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We took a week long cruise from Chongqing to Shanghai in July. Finding the ship was very difficult, even with Chinese instructions for the taxi driver and we were dropped at the wrong dock. Some porters miraculously appeared and took our luggage about 1 km to where the VP was docked next to 2 rusty barges that we had to walk through. Just as we arrived, a brass band started playing to greet us, and stopped the minute we walked on board! Cabins were basic and contained a bath. Meals were quite nice, but they seemed to hussle us out of the dining room as soon as possible. No afternoon tea or snacks provided. Ports Fengdu- 500 steps- didn't go. Wuhan- interesting archeological museum and we were taken by bus. Three Gorges dam- interesting bus tour to dam and tourist centre. Boat trip down 3 gorges. This was beautiful, and then we transferred to smaller boats for the Shennong streams. Fascinating day learning about the TGD and the raised water levels. Yellow mountain- 2 hour bus ride, long queue for cable car, but the sight was awesome. Also lots of steps.Nanjing- didn't go to Sun Yat sen's memorial because of 500 steps. Afternoon spent in pleasant shopping mall in Nanjing. Debarkation quick and painless and we found a taxi to take us to hotel. Overall- staff were very pleasant and accommodating. No night life except a couple of shows. Chinese tour director Luther worked very hard for all of us and there were a few interesting speakers about art, medicine, the dam. Bar service basic. A pleasant 3 star cruise but not in the league of the 5 star ocean liners.

Pleasant 3 star trip

Victoria Sophia Cruise Review by kazganymede

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: July 2011
  • Destination: Asia
  • Cabin Type: Superior Cabin
We took a week long cruise from Chongqing to Shanghai in July.

Finding the ship was very difficult, even with Chinese instructions for the taxi driver and we were dropped at the wrong dock. Some porters miraculously appeared and took our luggage about 1 km to where the VP was docked next to 2 rusty barges that we had to walk through.

Just as we arrived, a brass band started playing to greet us, and stopped the minute we walked on board!

Cabins were basic and contained a bath. Meals were quite nice, but they seemed to hussle us out of the dining room as soon as possible. No afternoon tea or snacks provided.

Ports Fengdu- 500 steps- didn't go.
Wuhan- interesting archeological museum and we were taken by bus.
Three Gorges dam- interesting bus tour to dam and tourist centre.
Boat trip down 3 gorges. This was beautiful, and then we transferred to smaller boats for the Shennong streams. Fascinating day learning about the TGD and the raised water levels.
Yellow mountain- 2 hour bus ride, long queue for cable car, but the sight was awesome. Also lots of steps.Nanjing- didn't go to Sun Yat sen's memorial because of 500 steps. Afternoon spent in pleasant shopping mall in Nanjing.
Debarkation quick and painless and we found a taxi to take us to hotel.

Overall- staff were very pleasant and accommodating.
No night life except a couple of shows.
Chinese tour director Luther worked very hard for all of us and there were a few interesting speakers about art, medicine, the dam.
Bar service basic.

A pleasant 3 star cruise but not in the league of the 5 star ocean liners.
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Superior Cabin
Cabin SC 202
202- just a few steps from office on main deck, but no noise.
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