Looking for the perfect family holiday? Well how about China? And what better way to introduce your children to this amazing land than a cruise along the mighty Yangtze River.https://www.centarahotelsresorts.com/cosihotels/?utm_source=e-global&utm_medium=banner&utm_campaign=cosi-firstlaunch&fbtrack=CUST-cosi-firstlaunch-e-global-banner

With Sanctuary Retreats’ new offer, kids up to 12 years old sharing as cabin with two adults can travel free on all Sanctuary Yangzi Explorer Shoulder Season Sailings in 2018 and 2019.

This is a chance to travel into the very heart of China along the great Yangtze River and explore the very best stretches of this immense waterway, including the Three Gorges – one of the most celebrated sections of the river, aboard the Sanctuary Yangzi Explorer, widely regarded as the most luxurious cruise ship on the river.

Re-launched last year after a major refurbishment, it offers the largest cabins and suites – all with private balconies. Twenty sumptuous suites have all been fully refitted with new furniture, authentic Chinese artwork, stylish textiles and soft furnishings. The 38 deluxe cabins have also been extensively enhanced, as have the ship’s two large specialty suites – the Celestial and Imperial Suites, which have been refreshed in a contemporary-Colonial Chinese style. Carrying just 124 passengers, compared to the 300+ accommodated on other cruise ships, the vessel offers the finest and most personalized service on the river, with the highest crew to passenger ratio on the river of 1:1.

On-board facilities sure to appeal to the whole family include à la carte dining, an observation deck, 24-hour room service, a two-floor theatre, la well-appointed library and fitness facilities. Even better, there are lots of kids’ entertainment activities on offer too including:

  • Chinese opera mask painting;
  • The art of paper lantern making;
  • Mandarin for beginners;
  • Chinese calligraphy writing;
  • Kite making and flying; and
  • Chinese dumpling making; plus
  • Other amenities including baby cots, high chairs, children’s movies, books and board games.

And for parents after a little ‘child free’ time, the ship also has the most spacious and indulgent spa on board any cruise vessel on the Yangzte, making a visit is a ‘must do’ activity.


Shoulder Season 3 and 4-night cruises are priced from US$1,235 per adult including accommodation, meals, house wine, local beer, soft drinks and water, entrance fees as part of scheduled sightseeing and re-arranged entertainment and onboard activities. Children up to 12 years old sharing as cabin with two adults travel free .

Shoulder Season

  • Now – 6 September 2018
  • 17 – 28 March 2019
  • 30 May 2-18
  • 2 June – 5 September 2019