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Launched in 2011, Viking Emerald is Viking River Cruises' sole ship operating on China's Yangtze River. A chartered vessel, it has all the "feel" of a Viking-owned ship with the familiarity of branded ...
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Mulguy Boy
Member Since 2015
4 reviews
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
We traveled with Viking River Cruises on the Imperial Jewels of China trip (April, 2016) in the direction from Beijing to Shanghai. The trip was wonderful and a fantastic experience. A very safe and convenient way to see parts of China. ... Read more
PlanoRick
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
3 helpful votes
We traveled with Viking River Cruises on the Imperial Jewels of China trip (April, 2016) in the direction from Beijing to Shanghai. The trip was absolutely wonderful! The Viking staff took care of everything for us; we felt so pampered. ... Read more
connie45
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
2 helpful votes
Sailed April 2016
The Viking Emerald is not the usual Scandinavian design, it is definitely Chinese. Beautifully decorated with shops where you can have silk clothing MADE on board, watch a very good artist paint, and more. The staff is polite and ... Read more
linda boisvert
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Sailed April 2016
My sister and I chose this cruise because it was her first visit to China and when we booked it, she was having some health issues. I knew from a previous cruise with Viking, that they take good care of their guests, including seeing to ... Read more
jimxxxbell
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
2 helpful votes
We took the cruise to find out more about China and the people. It turned out to be a really great journey. Our escort was fantastic and had a lot of patience with the group. He spoke really good English and was detailed in his ... Read more

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cjdtexas
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Several friends had taken European cruises and lived them, so since I wanted to do China decided on the Viking trip. It hit the must sees like the Great Wall and Terracotta Soldiers and included lots of other sites. I also like that the ... Read more
s2r2l@aol.com
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Choose Viking based on itinerary and positive recommendation of previous tour participant. Our China tour was a combination of land, river and air. All went smoothly. Viking pays attention to detail in addition to our dedicated tour guide ... Read more
d0brien
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
2 helpful votes
This was our 3rd cruise with Viking River Cruise . They have all be been great -- everything about them. We are planning to do another one with Viking. Both the included and optional tours were excellent with excellent local guides and ... Read more
BobClark
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
7 helpful votes
Sailed March 2016
Fantastic cruise, fantastic restaurants, fantastic ship, fantastic staff, fantastic food, fantastic service, fantastic guide (Joshua). This was our China anniversary (20 years) so we picked China for our holiday. We were not disappointed. ... Read more
Mbrown5806
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
We traveled on the final cruise of the year, we spent Christmas in Rouen as the Normandy Beaches excursion would have fallen on a Holiday. This is a very pleasant easy trip. Viking was on the ball, they rearranged the itinerary so that ... Read more

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261044
Member Since 2012
2 reviews
2 forum posts
12 helpful votes
Sailed November 2015
This cruise was part of a 17 day tour, called Cultural Delights of China. We travelled up the Yangze River, stopping at cities and towns along the way. At each stop we had a tour. I have been on a Viking cruise in Europe, and this ... Read more
bill719
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
6 helpful votes
I've always wanted to travel to China, was on my short bucket list, and I was not disappointed. I had been on ocean cruises before but the river cruise was the perfect way to see China. The cities of Shanghai, Xi'an and Beijing were ... Read more
judemeister
Member Since 2013
1 review
0 forum posts
3 helpful votes
We have made several Viking River cruises and other than a non-Viking tour of Egypt, this ranks at the top of our experiences. We were very well cared for by the Viking staff. We had Francis as our tour guide and Larry for the extension in ... Read more
CLE Traveler
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
1 helpful vote
We did the Viking River Cruise in China in late October and early November. It rained quite a bit of the time but that in no way dampened our enthusiasm for the trip or the way we were treated by the wonderful guide staff and crew. ... Read more
helenoyen
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
4 helpful votes
Our China trip started in Beijing and ended in Shanghai, touring the sites in Beijing from the Forbidden City, Tienanmen square, The Great Wall etc. was amazing. On to Xian to see the Terracotta Warriors a dream come true, something I had ... Read more

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loubrijohn
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
5 helpful votes
Sailed October 2015
This was an excellent experience for our first trip to China. Fantastic itinerary, great hotels, awesome cruise. Great service all around. In an overwhelming country with so much to see, Viking helped us to focus on the must sees. Right ... Read more
terran_explr
Member Since 2011
7 reviews
4 forum posts
14 helpful votes
This trip is the perfect way to see China. If you want to experience some of the breadth and depth and majesty of China—its history, culture, and natural beauty—with the convenience of English-speaking guides and the pampering ... Read more
terran_explr
Member Since 2011
7 reviews
4 forum posts
11 helpful votes
My intent is to write a review that will give you insight and tips to help in planning your trip. I read reviews on Cruise Critic about the Imperial Jewels of China trip before I left home, but I learned many things on my trip that were ... Read more
Mprouse
Member Since 2015
2 reviews
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed October 2015
My wife and I have been on a number of river and ocean cruises and this was our first time with Viking. We chose this holiday as we wanted to experience a different culture. We were not disappointed! This is not a trip for the faint ... Read more
BSinPNS
Member Since 2009
11 reviews
357 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Very disappointed in the Century (Viking) Emerald. The ship is leased from a Chinese firm, but there are six Viking employees onboard. The welcome aboard and first day were good, but things quickly turned sour. During the dinner the ... Read more

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ngmaldonado
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
1 helpful vote
The cabins on our ship were always well maintained. We had a great view off our balcony and we could hear the scenery descriptions as we sailed down the Yangtze River. We really appreciated the surprise gifts left in our cabins during our ... Read more
hannah mac
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
2 helpful votes
Sailed October 2015
First time with Viking & first river cruise well impressed. Hotels first class beds amazing in size. Ship was excellent house keeping food entertainment staff ever so friendly & helpful. Shore excursions well organized & ... Read more
gilbury
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed October 2015
W thoroughly enjoyed our time on Viking Emerald. Everything was well organised from our embarkation to leaving at Chonquing. All the crew were very good although one or two of the waiting staff did not have enough english to get by. The ... Read more
geno 63
Member Since 2009
1 review
2 forum posts
1 helpful vote
This was our first time cruising with Viking and the second river cruise. The cruise itself was excellent! It was interesting, scenic, fun, and educational. The ship is stunning with a convenient layout and the service of the entire ... Read more
knsh55a
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Sailed October 2015
The mechanics of the trip were good - everything was well planned out and the hotels that we had were great. We had a wonderful guide in Tingting. That being said, China was a bit of a disappointment due to the massive upgrading to ... Read more

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