Launched in 2008 and refurbished in 2017, Sanctuary Yangzi Explorer is a 300-foot-long river vessel with five decks. It can accommodate 136 passengers. The ship travels China's Yangtze River between Yichang and Chongqing.

The ship has 62 cabins: 38 Deluxe, 20 Suites and four Specialty Suites. All have floor-to-ceiling windows and private balconies. Accommodations are equipped with armchairs and coffee tables as well as have an LCD satellite television, a mini-bar, a safe and complimentary Wi-Fi for suite passengers. All cabins have private bathrooms with a hair dryer.  Adjoining cabins are available.

Deluxe cabins are 333 square feet. Passengers can choose between king-size or queen-size beds. The 20 Suite cabins are 420 square feet and have an indoor seating area and can easily accommodate a third person. Of those 20 suites, 12 have king-size beds and eight have twins.

The Specialty Suites are 871 to 1183 square feet and have separate bedroom and living areas. They also have a king-size bed and amenities like in-suite private dining and room service, a bottle of sparkling wine, a fruit bowl refilled daily and afternoon tea.

The ship has a spa, observation deck, a two-floor theater, library and beauty and fitness facilities. It also offers daily tai chi lessons, tea ceremonies, a cooking class, calligraphy lessons and educational workshops on traditional Chinese medicine. Children are offered a daily schedule of activities during the summers.

The onboard restaurant offers buffets for breakfast and lunch, and a la carte menu at dinner. Soft drinks, house wine and local beers are unlimited at meal times.

Sanctuary Retreats does not have a detailed passenger breakdown by nationality but says most of its passengers are from the United States, the United Kingdom, Australia, Germany and France.

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By Natalie Pompilio
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Sanctuary Yangzi Explorer Overview

Launched in 2008 and refurbished in 2017, Sanctuary Yangzi Explorer is a 300-foot-long river vessel with five decks. It can accommodate 136 passengers. The ship travels China's Yangtze River between Yichang and Chongqing.

The ship has 62 cabins: 38 Deluxe, 20 Suites and four Specialty Suites. All have floor-to-ceiling windows and private balconies. Accommodations are equipped with armchairs and coffee tables as well as have an LCD satellite television, a mini-bar, a safe and complimentary Wi-Fi for suite passengers. All cabins have private bathrooms with a hair dryer.  Adjoining cabins are available.

Deluxe cabins are 333 square feet. Passengers can choose between king-size or queen-size beds. The 20 Suite cabins are 420 square feet and have an indoor seating area and can easily accommodate a third person. Of those 20 suites, 12 have king-size beds and eight have twins.

The Specialty Suites are 871 to 1183 square feet and have separate bedroom and living areas. They also have a king-size bed and amenities like in-suite private dining and room service, a bottle of sparkling wine, a fruit bowl refilled daily and afternoon tea.

The ship has a spa, observation deck, a two-floor theater, library and beauty and fitness facilities. It also offers daily tai chi lessons, tea ceremonies, a cooking class, calligraphy lessons and educational workshops on traditional Chinese medicine. Children are offered a daily schedule of activities during the summers.

The onboard restaurant offers buffets for breakfast and lunch, and a la carte menu at dinner. Soft drinks, house wine and local beers are unlimited at meal times.

Sanctuary Retreats does not have a detailed passenger breakdown by nationality but says most of its passengers are from the United States, the United Kingdom, Australia, Germany and France.

Additional Sanctuary Yangzi Explorer Information

Sanctuary Yangzi Explorer Details
  • Crew: 124
  • Launched: 2008
  • Decks: 5
  • Passengers: 124
  • Registry: China
Sanctuary Yangzi Explorer Ratings
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