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Introduction of President 8 Cruise

President 8 cruise is the sibling ship of President 7 and first served Yangtze River guests in April, 2013, being one of the newest ships serving foreign guests on the river. Also, designed up to 146.8m long and 20.2m wide, President No. 8 is proudly to be a top largest cruise among all on the Yangtze. With 17000 tons weight, the ship sails smoother to make you feel nearly on the land. Besides, other advanced skills and facilities like, security system, low-carbon demission system, noise absorbing facility, eco-friendly primary air system, and so on are well adopted onboard the ship to make your tour on President No. 8 in high safety and absolute comfort.

Apart from that, you can visit the arranged shore excursions to admire the sightseeing and feel the thick culture and history along the Yangtze River. Besides, you can spend particularly great time with the high standard recreation, leisure activities, and physical care choices with your people. To plan a cruise tour on the Yangtze River, President No. 8 will never let you down.

2019 Sailing Dates & Rates

Per person in USD. Deluxe cabin based.
Downstream: Chongqing to Yichang
MonthSailing DatesRate
JAN  
FEB  
MAREvery Friday$380
APREvery Friday$380
MAYEvery Friday$420
JUNEvery Friday$380
JULEvery Friday$380
AUGEvery Friday$380
SEPEvery Friday$420
OCTEvery Friday$420
NOVEvery Friday$380
DEC  
Upstream: Yichang to Chongqing
MonthSailing DatesRate
JAN  
FEB  
MAREvery Monday$380
APREvery Monday$380
MAYEvery Monday$420
JUNEvery Monday$380
JULEvery Monday$380
AUGEvery Monday$380
SEPEvery Monday$420
OCTEvery Monday$420
NOVEvery Monday$380
DEC  

Price Includes in President 8 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 President 8 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

President 8 Cruise Itinerary

Downstream: Chongqing to Yichang
DayTimeEvent & Activities
Day 118:00-21:00Embark on the ship at Chaotianmen Port in Chongqing & Check in;
21:00Undock from Chongqing.
Day 2 (B, L, D)07:00Enjoy your buffet breakfast with rich kinds of dishes; (Chinese and Western)
08:00Brief introduction of itinerary & facilities onboard;
08:15-10:45Go 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)
16:00-18:00Visit Shibaozhai Pagoda onshore, one of the “World 8 Fantastic Architectures”;
18:00Join the Captain’s Welcome Party and enjoy your dinner; (Chinese Sitting Style)
20:00Appreciate the crew’s singing and dancing performance.
Day 3 (B, L, D)06:00Enjoy your buffet breakfast with rich kinds of dishes; (Chinese and Western)
08:00-11:00Take an optional tour to the White Emperor City, known as the “City of Poems”;
10:45-11:15Ship through Qutang Gorge, the most majestic one in the three gorges.
11:30Enjoy your buffet lunch; (Chinese and Western)
12:30-13:35Ship through Wu Gorge. Admire the beautiful continuous hills on the banks;
15:00-18:30Visit Shennong Stream to feel the primitive landscape and local folk culture of Tujia people;
19:00-20:00Enjoy the Captain’s Farewell Party and dinner banquet; (Chinese sitting dinner)
Day 4 (B)07:00Enjoy your buffet breakfast with rich kinds of dishes; (Chinese and Western)
08:00-10:30Shore excursion to Three Gorges Dam Site and marvel at the great project and feats of Chinese people;
11:30-13:00Be transferred to Yichang Three Gorges Center Cruise Terminal for departure

Arranged Shore Excursions: Shibaozhai Pagoda, Shennong StreamThree Gorges Dam Site(fees included)
Optional Shore Excursions: Fengdu Ghost City, White Emperor City (extra pay)

Upstream: Yichang to Chongqing
DayTimeEvent & Activities
Day 117:30-20:00Gather at Yichang Three Gorges Center Cruise Terminal or Yichang East Railway Station and shuttle to Maoping Port for embarkation.
21:30-22:00Brief introduction of itinerary & facilities onboard;
Day 2 (B, L, D)07:00Enjoy your buffet breakfast with rich kinds of dishes; (Chinese and Western)
08:00-11:00Take a shore excursion to see the Three Gorges Dam Site and marvel at the great project and feats of Chinese people;
12:00Enjoy your buffet lunch; (Chinese and Western)
13:30-16:30Take an optional visit to the Tribe of Three Gorges or Quyuan Birthplace;
18:00-19:00Join the Captain’s Welcome Party and enjoy your banquet dinner; (Chinese Sitting Style)
Day 3 (B, L, D)07:00Enjoy your buffet breakfast with rich kinds of dishes; (Chinese and Western)
08:00-11:30Visit Shennong Stream to feel the primitive landscape and local folk culture of Tujia people;
12:00Enjoy your buffet lunch; (Chinese and Western)
13:00-14:00Ship through Wu Gorge. Admire the beautiful continuous hills on the banks;
15:00-15:30Ship 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”.
19:00Enjoy your dinner with various of dishes and beverages; (Chinese Sitting Style)
Day 4 (B, L, D)07:00Enjoy your buffet breakfast with rich kinds of dishes; (Chinese and Western)
08:00-10:00Visit Shibaozhai Pagoda onshore, one of the “World 8 Fantastic Architectures”;
12:00Enjoy your buffet lunch; (Chinese and Western)
14:45-17:15Go to enjoy the interesting cultural lectures or visit the optional site Fengdu Ghost City to feel the culture of afterlife;
18:00Enjoy the Captain’s Farewell Party and dinner banquet; (Chinese sitting dinner)
Day 5 (B)07:00Enjoy your buffet breakfast with rich kinds of dishes; (Chinese and Western)
09:00Arrive at Chaotianmen Port in Chongqing & Disembark.

Arranged Shore Excursions: Three Gorges Dam Site, Shennong Stream, Shibaozhai Pagoda(fees included)
Optional Shore Excursions: Tribe of the Three Gorges, White Emperor City, Fengdu Ghost City(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 President 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 280 RMB/person for each. 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).

President No.8 Cruise Facts Overview

Rating: 5 StarDraft: 2.6mTotal Cabins: 230
Maiden Voyage: 2001Elevators: 1Deluxe Cabin: 216
Rebuilt: N/ARestaurants: 2Executive Suites: 12
Gross Tonage: 17000TSwimming Pool: 1Deluxe Suites: N/A
Length: 146.80mDecks: 6Presidential Suites: 2
Width: 20.20mCapacity: 460Room Size Min: 27.50 m2
Speed: 25km/hNumber of Crew: –Room Size Max: 198.00 m2
Itinerary: Chongqing = YichangAir-conditioning System: CentralDynamic System: Electric propulsion, with syncretic rudder propeller

Cruise Cabins

Deluxe Cabin
Executive Cabin
Presidential Suite

  • Numbers of cabin: 215
  • Cabin Size: 27.50 sq. m.
  • Beds: Twin beds (0.90 m x 2.00 m)
  • Private Balcony: Yes
  • Bathroom: Shower & Bathtub
  • Location: 2F/3F/4F/5F/6F

  • Numbers of cabin: 13
  • Cabin Size: 41.20 sq. m.
  • Beds: Twin beds (1.10 m * 2.00 m)
  • Private Balcony: Yes
  • Bathroom: Shower & Bathtub
  • Location: 6F

  • Numbers of cabin: 2
  • Cabin Size: 198.00 sq. m.
  • Beds: King beds (2.00 m * 2.00 m)
  • Private Balcony: Yes
  • Bathroom: Shower & Bathtub
  • Location: 3F

Cabin Amenities

  • Private Balcony
  • Bathtub
  • Telephone Directory
  • Bed
  • Comb
  • Tea Bags
  • Black Sugar
  • Mirror
  • Private Bathroom
  • Mini Bar
  • Hair Dryer
  • Face Towel
  • Tooth Mug
  • Coffee Spoon
  • Brown Sugar

  • Laundry Bags
  • Extension Telephone
  • Life Jacket
  • Shampoo
  • Hand Towel
  • Slippers
  • Shoe Sponge
  • Desk
  • Toothbrush
  • TV
  • Mineral Water
  • Bath Foam
  • Floor Towel
  • Bathrobe
  • Toilet Paper

  • Chair
  • TV Remote-control
  • Ball-pen
  • Shower Cap
  • Soap
  • Kettle
  • Safe Box
  • Clothes Hanger
  • Shower
  • Memo Pad
  • Bath Towel
  • Soap Plate
  • Teacup
  • Coffee Mate
  • Cloth Line

Useful Tips for Accommodation on President No.8

1. Put two beds into a larger one

Onboard President No. 8, 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 President No. 8 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 President No. 8 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 President No. 8 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 President No. 8, 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 President No. 8 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
Sixth Deck6FSun Deck, Children’s Paradise, Internet Bar, Cigar Bar, Conference Room, Deluxe Standard Cabins, Executive Cabins, etc.
Fifth Deck5FKTV Room, Mahjong Room, Multi-functional Entertainment Hall, Deluxe Standard Cabins, Executive Suites, etc.
Fourth Deck4FCab, Gift Shops, Deluxe Standard Cabins, etc.
Third Deck3FGift Shops, VIP Restaurant, Deluxe Standard Cabins, Presidential Suites, etc.
Second Deck2FFront Desk, Main Lobby, Main Dining Room, Deluxe Standard Cabins, etc.
First Deck1FGym Room, Clinic, Massage Room, Hair & Beauty Salon, Movie Theater, SPA Center, Business Center, etc.

Onboard Activities

Food & Dining

President No. 8 cruise ship has one main dining hall and a VIP restaurant onboard to serve people during your wonderful trip on Yangtze River tour to enjoy your food. The ship has set special safeguard system of food to make the delicate food prepared in clean and closed kitchen. As all the breakfast and lunch are arranged in buffet mode and dinner in Chinese sitting style, guests onboard can taste a lot of diverse flavors of hot and cold dishes of Chinese, Japanese, American, European and other internationally popular types. And you will have many interesting disserts and drinks to excite your taste sense.

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

Onboard President No. 8, you will not spend one boring minute, since a great number meaningful and enjoyable fun are there already to please you from dawn till dark. If you wake up early, you can go up to the sundeck to learn to play Taichi under the guidance of the Taichi master. And when not visiting the shore excursion sites, you can have a lot to do. You can appreciate the fine view of the Yangtze River, and attend interesting lectures to have better understanding about the profound culture of calligraphy, painting, medicine, and so on of traditional China, stroll along the gifts shops to buy some souvenirs. Also, there are swimming pool, chess & card room, massage room, children’s paradise, reading room, movie theater, and so forth for you to spend wonderful time on the cruise. Besides, crews on the ship have prepared evening shows like singing and dancing, magic, opera, fire spitting, fashion show, etc. to bring more happiness to your trip. You will feel time on this Yangtze River cruise really wonderful and unforgettable!

Captain’s Welcome & Farewell Party

It is a regret to miss the Captain’s Welcome Party and Captain’s Farewell Party on President No. 8. Join the parties to receive the hospitality and appreciation from the cruise captain and all the staff members. During the gathering, you can dance with people to feel the happy and leisure time, and also, you can enjoy the well-prepared desserts, dim sum, drinks and fruits while admiring the beautiful landscape of the Yangtze River.

(Dressing Tips: it is not very strictly required to wear a suit, a tie, an evening dress, high heels, etc., and try to dress yourself as comfortable as possible. However, too casual clothes and shoes like vest, jeans, round-neck shirts, shorts, slippers, etc. are better not to dress during the party.)

Service

Onboard President No. 8, the about 200 staff there will try their best to provide professional service to facilitates your experience on the cruise.

Cruise guide: the English cruise guide will introduced for free the Three Gorges for you and inform you about the visiting sites and detail time through the broadcasting system every day. Besides, he/she will join in the parties and performance host to lead you to enjoying the great leisure time.

Laundry service: you can of course do some washing in your own cabins. Besides, if you need the laundry service onboard, just call the reception desk, and the staff will send your clothes to do laundry and back to your room after ready, and you just need to pay some extra fee.

Internet & Wi-Fi: computers in the business center are available for guests to send share some photos on the internet and deal with business issues. Besides, Wi-Fi service is also offered for you, which is convenient to link your mobile tools with the internet. This service needs extra payment.

Money Exchange: if you need, you can exchange some different kinds of currencies onboard, such as US dollars, Euros, Chinese Yuan, etc.

Health Care & Wellness

The cruise manager and staff are so considerate to help maintain your healthy life style. Onboard the ship, you can join in the learning of playing Taichi under the guidance of the Taichi master in the early morning and inhale the fresh air to awake your body.

Besides, you can exercise in the fitness center with the advanced equipment like the treadmill, dumbbells, etc., pay to release your body by doing massage, sauna, foot massage and SPA, and spend some great moment in the grand inner thermostatic swimming pool onboard.

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