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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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Sandhillsmac
Member Since 2013
1 review
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
Fpacifico
Member Since 2013
2 reviews
215 forum posts
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
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
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
2 reviews
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

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Gorgeous Diva
Member Since 2015
1 review
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
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
1 helpful vote
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
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
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

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GretaS
Member Since 2015
1 review
5 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
spanishjay
Member Since 2015
1 review
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
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
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
4 reviews
9 forum posts
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

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Piatravelgal
Member Since 2015
1 review
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
moswalt
Member Since 2015
1 review
2 helpful votes
I might mention that the air part of the trip was terrible (and scheduled by Viking) . Not booked directly to Shanghai (where tour began) but through Beijing. And not enought time to make connection. Missed flight, etc. The breakfast ... Read more
Vickyd
Member Since 2015
1 review
Our first cruise on a Viking ship was all that was promised and more! Our Chinese Guide Bob spoke excellent English as he explained the Chinese culture both in today's world and many centuries in the past. As we traveled Bob took care of ... Read more
linlaibar
Member Since 2016
1 review
4 helpful votes
Sailed April 2015
A great bucket list trip. From start to finish it was well organized and the tour guides were knowledgeable, friendly and fluent in English. All the transfers from airports to the tour sites to the ship, etc, were well organized and ... Read more
Yvonne Wareham
Member Since 2015
1 review
Sailed April 2015
This was our very first cruise and it was absolutely amazing. We were looked after so well from the minute we were picked up at the airport until the minute they left us at the other end of our holiday. Our tour guide was Joshua and he ... Read more

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Nancy Mary Lange
Member Since 2015
1 review
1 helpful vote
Sailed April 2015
This was my first Viking River Cruise and it was outstanding. I took this trip alone with no expectations and was pleased to have the time of my life. I enjoyed every minute of the trip and especially meeting some very nice people. That ... Read more
Timc53
Member Since 2015
1 review
From booking to landing in Beijing we were supported all the way. (Make sure that you have Viking sort out your visa's, makes life easier) At the Beijing airport we were met by our excellent guide who was with us all through the trip. The ... Read more
icemom5120
Member Since 2009
1 review
102 forum posts
What a wonderful trip, this being my second time with Viking in China. This is a different ship that the last time, but just as nice and comfortable with the greatest room steward I have ever had on any size ship. The selection and ... Read more
bkerns
Member Since 2016
1 review
2 helpful votes
This was our fourth cruise. The other cruises were in Europe. It was the experience of a lifetime and the only one we would consider taking again if the opportunity arose. The country was beautiful, the people of China warm and friendly ... Read more
knicelyalee@yahoo.com
Member Since 2015
1 review
Tour began in Shanghai, Ritz Carlton hotel, flew to Wuhan for 6 night cruise on Yangtze River, Viking Emerald , first class ship, service, crew, food and sightseeing, then on to Xian and the Terra Cotta Warriors, then to Beijing to see ... Read more

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