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I chose it on price..but also on reviews. The Victoria Selina does not look impressive in photographs, but do not let that affect your decision. It is in a good state of repair and although not super luxurious everything is well ordered and well presented inside. The bar and dining room are both very attractive public spaces. It was very reasonably priced, and our twin bed cabin with en-suite was spotless, with comfortable beds and excellent bathroom. But it was the staff that made the cruise so enjoyable. The staff on our cabin floor were excellent, practising their English at every opportunity. Translation software made questions easily answered, but their service was faultless. The food had great variety, suiting all. And it was buffet, plentiful and tasty. We had a banquet on our last night..fabulous. Side trips from the ship were well organised by our Cruise director and enjoyable despite soaring summer temperatures. Our guides spoke good English; sometimes excellent, allowing questions to be asked and answered without resorting to software. The on board river guide, Tom gave excellent talks in English about the Yangtze and about the Gorges as we travelled and we enjoyed each evening's entertainment at which he was a great M.C. We saw a professional version of our own waiter's mask switching dance in Beijing last night which showed us just how good he was. We recognised at the time how much work the staff put into their evening performances of minority ethnic dancing and other things...and how multi-talented they are.

Very enjoyable 4 days on a fascinating and important river-The Yangtze

Victoria Selina Cruise Review by Dale_Ringham

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: August 2016
  • Destination: Asia River
  • Cabin Type: Deluxe Suite
I chose it on price..but also on reviews.

The Victoria Selina does not look impressive in photographs, but do not let that affect your decision. It is in a good state of repair and although not super luxurious everything is well ordered and well presented inside. The bar and dining room are both very attractive public spaces.

It was very reasonably priced, and our twin bed cabin with en-suite was spotless, with comfortable beds and excellent bathroom.

But it was the staff that made the cruise so enjoyable.

The staff on our cabin floor were excellent, practising their English at every opportunity. Translation software made questions easily answered, but their service was faultless.

The food had great variety, suiting all. And it was buffet, plentiful and tasty. We had a banquet on our last night..fabulous.

Side trips from the ship were well organised by our Cruise director and enjoyable despite soaring summer temperatures. Our guides spoke good English; sometimes excellent, allowing questions to be asked and answered without resorting to software.

The on board river guide, Tom gave excellent talks in English about the Yangtze and about the Gorges as we travelled and we enjoyed each evening's entertainment at which he was a great M.C.

We saw a professional version of our own waiter's mask switching dance in Beijing last night which showed us just how good he was. We recognised at the time how much work the staff put into their evening performances of minority ethnic dancing and other things...and how multi-talented they are.
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Cabin Review

Deluxe Suite
Cabin DS 309A
Twin bed cabin..cannot remember category...?junior suite.
All had doors opening to tiny balcony and good airconditioning. VERY necessary in August.
We were offered an up-grade at extra cost to a Shangri-la Suite at the end of our corridor which we declined.
The cruise was sightseeing..the categories below did not describe it
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