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China to debut the world’s largest river cruise ship in 2020

12/23/2019| 2:30:10 PM|

The state-of-the-art boat will be among the first to make use of China's new $31 billion hydroelectric dam.

Asia’s longest river is getting the world’s biggest river cruise ship.

American brand Victoria Cruises just announced the Victoria Sabrina, a seven-deck, 270-cabin behemoth that will ferry 700 passengers up and down China’s Yangtze River beginning in May 2020. When it’s finally ready for its maiden voyage, nine different research and design firms will have had a hand in building Victoria Sabrina, and the ship is easily Victoria’s most over-the-top offering yet.

River cruises are not uncommon along the Yangtze, but Victoria Sabrina is the first to take full advantage of the river’s Three Gorges Dam, a $31 billion hydroelectric dam completed in 2003, which increases shipping capacity, generates world-record power output and prevents flooding. In other words: the river can handle a big ship now, and Victoria Cruises is capitalizing.

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