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Yangtze In 2013 Continuous Improvement And Innovation Define Cruise Experience With Eight Distinctions

Century Cruises
will celebrate its 10th Anniversary in 2013 by reaffirming its commitment to guests with eight key distinctions that characterize its cruise experience: Five-star fleet, Stylish Public Spaces, Culinary Wonders, World-Class Accommodations, Personalized Service, In-Depth Discoveries, Cultural Integrity & Authenticity and Environmental Stewardship. Century Cruises, the leader in Yangtze River cruises will launch two 398-guest sister ships, Century Paragon and the Century Legend in Spring 2013, bringing the fleet to seven ships.

“The key to our success over the past 10 years has been our commitment to continuous improvement and innovation along with consistently exceeding guests’ expectations in service and quality,” said Richard Xie, director of sales and marketing, Century Cruises. “Now we have expanded this to include eight distinctions that are our commitment to each and every guest.”

Five-Star Fleet – Century Cruises boasts the most modern and luxurious fleet on the Yangtze River, with all ships built since 2003. Purposely designed for the Western traveler, Century sought out the most prestigious naval architects, such as renowned European designers Yran & Storbratten (who have also designed vessels for Seabourn, Disney Cruise Line and others) to design the new vessels.

Stylish Public Spaces – Elegantly appointed, spacious public rooms aboard. Most ships also boast innovative areas such as sightseeing elevators, grand atrium lobbies along with fitness centers, panoramic restaurants, massage, hair and beauty salons, a fully stocked library and more. New on the Century Paragon and Century Legend, will be an elegant indoor pool and leisure facility. For entertainment, guests can enjoy evening performances, music, dancing and movies.

Culinary Wonders
– Century Cruises perfectly combines Western-style cuisine along with culinary specialties of the region, focusing on Sichuan and Hubei Chinese cuisines. Breakfasts feature a full western-style buffet including egg dishes made to order. Lunch highlights international favorites with hot and cold appetizers in addition to more then 20 special Chinese and Western main dishes. Dinner nightly is a special theme-featured buffet.

World-Class Accommodations -- Century Cruises features the most spacious staterooms on the Yangtze and all staterooms feature a private balcony designed specifically to enable to most remarkable Yangtze views. Satellite television features popular channels including CNN and HBO; individually controlled air conditioning, daily housekeeping and turn-down service, king-sized beds (can be converted into two large singles), luxury all-cotton bedding, separate tub and shower, personal grooming amenities and more. Debuting on the Century Paragon and Century Legend, a new Executive Club features two all-suite decks and include additional in-suite amenities such as LCD TV with DVD player, mini-bar, Italian coffee maker. In addition, Executive Club guests will enjoy complimentary laundry, daily snack and fruit as well as access to an exclusive Executive Club á la carte restaurant, bar and reception area.

Personalized Service – “Striving for perfection” is the commitment of Century Cruises to its guests. Private butlers, 24-hour concierge services, European hotel experts, wait staff and other crew are specially trained to meet guests’ every need. Century has partnered with leading universities to develop a Century Cruises University Program to identify and training the very best in hospitality services.

In-Depth Discoveries – Renowned for its scenic beauty and historical significance, the Yangtze is the third longest river in the world and one of the most popular travel destinations in China. Century Cruises provides guests with unparalleled insights to the region and its history through knowledgeable onboard experts and river guides, local entertainment and lectures, workshops, cooking demonstrations, distinctive shore excursions and more.

Cultural Integrity & Authenticity
– Founded in 2003 by Yangtze River expert, Mr. Jianhu Peng, Century Cruises provides the best way for guests to ‘approach and understand China’ and experience traditional Chinese culture and life. The Yangtze is the heart of China, and each and every experience offered by Century Cruises is designed to enable guests to have a deeper understanding and connection with the renowned region.

Environmental Stewardship -- Century Cruises’ commitment to environmental stewardship, safety and security has been recognized by the Chinese Ministry of Transport and is the only cruise fleet on the Yangtze to be awarded “ship of security and credibility”. The new ships, Century Paragon and Century Legend, feature the world’s leading E-Propulsion System and Rudder Propeller Systems in addition to enhanced state-of-the-art safety, security and navigation systems. The company’s commitment to the environment includes becoming the first Yangtze River cruise ships to use “Zero Paint”, in favor of more environmentally friendly marine compounds. For more information about Century Cruises visit www.Centuryrivercruises.Com.

About Century Cruises

Century Cruises will celebrate its 10th Anniversary in 2013. Its seven state-of-the-art river cruise ships are the most modern fleet on the Yangtze River. The third longest river in the world, the Yangtze is renowned for its scenic beauty and historic significance. With sailings all year, Century ships carry 186 to 398 guests. The eight key distinctions that characterize its cruise experience are Five-Star fleet, Stylish Public Spaces, Culinary Wonders, World-Class Accommodations, Personalized Service, In-Depth Discoveries, Cultural Integrity & Authenticity and Environmental Stewardship. The company’s innovations include introducing the world’s leading engine, safety, security and environmental technologies and practices to the Yangtze; scenic, exterior elevators on ships; new all-suite Executive Levels (on Century Paragon and Century Legend) that feature additional stateroom amenities as well as a private á la carte restaurant, bar and reception area and more. Century Cruises can be reserved through Uniworld Boutique River Cruises, Avalon Waterways, Brendan Vacations, Gate1 Travel, AHI Travel, China Focus, China Discovery, plus other Tour Operators and Professional Travel Agents who specialize in travel to China.