desk, and then they will handle it based on the practical situation of room occupation. Usually, you can successfully make it, however, if there is no other room available, you can still enjoy great moment in your own cabin. This service needs some extra payment.

Facilities & Services

DeckFloorMain Facilities & Cabins
Sun Deck6FSun Deck, Gym, Beauty Salon, Reading Room, Sauna Area, A La-carde Restaurant, etc.
Observation Deck5FShops, Cigar Bar, Observation Lounge, Deluxe Suites, etc.
Bridge Deck4FInternet Café, Bridge, Clinic, Junior Suites, Deluxe Cabins, etc.
Promenade Deck3FInternet Café, Shops, Lounge, Deluxe Cabins, Presidential Suites, Junior Suites, etc.
Upper Deck2FDining Hall, Reception Desk, Lobby, Lobby Bar, Business Center, Massage Center, Sauna Rooms, etc.

Onboard Activities

Food & Dining

Onboard Century Emerald, you will enjoy dining in the delicate the elegant restaurants with rich types of delicious delicacies well prepared for you. During your food enjoying experience, you can taste the traditional Chinese dishes, exquisite Western cuisines, smooth disserts, multiple fruits and other tasteful beverages to please your taste buds. Besides, all the breakfast, lunch and dinner are served in buffet style (except the Captain’s Farewell Banquet), and the menu changes every day to provide new try for you, so enjoy the amazing culinary trip to the most.

Note:
  1. If you have some special dietary requirements, like diabetic, vegetarian, etc., just tell that to our Travel Consultant when booking or to the staff onboard in advance for half to one day before the dining time.
  2. The cruise manager and the cruise guide will inform you about the detailed dining time for each meal through the broadcasting system in your cabins and the public areas, bulletin board, elevators, and TV channel every day.
  3. There are 8 to 10 travelers sitting together in a round table arranged according to the nationalities, eating habits and cabins of guests.
Rich Cultural Activities & Evening Shows

During your trip on Century Emerald, you will spend really wonderful time besides the visit to places onshore, because a series of interesting activities and shows are prepared with quality from the morning till the night to please you. After you wake up in the morning, you can go up to the sun deck to learn playing Taichi with the guidance of the Taichi master and take a fresh breath. Then during the leisure time, join the cultural lectures to have more knowledge of the Yangtze River, the Three Gorges Dam Project, Chinese calligraphy, Chinese painting, Chinese embroidery, Chinese medicine, and so forth. Learn during fun time. Moreover, for more fun, you can spend time to enjoy the chess & card playing, Karaoke singing, HD movie, gym time, kite flying, etc. and during the evening hours, the crew onboard will perform their great singing and dancing show, Sichuan opera, fire spitting, magic show, traditional Chinese fashion show to offer you especially joyful night before your nice dream!

Captain’s Welcome & Farewell Party

Captain’s Welcome Party is arranged on the second day of your Yangtze River cruise, with Captain’s Farewell Party on the last but one day. Attend the parties to feel the warm hospitality and nice service of the captain and staff on the cruise ship, enjoy the delicious food and drinks, dance together with your people or other vacationers, and immerse into the harmonious moments.

(Dressing: dressing code for the party is not too strict. A suite, a tie, an evening dress, a pair of high-heels, etc. are not very strictly necessary. However, some too informal clothes, such as jeans, could-neck T-shirts, shorts, slippers, and so forth are better to avoid. Just dress comfortable to enjoy the cruise trip.)

Service

Throughout your spending onboard Century Emerald, you will enjoy great services from all staff with sincere and warm smile on the ship. Services like ship guide, laundry, internet & Wi-Fi, phone call, cashing, shopping, etc. are all well arranged to benefit your life onboard.

Cruise guide: on the ship, the English guide will inform you about every day’s activities and the time through the broadcasting and the bulletin board. Also, he / she will introduce the Three Gorges for you and join in the activities. Service for free.

Laundry service: on the ship, you can do some laundry in your cabin. Besides, if you need the laundry service, call the reception desk and give the reasonable extra charge. Detailed prices to be known from staff onboard.

Internet & Wi-Fi: onboard the cruise, Business Center is available for you to use the computer to send some E-mails, share picture online, etc. Moreover, The Wi-Fi is covered all over the ship, so you can link you smart phones, laptops, etc. with the Wi-Fi with some extra fee.

Health Care & Wellness

You will have many ways to keep your mental health care. Clinic of both Chinese and Western treatments are prepared for some emergencies. And doctors there will show you some knowledge about traditional Chinese medicine and the acupuncture and moxibustion in the lecture.

Also, you can exercise your body in the spacious gym center with various equipment, pay to get relaxed in the SPA area, massage area, sauna room, learn to play Taichi under the great guidance of the Taichi master in the morning moment about 6:30-7:00 every day, etc. to keep healthy.