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Saves four hours bypassing five-stage ship locks for an enhanced cruise experience 

NEW YORK (Nov. 4, 2019) – Having experienced increased demand for its luxury river cruise product on China’s Yangtze River, Victoria Cruise Lines ( launch a new ship in the spring of 2020. The Victoria Sabrina will become the American-managed line’s most extravagant vessel—as well as the largest river cruise ship in the world—when departs on its inaugural voyage next spring.

Designed in cooperation with nine research and design firms, the Victoria Sabrina will be the first of a generation of ships with new environmentally friendly technologies that utilize electric power, save energy, and provide the smoothest ride possible. Cabins have been designed for maximum passenger comfort.

With six passenger decks featuring optimal placement of staterooms and amenities—plus an additional Theater Deck—Victoria Cruise Lines is embracing a design style marrying an elegant and spacious open-concept floor plan with Asian décor that expresses modernity while remaining steeped in ancient Chinese tradition.

“Though our entire fleet of five-star ships received a complete overhaul since 2017—including our 2009 build, the Victoria Jenna—this new ship is the first to take full advantage of the increased water level of the Yangtze as a result of the Three Gorges Dam,” said Larry Greenman, manager of public relations and customer service for Victoria Cruise Lines.Greenman also noted that access to excursions along the Yangtze and its tributaries has also been enhanced. “The mist-shrouded Three Gorges are just as impressive, but the overall experience goes much deeper into the panoramic vistas and traditions of the region and its people with new excursions and unique on-shore entertainment. Our upcoming new ship provides even more reason to experience the charm and culture of the Yangtze River unlike ever before.”

Accommodations will include well-appointed Superior Staterooms providing approx. 275 square feet of comfortable living quarters including a private balcony from which to view the river’s mist-shrouded cliffs.

Executive Suites offer more than 375 square feet of upgraded living space along with complimentary access to the Luxury Amenities package which provides VIP perks such as “white glove” service, exclusive happy hour, complimentary Wi-Fi and access to exclusive ship areas including the Top of the Yangtze a la carte restaurant. Additional a la carte seating for the popular Luxury Amenities program will utilize ‘The View’ restaurant at the bow of the ship.

The highest room category on the Victoria Sabrina will be the impressive Shangri-La Suites with more than 1,320 square feet of expansive balcony space in addition to approx. 915 square feet of lavish interior living space.

The onboard experience for passengers in all cabin categories features informative lectures and demonstrations as well as a world-class dining program designed by Emmy© Award-winning celebrity chef Walter Staib. Victoria Cruise Lines is the only American-managed cruise line on the Yangtze River with a culinary program designed for the American palate and with passenger amenities designed to please discerning Western clientele.

Passengers will capture stunning views of the Qutang, Wu and Xiling Gorges as well as centuries-old temples and pagodas from the vantage point of their own private balcony (all passenger staterooms on all Victoria Cruise Lines’ vessels feature private balconies) or the Victoria Sabrina’s ultra-modern Observation Deck (pictured right) which utilizes mood lighting to create the perfect evening ambiance.

Expertly curated excursions will expose passengers to archeological treasures, feats of modern engineering and the scenic natural beauty of the Yangtze and its magical tributary rivers and streams by day, while thrilling nightly entertainment with introduce guests to Chinese culture through music, dance and other performance arts during the evenings.


About Victoria Cruise Lines

New York-based Victoria Cruise Lines established new standards of excellence for sailing China’s Yangtze River when its first ship edged out of port in 1994.  Victoria Cruise Lines remains the service leader on the Yangtze River with each ship earning the coveted five-star rating from the China Ministry of Culture and Tourism.  Victoria Cruise Lines has earned numerous awards and recognitions over the years including the TravelAge West WAVE Award Editor’s Pick for Best River Cruise Line as well as Best New River Cruise Ship with the launch of the luxurious Victoria Jenna, which also received the Silver Magellan Award from Travel Weekly. The cruise line operates a variety of itineraries on the Yangtze ranging from four to eight days.


For more information and a free color brochure or promotional footage and materials, contact Victoria Cruise Lines at 136-18 39th Avenue, 12th Floor, Flushing, NY 11354; phone (800) 348-8084, (212) 818-1680; fax (212) 818-9889.  E-mail or visit


The new elevator-equipped ship lock takes a fraction of the time and offers a more scenically rewarding experience than the old five-stage locks utilized by most cruise ships on the Yangtze