Victoria Teams With Operator

Victoria Cruises forms pact with Pacific Delight for 2005

By: Devin Galaudet

In a recent pact, Victoria Cruises and Pacific Delight Tours have made Victoria Cruises the exclusive sailing provider of the Yangtze River with Pacific Delight World Tours’ escorted China programs for 2005.

“In what is emerging as a very competitive marketplace on the Yangtze River, we are extremely pleased that a company the caliber of Pacific Delight World Tours, which has built a reputation for extraordinary service levels, creative itineraries and flawless personal attention, has affirmed its relationship with us to this degree,” said Jerry Pi, director of global operations for Victoria Cruises.

“Both our companies share similar philosophies of providing premier levels of value and luxury as well as a strong family tradition in business, making us natural partners. Looking ahead, we expect 2005 to be successful for Victoria Cruises and Pacific Delight World Tours as well as the tourism industry at large, Pi added. “An increased interest in exploring China, plus the heightened buzz that is already surrounding the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing is putting China in the forefront of a larger traveling audience.”

Currently there are two versions of the 19-day Classic China & Yangtze River Imperial Experience program (in either four or five days on Victoria Cruise ships). Both tours offer stops in Beijing, Xian, Chongqing, Shanghai, Suzhou, Guilin and Hong Kong with optional extensions to Bangkok and Angkor Wat that showcase impressive Yangtze River scenery. Tours include Beijing’s Tiananmen Square and Forbidden City, the Great Wall, Ming Tombs and Beijing Opera; Shanghai’s Jade Buddha Temple, the Shanghai Museum and a performance at the Children’s Palace; ancient Xian; and Hong Kong’s Stanley Market, Repulse Bay, Victoria Peak and a visit to Aberdeen’s sampan community.

All tour packages come with trans-Pacific flights on Northwest Airlines from Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle or Portland; accommodations at deluxe hotels; outside cabin with balcony on the Victoria Katarina; intra-China transportation; sightseeing and entertainment; most meals; professional escort beginning in Los Angeles; transfers, baggage handling, hotel taxes and service charges; and $100,000 flight insurance when air reservations are ticketed by Pacific Delight Tours.

“Pacific Delight World Tours, the first tour operator on the Yangtze, and Victoria Cruises together pioneered the seamless vacation experience that has become synonymous with our names,” said Sophia Luk, senior vice president of marketing and sales, Pacific Delight World Tours.

“Victoria Cruises’ recent revitalization of its fleet with the most deluxe vessels on the river and the cruise line’s impeccable service are the ideal complement to our exceptional escorted journeys of ‘affordable luxury.’ Victoria Cruises and Pacific Delight World Tours have exhibited an unrivaled mastery of this intriguing part of the world making our packages top sellers,” Luk said.

Pacific Delight World Tours is the largest provider of escorted and independent tours to China and the Orient with over 34 years of experience.

Victoria Cruises has been sailing on the Yangtze since 1994, with 2004 seeing the launch of Victoria Cruises’ new generation of high-tech vessels. “Premier Ships,” (Victoria’s Katarina, Empress, Prince, Queen, and Star) are new or newly rebuilt ships and feature balconies in every room, larger common areas and upgraded decor throughout. Victoria Cruise also owns the largest number of five-star ships on the Yangtze (Victoria’s Katarina, Prince, Queen and Star) and all voyages offer a wide variety of cultural experiences, with lectures, acupuncture demonstrations, Tai Chi, calligraphy and silk-kite making.

Travel agents receive 10 percent commissions for bookings with Pacific Delight World Tours escorted tour programs; additional commission may apply depending on consortium affiliation.

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