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Cruises and Sailing

 June 11, 2002
Victoria Cruises Announces Programs For 2003

 Victoria Cruises has announced its line-up of itineraries for 2003 between Chongqing and Nanjing (the long cruise) and shorter excursions that begin or end in Wuhan (approximately mid-way on the river). ?In an effort to diversify our itineraries and grow our product, we will be sailing between Chongqing and Nanjing, instead of Chongqing and Shanghai, and reveal a new dimension of the Yangtze River to travelers,? said Joseph Fields, international sales manager for Victoria Cruises.

?Nanjing was already part of several existing itineraries, and the tours were always praised by consumers, so we decided to diversify our program for 2003 and incorporate new stops on the river in addition to this ancient city,? Fields added.

Once arriving in Nanjing, visitors will disembark and continue on with their travels (such as going to Shanghai or other cities) or head home.

Cruising the Yangtze in 2003: A Window into the Majesty of China:

Traveling the length of the Yangtze River on the Grand Yangtze Discovery introduces cruisers to the ancient and modern wonders of China between Chongqing, a major hub on the Western Yangtze, and Nanjing, historically significant as the seat of the imperial court by the first Ming emperor.

Highlights include the famed Three Gorges ? Qutang, Wu and Xiling ? showcasing dramatic scenery, deep valleys, verdant landscapes and stunning vistas; shore excursions of the Small Gorges with visits to either Shennong Stream or the Daning River; the Three Gorges Dam Site, the world?s largest construction project and an engineering marvel; and shore excursions to Fendgu, nicknamed the ?Ghost City,? or Wanxian, known for its silk factories.

NEW to this itinerary in 2003 are stops at Jiujiang, a peaceful town, once the premier port for the porcelain and tea trade, as well as the starting point for a visit to Mt. Lushan; Guichi and mystical Mt. JiuHuaShan.

The Grand Yangtze Discovery (downstream between Chongqing and Nanjing for nine days/eight nights and upstream for eight days/seven nights) sails every Thursday between Mar. 20 and Nov. 27 in 2003. Prices start at $1,500 per person, based on double occupancy in a standard cabin, March, June, July, August and November 2003. Rates are from $1,600 per person, double, in a standard cabin, April, May, September and October 2003. Prices quoted are cruise-only.

The Eastern Yangtze itinerary takes cruisers between Nanjing and Wuhan, upstream and downstream. The city of Nanjing traces back to seven centuries B.C. and boasts a rich, long history. Wuhan, formerly the walled city of the Kingdom of Wu, is where travelers can visit Sheshan (Snake Mountain) and Huangha Lou (Yellow Crane Tower). During this journey, cruisers can visit Jiujiang, Guichi and picturesque Mt. JiuHuaShan (NEW additions to this itinerary).

The Eastern Yangtze cruise (between Nanjing and Wuhan and the reverse) sails upstream every Thursday between Mar. 20 and Nov. 27 in 2003 (five days/four nights). The downstream voyage between Wuhan and Nanjing (five days/four nights) takes place weekly on Sundays, Mar. 16 ? Nov. 30, 2003. Prices start at $750 per person, based on double occupancy in a standard cabin, March, June, July, August and November 2003. Rates are from $800 per person, double, in a standard cabin, April, May, September and October 2003. Prices quoted are cruise-only.

The Classic Yangtze sailing brings the magnificence of the Three Gorges and the Small Three Gorges into view. The ship journeys through vast canyons as it carries travelers between Chongqing and Wuhan.

The downstream voyage between Chongqing and Wuhan (four days/three nights) takes place daily, Mar. 13 ? Nov. 30, 2003. Upstream cruises between Wuhan and Chongqing (six days/five nights) are scheduled for daily departures Mar. 17 ? Dec. 3, 2003. Prices start at $750 per person, based on double occupancy in a standard cabin, March, June, July, August, November and December 2003. Rates are from $800 per person, double, in a standard cabin, April, May, September and October 2003. Prices quoted are cruise-only.

A U.S.-managed company, Victoria Cruises operates the largest fleet of vessels sustaining international standards of quality and comfort on the Yangtze River. Highlighted by spectacular scenery, these river adventures leave an indelible mark in the memories of Victoria?s guests. All cruises feature professional, multi-lingual, Western cruise directors and well-trained local staff; a full range of facilities; excellent cuisine (both Western and Chinese specialties); standard cabins offering comfortable accommodations as well as luxuriously-appointed suites; interesting lectures on history and culture; live entertainment featuring traditional performing arts; and more.