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Victoria Cruises Unveils 2010 Yangtze River Program

Victoria Cruises Unveils 2010 Yangtze River Program Monday November 30, 2009 Victoria Cruises (http://www.victoriacruises.com) has unveiled its 2010 brochures and Yangtze River cruise program. Featuring an update on the new Victoria Jenna, as well as a recently added optional shore excursion to White Emperor City and renovations to the Victoria Anna and Victoria Katarina, the 2010 brochures are available for travel agents and prospective vacationers interested in exploring China's temple-lined countryside. Overlooking the Western end of Qutang Gorge, White Emperor City has long been a refuge for would-be kings and poets who traveled there to be inspired by the breathtaking views. Legend has it that in 25 A.D., white vapor in the shape of a dragon rose from a well, and Gong Sunshu, a soldier who had been headquartered there, declared himself the "White Emperor". Remains of the city wall can be seen on the hill behind Baidi Mountain, and a temple built to commemorate Gong's reign dates back more than 1,950 years. White Emperor City had been included as a shore excursion in the past but was discontinued because the journey up Baidi Mountain to the historical temple involved climbing many steps. However, the increased water level on the Yangtze resulting from the completion of the Three Gorges Dam has significantly reduced the climb. The optional shore excursion is now available on all Victoria Cruises itineraries for $32 per guest. A major highlight in the 2010 Victoria Cruises brochure is the new Victoria Jenna, the world's largest river cruise ship, which has achieved several milestones since its launch in September 2009. Clocking in at almost 10,000 gross tons, the five-passenger-deck Victoria Jenna makes history as the first river cruise ship in the world to possess four elevators, two separate full-service kitchens and wireless CDMA Internet, as well as full bathtubs and high efficiency dual-flush toilets in each passenger stateroom. With 198 staterooms and a passenger capacity of 396, the Victoria Jenna is the largest ship in Victoria Cruises' five-star fleet. The Victoria Jenna has the best fuel-passenger ratio on the river due to improved navigational design and weight distribution. To drastically eliminate paper usage, the Victoria Jenna employs a five-star hotel management software application to fully streamline ship operations from onboard shopping to passenger telecommunications. All food on the ship is freshly-made. Grass-fed and non-hormone meats are used, and all pastries, breads and desserts are handmade. The Victoria Jenna is also the first Victoria Cruises vessel to include an "Executive Suite Deck". Featuring concierge service, suite accommodations, an exclusive lounge area and private, à la carte restaurant, Victoria Cruises' "Executive Suite Decks" provide discerning guests onboard the Yangtze River's pre-eminent cruise line with a superior level of personalized, white-glove service beyond the five-star service routinely offered on Victoria Cruises' lavish vessels. The Victoria Anna and Victoria Katarina will undergo renovations during the winter season and will be re-launched in the spring with the same "Executive Suite Decks" offered on the Victoria Jenna. The Victoria Jenna, Victoria Anna and Victoria Katarina each sail Victoria Cruises' Three Gorges Highlights program, both upstream (four nights) and downstream (three nights) between Chongqing and Yichang, as well the round-trip Three Gorges Explorer (seven nights) itinerary which features different excursions in each direction. Other Victoria Cruises' vessels sailing the Three Gorges Highlights and Three Gorges Explorer programs include the Victoria Queen, Victoria Empress and Victoria Star, as well as the Victoria Rose, the only vessel in Victoria Cruises Classic ship category. In addition to the optional White Emperor City program, excursions on the Three Gorges Highlights program may include the impressive Three Gorges Dam in San Dou Ping, an extraordinary feat of engineering and major highlight of the river cruise; the 400 year-old, 12-story wooden pagoda at Shibaozhai; and a tranquil sampan journey through the Yangtze's scenic Daning River or Shennong Stream tributaries to the Small Gorges. Rates for the Three Gorges Highlights program on the Victoria Rose start at $770 per person, based on double occupancy, during peak season (April, May, September and October), and $710 per person, based on double occupancy, during the shoulder season (March, June, July, August and November). For Victoria Cruises' five-star vessels, rates begin at $880 per person, based on double occupancy, during peak season, and $810 per person, based on double occupancy, during the shoulder season. Rates for the Three Gorges Explorer program on the Victoria Rose start at $1,390 per person, based on double occupancy, during peak season, and $1,260 per person, based on double occupancy, during the shoulder season. For Victoria Cruises' five-star vessels, rates begin at $1,610 per person, based on double occupancy, during peak season, and $1,470 per person, based on double occupancy, during the shoulder season. Victoria Cruises also offers a Grand Yangtze Discovery program (six or eight nights) between Chongqing and Shanghai, which features additional shore excursions including Huangshan, one of China's most scenic attractions also known as Yellow Mountain; the city of Wuhan, capital of Hubei province; and Nanjing, capital of Jiangsu province, where visitors will experience the Sun Yat-sen Mausoleum and a Qing Dynasty-style Bazaar surrounding a Confucian Temple. Rates for the Grand Yangtze Discovery program on the five-star Victoria Prince start at $1,610 per person, based on double occupancy, during peak season, and $1,470 per person, based on double occupancy, during the shoulder season. All Victoria Cruises programs sail through the massive Three Gorges, known as one of China's most visually stunning natural treasures.

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