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Victoria Cruises Relaunches Five-Star Victoria Katarina with 32 Executive Suites, a la Carte Dining, Private Observation Area

NEW YORK, NY (April 26, 2010) – After the successful launch of its new Executive Suite program on the Victoria Jenna, Victoria Cruises (http://www.VictoriaCruises.com) has completed a multi-million dollar renovation of the five-star Victoria Katarina (pictured right) with the same Executive Suite program which, according to the cruise line, is responsible for a recent surge in bookings from the luxury market. The inaugural journey of the newly renovated Victoria Katarina set sail on April 15, 2010.

Victoria Katarina

In addition to 32 new Executive Suites, Victoria Cruises has added a separate a la carte dining room as well as a private observation area for guests staying in the lavish suite accommodations. An elevator has also been installed for added convenience.

“All travelers enjoy preferential treatment, but for upscale guests it is an absolute necessity,” said Larry Greenman, manager of public relations and customer service for Victoria Cruises.

“While the coveted, five-star rating the China National Tourism Administration has awarded seven of our ships is the highest honor that can be bestowed upon a cruise vessel in China, we like to think of our Executive Suite program as the sixth star – surpassing all expectations for the most elegant river cruise experience imaginable,” added Greenman.

Victoria Cruises’ Executive Suites feature concierge service and spacious suite accommodations with private balcony, as well as use of an exclusive VIP lounge area and private, à la carte restaurant.

The Victoria Katarina is now the third five-star Victoria Cruises vessel to feature the Executive Suite program, along with the Victoria Anna and brand new Victoria Jenna.

“Renovations on the Victoria Anna were relatively simple as the ship already featured an a la carte dining room, and of course, the Victoria Jenna was built with the Executive Suite program in mind,” noted Greenman. “The Victoria Katarina, on the other hand, required extensive renovations in order to prepare the vessel for the new program. Essentially, some of its decks have been gutted and are entirely new on the inside,” he remarked.

The Victoria Katarina now features 32 Executive Suites in addition to two Shangri-La Suites and 98 Superior Staterooms for a combined total of 132 staterooms and a passenger capacity of 264 guests.

The vessel sails Victoria Cruises’ highly-acclaimed Three Gorges Highlights program (four nights upstream or three nights downstream) between Chongqing and Yichang starting at $980 per person, based on double occupancy, during peak season (April, May, September and October), and $920 per person, based on double occupancy, during the shoulder season (March, June, July, August and November).

The itinerary features excursions to the impressive Three Gorges Dam in San Dou Ping, an extraordinary feat of engineering and major highlight of the river cruise, as well as the “Ghost City” of Fengdu at Mingshan Hill and a sailing experience through the impressive Small Gorges of the Daning River, one of the Yangtze’s tributaries. The scenic journey will bring passengers to a floating dock near Dachang, where they will disembark to board a traditional sampan for a tranquil ride through the “Mini Gorges” of the Ma Du River, a tributary of the Daning River (Daning River excursion may be substituted with Shennong Stream depending on river conditions).

The above excursions are available for a one-time fee of $90, inclusive of all excursions. Additional optional shore excursions are available for $32 each, including historical White Emperor City and the impressive 400 year-old, 12-story wooden pagoda at Shibaozhai.

In addition to delightful excursions, the Victoria Katarina offers an exhilarating onboard experience with activities such as Tai Chi lessons and a host of nightly entertainment options in the Yangtze Club.

For more information or to book, contact Victoria Cruises toll-free at 800-348-8084 or visit www.VictoriaCruises.com.

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Based in New York, Victoria Cruises established new standards of excellence for sailing China’s Yangtze River when its first ship edged out of port in 1994. Since that time, Victoria Cruises has achieved tremendous success by introducing the majesty of the Yangtze River to travelers worldwide. A true pioneer and innovator, Victoria Cruises delivers an unrivaled and unsurpassed Yangtze River experience. An American-managed company, Victoria Cruises operates the largest fleet of vessels with the coveted five-star rating from the China National Tourism Administration. Victoria Cruises offers a variety of itineraries varying from four to nine days including Grand Yangtze Discovery, Three Gorges Highlights, and Three Gorges Explorer.

Victoria Cruises has earned numerous awards and recognitions over the years and has most recently received the 2010 TravelAge West WAVE Award Editor’s Pick for Best River Cruise Line as well as Best New River Cruise Ship with the launch of the luxurious Victoria Jenna.

China’s magnificent Yangtze River continues to awe and inspire and Victoria Cruises remains the finest guide for the journey.

For more information and a free color brochure or promotional DVD, contact Victoria Cruises at 57-08 39th Avenue, Woodside, NY 11377; 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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