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Sanctuary Retreats Cruises

8 Reviews
Sanctuary Ananda

About Sanctuary Retreats Cruises

Sanctuary Retreats primarily attracts English-speaking passengers and offers river journeys in China, Myanmar and Egypt. From its beginnings in rural Africa, the line has offered a deluxe experience combined with ethical tourism.

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Sanctuary Retreats Cruises Tips, Activities, and Overview

Who goes on Sanctuary Retreats cruise ships?

Sanctuary Retreats attracts well-traveled, socially and culturally aware couples and families -- mostly English speakers -- from around the globe who are looking for an exclusive yet authentic experience. Age restrictions vary by itinerary, and the average age onboard is over 50.

Do I have to dress up on a Sanctuary Retreats cruise?

Not really. Most people dress casually for the weather and itinerary, but many passengers do change into smarter casual attire for dinner. Shorts and T-shirts are not permitted at dinner.

Is everything free on Sanctuary Retreats cruises?

No, but a lot is, including all guided excursions and all meals, plus wine, beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner. Drinks from the bar, gratuities, spa treatments (where available) and retail shop purchases are not included.

What are Sanctuary Retreats’s most popular activities?

Shore excursions are, by far, the most popular activity for Sanctuary Retreats passengers. Cruises take them right to the heart of the destinations they are visiting, embracing the authentic, the local and the historic. Each excursion either offers the chance to experience the very raw nature of each place or authentic experiences such as tai chi, cookery and calligraphy classes. Onboard, cruisers enjoy even more cultural immersion with such activities as a galabeya party (Egyptian costumes) and performances by whirling dervishes and belly dancers.

Why go with Sanctuary Retreats?

  • Upscale experience on boutique ships.
  • High crew-to-passenger ratio.
  • Award-winning chefs.

Best for: Mature, luxury-oriented culture vultures

Not for: Budget cruisers, young families and anyone who prefers a casual onboard ambiance

Sanctuary Retreats Cruises Cruiser Reviews

Amazing Experience on the Sanctuary Ananda

The final destination of the cruise was Bagan, which should be one of the wonders of the world.The chef on board was a former head chef at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel, Bangkok, which was rated the number one hotel in the world for many years.Read More

2-5 Cruises

Age 60s

Not up to global standards

As this cruise is often part of larger itineraries, many visitors to China will end up on this boat.This cruise was part of a 15 day tour of China with a luxury tour company.Read More

10+ Cruises

Age 50s

Treasures of the Nile

Also our tour guide was with us from day one and provided all of us with the necessary local knowledge and answered all our questions with professionalism.We were concerned about security but our 34 person tour group was from arrival to departure treated like royalty.Read More

10+ Cruises

Age 70s

Melbdemon On the Yangtse

Activities: early morning ti chi ,several Chinese medical lectures, painting and off boat tour briefing added a lot to the trip.Ship: was a large "best available" vessel on the Yangtze river decorated in true Chinese style with an adequate theatre ,gym, well appointed lounge looking out onto a front deck area.Read More

6-10 Cruises

Age 60s

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