Uniworld guests wanting to travel to China are about to be treated to two spectacular new ships next year, thanks to the line’s partnership with Century River Cruises.
Aboard the Century Paragon and Century Legend, guests will be treated to some decidedly uncommon river cruise features, like a sweeping seven-story atrium, an exclusive deck for passengers in executive suites, and an enormous indoor pool and spa area. Uniworld guests will be treated to the five-star experience with accommodations designed exclusively for Uniworld: Uniworld Signature Suites.
But Uniworld won’t be the only river cruise company to use these two vessels; Avalon Waterways will also offer voyages along the Yangtze aboard both Century Paragon and Century Legend, but tailored to suit the Avalon Waterways product.
So how does that work? Avalon guests will stay in spacious, 266-square foot Deluxe Staterooms featuring balconies with floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors, a sitting area, writing desk, and private bathroom.
Uniworld guests will stay in Uniworld Signature Suites designed exclusively for them, also measuring 266 square feet, but located on Bridge Deck. They will also have the option to upgrade to one of two Presidential Suites measuring more than 1,000 square feet apiece and located all the way forward on Promenade Deck.
Measuring 465 feet in length, these two vessels are also larger than your typical river cruise ship, though passenger count is kept low with just 156 staterooms. Two bars, Wi-Fi access in all public areas, two elevators and even a dedicated cinema are just a few of the features passengers sailing with both Avalon and Uniworld can look forward to.
Here’s a first-look at these spacious ships plying the Yangtze:
Full ship profiles for both Century Paragon and Century Legend will be coming soon here on River Cruise Advisor.
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Many of my clients have stayed in the Uniworld Signature suites during their 4 night river cruise. Many have booked but sat a bit disappointed knowing they wouldn’t be on the ship as much as they were in Europe. Many came back and were glad they only had 4 nights on the ship! From my experience, The food was in fact cold this is true, but they were committed to making it right. The common areas that we could enjoy were a bit sedate yet crowded . The suites are beautiful and clean! No problems here! Large cabins with comfortable beds and luxurious amenities. Do know that the experience here as opposed to what you get in Europe are two different beast.
I have heard that although this cruise ship is very new, the staff don’t speak English the cleaning of cabins is not good especially showers and the VIP rooms were not vacuumed well. Also the food was very average and stale and the quality not good! We are planning a cruise on the Yangtze very soon and thought that as Century Legion was new it would be spotless and we would have a wonderful experience with Chinese and European quality food. Very now!!
Thanks for sharing your opinion. However, you write that you have “heard.” We’d like to hear from passengers who have experienced Century Legend and Century Paragon. Perhaps someone who has cruised will chime in?
We have just come back from this cruise in September – Land & Hotels Fantastic! a solid 5 star experience, Guides and Tours extremely good (be prepared to be on the go continuously. Cruise – I would rate 3 1/2 star, rooms were nice (Signature Suites) VIP dining not so much (food was either cold, under cooked or overcooked/steamed within an inch of it’s life)no taste flat and boring. Set dinners not enough for a larger person on the plate. However there is the Dining room downstairs – food was great – hot fresh vegetables done several ways -really good Chinese food. Had we known we would have had all our meals in the ding hall. Depends if you wish to experiance Chinese Food Local Style (not North American) fresh and hot – with lots of flavour. There is a small Tuck Shop onboard, but there really isn’t anything there to purchase.
Crew spoke better English than we spoke Chinese, they were very pleasant and most helpful – they always liked to engage conversation with you -this is how they practice English. The spa onboard was really good – watch out for the “Kungfu Master” he is a little rough if you have the Kungfu Massage
This is a trip of a lifetime, would we do it again – probably not, are we glad we did it- Absolutely without a doubt ! The overall experience out weights the little issues.
Go for it.
Thanks very much for sharing!