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June 2, 2017 Headline News No Comments Email Email

Sanctuary Retreats unveiled its newly refurbished Sanctuary Yangzi Explorer yesterday, along with details of family-friendly sailings and themed departures, as Sanctuary’s Melbourne-based director of sales, Australia and New Zealand, Michael McCall, outlined new developments to industry media.

Speaking at Sydney’s Spice Temple restaurant, McCall said Yangzi Explorer had one crew member for every passenger, an unprecedented ratio. The ship’s 38 deluxe cabins were the largest entry-level cabins on the famed Chinese river. The boutique ship, furnished with a contemporary design while maintain local Chinese influences, also offers 20 suites and 4 specialty suites.

As well as the dedicated and personalised service provided by the 1:1 crew-to-passenger ratio, the highest on the river, all cabins and suites came with private balconies, McCall said.

Sanctuary Yangzi Explorer

The new interiors were designed by Premchit Chitrabamrung (Teenie), who was the interior designer for Sanctuary Retreats’ luxury all-suite ship Sanctuary Ananda in Myanmar. Inspiration was drawn from the local region, reflected in the contemporary design. All decorative items including artwork, cushions and furniture were sourced from local Chinese markets.

The 20 suites and 38 deluxe cabins have been upgraded in a contemporary Chinese style, with artwork, stylish textiles and soft furnishings and “silver-leaf” wallpaper designs featuring a “mudan”, or peony, which is native to the Yangtze region. The Celestial and Imperial Suites, which are the largest specialty suites, have also been updated reflecting a Colonial Chinese design.

Sanctuary Yangzi Explorer offers 3-night cruises from Chongqing to Yichang and 4-night cruises from Yichang to Chongqing, bringing guests as close as possible to central China’s most captivating landscapes. Itineraries provide insights into history-steeped cities and rural stories found along Asia’s longest river.

Aboard Sanctuary Yangzi Explorer

This northern hemisphere summer offers a program of special sailings, including a 4-night Shennongjia itinerary on selected dates in July and August, as well as family “summer camp” sailings which are also running in July and August with a variety of special child-friendly activities aboard.

The 4-night Shennongjia cruise sails from Yichang to Chongqing and on the second day, includes a full-day excursion to Shennongjia Nature Reserve, known as the ‘Green Pearl’ of China. This ancient forest landscape abounds in steep mountains, flowers, bamboo and vines. Shennongjia is also home to golden monkeys, which can be spotted in the trees. An additional excursion may be booked to the Golden Monkey Protection and Research Base, the only place in the world offering up-close-and-personal interaction with these primates.

Family-friendly “summer camp” sailings in July and August offer guests travelling with children additional activities aboard led by a dedicated coordinator. Children can enjoy kite making, mask painting, origami classes, a fun scavenger hunt as well as cooking classes, a pyjama party and talent show. One child under 12 travels free when sharing with two adults. These summer camp sailings are on offer throughout July and August.

Prices start at USD 1350 per person, based on two sharing a Main Deck Deluxe Cabin with a space-available upgrade. This is based on travel between 1 June and 7 September 2017 (excluding certain dates), and includes accommodation, all three meals during full sailing days, breakfast on the day of disembarkation; local drinks; entrance fees for the scheduled sightseeing and pre-arranged entertainment/onboard activities.

Written by Peter Needham

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