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Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Century Cruises Launches Century Paragon

Century Cruises, the leader in Yangtze River cruises on March 19, launched the 398-guest Century Paragon.  With the introduction of this beautiful new, state-of-the-art ship, Century Cruises grows to a fleet of six, the most modern and luxurious ships on the Yangtze River.  Sister ship, Century Paragon will be launched in two months’ time bringing the fleet to a total of seven ships.
“Century Cruises continues our commitment to offering the very best Yangtze River cruise experience,” said Richard Xie, director of sales and marketing, Century Cruises.  “This new state-of-the-art ship greatly exceeded our expectations and includes all of the features our guests have grown to love on our other gorgeous ships, plus new innovations such as dedicated Executive Club all-suite levels and the first indoor pool and leisure area afloat on the river.

Designed specifically for the Western traveler, Century Cruises has continued its collaboration with renowned European naval architects Yran and Storbratten (architects for Disney Cruises, Seabourn, Holland America, Viking River Cruises among others) for the design of these new, innovative vessels.
The Century Paragon will sail on Tuesdays for 4 day/3 night itineraries downstream between Chongqing and Yichang and on Fridays for 5 day/4 night itineraries upstream on the same route.  When launched, the Century Legend will sail upstream on Tuesdays and downstream on Saturdays.
The itineraries visit the Yangtze Rvier highlights of Shibao Pagoda, the Three Gorges of Daning River (or Shennong Stream), the Three Gorges Dam as well as a transit of the dam’s locks system.

New features on the Century Paragon include extended exterior scenic sightseeing elevators; a seven-story grand atrium lobbies; an innovative 2,000 sq. ft. indoor swimming pool and leisure area.  The ships also features a large, pillar-less multifunction room with 12-foot ceilings that hosts evening performances and guest lectures.  It is also ideal for meetings, conferences and special events.  For entertainment, guests can also enjoy 150-seat HD cinema with multi-lingual capabilities.  WiFi is available throughout the ship.

Century Cruises features the most spacious staterooms on the Yangtze and all staterooms feature a private balcony designed specifically to enable to most remarkable Yangtze views. The Century Paragon features 196 exterior staterooms including two 1,140 sq. ft. Presidential Suites; 34 Executive Suites (415 sq. ft.) located on two exclusive, suite-only Executive Club decks; four Junior Suites (323 sq. ft.) and 156 Riverview Staterooms (301 sq. ft.).

All suites and staterooms feature daily maid and turndown service, superior king-sized bedding, all-cotton luxury linens, separate sitting area, LCD Satellite televisions (with channels including HBO and CNN), individually controlled air conditioning, bath with separate tub and shower, personal grooming amenities.  In addition, suites feature personalized butler service, Italian coffee makers, mini bar, DVD players, daily snacks and fruit.  Guests in the Presidential Suites may also take advance of room service.
The spacious, forward-facing Presidential Suites feature a large wrap-around balcony with chaise lounges.  Executive Club and Presidential Suite Guests can also take advantage of an exclusive Executive Club á la carte restaurant, bar and reception area.