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Prices are in US dollars per person, based on twin occupancy, and including all the meals and shore excursions as listed. Double bed rooms are on request, but with few accommodations and the possibility may vary among different cruises. Besides, it is at a greater cost. Normally, standard cabins are twin beds, and the double bed/King-size bed is available in suit cabin. One bed (0.5 twin room) occupancy reserve is also available, but you must share the room with other passengers of the same gender. Extra beds are available for children aged 2-11 for 75% of the adult cruise fare, depending on the cruise line. 100% cruise fare is to be paid by all children above 12 years old or adults. (Please ask your travel consultant for more details.)
- Infants under 2 years old are to be charged 10% of the adult cruise fare.
- The single room supplement is 70-100% of the cruise fare.
Terms and Conditions
Yangtze River Cruise operators reserve the right to cancel a scheduled sailing if they do not receive enough bookings for the sailing. This situation is more likely to occur in low season but can also occur in September and October. The cancellations can occur even though they have previously confirmed the reservation made by China Highlights for our customers. Cancellation of a sailing usually occurs 15-30 days before the scheduled date but sometimes might be within 2 days before the sailing.
In the event that a cruise is cancelled we will do everything possible to rebook immediately on another ship, so that inconvenience is minimized. It is possible that an additional expense may be applicable if the available ship is more expensive than that of the original booking. Please be assured that these events are beyond our control but we are here to serve you and will do all in our power to make your trip as smooth as possible.
On-board Facilities And Services
The standard of services might vary among cruises companies. Internet services on the cruise ships can be unreliable. Most ships have internet cafes which can be used for a fee. Rooms are not internet equipped. (Sometimes, cell phone and Internet signal strength might be unstable, so your communications might be interrupted) Other secretarial services including photocopying, simultaneous translating typing, personal computers, fax capabilities may be available for a fee. Laundry service is available including washing and pressing but there is no dry cleaning on board.
Food might vary between different cruises. Generally meals are served buffet style both for Chinese and western style for breakfast. Featured Chinese table service is served at dinner. If you have any special dietary requirements, such as vegetarian or Muslim, please contact us in advance. We will inform the cruise company in due course. Please reconfirm with the cruise manager on board upon check in. You will be charged for any additional food costs.
Cruise ships are rated by star, but they might not meet the standard of the same level hotel. Bedrooms and toilets are comparatively small, using an extra bed will mean that space is very limited. The standard cabins usually are from 8 to 16 sq. meters not including bathroom.（extra beds for children are feasible）
Various activities and performances are included on the cruise. Usually the captain and crew will extend a welcome by holding a cocktail party. Performances include costume shows, magic shows; Sichuan Opera and the Magical Mask Changing are also included. Other interactive activities give you an opportunity to understand Chinese traditional culture. Examples are Taiji experience, snuff bottle painting lessons, Chinese traditional medicine introduction and cooking classes etc.
Yangtze River Travel highly recommended you to book airport-pier/pier-airport transfers together with the cruise. It will much more convenient for you to get on boat at pier, but it can only be known within 1 or 2 days in advance which dock the boat will be parked at. It will also save your time to catch your flight/train to next destination after cruise.
A visit to some scenic spots requires a steep climb up many steps from the river level to the bank. In Fengdu and White Emperor City, there are many steps lead to mountains at scenic area. A chairlift usually operates at Fengdu which is on your own expense. Not wanting to climb the stair......no problem, stay on the ship and enjoy the scenery from the comfort of a deck chair. Cable cars are available at Chongqing pier which are on your own expense and you can also hire a carrier to carry your luggage when go ashore.
Remember to prevent from sunburn and to keep warm. It can be cold on the deck at night, so a coat is necessary.