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Sanctuary Yangzi Explorer

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 Suite

new look sanctuary yangzi explorer

We're excited to unveil the new look Sanctuary Yangzi Explorer. Following a comprehensive refurbishment, the boutique ship reflects a contemporary design whilst maintaining local Chinese influences.  

The new look rooms all offer a luxurious yet authentic feel. 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.   

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  • 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