Top Victoria Cruises Ships
As the topography of the Yangtze changes back and forth from bustling river ports to terraced rice paddies to fjord-like precipitous gorges, the passing scenery on riverbanks, seemingly close enough to touch, is described by a bilingual (Chinese/English) river guide, and provides a moving backdrop during the extensive periods of daylight sailing. There are daily port calls as well, featuring unfortunately all-too-rushed shore excursions. At night, ships' entertainment leans toward the cultural, with, for example, performances by members of the Beijing Opera, or fashion shows with crew members modeling clothing stretching from thousands of years ago to the hip, contemporary youth-oriented fashions of modern booming Shanghai.
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!).
Victoria Cruises bends over backwards to please Western tastes. As a result, Americans account for 60 percent of the passenger load. Most of the remainder come from Europe and Australia. Currently, mainland Chinese amount to less than five percent.
Most passengers are over 50, seasoned travelers with a sprinkling of younger passengers and families.