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Looking for the perfect family holiday? Well how about China? There’s no better way to introduce your children to this amazing land than a cruise along the mighty Yangtze River.

With Sanctuary Retreats’ new offer, kids up to 12 years old sharing as cabin with two adults can travel free on all Sanctuary Yangzi Explorer Shoulder Season Sailings in 2018 and 2019.

This is a chance to travel into the very heart of China along the great Yangtze River and explore the very best stretches of this immense waterway, including the Three Gorges – one of the most celebrated sections of the river – aboard Sanctuary Yangzi Explorer, widely regarded as the most luxurious cruise ship on the river

Relaunched last year after a major refurbishment, she offers the largest cabins and suites, all with private balconies. Twenty sumptuous suites have all been fully refitted with new furniture, authentic Chinese artwork, stylish textiles and soft furnishings. The 38 deluxe cabins have also been extensively enhanced, as have the ship’s two large specialty suites – the Celestial and Imperial Suites – which have been refreshed in a contemporary colonial Chinese style. Carrying just 124 passengers – compared to the 300+ accommodated on other cruise ships– the vessel offers the finest and most personalised service on the river, with the highest crew to passenger ratio on the river of 1:1.

Onboard facilities sure to appeal to the whole family include à la carte dining, an observation deck, 24-hour room service, a two-floor theatre, a well-appointed library and fitness facilities. Even better, there are lots of kids’ entertainment activities on offer, too, including:

• Chinese opera mask-painting
• The art of paper lantern-making
• Mandarin for beginners
• Chinese calligraphy
• Kite-making and flying
• Chinese dumpling-making
• Other amenities including baby cots, high chairs, children’s movies, books and board games

And for parents after a little ‘child-free’ time, the ship also has the most spacious and indulgent spa on board any cruise vessel on the Yangzte, making a visit a ‘must do’ activity.


Shoulder Season three- and four-night cruises are priced from US$1,235 per adult, including accommodation, meals, house wine, local beer, soft drinks and water, entrance fees as part of scheduled sightseeing and rearranged entertainment and onboard activities. Children up to 12 years old sharing as cabin with two adults travel free.

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