Tips for Booking Yangtze River Cruises
Many people ask ” what are differences between Upstream Cruises and Downstream Cruises? ” Or in other words, Which are better between them? As you know, upstream cruises are more time-consuming than the downstream ones but less expensive too. But the services of two kind of Cruise are the same, indentical sightseeing spots. Therefore, which one you choose totally depending your thought and itinerary.
1. What’s the peak season of Yangtze River Cruise?
The peak season for Delux Yangtze River Cruises is May, September, and October. Cruise price is relatively lower in March, April, June, July, August, and November due to regular season.
In order to get a good price, it is advised to book a yangtze cruise in advance (normally 6 months and 1 year in advance); especially in regular season, if possible. Plan ahead is important
2. Is it possible to use internet/ phone on the Yangtze cruise?
Yes. Due to the navigation requirement, Internet is not accessible in all rooms; but you can use your personal PC for the internet access (wireless) in cruise cafe; or you can use it in on board internet bar, charges are slightly different for renting a computer in different cruises, with normal charge at around 20 rmb/hr. Mobile phone can be used anytime, and the signal is stable.
3. What services are included in the cruise ticket?
All the food and baverage, accommodation, listed tourist attraction admission fee, admission for on board evening party are inclusive on the Delux cruise ticket.
Delux Cruise Ticket Price not include: Mini bar, internet connection service on internet cafe, laundry, spa, massage, as well as tourist attractions not listed on the tickets.
4. Upstream or Downstream Cruises, which are better?
Since upstream cruises are more time-consuming than the downstream ones but less expensive too, some people may ask the differences between the cruises and their services. Actually they are practically the same, same services are provided, sightseeing spots are identical. What to choose totally depends on your thoughts and itinerary.
Advantage of Downstream cruises: faster than upstream cruise (see reference itinerary below)
Disadvantage of Downstream cruises: a. the time past sightseeing places is too fast,you may feel busy photographing while missing the sightseeing introduction part of the guide, or vice versa. b. a little expensive than a upstream cruise. c. you may feel crowded, especially in peak season.
Advantage of Upstream cruises: a. Enough time to take photos, listening to the sightseeing introductions. b. price is lower than a downstream cruise.
Disadvantage of Downstream cruises: a. Slower than downstream cruise. b. Less convenient. The airport in Yichang is small in scale, therefore, the flight routes are limited. you need to 4-5 hours bus from Yichang to Wuhan to catch a plane there.
Reference Itinerary: from Chongqing to Yichang
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