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STATEMENT ON CAPSIZING OF EASTERN STAR ON CHINA’S YANGTZE RIVER 

June 2, 2015 

In the wake of the tragedy of the Eastern Star, a Chinese owned and operated vessel which capsized on the Yangtze River in Hubei province, U.S.-based Victoria Cruises reports the safety of all passengers sailing on its seven-ship fleet on the river 

“Our hearts go out to the families of the 458 Chinese passengers and pray for their safe rescue,” said James Pi, Chairman of Victoria Cruises. 

Rescue attempts are currently underway with many pitching in to support emergency workers including local fishing boats. 

Despite heavy rain and wind, Victoria Cruises fleet had not experienced out of the ordinary navigation issues. The Victoria Sophia, which was downstream from the Eastern Star in nearby Wuhan when the tragedy occurred, reports manageable conditions. 

While it’s too early to determine exactly what went wrong on the Eastern Star, Victoria Cruises executives say the tragedy underscores the need for higher safety and inspection standards. 

As the only American-managed line on the Yangtze River credited with pioneering Three Gorges river cruises in Western markets, Victoria Cruises has maintained strict safety standards on all of its ships, which feature double-bottom hulls and a high tonnage. In recent years, Victoria Cruises has faced increased competition from local Chinese companies who are not bound by the same Western standards. 

Victoria Cruises assures prospective guests of the safety of Yangtze River cruising and encourages American vacationers to book China travel through reputable U.S.-based tour operators who typically work with reputable ground partners to ensure passenger safety and satisfaction. 

About Victoria Cruises 
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.  Travel Weekly also recently 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. 

For more information and a free color brochure or promotional DVD, contact Victoria Cruises at 136-18 39th Avenue, 12th Floor, Flushing, NY 11354; phone (800) 348-8084, (212) 818-1680; fax (212) 818-9889.  Send e-mail to contact@victoriacruises.com or visit http://www.victoriacruises.com. 

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