Century Cruises

Century Cruises, founded in 2002, has become a leader in the Yangtze River cruise ship industry and now is operating seven cruise ships and offering passengers with the most enchanting cruising experiences on the Yangtze River. After the launch of the brand new cruise ship – Century Glory in September 2019, the Century Cruises won the Travel Weekly Magellan Awards for 2019 in the Eco-Friendly “Green” Cruise Ship category, and Corporate Travel AwardsLuxury Cruise Line of the Year” in 2017, 2018, and 2019.

The Century Cruises is the first cruise line company on the Yangtze River that adopts the exclusive rudder propeller and e-propulsion system, which dramatically reduces noise and vibration. New “Green”, low emission engines and interior decoration materials offer passengers an environment-friendly Yangtze River cruise experience.

There are other brand new cruise ships under construction in the shipyard, such as Century Victory, Century Voyager, Century Oasis, and Century Dream, and they are joining the Century Cruises fleet in the next 2-3 years.

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Century Cruises Ships

Century Sky & Century Sun icon Century Sky
2005
Century Sky & Century Sun icon Century Sun
2006
century emarald icon Century Emerald
2010
century paragon legend icon Century Paragon
2013
century paragon legend icon Century Legend
2013
century glory icon Century Glory
2019
century glory icon Century Victory
2021(?)
century glory icon Century Oasis
2022(?)
century glory icon Century Dream
2022(?)

Ship Name Built Tonnage Length Beam Decks Capacity  
Century Glory 2019 15000T 149.9m 21.2m 7 650 Book Now!
Century Legend 2013 12516T 141.8m 19.8m 7 400 Book Now!
Century Paragon 2013 12516T 141.8m 19.8m 7 400 Book Now!
Century Emerald 2010 7142T 110m 17m 6 264
Century Sun 2006 8359T 126.8m 17.2m 6 306 Book Now!
Century Sky 2005 8359T 126.8m 17.2m 6 306 Book Now!

Century Cruises Highlights

  • All Century Cruise ships are 5 star or 5 star plus rating
  • All cruise ships are built after 2005
  • Grand atrium lobby on all Century Cruise ships
  • Sightseeing elevators on board all Century Cruise ships
  • European hospitality management
  • Private balcony in all Standard Cabins onboard;
  • 5 star hotel quality linen and toiletries
  • LCD with international channels such as CNN, HBO
  • Chinese & Western style meals
  • Free Wi-Fi on Century Paragon, Century Legend & Century Glory
  • Executive Lounge for Suite Passengers
Century Glory - Panorama Cafe 3
Century Glory - Panorama Cafe 4

2020 Sailing Schedules

Day Chongqing to Yichang
(3 Nights Downstream)
Yichang to Chongqing
(4 Nights Upstream)
Monday Century Sky Century Glory
Tuesday Century Paragon Century Legend
Wednesday Century Sun
Thursday Century Sky
Friday Century Glory Century Paragon
Saturday Century Legend
Sunday Century Sun

2020 Century Cruises Rates

Ship Name Shoulder Season Rates
(Mar/Apr/Jun/Jul/Aug/Nov)
Peak Season Rates
(May/Sep/Oct)
** Click here for the Yangtze River Cruise promotion codes & discounts.
Century Glory US$489.00 US$539.00
Century Legend US$469.00 US$519.00
Century Paragon US$469.00 US$519.00
Century Sun US$349.00 US$379.00
Century Sky US$349.00 US$379.00
** Above Yangtze River cruise prices are not valid for departures between Sept. 30 to Oct. 07.

Century Cruises Reviews

To give you a better understanding of Century Cruise’s travel experience, we have cited some European tourists’ feedbacks on Century Cruises.

By Fabian G from Germany

“We booked a 3-day cruise tour on the Yangtze River. At first, I was a bit skeptical if I would like it but it was really great! The ship was equipped with everything (gym, bar, restaurants…) and the Yangtze River is rather beautiful. You can definitely recommend it!”

By Gode from Germany

“On the occasion of a holiday trip in China we spent three days on a Century Cruises ship – Century Paragon. Pleasantly spacious cabin, friendly staff, magnificent Three Gorges scenery and delicious food. A successful break on our China tour. Hope to do it again!”

Century Cruises Itinerary

Would you like to take Century Cruises from Chongqing or Yichang?

There is no price difference, and the only difference is when you take a cruise from Chongqing, it is one day quicker. Cruises sailing from Chongqing to Yichang are 4 days and 3 nights, while Yichang to Chongqing cruises are 5 days and 4 nights (downstream cruises sail with the current and are a bit faster). Upstream and downstream cruises include almost the same sights and excursions.

Yangtze River Cruise Map

CHONGQING to YICHANG Downstream Itinerary (3 Nights)

CHONGQING to YICHANG Downstream Itinerary (3 Nights)
DAY 1
16:30-20:00 Embarkation at Chaotianmen Pier, Chongqing
21:00 Set Sail
21:00-21:30 Embarkation Safety briefing
21:30 Captain’s Welcome Reception on Sun deck (Smart Casual is Required)
DAY 2
06:30-07:00 Early Bird Morning coffee & tea; Tai Chi exercise
07:00-08:30 Breakfast (buffet)
08:00-10:30 Optional excursion: Fengdu “Ghost City” (CNY 290 per person)
09:00-12:00 Cultural activities;
12:00-13:30 Lunch (buffet)
15:00-17:00 Shore excursion to Shibaozhai Pagoda
18:30-20:00 Dinner (buffet)
20:30-22:00 Crew Cabaret Show
DAY 3
06:30-07:00 Early Bird Morning coffee & tea; Tai Chi exercise
07:00-08:30 Breakfast (buffet)
08:30-10:30 Optional excursion: White Emperor City (CNY 290 per person)
09:00-10:45 Cultural activities;
11:30 (Est.) Scenic cruising — Qutang Gorge
12:00-13:30 Lunch (buffet)
13:30 (Est.) Scenic cruising — Wu Gorge.
14:00-16:30 Shore excursion to Goddess Stream (Shen’nv Stream)
19:00-20:30 Dinner (buffet)
20:30-23:00 Settle the bills
20:30-22:00 The Yangtze Pirate Night Show (Smart Casual is Required)
DAY 4
Regular Schedule
06:30-08:00 Breakfast (buffet)
08:00-11:00 Disembark at Maoping Pier.
Shore excursion to Three Gorges Dam.
Shuttle to Yichang.
12:30 (Est.) Arrive at Yichang Sanxia Tourist Center (near Wanda Plaza).
Schedules with Optional Tour
06:30-07:45 Breakfast (buffet)
07:45 (Est.) Disembark at Maoping Pier.
Optional excursion: Ship-lift Tour (CNY 290 per person);
10:00 (Est.) Shore excursion to Three Gorges Dam.
Shuttle to Yichang.
13:30 (Est.) Arrive at Yichang Sanxia Tourist Center (near Wanda Plaza).


YICHANG to CHONGQING Upstream Itinerary (4 Nights)

YICHANG to CHONGQING Upstream Itinerary (4 Nights)
DAY 1
16:30-20:00 Board the cruise ship at Maoping Pier, Yichang.
** Complimentary cruise shuttle available departing from Yichang Sanxia Tourist Center.
21:00-21:30 Embarkation Safety briefing
DAY 2
06:30-07:00 Morning coffee & tea, Tai Chi exercise
07:00-08:00 Breakfast (buffet)
07:30-12:00 Optional excursion: Three Gorges Tribe (CNY 290 per person)
12:00-13:30 Lunch (buffet)
14:30-17:30 Shore excursion to Three Gorges Dam
*OPTIONAL *If join the optional tour of the Three Gorges dam ship lift:
14:30-16:30 Shore excursion to Three Gorges Dam.
16:30-18:00 Optional excursion: Ship-lift Tour (CNY 295 per person)
18:30 Set Sail;
Scenic cruising – Xiling Gorge (West Section)
18:30-20:00 Dinner (buffet)
20:30-21:15 Captain’s Welcome Party (Smart Casual is Required)
DAY 3
06:30-07:00 Morning coffee & tea, Tai Chi exercise
07:00-08:15 Breakfast (buffet)
08:30-11:30 Shore excursion to Goddess Stream
11:30 (Est.) Scenic cruising — Wu Gorge.
12:00-13:30 Lunch (buffet)
15:00 (Est.) Scenic cruising — Qutang Gorge
15:30-18:00 Optional excursion: White Emperor City (CNY 290 per person)
19:00-20:30 Dinner (buffet)
21:00-22:00 Evening Entertainment
DAY 4
06:30-07:00 Morning coffee & tea, Tai Chi exercise
07:00-08:00 Breakfast (buffet)
08:30-11:30 Shore excursion to Shibaozhai Pagoda
12:00-13:30 Lunch (buffet)
14:00-17:00 Cultural Activities
19:00-20:30 Dinner (buffet)
20:30-23:00 Settle the bills
20:30-22:00 The Yangtze Pirate Night Show (Smart Casual is Required)
DAY 5
07:00-08:30 Breakfast (buffet)
09:00 (Est.) Disembark in Chongqing for your onwards Journey.


Please Note:

  • The above itineraries are subject to change due to the weather, river conditions, and permission from the navigation authorities.
  • According to the water level conditions, the embarkation (3 nights cruise) / disembarkation (4 nights cruise) pier might be changed to Fengdu in Chongqing, and the coach transfer would be arranged from/to Chongqing city center by the cruise line, and if this situation happens, we would inform you at least one day before departure date, so please check your email for further information before going to the cruise pier.
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