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Sanctuary Yangzi Explorer: Exploring China's fabled Yangtze River


Sanctuary Yangzi Explorer introduces a new standard of cruising in China — an intimate and luxurious experience, with the ship carrying just 124 passengers, compared to the 300-plus accommodated on other cruise ships. Aboard Sanctuary Yangzi Explorer, the number of crew members match the number of passengers, resulting in the most personalized service on the river.

Recently refurbished, the elegant Sanctuary Yangzi Explorer sets the bar for luxury river cruising in China, with three- and four-night cruises between Chongqing and Yichang. The most celebrated stretch of the Yangtze is the spectacular Three Gorges region. Highlights include the mountainous region of Fuling, where fascinating touring options include the secret 815 Underground Project and the White Crane Ridge Underwater Museum.

The crystal-clear waters and forested slopes of Shennong Stream are experienced during a ride in a traditional sampan. Qutang Gorge is famous for its rolling waters and dramatic cliffs, while Wu is characterized by majestic forest-crowned peaks. Xiling, the longest, finishes at the vast Three Gorges Dam with a tour of the site and exhibition center. Friendly and intimate on board service creates an atmosphere more resembling a private club than a cruise ship.

Who will like sailing on Sanctuary Yangzi Explorer

Travelers who enjoy exploring Eastern culture and scenic landscapes in an intimate, upscale setting would enjoy a trip aboard Sanctuary Yangzi Explorer, chartered by Uniworld River Cruises.

Where Sanctuary Yangzi Explorer sails

Sanctuary Yangzi Explorer offers sailings on the Yangtze between Chongqing and Yichang, China. However, Uniworld not resumed itineraries while China still contends with coronavirus outbreaks.

Cruises on this ship

What's included

Uniworld's river cruises are all-inclusive. Aboard Sanctuary Yangzi Explorer you'll receive:

  • All three meals during full sailing days and breakfast on day of disembarkation
  • Beverages with meals including house wine, local beer, soft drinks and water
  • Entrance fees as part of scheduled sightseeing
  • Pre-arranged entertainment and on-board activities


The ship offers 38 cabins, 24 suites and four themed suites over four decks — the most luxuriously appointed staterooms on the Yangtze River. Each has floor-to-ceiling picture windows, a private balcony and en suite bathroom.

Cabins are the largest entry level of their kind on the Yangtze River. Stylish, and with their own private balconies, each is fully equipped with satellite TV, electronic safe, minibar and fridge.

Suites have an indoor seating area and a private balcony with table and chairs. They’re spacious enough to accommodate a third person, and they include a free laundry service as well as access to the suite lounge for unlimited drinks and snacks.


Complementing the natural beauty of the river is a rich program of shore excursions and shipboard activities that highlight the richness of China’s cultural traditions as well as the river’s history and ecology. Tai Chi classes, Chinese cooking and silk embroidery are just some of the diversions available. In between activities, the Huang Ding Spa beckons. There’s also a fitness center, sauna and beauty salon.

Interested in a cruise on this ship?

For pricing, itinerary information and to reserve your spot on this ship, contact a Cruiseable travel consultant by email or by calling 1-877-322-3773.

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Fast facts

124 Passengers [?]
124 Crew
6 Decks
2008 Maiden voyage
6,733 Tonnage [?]
300 Length in feet
52 Width in feet (max beam)

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