Yangzi Explorer

Chongqing - Yichang

Come aboard the Sanctuary Yangzi Explorer cruise ship for a voyage of discovery and tranquility along China’s magnificent Yangzi River (also known as Yangtze River). Passing through the Three Gorges region, this journey encompasses thousands of years of history as well as timeless natural beauty, all in the comfort of the finest ship on the Yangtze River today.

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Yangzi Explorer Ship Facts

  • Cruise Name: Sanctuary Yangzi Explorer
  • Rating: 5stars+
  • Operated by: Sanctuary Retreats
  • Built: 2008
  • Speed: 26km/h
  • Air-Conditioning: Central Controlled
  • Tonnage: 6733 T
  • Refurbish: 2016
  • Length: 91.5m
  • Beam: 16.4m
  • Draft: 2.8m
  • Crew: 121
  • Capacity: 124
  • Deck: 5

Yangzi Explorer design includes:

  • 1 Celestial & 1 Imperial Suite
  • 1 Jade & 1 Mandarin Suite
  • 20 Suites
  • 38 Deluxe cabins
  • International restaurant – Dynasty Palace
  • Duplex theatre with bar – Tang Theater
  • Viewing Lounge with Bar – Explorer Bar
  • Function rooms – Peony & Lotus
  • Spa and Sauna – Dragonfly SPA
  • Souvenir and Gift Shops
  • Cruise Library
  • Gym
  • Beauty Salon
  • Clinic
  • Business Centre with internet access
  • Elevator
  • Laundry service
  • 24-hour room service
  • Non-smoking policy

Yangzi Explorer Ship Staterooms

Deluxe Cabin 31 sq.m (38 Cabins)

Suite 39 sq.m (20 Suites)

Jade & Mandarin Suite 87 sq.m (2 Suites)

Celestial & Imperial Suite 110 sq.m (2 Suites)

Yangzi Explorer Ship Deckplan

yangzi explorer cruise ship deckplan

Why Yangzi Explorer?

Sanctuary Yangzi Explorer is an internationally managed five-star cruise ship sailing the Yangzi River (also known as Yangtze River) by the Sanctuary Retreats. With a capacity of only 124 passengers, the cruise offers attentive service in relaxed and intimate surroundings.

Embark on shore excursions in the company of experienced and knowledgeable experts in the river’s history and ecology, then return for an elegant dinner prepared by an executive chef, followed by a nightcap in the lounge. With on-board amenities ranging from a spa and fitness center to a theatre and espresso bar, it sets a new standard for luxury and comfort on one of the most spectacular waterways on earth.

Sanctuary Ms. Yangzi Explorer cruises sail downstream from Chongqing to Yichang (3 nights 4 days) and upstream from Yichang to Chongqing (4 nights 5 days), with shore excursions at Fuling (you could choose to visit Fuling 816 Underground Project or White Crane Ridge Underwater Museum), Shennong Stream, and the Three Gorges Dam Project, the largest hydroelectric power station in the world.

Unparalleled accommodation

Because Yangzi Explorer’s complement is limited to 124 passengers, her staterooms set a new standard in spaciousness and elegance, from a roomy Deluxe Cabin to the palatial, 828 square-foot Imperial Suite. All cabins and suites feature private balconies, affording a unique view of the gently scrolling landscape.

Comfort and convenience

Yangzi Explorer includes all the amenities you would expect at a first-class hotel, including a fitness center, Internet access throughout the ship, laundry service, and a multi-language library. To ensure your comfort onboard, smoking is not permitted in internal areas and mobile phone use is confined to private areas.

The finest expertise

Adding context to your journey, Yangzi Explorer’s onboard Sinologist coordinates a range of educational programs and shore excursions, unraveling the myriad of historical, cultural, and environmental factors that have made the Yangzi so integral to 3,000 years of Chinese history.

Responsible tourism

Yangzi Explorer is one of the first Yangtze River cruise ships to embrace the full spectrum of ecologically friendly tourism, including responsible sewage disposal, recycling facilities, and other measures that ensure the ship is energy efficient and environmentally friendly.

Yangzi Explorer Shore Excursions

3 Nights Downstream Chongqing to Yichang


4 Nights Upstream Yichang to Chongqing


  • Three Gorges Dam
  • Shennong Stream
  • Fuling 816 Underground Project
    or White Crane Ridge Underwater Museum


  • Three Gorges Tribe
  • Three Gorges Dam Ship-lift Tour
  • White Emperor City