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“MV President Prime- Definitely Not 5 Star”
Review of Yangtze River

Yangtze River
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Yangtze River Cruise and Private Chongqing Evening Tour
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Luxury Yangzi River Cruise - 4 days and 3 nights
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Private Tour: Best of Chongqing Including Chongqing Museum
Ranked #214 of -32,171 things to do in China
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Winding across 3,988 miles (6,418) of China the Yangtze River is the third longest rive in the world. It begins its journey at the Qinhai-Tibet Plateau and ends at the East China Sea. The Yangtze River has a rich ecosystem, fascinating history, and is the most important river in China. Life has always sprung up around the Yangtze River. The earliest signs of life dating back 27 thousand years. The climate on the river is often milder then its cousin the Yellow River making it more suitable for agriculture.
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“MV President Prime- Definitely Not 5 Star”
Reviewed 24 October 2012

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.

Visited October 2012
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“Century cruises. Rude service. Real 5 star cruise?”
Reviewed 20 October 2012

Cruised on the Century Star from Chongqing to Yichang. We are from Canada and wanted the best and most luxurious cruise that Yangtze could offer. We booked this cruise on the basis of a good recommendation despite the reviews on this site. However we were sorely disappointed.

The ship was about 15% from western countries and remainder from mostly mainland china. Age of passengers were 30-70.


Good:
1. Free excursions that bring you to the sights

2. Evening turndown service at dinner time. Come back to a made up room.

Bad:
1. Poor safety. Having been on other cruises, the safety procedures were lacking. No briefing on what to do in an emergency.

2. Rude service. Food was not tasty and if you don't like something (or some weird part of meat) and don't eat it they will take your plate to the manager who will come over and berate you at the table.

3. Dirty rooms. Checked in and the rooms were filthy. Floor was covered with dental floss, wrappers and other items.

4. Boring on board activities - how would you like to spend an hour on a scarf wearing demonstration?

5. Lots of local mainland Chinese on the ship that spit, smoke and yell all over the place.

Visited October 2012
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London, United Kingdom
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“Tips on Cruising on Yangtze”
Reviewed 17 October 2012

Cruise on Yangtze River will be an unforgettable experience in my life. The ideal months are April, May, September and October. It is usually very hot from June to August. Here I have some tips for you to plan you Yangtze River cruise.
1. Remember to take the cotton clothes. Even though in spring and summer, it is still very cold in morning and twilight.
2. Take comfortable shoes. The road along the river is a little steep.
3.Bring some standing drugs. You may be not acclimatized in a new environment.

Visited March 2012
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“Cruise aboard President Prime”
Reviewed 14 October 2012

We had a five day cruise aboard the President Prime.
Staff and service : excellent
Food : excellent
Rooms : large (bedding and bathrooms very clean, carpeting disgusting)
Balcony : large and beautiful

Entertainment : daytime : ok evening : dreadful

Visited October 2012
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“4 day Yangtze cruise Yichang to Chongqing”
Reviewed 14 October 2012

Normally cruise aboard the Victoria Liana Cruise would sail from Yichang but due to port problem had an hour and half bus trip to three gorge dam dock to embark ship. Was a bit crazy with 3 bus loads of passengers boarding at the same time. Rooms aboard are adequate with a tiny bathroom. The dining and bar area are nice with viewing areas at the rear and front on some decks and on the sundeck. All rooms have a small balcony with 2 chairs. Daily timetables are available on the tv or on noticeboards on each deck but would be better to have printed for ease of viewing at any time. Announcements were made over a pa in the room when shore excursions are due. Breakfast commences at 7am and lunch and dinner times are depending on timetable for the day. Some shore excursions are included and some are optional at an extra cost of around $40 per person. At some ports you can go ashore to explore but sometimes you are required to pay a port disembarkation fee of around $25 per person. Wifi is available on board within the bar area only at a charge of $30 for the four days. The excursion to view the three river gorge dam and then sailing through the locks at the three river gorge, which takes 3 - 4 hours is facinating. Entertainment is provided on 2 nights by the ships crew. A lot of time is spent during the day within the ports so a lot of the travel time is done at night which is disappointing as you miss out on seeing a lot of the scenery along the way. If you are towards the rear of the ship when the motors are powering at night it can be quite noisy. The ships crew were friendly and helpful.

Visited September 2012
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