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Uniworld's Century Legend: Legends of China
Editor's note: Century Legend caters to Western passengers and is sometimes chartered by river lines such as Uniworld and Avalon.
Uniworld's five-star-rated Century Legend is a state-of-the-art ship designed by specialized European architects and shipbuilders. Cruise passengers can choose between the 14-day China, Tibet & The Yangtze itinerary and the 18-day Grand China & The Yangtze itinerary before they travel throughout China. Both itineraries are full of rich experiences, as cruise passengers visit world-class cities such as Beijing, Shanghai and Hong Kong. Guests will visit such historic sites as Tiananmen Square and the UNESCO-designated Great Wall, among many others.
Aboard the Century Legend, guests will find some uncommon river cruise features such as the six-story atrium and an indoor pool and spa area. Other defining features of the ship include two restaurants, two bars, a cinema, fitness center, game rooms, a reading room, boutique and more.
Where Century Legend sails
Home port: Yichang, China
Destinations: The Uniworld Century Legend sails the Yangtze River in China from Yichang to Shennv Stream to Shibaozhai. This cruise is part of a larger package including hotels in Beijiing, Xi'am and Shanghai.
There are two restaurants on board Century Legend: the main dining room and the Executive VIP Restaurant. Breakfast in the main dining room is served buffet style, in addition to seated lunches and dinners. Complimentary wine is served at both the Peking duck Welcome Dinner and the Farewell Dinner on board the ship, as well as in the Executive VIP Restaurant. Specially themed meals include a hutong family-hosted lunch in Beijing, traditional dumpling banquet and Tang Dynasty dinner in Xi'an and a dim sum lunch in Shanghai.
There are several public areas on board for cruise passengers to enjoy. You can relax in the spa or get pampered in the beauty salon. You can stay fit by swimming in the lap pool or taking advantage of the onboard fitness center. A cinema, game rooms and a library are also available for passengers.
A variety of onboard cultural classes and activities — including tai chi, folk dancing, Chinese calligraphy, opera performances and more — are provided for guests' enjoyment throughout your cruise.
A choice of tours is offered in each destination, and is included in the fares. In Beijing, guests can visit Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City and The Great Wall. A rickshaw tour of the hutongs, old neighborhoods with traditional quadrangle houses built around courtyards, will end with a traditional lunch with a local family. In Xi'an, guests can visit the Museum of the Terra-cotta Warriors and Horses. In Shanghai, guests will visit one of the busiest ports in the world and get to stroll the famed waterfront promenade.
Uniworld Signature Suites are designed with a private balcony, complimentary wi-fi and satellite TV with a variety of viewing options, mini bar, individually controlled air conditioning, a cozy sitting area and sumptuous bed linens. Bathrooms feature tubs, comfy robes and slippers, and fine bath products. Guests who desire even more space can select one of two Presidential Suites (1,140 square feet), which come with additional amenities.
On board Century Legend, all guests are afforded Uniworld VIP benefits, which include:
- Complimentary fruit basket upon arrival
- Free coffee, tea, and snack in Executive Reception area 24 hours a day
- Complimentary cocktail reception before dinner
- Dining in the Executive VIP Restaurant with complimentary wine, beer, and soft drinks served during dinner
- Dedicated concierge services
- Express check-in and check-out
- Complimentary wi-fi in executive lounge area
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Top highlights on this ship
- Large indoor pool and spa area on board
- Onboard cultural classes and activities such as Chinese calligraphy and tai chi
- Exclusive land-based excursions included in the fare