Picturesque descriptions of Baltic treasures and Scandinavian splendours cruises you must have heard them all! It is a worthy subject, but dull rendition if it comes from me.
Probably because I understand the history, language and culture, my most memorable cruise is sailing China’s Yangtze River, the longest river in Asia. In just eight short days, one gets a great insight of the country’s cultural heritage – spectacular scenery, cultural treasures and religious and historical sites on this 4,000 mile long waterway. It was spring time and the weather was cool and comfortable. Seasickness was out of the question on a luxurious ship, the biggest now operated by President/Victoria Cruise Fleets with built-in stabilizers minimizing rocking motions.
The Yangtze is the historical divider between northern and southern China; sort of a natural barrier against invaders in its historical past and waterway for transport and commerce to present day. Sailing in and out of the ship locks of the Three Gorges Dam - the largest dam in the world – was a real eye-opener.
The Yangtze multi-lingual cruise is one of those venues in China one can find the biggest gathering of Europeans and Americans enjoying their spring and autumn holiday in the country.