Slow boat through China
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am giddy with excitement to actually be sailing on
course, I had a certain amount of tourist-cheating to go through to get here. I
wanted a simple "3-star" type of boat - nothing fancy. But the agent
said that "Due to government (something), we cannot book 3-star. You'll
have to upgrade to 4-star." Blah, blah, blah. Something about
"treating myself to luxury" etc etc. So I was convinced to go with
the added luxury. But since I wanted a private room (not wanting to share my
cough with a roommate), I then had to pay nearly double the standard rate. But
I was content to enjoy some luxury and recuperate in my "4-star"
Turns out, I was the only non-Chinese on my deck - the 30 other foreigners (on a ship of 200 passengers) had all upgraded to "Deluxe 4-star". Long story short... my room turned out to be the "3-star" accommodation that I had originally expected - but at the "4-star" price.