Victoria Cruises to rearrange Yangtze lineup to include Victoria Anna

The ships, by the numbers

" Victoria Anna, 308 passengers

" Victoria Empress, 198 passengers

" Victoria Katarina, 266 passengers

" Victoria Prince, 206 passengers

" Victoria Queen, 206 passengers

" Victoria Rose, 130 passengers

" Victoria Star, 206 passengers 

NEW YORK -- Victoria Cruises plans to realign its fleet in preparation for the addition of its seventh ship, the 308-passenger Victoria Anna, in April 2006.

The Anna joins the Empress, Katarina, Prince, Queen and Star as one of Victorias larger ships, which it calls its premier class with passenger capacities ranging from 198 to 266. Also in the Victoria fleet is the smaller Rose, with a passenger capacity of just 130.

With 154 cabins, including 16 junior suites, four deluxe suites and two Shangri-la suites, the Anna will be Victorias largest ship. It will have the largest passenger capacity and most suites of all Yangtze river cruisers, according to Victoria Cruises. The Anna will be the first Victoria ship that has two elevators and two restaurants.

The Anna will replace the Victoria Star on Victorias Three Gorges Highlights program, which travels roundtrip from Chongqing to Yichang. The Star, in turn, will be moved to the Chongqing-Shanghai route.

The smaller Victoria Rose, which has been doing the Chongqing-Shanghai route, will be moved to the Chongqing-Yichang route, which will bring Victorias number of weekly departures for that route to six-per-week.

In additional news from Victoria Cruises, the company has renewed its exclusive arrangement to provide Yangtze cruises for Uniworld, which is under new management since its sale last year to the Travel Corp., the parent company of Trafalgar Tours, Contiki Holidays, Insight Vacations and Red Carnation Hotels.

To contact the reporter who wrote this article, send e-mail to David Cogswell at [email protected].

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