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MS Yangtze Explorer

Cruise Ships in China : MS Sanctuary Yangzi Explorer

Cruising on the Yangtze River is a truly unique experience, and the Yangtze Explorer is the smallest, most exclusive cruise boat plying the waters of the stunning Three Gorges region of China; offering the largest cabins and highest crew to passenger ratio on the river for a highly personalized experience.

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Spacious, luxurious and packed full of facilities, Sanctuary Cruises’ Yangzi Explorer offers guests the trip of a lifetime as they sail in complete comfort along this iconic river, winding through incredible gorges and stopping at key sites en route, such as the Three Gorges Dam Project, Fengdu and Shennong Stream, allowing you to get a taste of authentic China, 

Life on board is relaxed, with the Explorer Deck providing an excellent vantage point for taking in the wonderful scenery and observing life on the river. Curl up with a book in the library, indulge in a spa treatment or keep active in the fitness center. Budding chefs can try their hand at making dumplings, while each day will no doubt end with a refreshing drink in the Explorer Bar, whose large windows showcase the epic landscapes that surround you.


The 62 cabins and suites span several categories, including Deluxe and Suite cabins, the Mandarin and Jade suites and the sumptuous Celestial and Imperial suites. They each provide at least 31 square meters of living space, extending to an impressive 110 square meters for the most luxurious options. All boast floor-to-ceiling windows leading to furnished private balconies for superb views across the river, as well as en suite bathrooms and king or twin beds. Connecting cabins are also available for families or larger groups.


  • Dynasty Dining Room, with à la carte Chinese and continental cuisine
  • Complimentary house wines, local beers and other refreshments at all lunches and dinners
  • Explorer Bar


  • Yangtze River — 3 nights between Chongqing and Yichang.
  • Yangtze River — 4 nights between Yichang and Chongqing.


  • Cooking classes
  • Educational lectures about the region
  • Silk embroidery demonstrations
  • Arts and crafts demonstrations
  • Traditional Chinese exercise classes on the deck


  • Observation deck
  • Library
  • Two-floor theater
  • Fitness center
  • Huang Ding Spa and beauty salon
  • Lounge