The Sanctuary Yangzi Explorer is the smallest, most exclusive and most luxurious ship cruising the Yangtze River. It offers the level of intimacy, facilities, comfort and service expected.

Cruising aboard the luxurious Sanctuary Yangzi Explorer offers an intimate look at the Yangtze River and allows you to do as little, or as much, as you like.

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Main Info
  • Children Allowed
  • Nursery -
  • Smoking Some
  • Style Luxury
  • Decks5
  • Cabins62
  • Size Boutique
  • Ship Type River
  • Wheelchair Cabins-
  • Crew Members124
  • Refurbished2017
  • CurrencyCNY
Disabled Facilities

Any disability requiring special attention must be reported to APT at the time of booking. APT will make reasonable efforts to accommodate the special needs of disabled cruise participants, but is not responsible for any denial of services by carriers, hotels, restaurants, or other independent suppliers. Tour buses are not equipped with wheelchair ramps and cabin doors are not wide enough to allow access by standard wheelchairs.

Wheelchairs and walkers cannot be carried on tour buses, due to space limitations. Wheelchair passengers should be aware of these limitations. For safety reasons, passengers in wheelchairs cannot be carried on ramps in ports where the ship is at anchor. We regret that we cannot provide individual assistance to a tour member for walking, getting on/off tour busses and other transportation vehicles, or other personal needs. A qualified travel companion must accompany travellers who need assistance. 

Dress Code

The dress code is relaxed. Light, comfortable clothing is ideal for during the day, but smart casual clothing for evenings on board the ship is recommended. You may wish to bring something a little dressier for the Welcome and Farewell dinners and any special events, however there will be no black tie or formal evenings.

We recommend that you pack a variety of light to medium weight clothing, plus rain-wear in case of cooler or wet weather. Layers are a good option to cover a range of temperatures and to suit changing conditions.

Comfortable footwear is imperative, as some excursions involve steps or ramps to embark/disembark.

Dietary Requirements

Please advise the APT reservation agent of specific dietary considerations and they will do their best to accommodate your request.

Smoking Policy

Smoking is only allowed on the sun deck of all ships. 

Deck Plans
Explorer Deck

  • Lotus Room
  • Peony Room
  • Sun Loungers
  • Observation Deck

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Qutang Deck

  • Spa
  • Gym
  • Sun Loungers
  • Suites and Staterooms
  • Jade & Mandarin Suites - Available on request

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Wu Deck

  • Tang Mezzanine
  • Staterooms
  • Bridge

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Xiling Deck

  • Tang Theatre
  • Clinic
  • Jewellery Shop
  • Collectors Den
  • Gallery
  • Staterooms
  • Celestial & Imperial Suites - Available on request

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Main Deck

  • Dynasty Dining Room
  • Reception
  • Photo Centre
  • Business Centre
  • Lobby
  • Staterooms

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Grand Suite

Mandarin, Jade, Celestial and Imperial Suites.

These four suites are the largest on the ship. Dressed in traditional Chinese decor, these sumptuous, spacious suites have separate bedroom and living areas and as well as uninterupted views of screensaver-worthy landscapes as the ship sails its course.

Additional perks to this luxury accommodation include room service, in-suite private dining, sparkling wine, a fruit bowl replenished daily, and afternoon tea imaginatively presented in a birdcage.


These 20 suites have an indoor seating area and a private balcony with table and chairs. They're spacious enough to accommodate a third person, and they include a free laundry service as well as access to the suite lounge for unlimited drinks and snacks.

Deluxe Cabins

These 38 ensuite cabins are the largest entry level of their kind on the Yangtze River. Stylish, and wish their own private balconies, each is fully equipped with satellite TV, electronic safe, minibar and fridge.


Facilities include a stylish main lounge and bar, an observation deck, a two-floor theatre, a library, a hair and beauty salon, gift shops and a gym. Perhaps indulge in the ultimate spa experience at the onboard spa, featuring six treatment rooms and various spa services. For your peace of mind, a doctor is on board throughout.

Explorer Bar & Deck

Admire the Three Gorges in high definition through huge picture windows or out in the open air as your sail past the gentle tree-lined slopes. Take a traditional tai chi class with the on-board doctor before breakfast, enjoy that backdrop of enchanting riverscapes and ancient wonders in the early morning light. 

Cocktail hour more your scene? The Explorer Bar is also a sociable spot in which to enjoy an expertly mixed Cosmo or Dry Martini.

Tang Theatre

Inspiring lectures and entertaining performances are held here, and there’s plenty of space so that everyone gets a seat. Hear about Chinese history and the spectacular geography, as experts share stories on the scenes you can see.

Lotus and Peony Rooms

Activities such as arts and crafts demonstrations and silk embroidery are hosted in these more intimate spaces. The rooms are also available for exclusive dining, cocktail parties, meetings and award presentations, and the open deck is ideal for outdoor activities