Before A Yangtze Cruise

Question: What is the average weather like if I plan to go on a cruise on Yangtze River?

Answer: Generally, it is windy, humid and few sunshine. The average temperature reaches 30C (86F) in July and 10C (50F) in January. Either spring or autumn is the best season. During summer, thunderstorms are frequent which causes the river water to rise. This usually occurs between July and September. The winters are always short and cold.

Question: What do the high season and the shoulder season refer to on your itineraries listed on your website?

Answer: The high and low seasons in all itineraries refer to the seasons defined by the companies based on their cruise lines and the water level. Usually April, May, September and October are the high seasons for cruising. For more information, please click here.

Question: How do I get to the ship and how early should I arrive?

Answer: If you have purchased our Yangtze cruise packages or tours, we will provide and arrange the necessary transfers to the ship, which means that you do not need to check in to the ship all by yourselves. Our tour guide will meet and lead you from your destination airport to the ship.

If you prefer to check in at the ship yourselves, you need to get the details of your itinerary (the port's name and location and the time of departure) from the cruise company or travel agent. Usually you need to arrive several hours before the ship departs.

Question: What clothes should I bring?

Answer: We suggest that you bring a light jacket, jeans, T- shirts and lightweight windbreaker if you are planning to commence your cruise during spring or autumn. A light sweater is handy for cooler days. Bring some cotton T-shirts, shorts, a hat/cap, sunglasses and suntan lotions if your cruise is during summer. Sweaters are a must during winter. Do not forget to bring comfortable walking shoes/ sandals/ sneakers.

Usually there will be two formal nights including the Captain's Welcome Cocktail Party and Dinner and the Captain's Farewell Dinner. We suggest that you dress up accordingly for such a formal occasion. Coat and tie for gentlemen and a formal dress or gown for ladies are recommended.

Question: How do you treat passengers with special medical or physical needs?

Answer: If you have special medical, physical or other relevant needs such as the use of a wheelchair, you must inform us when you book your trip to check if appropriate assistances or necessary facilities are available. Over the years, Yangtze cruise companies have aimed to improve their facilities so that travelers who are physically challenged can enjoy their trip as fully as possible. Handicapped staterooms on ships for clients with special needs are often available. It is a "converted" regular-sized cabin fit for the needs of physically challenged customers. On some ships narrow corridors, lips on the doorways, and steps at public area are unavoidable. Ships cruising along the Yangtze River may inevitably docks at some of the rural area like small towns or village, elevator and cable cars are not readily available. Wheelchair access may be limited and sometimes impossible. We recommend that passengers with special needs travel with a companion who can provide required assistance.

Question: What if I will be arriving late?

Answer: If you think you will probably miss your ship as scheduled due to unavoidable reasons, please contact us immediately. We need to hear from you so that we could contact the cruise company and inform them about your situation. Nevertheless, we will try to provide the best solution.

Question: When I disembark, how and where will I find my guide?

Answer: After the ship anchors, you will see our guide on the landing and holding a board with your name written on it.

Question: What if I plan to disembark earlier than scheduled?

Answer: If you have to disembark before the ship arrives at its terminal, you are requested to get off at the nearest dock. Kindly inform us if you plan to disembark earlier than expected when you make the booking so that you can get the actual fare. To let the ship dock at any other place that is not included in the itinerary will greatly increase the quoted price of your trip.

- Last updated on Nov. 03, 2022 -
Questions & Answers on Before A Yangtze Cruise
Asked by Mr.FELGUERA from SPAIN | Feb. 11, 2011 09:52Reply
Good morning,
We are interested in taking the 3 nights cruise from Chongquing to Yichang.
I have seen that you have an itinerary with boarding at 21h00.
I am planning to arrive late from Guilin. We found only one flight per day from Guilin to Chongquing (is it true?), SICHAN AIRLINES taking off at 21:40, landing at 22:45.
Is it too late to board the ship?
Any other suggestion to solve the problem is highly appreciated.
Yours sincerly,
Answers (1)
Answered by Mr.Jason | Feb. 12, 2011 20:32

I didn't find the Sichuan Airlines flight. There is one flight from Guilin to Chongqing by Xiamen Airlines, landing Chongqing at 10:40am. I think you can take this one. I don't know when you are going to take the airplane. Anyway, you can search and book the flight here:
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