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Century Paragon was designed by European architects and joined Uniworld River Cruises’ fleet in 2013. The refined design and architecture of this river cruise ship creates a beautiful atmosphere for Century Paragon’s journey through Asia’s Yangtze River. Two extravagant Presidential Suites and 34 elegant Uniworld Signature Suites ensure a comfortable and intimate vacation experience for the 398 guests sailing onboard Century Paragon. Every Uniworld Signature Suite includes a private balcony, sitting area, and satellite TV. Aside from culturally-immersive encounters onshore, travelers can learn the customs and arts of their destinations onboard, too, through activities such as Tai Chi, folk dance, and more. Other onboard experiences on Century Paragon include a spa, lap pool and pool bar, library, two delectable restaurants, cinema, and other amenities to ensure each guest’s well-being while sailing through the stunning Yangtze River.

 

Century Paragon was the first line of on the Yangtze with a guest area extending to the 7th floor deck. The grand atrium lobby on the 7th floor and the first sightseeing give guests even more space to experience the magnificent views the river affords. The Century-Paragon was also the first Yangtze cruise line with guest room areas on the 6th floor, independent executive suites connecting the 5th and the 6th floors, privileged independent VIP dining rooms, reception area for distinguished guests, and a sun deck. Century-Paragon provides real VIP exclusive service.

 

Another Yangtze first is the multifunctional entertainment hall. The hall features a center stage with a large LED screen, providing real audio visual enjoyment and professional entertainment performance. The Yangtze’s first large-scale recreation area with a heated indoor swimming pool over 200 square meters also belongs to Century-Paragon.  The recreation area is accompanied by water bars, fitness areas, rest areas, and dressing rooms with shower function. It is the biggest swimming pool with the most complete facilities among all Yangtze cruise ships. The Century-Paragon series also boasts the first multistep HD cinema. With seating for up to 150 people the cinema also functions as a professional meeting facility.

 

Atmosphere on board

Century Paragon is a brand new deluxe ship owned by New Century Cruise Ship Company, dedicated to provide her guests with exceptional experience on Yangtze River. The Legend ship was designed by Norwegian architects, instructed by German shipbuilders, and boasts as a floating 5-star hotel with up-to-the-date amenities. Her innovative design ensures environmentally friendly and vibration-free sailings along Yangtze River. Century-Paragon cruise ship

 

Currently chartered by Uniworld and Avalon Waterways, Century Paragon offers onboard facilities including the grand atrium lobby, Panoramic and A La Carte Restaurants, huge Multifunctional Lounge, and a good number staterooms with private balconies. An extraordinary highlight is the 2,150 sq.feet indoor swimming pool and spa with bar, fitness center and relaxation area. This contemporary ship has an English-speaking friendly crew and provides steady Internet available within 24 hours in ship’s Internet Café. Century-Paragon also features Children Paradise for those who travel with family. Learn traditional tai chi and hear the Three Gorges lectures.

 

Century-Paragon, top deluxe TOP DELUXE Century Cruise ship, is making her first voyage in 2013. This all-new 5-star ship will give you an entirely new cruise experience on the Yangtze River.

 

Designed and decorated by European architects and shipbuilders who specialized in sophisticated marine architecture, Century-Paragon boasts the same comfort and amenities as is found in an international five-star hotel. Its innovative design ensures an almost vibration-free and environmentally friendly voyage along the river. With its grand, 7-story atrium lobby to its elegant Panoramic Restaurant, A La Carte Restaurant, huge Multifunctional Lounge, beautiful Ballroom, well-appointed Swimming Pool and river view Staterooms and Suites with private balconies, this ship offers passengers the comfort and luxury to its fullest potential. -there are many reason to Choose this river cruise Ship.

 

The “First” of Century Paragon:

 

Century-Paragon, designed by Yran and Storbrraton, has adopted "Green Environment, Low Emission and Sustainability", including:

 

The first integrated e-propulsion and rudder propeller system on the Yangtze, reducing vibration and noise while increasing the ships’ maneuvering capability;
The first Internet-based remote control surveillance system;
The first “zero paint” Yangtze cruise ships, instead colored using high-tech compound panels for interior decoration and furniture.
 

The “Uniqueness” of Century-Paragon:

 

Aboard Century Paragon, guests will be treated to some decidedly uncommon river cruise features:

 

An over 2,150 square foot heated indoor swimming pool and spa complete with bar, fitness center, private relaxation area and two dressing rooms with shower;
Public area and sightseeing elevators extended to the B1 deck;
A 7-story Grand Atrium lobby that provides views of the surrounding Yangtze scenery;
An unobstructed 12-foot high, multifunctional lounge featuring a center stage with large LED screen;
An auditorium-style HD cinema seating up to 150-guests, and featuring multi-lingual translation equipment for international meetings.


Food & Dining 

Choose from a variety of Western and Chinese cuisine at the breakfast and lunch buffets in this elegant yet relaxed-atmosphere restaurant. At dinner choose from choice of buffet offerings featuring Western and Chinese cuisine or an a la carte menu featuring Western cuisine (except the Captain's farewell Chinese banquet in the main dining area). At dinner guests will enjoy a four-course meal with appetizers, soups, salads, entrees and delicious deserts. All meals are open seating.

 

Seating Times: Check onboard for hours of operation.
Dress: Always casual. Dinner attire is "evening casual" which consists of open-neck shirts, slacks, and dresses. Coats and ties may be worn. The Captain's Welcome and Farewell dinners are dressy but not formal.
Costs: No additional costs. Complimentary wine, beer or soft drinks are included with dinner. All other times spirits, wines, beers and soft drinks are an additional cost. No reservations required.

Take a mid-day break with coffee or tea as well as sweet treats. The afternoon tea is served in either the lounge or on the top deck. Seating Times: 4 PM. Room service for breakfast only!. Guests can enjoy a light continental breakfast from the comfort of their stateroom.

 

Family with Kids/Teens 

Children under the age of eight typically are too young to fully enjoy a cruise vacation. Because of this and for the safety and enjoyment of all passengers, Avalon Waterways do not accept children under eight years of age. In addition, please note that there are no special arrangements or activities for children on their ships
 
Past Passenger Programs
Avalon Waterways Past Passenger Program is called the Journeys Club. Journeys Club is the frequent travelers club for the Globus family of brands. Through it, Avalon will reward their frequent travelers with attractive perks. Cruisers must enroll in the club to receive benefits including exclusive promotions, special perks, and customized service.

 

Fitness And Spa
Fitness center, Lap pool with relaxation area, spa with massage services and beauty salon

 

Entertainment
Educate yourself while sailing onboard Avalon Scenery by attending various lectures as well as other culturally-enriching experiences. Look forward to various onboard experiences with local chefs, entertainers, and artisans. Spend an afternoon on the Sky Deck for breathtaking scenery that you pass by along the waterways. Next, grab your beverage of choice, and mingle and unwind with like-minded travelers in the lounges and bar.
 
Every cruise includes two or three evenings of onboard entertainment, at least one show performed by the crew and nightly piano music. On certain cruises their may be guest speakers, local musicians performing folklore shows or classical recitals. A resident Pianist will also perform nightly. There is a selection of board game and a small library available onboard.
 
Staterooms

With contemporary-designed cabins 266-square feet, you’re sure to feel the comforts of home onboard Century Paragon. Deluxe beds with memory foam mattress toppers and Egyptian cotton linens will give you the good night’s sleep you’ve been waiting for. All cabins onboard Century Paragon will offer a choice of pillows, spacious closets, large bathroom, flatscreen satellite TV with movie channels, bathrobes, slippers, and complimentary bottled water.

 

Tipping
Gratuities are not included in the price of the cruise and are entirely discretionary. All passengers on New Century Cruises are required to pay $23/RMB150 per person as service charge. The service charge is payable when they check out for disembarkation. Customer request a specific deck need an additional fee (RMB150-RMB450) based on the floor of ship.
 
Fellow Passengers
American/Canadian/UK/Australians and New Zealanders. An Avalon passenger is typically near retirement age or retired. They enjoy experiencing and learning about new places and seeing new sights. They have an interest for history and culture. An Avalon passenger enjoys relaxed, quiet environments with fine food and wine on offer.
 
Our recommendation

Many people have booked this river cruise but a bit disappointed knowing they wouldn't be on the ship as much as they were in Europe. Many came back and were glad they only had 4 nights on the ship! From the experience, The food was in fact cold this is true, but they were committed to making it right. The common areas that we could enjoy were a bit sedate yet crowded . are beautiful and The suites  clean! No problems here! Large cabins with comfortable beds and luxurious amenities. Do know that the experience here as opposed to what you get in Europe are two different beast.

 

The shore excursions were well organized. Unfortunately the towns we visited were all new , as the old villages were flooded and replaced by characterless buildings and soulless villages.Dam and lesser 3 gorges were spectacular and worth the visit.