A Wonderful Way to See China: Viking Emerald Cruise Review by Longwheelbase24

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A Wonderful Way to See China

Sail Date: May 2014
Destination: Asia
Embarkation: Beijing
This was a combination 5 night cruise and 7 night land tour and it hit pretty much all the things we'd thought about seeing in China. Hotels were all 5 star (Ritz Carlton, Hilton, Shangri La) and the ship is a beautiful 5 star floating hotel on it's own accord! The Beijing Ritz Carlton provided by far the finest service that we have ever received at ANY hotel - they make you feel like royalty!

As with all Viking cruises, local excursions at all stops/ports of call with knowledgeable local guides and they add a lot to the touring experience.

Viking has also revamped the menu for a couple of onboard dinners to provide "western meals" and between them and the "western breakfast" available daily at the buffet (onboard and at the hotels) most folks shouldn't get "burnt-out" on Chinese food! I found the food to be generally very good - even though it is a little different from the "Chinese Food" we eat in the US - and beautifully presented

Service onboard was also More top notch. The crew really hustled to try and make sure everyone was well served and happy and even performed a couple of after dinner shows that were quite enjoyable.

You just cannot beat Viking for a fantastic cruise experience. The best in service and facilities without breaking the bank to pay for it!!! Less

Published 08/16/14

Cabin review: E224

Very comfortable, reasonable size cabin with a decent size bath and small veranda. Very clean and quiet (except for the night we went through the Three Gorges Dam locks and had one of the metal "floats" that the boat must tie up to groaning right outside our window for 4 hours in the middle of the night). Not that this was Viking's fault, but it did make for a restless night.

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