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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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261044
Member Since 2012
2 reviews
2 forum posts
10 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
terran_explr
Member Since 2011
7 reviews
4 forum posts
6 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
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
LibraryJo
Member Since 2015
2 reviews
5 forum posts
0 helpful votes
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

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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
Fpacifico
Member Since 2013
2 reviews
77 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
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
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
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
linlaibar
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
1 helpful vote
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
zumaqueen
Member Since 2008
1 review
80 forum posts
0 helpful votes
This was our first venture into China, so we booked all air and transfers through Viking. They flew us to Beijing a day early which was appreciated. We flew Air China which offered nothing out of the ordinary regarding space or food. It ... Read more

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Helen.of.Troy
Member Since 2014
2 reviews
1 forum post
0 helpful votes
Sailed October 2014
We thoroughly enjoyed our trip to China with Viking River Cruises, in October 2014. We were very lucky with the weather & it was hot & sunny for the whole trip. There was bad smog in Beijing a few days before & after we were ... Read more
hotzim
Member Since 2006
3 reviews
8 forum posts
0 helpful votes
This was our first experience with Viking and although the cruise part of the tour and pre cruise trip was only 5 days, the entire trip was 15 days for us. There were lots of logistics for them to handle and we felt they did an excellent ... Read more
KRicard
Member Since 2014
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed October 2014
This was our first trip to China. Not only were our land travels fantastic, but our experience on this cruise was fabulous! Because the ship was smaller than the much larger ocean liners we have been on, it was a much more intimate ... Read more
EvieEngel
Member Since 2014
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Roof of the World was a trip of a lifetime! My husband and I thoroughly recommend it for both the cultural and historical aspects. We chose this excursion because it included visiting different areas of China and Llhasa, Tibet. Our group ... Read more
Us2travelers
Member Since 2014
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed October 2014
Pictures, films, books, and magazines fall short of capturing China in it's beauty, frenzy, contradictions, and growth to modernization. The Viking cruise did a fantastic job in showing as much as possible in a short period of time. ... Read more

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hotzim
Member Since 2006
3 reviews
8 forum posts
0 helpful votes
We are not easily impressed having been disappointed on many occasions, but this is one time where the trip actually lived up to its hype. While travel in China is not without its drawbacks, we felt that Viking did an excellent job of ... Read more
jtmccand
Member Since 2014
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
This was a first class tour of China. I would rate the 4 hotels we stayed in as 5 star. The Viking Emerald was modern and well maintained. The food on board was excellent. We had one guide who accompanied our group of 30 during the entire ... Read more
AUTiger72
Member Since 2007
2 reviews
39 forum posts
0 helpful votes
First of all, I recommend doing the strenuous part of the trip first, Beijing to Shanghai. And spend time on the stairmaster and the eliptical prior to your trip! Viking packs the Beijing part of the trip with lots of walking and climbing ... Read more
Marsha93003
Member Since 2014
1 review
0 forum posts
1 helpful vote
I just returned from this trip and it far exceeded my expectations. (I traveled the direction: Beijing to Shanghai.) First I can tell you that I heard nothing but good reviews from my fellow passengers about their own Tour Guide, but I ... Read more
nessemsarK
Member Since 2014
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
The cultural experience in China was excellent. The guides and ship staff were pleasant and hard working. English language skills were very good. The Viking Emerald, however, leaves a lot to be desired. Although the on-line information ... Read more

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