1: When is the best time to cruise Yangtze River?
Thinking about planning an once-in-a-lifetime Yangtze River cruise? Timing may be the first thing you need to think of. Regarding the question of "when to take a Yangtze River cruise", the best time for Yangtze cruise is spring and autumn. To put it more specific, it is April, May, September and October, when the weather along Yangtze River is pleasant and cool. Of course, the best time correspondingly becomes the high season and the price is much higher. Check out more detailed information about Yangtze weather.
2:Is it better to take a Yangtze River cruise upstream or downstream?
The biggest difference is downstream takes less time. Usually there are only a few minor differences for shore excursion programs between ships of the same company and most ships will have exactly the same programs for both downstream and upstream cruises.
3: What does my cruise fare include?
For the cruise itineraries on our website, the cruise fare includes accommodations on twin sharing-basis, daily meals and shore excursion programs. It excludes personal expenses, like laundry, phone calls, internet etc.
4: What clothes should I bring?
We suggest that you bring a light jacket, jeans, T- shirts and lightweight windbreaker if you are planning to commence your cruise during spring or autumn. A light sweater is handy for cooler days. Bring some cotton T-shirts, shorts, a hat/cap, sunglasses and suntan lotions if your cruise is during summer. Sweaters are a must during winter. Do not forget to bring comfortable walking shoes/ sandals/ sneakers.
5: How long in advance do you recommend to book the cruise? We recommend that you book as early as possible to secure your preferred ship. The Yangtze Cruise trip is very popular and ships fill quickly, especially in peak traveling seasons. Book early to avoid disappointment!
6: What is the average weather like on my sailing? The average temperature reaches 30 C (86F) in July and 10 C (50 F) in January. Spring and autumn are therefore the best seasons for taking the river cruises. In summers, dramatic thunderstorms and torrential rains often happen and heavy rainfalls cause the high water level between July and September (Which is usually coincided with the Flood Season on the cruising itineraries). Winters are freezing.
7: Will I miss some highlights during the night time? There is little night sailing and the sail schedule is properly made to guarantee that the ship pass through all the highlights such as the Three Gorges at daytime.
8: Can we get the cabin assignment on the cruise arranged early? The ships do not assign cabins in advance. You may require a specific cabin on check-in in a similar way to airline check in, however cabin allocation is at the discretion of the ship operators.
9: How do I pay for onboard purchases? Credit cards or on-board signature accounts are two alternatives used instead of cash on ship. You can pay by your credit cards or sign your list and pay them when you check out just like what you do in most of China's hotels. Major credit cards acceptable include Visa and Master Cards,etc.
10:Are there laundry services on board?
Yes, laundry service is available including washing and pressing but no dry cleaning on board.