The Victoria Jenna Offers Exceptional Views Of Southwest China, Departing From Chongqing, Sichuan Province
Domestic travel has taken off in the last 10 to 20 years in China, with tourists scouring the country looking for unique locales and accommodations as travel has become more effortless and affordable. Although many high-end travelers still head abroad for their vacations, a rising number of upper-middle-class and middle-class Chinese travelers have looked inward to discover areas they had never seen while embarking on new tourism opportunities, particularly in the fast-rising southern and southwestern provinces of Sichuan, Yunnan, and Guangxi.
Recently, the American-built Victoria Jenna, at 133.8 meters long and 18.8 meters wide currently the world’s largest five-star river liner, set off from southwest China’s Chongqing city, attracting a flood of reservations and interest from primarily Chinese tourists. Currently, luxury cruises on the Victoria Jenna are sold out until some time next year. For tourists looking for a unique, yet still luxurious, way to see China’s subtropical southwest, with its immense rivers, traditional villages, and lush foliage, river cruises like that offered in Sichuan could become a very popular option in coming years.
As CRI English notes, a cruise aboard the Victoria Jenna is anything but cheap — but for the upscale clientele this cruise line is meant to serve, that might not be a problem:
[The Victoria Jenna], made by American company Victoria Cruises, costs some 100 million yuan, or about 14.6 million US dollars.
It can serve a total of 400 passengers for a single voyage, providing 2 presidential suites, 38 other luxury suites and 160 standard rooms, along with unique balcony views, conference rooms, wireless Internet access and cuisine services.
Four days and three nights in a presidential suite on the Victoria Jenna will cost 5,000 US dollars.
Reservations for rooms aboard the liner have accounted for 80 percent of the company’s total bookings in September and October, and some of the rooms can only be booked next year, the company said.