To cruise the mighty Yangtze is one of the most sought-after experiences any one can wish for on a China tour.
Let’s face it, when you have such natural treasures as the sharp-rising Three Gorges and the equally fascinating Three Lesser Gorges to explore, it’s not surprising Asia’s longest river commands such appeal.
Add a few interesting shore excursions (the massive Three Gorges Dam Project and the sacred Shibaozhai temple are two which come to mind), and a three or four-night cruise between Yichang and cosmopolitan Chongqing (and vice versa) aboard Victoria Cruises can deliver plenty of memorable moments as expressed by Helen Wong’s Tours guests in Testimonials.
From the time you are warmly welcomed by the ship’s officers and crew you know you are in for a very special cruise – and that experience extends to the restaurants, the buffet-style Dynasty Dining Room or the more intimate a la carte restaurant on the executive level where tables are reserved for Helen Wong’s Tours guests.
With menus created and seasonally changed by renowned Emmy Award-winning celebrity chef Walter Staib, dining is very much a pleasurable ingredient to a cruise on board one of Victoria Cruises’ five-star ships – from breakfast and lunch right through to the evening meal.
The a la carte restaurant presents a mix of western and Asian dishes, where a spicy soup of noodles can be followed by smoked salmon or a rack of lamb, while a more traditional Chinese fare is presented in the larger restaurant, particularly popular on the night of the colourful and somewhat extravagant Captain’s Farewell Banquet.
As Victoria Cruises’ restaurant consultant, Staib comes with high credentials having been a chief adviser for many large hotel chains and a creator of 500 restaurants globally.
The menus are very much the spice of life on a Yangtze cruise.