Regal China Cruises

Continuing 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 Princess Elaine.


Our 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 rating.

Each 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

Breakfast, 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.

In 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.

The 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.

Throughout the cruise various members of the crew provided lectures and demonstrations on such things as vegetable carving, Tai-chi, Chinese Wei Qi among others.

My only complaints were ... none! All things considered I'd gladly take another Regal China Cruise tomorrow.

Continue to the next page for pictures of our short visit to Chongqing and the surprise we found there ...
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Planning and Getting there: Grand Circle Tours and Northwest Airlines
Beijing : Arriving in Beijing | Tiananmen Square | The Imperial (Forbidden) Palace (1) | The Imperial Palace (2) | The Nine Sons of the Dragon
The Imperial Palace Garden | The Summer Palace | Summer Palace (2) | Summer Palace (3) | Summer Palace (4) | Local Beijing Market
Local Beijing Market (2) | Hutong | Bell Tower | Hutong Family, Dinner and the Opera | Cloisonné Factory | Ming Tombs | Ming Tombs (2)
Great Wall of China at Ba Da Ling | Temple of Heaven
Shanghai : Arriving Shanghai | Yuyuan Garden | Yuyuan Garden (2) | The Temple of the Jade Buddha | The Bund | Day Excursion to Suzhou
Silk Process | The Administrator's Garden of Suzhou | Shanghai Museum of Art
Cruising the Yangtze River : Yangtze Cruise, Day 1 | Yangtze Cruise, Day 2 | The Xiling and Wu Gorge | The Lesser Three Gorges
The Lesser Three Gorges (2) | The Qutang Gorge | Wanxian | The Last Day of Cruising | Regal China Cruise Lines
Chongqing : Chongqing
Xi'an : Xi'an and Emperor Qin's Terracotta Warriors | Emperor's Qin's Terracotta Warriors (2) | Great Wild Goose Pagoda and Xi'an City Wall
Quilin : The Limestone Peaks of the Li River | The Limestone Peaks of the Li River (2) | Guilin and the Childrens Park | Children's Park (2) and Reed Flute Cave
The Hotels: Hotels, rail and air travel in China
Hong Kong : Victoria Peak, Repulse Bay and Aberdeen Fishing Village | Hong Kong at Sunset | Hong Kong Bird & Flower Market
| New Territories Fishing Village | Hong Kong Farewell Dinner
Bangkok : Jim Thompson House and Golden Buddha | The Flower Market | The Food Vendors | Grand Palace | Mystical Figures | Brightly Painted Masks on Mystical Figures
Golden Mystical Figures | Buildings of the Grand Palace | Lunching at the Shangri La Hotel | Loy Nava Rice Barge Cruise | Ayutthaya, Ancient Capital of Siam
Wat Yai Chai Mongkol and the Reclining Buddha | Bang Pa In, The Summer Palace |

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