Unveiling the new look Sanctuary Yangzi Explorer

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We’re delighted to unveil the new Sanctuary Yangzi Explorer which offers a truly luxurious cruise experience in China. A cruise on the Yangtze River is a real must-do experience as part of a China trip and the new-look Sanctuary Yangzi Explorer offers an authentic and ultimate cruise with unprecedented 1:1 service.

The new look Sanctuary Yangzi Explorer reflects a contemporary design whilst maintaining local Chinese influences. Inspiration was taken from the local region and all decorative items including artwork, cushions and furniture were sourced from local markets in Yichang and Guangzhou.


The 20 suites and 38 deluxe cabins have been upgraded in a contemporary Chinese style, including Chinese artwork, stylish textiles and soft furnishings and ‘silver-leaf’ wallpaper designs featuring a 'mudan', or peony, which is native to the Yangtze region.  

Deluxe Cabin

The Celestial and Imperial Suites, which are the largest specialty suites have also been updated in a contemporary-Colonial Chinese style. 

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Further enhancements have taken place in the spa, reception area and public rooms and follow the full redesign of the ship’s restaurant last year.


Sanctuary Yangzi Explorer offers three-night cruises from Chongqing to Yichang and four-night cruises from Yichang to Chongqing bringing guests as close as possible to central China’s most captivating landscapes.  Itineraries provide a fascinating insight into history-steeped cities and rural stories to be found along Asia’s longest river.  

Contact our reservations team today to book your Yangtze River Cruise