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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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183 Viking Emerald Cruise Reviews

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Mbrown5806
Member Since 2016
1 review
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
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
8 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
5 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
2 helpful votes
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

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helenoyen
Member Since 2016
1 review
5 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
loubrijohn
Member Since 2016
1 review
7 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
20 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
13 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
1 helpful vote
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

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BSinPNS
Member Since 2009
13 reviews
375 forum posts
3 helpful votes
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
ngmaldonado
Member Since 2016
1 review
5 helpful votes
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
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
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
3 helpful votes
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

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knsh55a
Member Since 2016
1 review
3 helpful votes
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
mindy56
Member Since 2016
1 review
2 helpful votes
We took the Windows of the World tour which covered China & then we went on to Tibet. Tibet was by far the most enjoyable part of the trip except for the altitude sickness & the food. Great overview of China even though some of ... Read more
dboth
Member Since 2016
1 review
1 helpful vote
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
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
4 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

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otter310@beyondbb.com
Member Since 2015
1 review
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
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
pineneedles40
Member Since 2015
1 review
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
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
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

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