Up or down the Yangtze River?

Old Jun 11th, 2002, 07:42 PM
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Sue
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Up or down the Yangtze River?

I'm planning a trip to China, including a trip on the Yangtze. What is the difference between going up or down the Yangtze?

Also, I understand there are different size boats or ships for this tour. Any opinions on which is better? Or are they all good and it's a matter of opinion.

Thanks for any and all help!!!

Sue
 
Old Jun 11th, 2002, 11:57 PM
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Upstream takes a day longer than downstream and they do much more night sailing, since they're against the current. I just returned from the downstream cruise on the Victoria II, and 4 days is enough. I would consider the cruise line rather than the size of the boat. Some are American operated and others are Chinese. Do some research and see which suits your needs better. I chose Victoria because of the option of some American food and English being spoken. You may not have those needs, so check them all.
 
Old Jun 12th, 2002, 08:05 AM
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I agree that 4 nights downstream is enough. We also took the Victoria 2, was a very good ship. Regal is also good, but the standard rooms are listed as smaller. East King and Queen have a better reputation, may be more expensive. Check out <http://www.travelchinaguide.com/cruise_ship/index.htm>
 
Old Jun 13th, 2002, 09:12 PM
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Randy & Dave,

Thanks for the explanations!!

Sue
 
Old Jun 19th, 2002, 07:57 PM
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My question is: what's the best and cheapest way to get to and from Hong Kong and the boat docks? Everything I've found is REALLY expenseive and puts the trip into the $2000US category (granted, its the East King, but still...)
 
Old Jun 19th, 2002, 09:39 PM
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Claudette,

I think you would have a better chance of getting an answer if you post your question as a new message.

Sue
 
Old Jun 23rd, 2002, 08:14 AM
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We took the Regal Princess Sheena and agree that 4 days, downstream is enough.

When passing thru the locks, we were right next to one of the Victoria ships. It did appear that the rooms were slightly larger.

Even the most expensive rooms on regal were painfully small. However, the food was quite good, the staff extremely good and the entertainment was spectacular. The regal was also very clean.
 
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