We just returned from a Yangzte River Cruise on the MV President Prime. This is not a 5 star ship by most cruise standards. We upgraded to an Executive Suite which provided us with a large room. However, most of our friends were in standard cabins which they said were extremely small for two people. There were many complaints about the rooms being mildewy. By the end of the day, our bathroom had such a "ripe"smell that it was nauseating. Our room was above the exhaust vents and if we left the door open it was noisy and smelly. The beds are extremely hard.
The food on the ship is plentiful, but not particularly flavorful. It is like they made it bland so that everyone can eat it. Breakfast and lunch involved standing in huge lines for buffet. It is difficult to get any kind of snacks while on board, except chips and peanuts from the bar. The wine choices are atrocious.
One of the worst problems was when sitting on the deck, the ship's horn would blow with no warning. It practically blew our ear drums out. This happened over and over again.
You can pay for internet for the entire cruise, but it works about half the time, and only in the ship's lobby.
On the plus side, the staff was incredibly friendly.
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