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Sanctuary Yangzi Explorer

About Sanctuary Yangzi Explorer

Learn about the Sanctuary Yangzi Explorer river cruise ship – its unique offerings, amenities, accommodations, staterooms, cabin information, and details of luxurious suites, decks, dining, specialty dining, public venues, entertainment, health and fitness facilities, activities for kids and teens, sports and enrichment programs for all family members, pictures and videos.

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Sanctuary Yangzi Explorer

  • Size boutique
  • Style Luxury
  • Type river
  • Year of launch 2008
  • Year of last refit 2017
  • Length 91.0m
  • Width 16.3m
  • Decks 5
  • Language English
  • Currency Chinese Yuan (Â¥)
  • No. of passengers 124
  • No. of crew 124
  • No. of cabins 62

Gratuities for onboard personnel (ship staff, crew, Cruise/Tour Manager) are included during the cruise/tour.

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The newest ship on the Yangtze is a sanctuary of lavish features, with the largest cabins and suites on the river—all with private balconies, and a crew to guest ratio beyond compare (1:1 to be specific).


The East meets West menus take food lovers on a tour of authentic local delicacies and international flavours – the quality of the eating and drinking is a hallmark of the Sanctuary Yangzi Explorer experience. There’s a team of internationally trained chefs and a well-stocked wine cellar – choose from complimentary house reds and whites, as well as the finest French labels. Soft drinks, house wine and local beer are unlimited at mealtimes.

At breakfast and lunch, buffets extend a range of continental classics and Chinese dishes – start with just-squeezed fruit juices and house-baked pastries one day and feast on freshly steamed dim sum the next. Afternoon tea isn’t just about the homemade cakes and brewed-how-you-like-it tea or coffee – the servers also share with you the secrets to the specialist blends on board.

Chinese banquets are legendary – and so is the Taste of China farewell dinner. It’s a feast of tasty dishes, such as west lake beef broth, Yangzhou rice and dory fish with vermicelli. As well as this carnival of flavours, the parade features characters dressed as the Emperor, Empress and concubines with a folklore-telling Lion Dance. Wear your own traditional Chinese outfit for the ultimate photo opportunity,


Facilities include a stylish main lounge and bar, an observation deck, a two-floor theatre, a library, a hair and beauty salon, gift shops and a gym. Perhaps indulge in the ultimate spa experience at the onboard spa, featuring six treatment rooms and various spa services. For your peace of mind, a doctor is on board throughout.

Health and fitness

Perhaps indulge in the ultimate spa experience at the onboard spa, featuring six treatment rooms and various spa services. There is also a gym on board.

On the Qutang deck there's the Huang Ding Spa and Fitness Centre for when you want to wind down or work out. Seek out the beauty salon for manicures, pedicures and hair styling so that you look your best as well as feel it.

Kids and Teens


Every Uniworld Generations cruise includes special programs, events and excursions designed specifically for your world travellers in training.


Take part in traditional Tai Chi, Chinese cooking, calligraphy or silk embroidery classes on board; watch films and live cultural performances.

Breeze-kissed tai chi lessons before breakfast. Tea ceremonies to make you a connoisseur. Acupuncture, reflexology and Chinese medicine masterclasses. Insider knowledge from your hosts gives you insight into life along this celebrated section of Asia's longest river. Enjoy interesting lectures in the Tang Theatre, get hands-on experience of how to make dumplings, try your hand at calligraphy, or just relax and reflect on the day's once-in-a-lifetime sightseeing.

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