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

NEW YORK (Feb. 12, 2020) – The leading operator of luxury river cruises on China’s temperate Yangtze River, American-managed Victoria Cruise Lines ( adding a scenic and culturally rewarding shore excursion to Mt. Shuanggui (pictured right) and Xiaoguanshan Ancient Folk Culture Park on its Three Gorges Explorer itinerary as well as its upstream Three Gorges Highlights departures throughout 2020.

Mount Shuanggui is a national forest park known for integrating history, culture and modern art with panoramic views of the Yangtze River via its picturesque scenery and impressive pavilions. It has been a favorite destination for literati and artists for centuries. The cliff brush writings of calligraphists from the Song Dynasty remain visible and inspirational to the present day.

Xiaoguanshan Ancient Folk Culture Park houses many architectural and cultural relics which were relocated and restored when the water level of the Yangtze River rose as a result of the Three Gorges Dam project. The park also features reproductions of historic ancient residential buildings, courtyards, temples, wood carvings and city gates from throughout the region.

“Many of the relics and artifacts were previously scattered around the region, but can now be viewed in one place, providing a deep sense of the river basin’s history and ancient way of life,” said Larry Greenman, manager of Public Relations and Customer Service for Victoria Cruise Lines.

Other expertly curated excursions will expose passengers to the one of the Yangtze’s magical tributary rivers or streams as well as the region’s archeological treasures, scenic natural beauty and feats of modern engineering. Excursions range from $45 – $60 and can be purchased onboard or pre-booked.

All Victoria Cruise Lines voyages feature 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 can enhance their onboard experience with Victoria Cruise Lines’ Luxury Amenities upgrade package for an additional $400 per person (complimentary for Executive Suites or higher stateroom categories) which provides VIP perks such as “white glove” service, access to exclusive ship areas, enhanced dining privileges including wine and beer with dinner, complimentary Wi-Fi Internet access and exclusive happy hour.

For more information, including a list of reputable U.S. and Canadian tour operators which include Yangtze River cruises in their China programs, visit or contact Victoria Cruise Lines at 800-348-8084 or 212-818-1680.


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