We had taken a river cruise in the past and so were interested in a small/boutique cruise experience. This ship has approximately 200 passengers, which in hindsight was probably a bit big for our tastes. The age of the group varied, but the majority were over 70 years old - we are in our late 40's, so a more mixed group would have been preferable for us - however everyone was lovely. For some reason they sat everyone for meals on the first night and wouldn't allow anyone to change tables after that - this was a disappointment, as the opportunity to meet other people from different countries is always a great aspect of traveling - management should change this practice. For anyone considering this cruise, it is important to consider that China has a lot of steps! Every stop on the cruise demanded walking up many steps.
The cabin was lovely - good cooling, good balcony, and a fridge in the room. Drinks in the bar cost approx 25 yuan (about $3.75 AUS) for a beer, 35 yuan (about $5.25 AUS) for a gin and tonic, and about $30 AUS for a bottle of Chinese red wine. Beer can be bought at any local supermarket, or street stalls for about 45cents AUSD, wine for about $4.50 AUS a bottle - so with the fridge in your room you can have a few drinks on your balcony at minimal cost.
Laundry was standard international hotel prices - about $10 AUS for a pair of pants - as a result, very few passengers seemed to use the laundry service, and seemed to rinse things out themselves.