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PRESS RELEASE # 257

One Week After Inaugural Voyage On China's Yangtze, Victoria Jenna is Now World’s Largest River Cruise Ship

NEW YORK, NY (Sept. 14, 2009) – On Sunday, Sept. 6, Victoria Cruises (http://www.victoriacruises.com) launched the Victoria Jenna (pictured right), the world’s largest and most technologically advanced luxury river cruise ship. One week after its inaugural journey along China’s mist–shrouded, temple–lined Yangtze River, the Victoria Jenna shattered expectations and achieved several milestones. The Victoria Jenna makes history as the first river cruise ship in the world to possess four elevators, two separate full–service kitchens and wireless CDMA Internet, as well as full bathtubs and high efficiency dual–flush toilets in each passenger stateroom. With 200 staterooms and a passenger capacity of 400, the Victoria Jenna is the largest ship in the Victoria Cruises’ five–star fleet, which has now grown to eight vessels. The room breakdown is as follows: 150 superior staterooms, 35 junior suites, three deluxe suites and two Shangri–La Suites. “When we first conceptualized the Victoria Jenna, we envisioned a state–of–the–art river cruise ship above and beyond that which made our previous five–star vessels exceptional,” noted Larry Greenman, manager of public relations and customer service for Victoria Cruises. “The Victoria Jenna marks a new standard for class, style and elegance, and Victoria Cruises is once again proud to pioneer a new era of luxury cruising on the Yangtze River,” added Greenman. Clocking in at almost 10,000 gross tons, the five–passenger–deck Victoria Jenna is 438.9 feet long, 61.7 feet wide and 55.8 feet high, with a draft of 8.8 feet. 

History was made on Sept. 6 as the ribbon cutting ceremony onboard the Victoria Jenna marked the launch of the world’s largest and most technologically advanced river cruise ship on China’s Yangtze River

Two dedicated conference rooms (equipped with AV–ready equipment for presentations) with capacity to seat up to 40 guests each make the Victoria Jenna perfect for corporate meetings and retreats, while the Yangtze Club (largest on the Yangtze) features a capacity of 380 guests and is also AV–equipped for large group seminars and lectures. The Dynasty Dining Room, also the Yangtze’s largest, boasts a capacity of 350 guests, while the upper deck VIP Club restaurant has a capacity of up to 150 guests.

Two separate kitchens provide customized meal requests, such as Gluten–Free and Vegetarian cuisine. The VIP Club offers á la carte dining, as well as omelet & egg stations for breakfast, noodle and sandwiching stations for lunch, and Carving and Peking Duck stations for lunch or dinner (varies by day). All food on the ship is freshly–baked and freshly–made. Grass–fed and non–hormone meats are used, and all pastries, breads and desserts are handmade.

All staterooms feature a private balcony so guests can appreciate the magnificent views of the Yangtze River. Marble–Top bathroom counters, in–room refrigerators and safety boxes, 26” Phillips LCD flat screen televisions in each stateroom (suites feature 42” Phillips LCD flat screen TVs with DVD player), international cable TV broadcasts of HBO and CNN, advanced–cooling air conditioning systems and a fully fit–out fitness center further add to the luxury look and feel of the Victoria Jenna.

Executive suites on the Victoria Jenna offer spacious accommodations and private balcony

The Victoria Jenna also features a lecture room (for talks about the river’s history and lessons in Tai Chi, Mandarin language and mah jong), library/reading room, cocktail lounge, beauty parlor and mini–spa, gift shop, spacious observation deck, business center, health clinic and lavish atrium lobby. The ship’s overall décor is highlighted by a rich tapestry of colors, gleaming woods, sparkling chandeliers, and American and European influences with Asian accents.

The Victoria Jenna is poised to become the new leader in environmental conservation and “green” renewable technology with the best fuel–passenger ratio on the river due to improved navigational design and weight distribution. To drastically eliminate paper usage, the Victoria Jenna employs a five-star hotel management software application to fully streamline ship operations from onboard shopping to passenger telecommunications.

The ship possesses advanced SONAR, GPS, Engine and Navigation systems to ensure maximum safety, as well as 24/7 video security surveillance system for passenger areas.

Cruise Director Dick Carpentier and staff in the atrium of the Victoria Jenna

The Victoria Jenna sails Victoria Cruises’ highly–acclaimed Three Gorges Highlights program, both upstream and downstream between Chongqing and Yichang, as well the round–trip Three Gorges Explorer itinerary sailing Chongqing – Yichang – Chongqing.

Victoria Cruises most popular program – the four– or five–day Three Gorges Highlights itinerary – takes guests on a journey between Chongqing and Yichang, enjoying spectacular views of centuries–old pagodas nestled along the Yangtze.

In addition to onboard activities such as Tai Chi lessons and a host of nightly entertainment options, the cruise features invigorating shore excursions such as the impressive Three Gorges Dam in Sandouping, an extraordinary feat of engineering. Visitors will also have the opportunity to board a smaller boat for a mind–blowing expedition down the Yangtze’s scenic Daning or Shennong River tributaries to the Small Gorges.

The Three Gorges Highlights program starts at $980 per person, based on double occupancy, during high season (April through May; September through October) and $920 per person, based on double occupancy, throughout shoulder season (March; June through August; November).

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

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