Victoria Cruises Highlights
- Victoria Cruises operates solely on China's Yangtze River
- Most pax are 50-plus, with a sprinkling of younger folks, families
- Excursions included; China land tour option
- Quality Chinese cuisine served in single seating "banquet"
- Victoria Cruises News: Acclaimed Chef Heats Up Victoria Cruises' Cuisine
Victoria Cruises Fleet (7)
About Victoria Cruises
Founded in 1994 by the Chinese-American Pi family, this New York-based company began operations by leasing vessels and crews from existing Chinese shipping operators and manning them with English-speaking cruise staff. Ultimately finding this arrangement to be a compromise and unsatisfactory for the product they envisaged, Victoria began a program, completed in early 2003, of returning the leased vessels to their owners and custom-building a fleet designed expressly for the preferences, tastes and priorities of a Western -- especially American -- clientele. Aboard these upscale ships the understated decor is warm, comfortable and luxurious, and the cuisine excellent.
Many English-language travel operators, including those in the river cruise industry, have taken notice. Victoria's sailings are marketed and sold by Avalon Waterways, China Plus, Gate 1 Travel, General Tours, Globus, Orient Flexi-Pax, Pacific Delight Tours, Ritz Tours, Swain Tours, Trafalgar, Travcoa and Uniworld.
Currently, Victoria operates solely on China's Yangtze River, and, like river cruises worldwide, these voyages are as much round-the-clock shore excursions and floating enrichment programs as posh cruises.
Quality cuisine is given a high priority aboard Victoria's ships. Breakfast and lunch are served buffet-style, and include a mix of Western and Asian choices. Dinner is predominantly Chinese, served "banquet style" in a single seating with assigned tables.
Though the ambiance is by and large casual, there are two dinners where jacket and tie (and equivalent wardrobe for the ladies) is recommended: a welcome aboard dinner and farewell dinner (often on succeeding nights on three-night cruises!).
Most passengers are over 50, seasoned travelers with a sprinkling of younger passengers and families.