After Completing Fleetwide Renovations on China’s Yangtze, Victoria Cruises to Re-Imagine 2009 Build
Six-year old Victoria Jenna next in line for elegant transformation
Having upgraded and transformed its entire fleet since the launch of the elegant Victoria Jenna in 2009 – including the complete renovation of the Victoria Katarina on two separate occasions in 2010 and 2014 - Victoria Cruises
is now returning its attention to its newest build, the Victoria Jenna. The pre-eminent cruise line on the Yangtze River was recently featured in the Emmy© Award-winning China episode of celebrity chef Walter Staib’s A Taste Of History on PBS and is now planning a series of major upgrades to bring the six-year-old Victoria Jenna up to speed with the rest of its five-star fleet.
Victoria Cruises largest vessel and flagship will receive an updated design featuring motifs of modern elegance and a brand new appearance. Victoria Cruises retained the same New York-based interior design firm used for its other fleet renovations and is projecting a start date in December 2015, with its inaugural voyage of the redesigned Jenna planned for April 2016.
As an American-managed company adhering to the strictest Western standards, Victoria Cruises goes to exceptional lengths to ensure the safety, comfort and performance of its vessels exceed the expectation of discerning American and European travelers.
Like the rest of Victoria Cruises’ five-star fleet, all staterooms aboard the Victoria Jenna feature a private balcony from which guests can view the mist-shrouded Yangtze River.
“We are the leading luxury river cruise company on China’s Yangtze and cannot afford to rest on our laurels as affluent travelers expect the best,” said Larry Greenman, manager of public relations and customer service for Victoria Cruises.
“At a mere six years of age, the Victoria Jenna was certainly not dated, but we wanted to bring it up to speed in comparison to the work we’ve implemented on other vessels,” explained Greenman. “Upon completion of the Victoria Jenna’s renovation, our passengers will enjoy a uniform experience across our entire luxury fleet.
Starting at $980 per person, based on double occupancy, the Victoria Jenna sails the popular Three Gorges Highlights program between Chongqing and Yichang in three- and four-night options (based on river direction), encompassing views of centuries-old temples, pagodas and stone carvings nestled along the river.
A standard shore excursion package is available for $90 per person and includes tours of Shibaozhai’s famous red pagoda and the Three Gorges Dam as well as a scenic journey on a traditional sampan through Goddess Stream , surrounded by beautiful peaks and teeming with local wildlife from monkeys to mountain goats (may be substituted with Shennong Stream, based on river conditions).
Like its sister ships, the Victoria Jenna features the Luxury Amenities program for travelers seeking the ultimate experience with VIP perks such as “white glove” service, upper deck placement, access to exclusive ship areas, complimentary Wi-Fi Internet access, exclusive happy hour, and enhanced culinary privileges (capitalizing on Victoria Cruises’ reputation for gastronomic excellence) including a la carte service and wine and beer with dinner.
The Victoria Jenna is featured in tour packages offered by leading U.S. operators combining the charm and mystique of the Yangtze River with segments in historical Beijing, cosmopolitan Shanghai, the ancient Qin Dynasty capital city of Xi’an and other alluring destinations within China.
New York-based Victoria Cruises established new standards of excellence for sailing China’s Yangtze River when its first ship edged out of port in 1994. Victoria Cruises remains the service leader on the Yangtze River with each ship earning the coveted five-star rating from the China National Tourism Administration. Victoria Cruises has earned numerous awards and recognitions over the years including the 2011 TravelAge West WAVE Award Editor’s Pick for Best River Cruise Line as well as Best New River Cruise Ship in 2010 with the launch of the luxurious Victoria Jenna. In that same year, Travel Weekly also selected the Victoria Jenna as a Silver Award Winner for the Magellan Awards’ River Cruise Ship category . The cruise line operates a variety of itineraries on the Yangtze ranging from four to nine days.