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The Sanctuary Yangzi Explorer introduces a new standard of cruising in China - more intimate and luxurious. With the largest cabins and suites on the river, all with private balconies, as well as the highest crew to passenger ratio on the river of 1:1, this is a Yangzi cruise unlike any other.

Carrying just 124 passengers, compared to the 300 plus accommodated on other cruise ships, the Sanctuary Yangzi Explorer offers the finest and most personalised service on the river. Onboard facilities include a la carte dining, a luxury spa, an observation deck, 24-hour room service, a two-floor theatre, library, and beauty and fitness facilities. The ship also has the most spacious and indulgent spa on board any cruise vessel on the Yangzi.

Sanctuary Yangzi Explorer China Suite Cabin Rendering

new look sanctuary yangzi explorer

We're excited to announce the launch of a new look Sanctuary Yangzi Explorer in March 2017.

The new look rooms will all offer a luxurious yet authentic feel. The most extensive transformation will be in the suites, which will include wooden trellis wall features, authentic Chinese artwork and stylish textiles and soft furnishings. Wallpaper designs using the silver-leaf concept are being introduced throughout the ship. The speciality suites – Mandarin, Jade, Celestial and Imperial – which are the largest suites on the ship including uninterrupted views from their ceiling to floor balconies - will all be refreshed in a classic Chinese style.  The remaining 38 deluxe cabins will also be extensively enhanced with completely new wallpaper, carpet, curtains, chairs and bedlinens, as well as reupholstered furnishings. 

Why Yangzi


  • Highest crew to passenger ratio on the river of 1:1
  • Largest cabins and suites on river, all with private balconies
  • Spacious spa with variety of treatments
  • Carefully planned itineraries with variety of on board activities and site visits
  • Personalised service due to smaller number of passengers than other boats