But, how much do you know about Century Cruises?
Do you know that it has been leading in the new generation of Yangtze?
Do you know its backstory when you book your Century Cruise?
Do you know that Century Cruises has started selling and marketing vessels directly to the U.S. Market?
Century Cruises: the New Generation Cruise on the Yangtze River
Century would not say how much it is spending to build the new vessels, but there is a long list of bells and whistles on the two ships, indicative of a significant investment. Helping Yangtze River visitors cruise in luxury and comfort, Century Cruises is now leading in the new generation on the Yangtze.
Know Some Backstories of Century Cruises
Century Cruises is a division of the Chongqing New Century Tourism Group, founded in 1999.
In 2003, China-based Company entered the Yangtze River cruise business with the launch of its first ship, the 180-passenger Century Star. That same year, Century cooperated with Viking to charter the vessel.
Century constructed two 306-passenger sister ships: the Century Sky, in 2005, and the Century Sun, in 2006. In 2005, Viking returned the Century Star and started chartering the Century Sky and Century Sun until this year, when it relinquished the Sky, retaining a long-term charter agreement on the Century Sun. In 2008, Century launched the 264-passenger Century Diamond, and in 2010, the 264-passenger Century Emerald.
On Mar. 19, 2013, Century Paragon will make its first voyage from Chongqing to Yichang. While Century Legend will start its maiden voyage on May 15, 2013.
Century Cruises: Expand into U.S. Market
Century in the past years marketed its ships to the European and Southeast Asian Markets. Until 2009, Viking River Cruises has an exclusive charter agreement to sell Century Cruises in the U.S. Market. But when Viking reduced its charter to just one ship that year, Century got U.S. representation and started selling its remaining three vessels directly to the U.S. Market.
No matter where you come from, welcome to board Century Cruises on Yangtze River!
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