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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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166 Viking Emerald Cruise Reviews

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dboth
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
The entire Roof of the World tour included a land package that started in Beijing, then we flew to Xian, Lhasa Tibet, and Chongqing, where we boarded the Viking Emerald and sailed down the Yangtze River to Wuhan; then flew to Shanghai, ... Read more
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suemarlow
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed October 2015
This was our first Viking cruise and won't be our last. The organisation was superb with an escort for the whole time who flew with us on the internal flights as well as being on the ship. The ship was modern, the cabin a good size ... Read more
rob@sanrographics.com
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
3 helpful votes
This trip was well worth the money and effort. Having in mind before we left that China would be a whole new and different experience from that we had done before our expectations were met. The Hotel accommodation in Shanghai was excellent ... Read more
otter310@beyondbb.com
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Sailed September 2015
We were unsure what to expect from China, but we found the people to be so welcoming and friendly! Our hotels were all 5 star! Every hotel was more lovely than the one before! Very impressive. And the hotel staff were all very ... Read more
Big Donny
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed September 2015
Our whole Viking Experience was first cl ass. Starting in Beijing and ending in Hon Kong our guide Patrick was with us every step of the way. The wonderful knowledge he had made our China experience very memorable and fun. The shore ... Read more

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pineneedles40
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Sailed September 2015
While the land portion of Viking's Jewels' of China Tour was phenomenal (Hotels were first-class; tour guide was the BEST we've ever experienced; planned activities were well-organized and carried out to perfection), the experience aboard ... Read more
Eastyorks
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
From the first moment of booking our holiday Viking looked after us. There was always a helpful person on the end of the telephone to answer any enquiry, however mundane. All arrangements were efficiently sorted and that included the visa. ... Read more
Junedm1
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
1 helpful vote
After booking our trip to china with Viking, we were really looking forward to the 5 day trip down the Yangztee. We travelled during September and found the ship very damp, even down to our bedding. This was not helped by the air ... Read more
LibraryJo
Member Since 2015
2 reviews
5 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Sailed September 2015
I thought this tour was exceptional. The organization of everything by Viking was wonderful; everything went very smoothly. The hotels were 5-star; the food was wonderful - on land and on the ship. Roy was a great escort. The sights ... Read more
Sandhillsmac
Member Since 2013
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed September 2015
From the first day to the last day, this trip was outstanding! Our guide, Bob, was most congenial, shared his background (most interesting), shared his in depth knowledge of his country and cared for us as a Mother Hen cares for her ... Read more

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Fpacifico
Member Since 2013
2 reviews
121 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed September 2015
Before embarking, our tour guide, Johanna gave us a preview of what to expect and to make reservations for the optional tours. Johanna made sure that we had no issues in our flight from Shanghai. Our cabin was 451, and Harry our cabin ... Read more
PhillF1
Member Since 2015
2 reviews
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed September 2015
I gave a poor review of a Celebrity cruise earlier this year; we couldn't wait for that cruise to finish. This Viking cruise was exactly the opposite, we didn't want it to end. Our Viking holiday was the Imperial Jewels of China. We ... Read more
Gill and Dave
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
1 helpful vote
This was our second time on Viking Emerald, the first time, 3 years ago, we travelled from Beijing to Shanghai, this time we went from Shanghai to Beijing. As per usual all our flights and hotels were first class, we flew from ... Read more
Lindadirk
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed August 2015
As usual, Viking arranged five star hotels and an excellent guide! Our hotel in Shanghai, The Fairmount Peace Hotel was beautiful and right across the street form the Bund, or River Walk. The ship was not as nice as the longship we cruised ... Read more
Gorgeous Diva
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
This was our maiden voyage with Viking River Cruises and our experience was far above as we expected. We took the one of the only two Explorer Suites of Viking Emerald Ship and were treated royally. Our son had his own stateroom which ... Read more

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2pretty
Member Since 2012
1 review
5 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Sailed July 2015
We had an amazing but busy and somewhat exhausting (due to the high temperatures) time in Beijing and Xian and were ready to relax. We would recommend starting in Beijing and finishing in Shanghai. The ship was well equipped and the menu ... Read more
hwmpg
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
As mentioned in other reviews, the on board staff couldn't have been more pleasant and efficient. The ship itself appeared to be in decent condition, and was never too loud when running. If your idea of a great vacation is spending 5 ... Read more
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Colginny
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Sailed July 2015
This was my first Viking cruise and I would definitely recommend it to all my friends. I have traveled around the world and China was on my list to see next. The Chinese people were friendly and the food was wonderful! Our tour guide, ... Read more
Bernard Klein
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
This was out second Viking River cruise. A fair amount of time was spent ashore, so the entire "cruise" was not on the river. The three hotels that we stayed at were magnificent. The staff in the hotels as well as on-board the ... Read more
GretaS
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
3 helpful votes
Don’t think of this three-week odyssey as a vacation, but as a journey. It’s not an easy trip for several reasons, but the payoff comes in surprising ways along with a few pretty significant downers. The 21-day Roof of the ... Read more

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spanishjay
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
3 helpful votes
Although this is presented as a cruise the time on the water is only half of the trip. Nor did we embark at Shanghai but the option to choose Chonqing is not in the menu. This was our first experience of cruising since both my husband ... Read more
snortis
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
The trip was great. The hotels were all very nice. It was nice to be in the same small group with the same tour guide the entire trip. I enjoyed all the shore excursions. The food and wine on the ship was outstanding. Since we had 7 ... Read more
Cruise Critic 666
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
We visited wonderful places - in awe factor order - Forbidden City, Great Wall, Terra Cotta Soldiers, Yangtze River Gorges, school visit, Zoo/Pandas, numerous historical/cultural sites sprinkled throughout our journey. Was not impressed ... Read more
steverhodes
Member Since 2014
3 reviews
9 forum posts
0 helpful votes
This Imperial Jewels of China Viking trip in May, 2015 was the best trip we've ever taken! And we are seasoned travelers in our late 60s who have traveled extensively all of our adult lives. We've been on vacation for almost 3 months this ... Read more
Piatravelgal
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Overall, I would give our trip a 98%. It was full of wonderful sites and great guides (Special thanks to our guide, Jamie. She was excellent in every way and we felt lucky to have her for the whole trip). We sampled a lot of China in ... Read more

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