Yangtze Cruise Savings

Clients can receive 30 percent off Yangtze cruises

By: J.L. Erickson

Marking the early completion of the Three Gorges Dam, Victoria Cruises is offering 30 percent off all Yangtze cruise itineraries in July and August.

The dam, the largest engineering project of its kind, will control the Yangtze River and the floods that have impacted the river basin each year. The resulting higher water levels will eventually allow Victoria Cruises to reach parts of the Yangtze River that were previously not accessible.

Eventually, visitors will be able to travel further into the Small Three Gorges and go upstream on the Yangtze tributaries Daning and Shennong Rivers. Victoria Cruises said it already is researching new sightseeing opportunities, previously not accessible, for after the water levels rise.

A favorite among travelers, the discount applies to the five-day/four-night Yichang-Chongqing Three Gorges Highlights cruise, as well as the four-day/three-night AmongChongqing-Yichang program.

The tours provide an opportunity to sail through the valleys that comprise the Three Gorges as well as a tour of the Three Gorges Dam Site. Discounted prices start at $542.50 and include cabin, meals, entertainment, lectures and port taxes.

The discount also applies to the eight-day/seven-night Three Gorges Explorer roundtrip program that offers different daily shore excursions in each direction in order to showcase an in-depth Yangtze River experience from the Three Gorges and Three Gorges Dam project to old cities steeped in historical treasures and new cities built to accommodate those people who relocated because of the rising Yangtze waters. Discounted prices start at $980.

Discounted prices also start at $980 for the Grand Yangtze Discovery tours Chongqing-Shanghai (seven days/six nights) and Shanghai-Chongqing (nine days/eight nights) that in addition to the Three Gorges stop at Wuhan, Mt. Huangshan and Nanjing. Shore excursions are also discounted at 30 percent off and start at $56 per person (which is added on to the cost of the cruise).

All specials are applicable to standard cabins only. Rates are per person, based on double occupancy and payment is due within two weeks of booking.