Victoria Cruisesa leading innovator and pioneer on China’s Yangtze
Riverwill once again be the exclusive provider of Yangtze River
sailings for Uniworld’s escorted China tours in 2005.
An American-managed company, Victoria Cruises operates the
largest fleet of vessels on the Yangtze, with a five-star rating
from the China National Tourism Administration. Uniworld River
Cruises, Inc., newly acquired by the Travel Corporation, is a
leading river cruise and tour company offering premium vacations in
Europe, Russia, China and South America. The company provides
all-inclusive tours for high-end travelers (in an all-English
speaking, non-smoking environment).
“Victoria Cruises and Uniworld truly represent a joining of
forces between the leading river cruise line in China and the
world’s leading river cruise operator,” said Benson Wu, vice
president of Victoria Cruises.
In addition, Victoria Cruises will expand its fleet to seven
with the introduction of the Victoria Anna in April 2006. The
Victoria Anna will be the largest ship in the company’s fleet and
will boast the highest passenger capacity and the most suites of
all vessels sailing the Yangtze.
For travelers interested in experiencing Beijing, Xian, Shanghai
and a cruise along the Yangtze, Uniworld recommends the 13-day
Highlights of China and the Yangtze River package. The tour
includes roundtrip transportation to Beijing and from Shanghai via
United Airlines or Northwest Airlines; all transportation within
the tour; an excursion on the Yangtze River from Chongqing to
Yichang with Victoria Cruises (with all meals and shore
excursions); all meals in China (including a festive Peking Duck
dinner in Beijing and a savory Dumpling lunch in Xian); special
cultural performances (Beijing Opera, Tang Dynasty Show in Xian,
and thrilling acrobatics in Shanghai); comprehensive sightseeing,
including the services of English-speaking local guides; services
of an experienced Uniworld Tour Manager throughout the tour; and
all transfers for passengers on Uniworld flights. Prices start at
$2598 per person, based on double occupancy, which includes airfare
from Los Angeles, San Francisco and Seattle. Single supplements
cost $1098. Air prices from other major U.S. gateways are
available. Departure dates are available March Oct. 2005.