with my theme of providing critiques I have some comments that
might prove useful to anyone contemplating a trip down the Yangtze.
Of course I have nothing to compare our experience to so it is
based solely on our experience aboard the Regal China Cruises
experience aboard the Princess Elaine was exceptional. Regal China
Cruises owns three ships, the Princess Elaine, Princess Jeannie
and Princess Sheena, each named after one of the owner's daughters.
Each is identical to the other. They were originally built in
Germany in 1993 for a cruise line offering cruises up Russia's
Volga River, but were diverted to China after the collapse of
the Iron Curtain. They are the only western built cruise ships
sailing the Yangtze River today and the only western-managed cruise
line to receive China National Tourism Association's Five-Star
ship accommodates up to 258 travelers in 120 standard staterooms,
10 deluxe suites and 10 single staterooms. Each room has a deck
side picture window, air conditioning, telephone and television.
While small Anne and I found our stateroom to be quite comfortable.
There is just barely enough room to turn around in between the
two bunk type beds and adequate storage area for you luggage.
A small bathroom with shower completes the room. There are four
passenger decks and a Sun deck. For more specifics on Regal China
Cruises check out their Internet site at www.RegalChinaCruises.com.
lunch and dinner are served in a large dining room. The food was
both plentiful and good with choices for both eastern and western
preferences. The wait staff was exceptionally friendly and the
service was excellent during our meals.
addition to the ship's normal crew Regal China Cruises also provides
river guides who provide narration on the bow and stern as the
ship passes through the gorges. Without them we probably wouldn't
have had any idea what we were looking at let alone the names
and significance of some of the things we saw on our cruise.
ship's company hosted both a welcome party, Captain's cocktail
reception and farewell party. At the welcome and farewell party
entertainment was provided by the crew. The staff was also augmented
by two doctors, both trained in eastern medicine and one in western
medicine. Lectures and demonstrations were provided on eastern
medical practices for accupressure and acupuncture, and the doctors
were available throughout the cruise for those that were interested
in these treatments.
the cruise various members of the crew provided lectures and demonstrations
on such things as vegetable carving, Tai-chi, Chinese Wei Qi among
only complaints were ... none! All things considered I'd
gladly take another Regal China Cruise tomorrow.