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Introduction of Victoria Grace Cruise

Victoria Grace is an old cruise ship which was built in 1996 and refurbished in 2012. With American management adhering to the strictest Western standards, Victoria Grace offers Yangtze cruisers cozy accommodations, impeccable service and delicate dining to fit western travelers’ eating habits.

Victoria Grace has the fewest cabins among all the Victoria Cruises with only 99 staterooms in total, including four types – Superior Cabins, Executive Suites, Deluxe Suites and Shangri-La Suites. All the cabins have spate balconies and private bathrooms. With less crowds and noise, Victoria Grace offers you fine atmosphere to enjoy meals, attend different kinds of activities and entertainments onboard and take part in several interesting shore excursions. With no more than 200 passengers, this ship enables you to make the most of your time to relax and enjoy the charming river scenery of the Yangtze River.

In the year of 2017, travelers who take Victoria Grace cruise will enjoy exciting and interesting experience to transfer to a sightseeing boat to sail through the Three Gorges Dam on the new ship lift.

2019 Sailing Dates & Rates

Per person in USD. Deluxe cabin based.
Downstream: Chongqing to Yichang
MonthSailing DatesRate
JAN  
FEB  
MAREvery Friday$360
APREvery Friday$360
MAYEvery Friday$400
JUNEvery Friday$360
JULEvery Friday$360
AUGEvery Friday$360
SEPEvery Friday$400
OCTEvery Friday$400
NOVEvery Friday$360
DEC  
Upstream: Yichang to Chongqing
MonthSailing DatesRate
JAN  
FEB  
MAREvery Monday$360
APREvery Monday$360
MAYEvery Monday$400
JUNEvery Monday$360
JULEvery Monday$360
AUGEvery Monday$360
SEPEvery Monday$400
OCTEvery Monday$400
NOVEvery Monday$360
DEC  

Price Includes in Victoria Grace 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 Victoria Grace 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

Victoria Grace Cruise Itinerary

Downstream: Chongqing to Yichang
DayTimeEvent & Activities
Day 118:00~20:30Board the ship at Chongqing Chaotianmen Port at Pier No. 5 & check in
21:00Departs from Chongqing
21:15Safety Briefing
Day 2 (B, L, D)06:30~07:00Early bird coffee and tea
06:30~07:00Practice Taichi
07:30~08:30Buffet breakfast
08:00~11:00Optional shore excursion to Fengdu Ghost City (08:00 – 12:00, 295 RMB/pp)
shore excursion to Jade Emperor Scenic Area in Fengdu
09:30~11:30Cultural activities onboard
12:00~13:30Buffet lunch
17:15~18:00Captain’s welcome party
18:00~20:00Buffet dinner
19:00~21:30Optional shore excursion to Three Kingdoms Open Air Show (295 RMB/pp)
Note: The Three Kingdoms Open Air Show (Fen Yan San Guo Live Show) will be available after 30 March, 2019.
Day 3 (B, L, D)06:30~07:00Early bird coffee and tea
06:30~07:00Practice Taichi
07:00~08:30Buffet breakfast
07:30~10:15Optional shore excursion to White Emperor City (295 RMB/pp)
10:45Sail through Qutang Gorge and marvel at Kui Gate
09:00~10:30Cultural activities onboard
12:45Sail through Wu Gorge
12:00~13:00Buffet lunch
15:15~18:15Shore excursion to Shennv Stream (Goddess Stream)
19:00~20:30Captain’s farewell banquet
18:30~23:00Settle accounts
21:00~21:45Crew cabaret
Day 4 (B)06:30~07:45Buffet Breakfast
08:00~12:30Morning excursion to the Three Gorges Dam Site and be transferred to Yichang Three Gorges Center Cruise Terminal for departure.
07:45~13:30optional experience to pass through Ship Lift (295 RMB/pp)  and visit Three Gorges Dam Site, transfer to Yichang Three Gorges Center Cruise Terminal for leave.

Arranged Shore Excursions: Jade Emperor Scenic Area, Shennv Stream, Three Gorges Dam Site(fees included)
Optional Shore Excursions: Fengdu Ghost City, Three Kingdoms Open Air Show (Fen Yan San Guo Live Show), White Emperor City, Ship Lift(extra pay)

Upstream: Yichang to Chongqing
DayTimeEvent & Activities
Day 116:30~21:00Gather at Yichang Three Gorges Center Cruise Terminal or Yichang East Railway Station and be transferred to Maoping Port for embarkation
Day 2 (B, L, D)06:30~07:00Early bird coffee and tea
06:30~07:00Practice Taichi
07:00~08:30Buffet breakfast
07:30~13:00Optional shore excursion to Tribe of Three Gorges (295 RMB/pp) or Quyuan Birthplace (220 RMB/pp)
12:30~13:30Buffet lunch
13:45Optional experience to pass through Ship Lift (295 RMB/pp) and then visit Three Gorges Dam
14:30~17:00Shore excursion to Three Gorges Dam Site
17:00~18:00Cultural activities onboard
18:15~19:00Captain’s welcome party
19:00~20:30Buffet dinner
21:00Minorities & Dynasty costume show
Day 3 (B, L, D)06:30~07:00Early bird coffee and tea
06:30~07:00Practice Taichi
07:00~08:15Buffet breakfast
08:30~11:00Shore excursion to Shennong Stream
11:30~12:30Buffet lunch
12:45Sail through Wu Gorge
14:45Sail through Qutang Gorge
15:30~18:00Optional shore excursion to White Emperor City (295 RMB/pp)
19:00~20:30Buffet dinner
19:30~21:00Optional shore excursion to the Return to the Three Gorges Show (295 RMB/pp) in Fengjie
Note: Return to the Three Gorges (Gui Lai San Xia) will be available after 30 March, 2019.
21:00Crew cabaret
Day 4 (B, L, D)06:30~07:00Early bird coffee and tea
06:30~07:00Practice Taichi
07:00~08:15Buffet breakfast
08:30~12:00Cultural activities onboard
12:00~13:15Buffet lunch
14:00~17:00Cultural activities onboard
13:15~18:00Optional shore excursion to Fengdu Ghost City (295 RMB/pp)
Shore Excursion to Jade Emperor Scenic Area in Fengdu
19:00~20:15Captain’s farewell banquet (table dinner)
18:30~23:00Settle accounts
Day 5 (B)07:00~08:15Buffet breakfast
07:30Check out
09:00Disembark at Chongqing Chaotianmen Port

Arranged Shore Excursions: Three Gorges Dam Site, Shennong Stream, Jade Emperor Scenic Area(fees included)
Optional Shore Excursions: Tribe of the Three Gorges (Or Quyuan Birthplace), Ship Lift, White Emperor City, Return to the Three Gorges Show (Gui Lai San Xia), 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 Victoria 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 295 RMB/person for each, except Quyuan Birthplace for 220 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 White Emperor City need some steps climbing and comfortable shoes are 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).

Victoria Anna Cruise Facts Overview

Rating: 5 StarDraft: 2.65mTotal Cabins: 99
Maiden Voyage: 1996Elevators: N/ASuperior Cabins: 91
Refurbished: 2012Restaurants: 2Executive Suites: 2
Gross Tonage: 3868TSwimming Pool: N/ADeluxe Suites: 4
Length: 85.40mDecks: 5Shangri-La Suites: 2
Width: 14.40mCapacity: 198Room Size Min: 14.60 m2
Speed: 28km/hNumber of Crew: 117Room Size Max: 36.10 m2
Itinerary: Chongqing = YichangAir-conditioning System: CentralDynamic System: Electric propulsion, with syncretic rudder propeller

Cruise Cabins

Superior Cabin
Deluxe Suite
Shangri-La Suite

  • Numbers of cabin: 91
  • Cabin Size: 14.60 m2
  • Twin beds ( 0.9 m x 2.0 m)
  • A private balcony
  • A private bathroom with bathtub

  • Numbers of cabin: 4
  • Cabin Size: 29.96 m2
  • A Queen-size bed ( 1.8 m x 2.0 m)
  • A private balcony
  • A private bathroom with bathtub

  • Numbers of cabin: 2
  • Cabin Size: 36.91 m2
  • 1 King-size bed ( 2.0 m x 2.0 m)
  • A private balcony
  • A private bathroom with bathtub

Cabin Amenities

  • Private Balcony
  • Private Bathroom
  • Extension Telephone
  • TV
  • TV Controller
  • Shower
  • Bathtub
  • Mini Bar
  • Life Jacket
  • Mineral Water
  • Ball-pen
  • Toliet Paper
  • Safe Box
  • Cloth Line

  • Memo Pad
  • Telephone Directory
  • Hair Dryer
  • Shampoo
  • Bath Foam
  • Shower Cap
  • Bath Towel
  • Bed
  • Face Towel
  • Hand Towel
  • Coffee Spoon
  • Laundry Bags
  • Desk

  • Floor Towel
  • Soap
  • Soap Plate
  • Comb
  • Tooth Mug
  • Slippers
  • Bathrobe
  • Kettle
  • Teacup
  • Tea Bags
  • Shoe Sponge
  • Chair
  • Clothes Hanger

Useful Tips for Accommodation on Victoria Grace

1. Two Single Beds Putting into one Double Large Bed

In the superior cabins, two single beds cannot put into one double large bed.

2. Extra Bed

Superior cabins of Victoria Grace are not roomy enough to include a third bed. For three passengers traveling together, it is suggested that either a suite be reserved, or the third passenger reserve a single or share basis in a separate cabin.

3. Upgrade your Room & Deck

Cabins are arranged from the first floor to the third floor of Victoria Grace. The cabins are arranged at random and if have your own idea about the deck you want to stay, please tell us your needs once you booked the cruise with us and our cruise experts will deliver your needs to the cruise company and try to meet your demand.

If you want to upgrade your deck after checking in, you can tell your needs to the front desk and the staff will check the room availability of that time. For most time, you can have your cabin upgraded to upper deck. If there is no room available, you need to stay the original room arranged. The upgrading service needs extra charge and please ask for detailed price at the front desk.

4. VIP Service & Luxury Amenities Program

Travelers in suites and upgraded superior cabins will enjoy the following service and amenities:

  1. Complimentary morning coffee and tea service
  2. Welcome Fruit Basket
  3. Complimentary Wi–Fi service in the Executive Lounge and lobby areas
  4. Nightly turn down service with printed Daily Itinerary
  5. Private shore excursions with 6 or more travelers in a particular group
  6. Dining selection from two dining rooms (choice of dining room to be made at the beginning of the voyage). The Dynasty Dining Room offers buffet breakfast, lunch and dinner daily, and the Captain’s Farewell Banquet on the final night of the voyage.  The A la Carte Restaurant offers buffet breakfast and lunch, and an a la carte menu at dinner.
  7. Diet soda included for lunch and dinner; Hot & Cold soft drinks available daily in Executive Lounge (Pepsi, Sprite, Juice, Coffee, and Tea); Complimentary house wine and beer offerings at dinner Complimentary “Happy Hour” one hour before dinner in the Executive Lounge (including House Wine, Beer, and Soda)

Deck Plans

Upper Deck or Lower Deck?

To help you choose a favorite deck, you can know more about the features of upper deck and lower deck on Victoria Grace cruise ship. 

Features of Upper Decks:

Cabins on upper decks aren’t always the best on the ship, but many Executive Suites and Superior Cabins are typically located on upper decks. A major bonus of being near the top of Victoria Grace is the view. The higher the deck, the better and more panoramic the view. Besides, if you want to enjoy the sunshine or Three Gorges scenery on the sun deck, you might choose a cabin on a high deck (like deck 3). Moreover, if you would like to attend activities or go to the bar, you can choose a higher deck for some entertainment facilities like Spa, Movie Theater, Internet Café and Yangtze Club are located.

Features of Lower Decks:

For travelers with mobility difficulties, accessible cabins area likely to be located lower on the ship. Lower decks are close to areas of embarkation and disembarkation, as well as front desk, main lobby, main dining hall, so it shouldn’t be far to get to most places you’d like to go. If you are prone to very easy seasick (It would not be a problem for 99 percent of travelers ), you’d better choose a cabin at the middle of ship.

If you’re unsure, check deck plans of Victoria Grace cruise ship first and discuss cabin location with your professional Yangtze cruise experts to inquiry about rooms before booking a cabin.

Upgrade your Room & Deck:

Cabins are arranged from the first floor to the third floor of Victoria Grace. The cabins are arranged at random and if have your own idea about the deck you want to stay, please tell us your needs once you booked the cruise with us and our cruise experts will deliver your needs to the cruise company and try to meet your demand.

If you want to upgrade your deck after checking in, you can tell your needs to the front desk and the staff will check the room availability of that time. For most time, you can have your cabin upgraded to upper deck. If there is no room available, you need to stay the original room arranged. The upgrading service needs extra charge and please ask for detailed price at the front desk.

Facilities & Services

DeckMain Facilities & Cabins
Fifth DeckOpen Deck
Fourth DeckSpa, Reading Room, Yangtze Club, Mahjong Room, Oasis Beauty Salon & Massage, Gym, Conference Room
Third DeckSuperior Cabin 301-343, Cab
Second DeckShangri-La Suite 201-202, Deluxe Suite 203-208, Superior Cabin 304, Superior Cabin 207-237, Business Center, Reading Room, Clinic, Shop
First DeckMain Lobby, Front Desk, Dynasty Dining Room, Superior Cabin 101-125, Photo Gallery

Onboard Activities

Life & Experience on Victoria Grace Cruise Ship

From the moment you step on Victoria Grace, you will be treated to active days and relaxing evenings, sublime cuisine and the warm company. Friendly and attentive staff help to create a relaxing atmosphere between the crew and travelers; it’s like a journey unlike any other. With Victoria Grace cruise, you don’t just visit Yangtze River and Three Gorges, you become part of it, leaving you a lifetime cruise experience…

Food & Dining

On board the Victoria Grace cruise you will always dine in a comfortable atmosphere, with both Chinese cuisine experience and captivating western dishes. To meet most travelers’ dining needs, Victoria has hired award winning celebrity chef and hospitality consultant Walter Web who are with five decades of experience to introduce the recipes and menus.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner are in buffet style and an elegant Captain’s Farewell banquet is served on the final night of the cruise. Three meals are served in a single-seating Dynasty Dining Room for travelers who stay in Superior Cabins, and those travelers in suites will enjoy meals in a separate dining room which offers buffet breakfast and lunch and an a la carte menu at dinner. It needs supplementary charge for travelers in Superior Cabins want to enjoy in the separate dining room.

Important Notes:

  1. Special Dietary Requirements: For travelers who have special dining requirements, like vegetarian, salt-free, low-carbohydrate, kosher, you can tell your needs to travel consultants when book the cruise with us or tell it to the front desk when check in onboard.
  2. Dining Time: usually, onboard Victoria Grace, breakfast starts from 07:00 to 08:30, lunch 12:00 to 13:30, and dinner 19:00 to 20:30. You will have 1 to 1.5 hours, so take your time to enjoy your meal. Travelers can know the detailed dining time by listening to the broadcast, checking the daily itinerary sheet or ask for the staff at front desk.
  3. Seat Arrangement: There are 8 to 10 travelers sitting together in a round table arranged according to the nationalities, eating habits and cabins of guests.
Drinking

Travelers cannot enjoy tap water directly on Victoria Grace cruise. In your cabin, there are 1 to 2 bottles of spring water provided every day and you can drink it for free. Also, tea kettle is available in your cabin that you can use it. In the dining halls, there are some kinds of drinks served during the meals, like cola, sprite, juice, coffee, hot water and other soft drinks and wines. Also, complimentary tea and coffee is offered in the early morning before breakfast (usually at 06:30~07:00).

If you want to taste some beverages and drinks in the leisure time no matter during the day or at night, you can go to the Yangtze Club where offers many kinds of drinks and beverages, like Cocktail, Sparking Wine & Champagne, Gin, Tequila, Bourbon, Canadian Whisky, Rum, Vodka, Coffee, Chinese Spirit, Juicy, Tea & hot drinks and so on. These drinks need some charge that you can know detailed price for each item when get on board. Water and drinks are allowed to bring onboard and you’d better taste them in your cabins.

Rich Cultural Activities & Evening Shows

Victoria Grace cruise offers a wide variety of entertainment options and activities to keep you happy day and night. In the early morning, wake up joyfully and follow the Taichi master to play Taichi on the sun deck to stretch your body and smooth your mood.

In the free daytime, you can attend the meaningful lectures on Chinese history and culture which add insight and depth to the cruise experience. You can select to join in the lectures such as Yangtze River History & Three Gorges Dam Project, Chinese Medicine, Chinese Language, Chinese Traditional Brush Painting and Dumpling Wrapping, etc. These lectures are flexible and will be arranged based on different itineraries and interested travelers.

Life is very colorful at night that travelers can enjoy fashion shows and cabaret shows performed by the staff onboard which will not only have you know more about Chinese culture, but will bring you lot of fun and laughter with your mates. After the shows, you can enjoy theme film in your cabins to relax yourself.

Captain’s Welcome & Farewell Party

With Victoria Grace you sail, you are sure to gain something new and cheerful onboard. To make you feel at home, the captain and other staff onboard will welcome you and your mates at the beginning of the cruise and see you off at the end of the trip.

Usually, all the travelers will take part in Captain’s Welcome Party on the second day that the captain will toast every guest personally and all of travelers can enjoy kinds of fruits, pastries and enjoy the happy together and celebrate the beginning of your voyage. On the last night of the cruise, all the travelers will enjoy Captain’s Farewell Dinner and celebrate fellows’ birthday together.

Dress code for the parties:

As a relaxing atmosphere is the first priority of Victoria Grace, the dress code on board is casual and comfortable. The evening dress code is generally unrestrained. As for the Captain’s Welcome Party and Farewell Dinner, a suite and tie for a man or an evening dress for a woman is not strictly required, but avoiding dressing too casual like jeans, round-neck shirts, shorts, slippers and so on.

Service

When you start your journey on Victoria Grace, the first think you will notice is the nice atmosphere when you get onboard. The staff with smiling face will wait for your embarkation at the pier and lead your way to the ship. The English-speaking staff at front desk will help you check in and ask for details about your personal needs and record your needs and arrange everything smoothly. From this moment, you will experience high level of service in every detail from room service, dining, entertainment to shore excursions. If you need the public transportation, please tell your ideas to the front desk and they will try to help you enjoy worry free transfer to the airport / train station after disembarkation.

Professional Guide Service: There is an English-speaking river guide and a cruise director on Victoria Grace. The cruise director is always at your hand, answer your questions and meet your personal needs. The river guide will provide interesting lectures about China and the Yangtze River, and narrative about the sightseeing along Three Gorges (Qutang Gorge, Wu Gorge and Xiling Gorge).

Laundry: You can put your clothes in the laundry bag in your cabin and fill the laundry service form or directly call the reception desk. The staff will take them to do laundry (no dry-cleaning) and return to your cabins after ready. The prices are reasonable. (PS: Laundry services are not provided during the first day and the last day of the cruise trip.)

WIFI: Wifi is available on Victoria Grace cruise, but sometimes unstable. You can use it in your cabin, lobby and other places. It needs extra charge.

Health Care & Wellness

Pamper yourself with some ultimate relaxation in spa, massage and sauna. You can pay to enjoy the SPA and massage to release your tense and pressure of both your mind and body. Also, you can do a sauna to expel the toxin through perspiration while enjoy some light music. If you want to do some sports, you can go to the gym room to exercise your body.

There is 1 or 2 doctors professional at traditional Chinese and western treatment working in the Clinic on Victoria Grace. Travelers feeling uncomfortable or ill onboard can have treatment at 2F and need to pay extra.