Century Completes Enhancement

Yangtze river line raises the bar on dining, service and entertainment By: Marilyn Green
Century Cruises has enhanced its fleet to create a more elegant atmosphere. // © 2012 Century Cruises
Century Cruises has enhanced its fleet to create a more elegant atmosphere. // © 2012 Century Cruises

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Century Cruises has announced the completion of an extensive quality enhancement program encompassing everything from the hotel management to the food quality and onboard entertainment. A key aspect was additional staff training, with some senior staff members sent to Europe for training and meetings. The food supply system was also reviewed and new international dishes were added. Afternoon tea was enhanced with desserts and a more elegant atmosphere in which staff members play traditional Chinese instruments or teach passengers Chinese.

Century also hired a professional choreographer and dancers to improve its program of onboard dance performances featuring Chinese folk dances, music and colorful costumes.

“Our quality enhancement program ensures that Century will maintain its well-deserved reputation for providing our passengers with a world-class river cruise experience while discovering one of the world’s most historic waterways,” said Alex Ye, vice president of marketing for Century Cruises.

Century’s first ship, the Century Star, claims the title of first cruise ship on the Yangtze to feature private balconies with every cabin, and the 2005 Century Sky was the first to have a grand atrium lobby and two mid-ship observation elevators. Three years later, the Century Diamond became the first to install pure drinking water in every cabin. And in addition to such amenities as a 2,150-square-foot heated indoor swimming pool, a spa and a fitness center, Century’s two newbuilds, the Century Paragon and Century Legend, feature the first integrated E-Propulsion and Rudder Propeller System on the Yangtze, substantially reducing vibration and noise and significantly increasing the ships’ maneuvering capability.

The current Century fleet is comprised of the five-star Century Star, Century Sky, Century Sun, Century Diamond and Century Emerald.

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