This month, one of the biggest river cruise ships in the world, the Victoria Jenna, launched on China’s Yangtze River.
Victoria Jenna, owned and operated by Victoria Cruises, which specializes in river cruises on the Yangtze, set sail on Sept. 6, symbolizing the growth and development of China’s upscale river cruise market.
Victoria’s eighth ship, Victoria Jenna is a 378-passenger ship, with 189 cabins, including 149 staterooms, 35 junior suites, three deluxe suites and two Shangri-La suites. The five-passenger-deck ship is 439 feet long and 62 feet wide with a gross tonnage of approximately 8,000.
All cabins on the Victoria Jenna have televisions with HBO and CNN, private bathrooms with shower and bathtub and private balconies. The Jenna features two dining rooms (a single-seating, main dining room and an a la carte restaurant), four elevators, a fitness room, lecture room, a library/reading room, the Yangtze Club (a nightclub with theater-style seating), cocktail lounge, beauty parlor and mini-spa, gift shop, observation deck, business center, Internet access, health clinic and an atrium lobby.
In addition to onboard activities such as Tai Chi lessons, and nightly entertainment options, shore excursions include the Three Gorges Dam in Sandouping, a smaller boat ride down the Yangtze’s scenic Daning or Shennong River tributaries to the Small Gorges.
The Jenna will sail Victoria Cruises’ Three Gorges Highlights program, both upstream and downstream between Chongqing and Yichang, as well as the roundtrip Three Gorges Explorer itinerary sailing from Chongqing to Yichang and back.
Additionally, Victoria Cruises plans to renovate its Victoria Anna and Victoria Katarina ships this winter season to increase the number of suites as well as enhance the look and feel of the vessels.
American river cruise companies Avalon Waterways and Uniworld River Cruises are among those that charter Victoria ships.
Last year, two other noteworthy upscale ships launched on the Yangtze, Century Cruises’ 264-passenger Century Diamond (pictured), with 112 standard cabins, four executive cabins, 14 deluxe cabins and two suites; and Sanctuary Retreats’ 124-passenger Yangzi Explorer, which includes the Yangzi Spa with six treatment rooms.
Luxury travel company Abercrombie & Kent offers Yangtze River cruises on the Yangzi Explorer.