Viking Emerald Cruise Review by SeekerOfWine
- Sail Date: September 2012
- Destination: Nowhere
The restaurant staff were very good, service was good (if you stuck to the menu) and loved our waitresses. We sat in a different area one night where the experience was totally the opposite so you have to watch. The meals were all well prepared and very filling. The only downside was if you ordered some of the alternate choices people found most of the table were done eating before their main course arrived.
The ship staff were all excellent and very helpful. Since English is not their native language there were a few minor challenges but we were always able to solve that.
The entertainment was primarily done by the staff and were worth going to. Typically fun and a good way to end the evening.
We stayed in a category A room and couldn't have been more pleased with it. Very comfortable and roomy, nice sized bathroom and comfortable beds.The negatives: While the hotels were all excellent, the were not in the best parts of town for seeing things on your own. The tour was split into 2 separate hotels and the others stayed near the Bund in Shanghai, Forbidden Palace in Beijing which had lots of local color, flavour and markets.
Also, the food, once on shore, was marginal at best. It was all large "family" table style and very similar in presentation - often in presentation centers. Would have appreciated noodles or dim sum in Beijing. We ended up striking out on our own a couple of times for something different. Note: we love oriental style foods so that wasn't an issue.
The other thing missing was really getting a chance to see the people and culture. We were taken to many standard places (jade shops, ceramic shops) but no markets or chance to experience the people. This was the most disappointing aspect.