We did the Viking Emerald cruise starting in Shanghai and ending in Beijing. The Westin hotel on Shanghai was very comfortable and the service was good. From there we flew to Wuhan to pick up the Viking Emerald for our 5 day cruise down the Yangtze. We had a cabin on the 5th deck and it was very spacious and very clean. A bottle of sparkling wine awaited us and fresh fruit which was replaced every day. All toiletries were replaced when used and the hairdryer was a nice small size which could be plugged in anywhere in the cabin. English electrical goods needed an adapter.
The food was exceptionally good with western and Chinese options at each meal. The dining room consisted of tables of ten people and you could sit where you liked.
The entertainment was very good and consisted mainly of Chinese culture which meant the crew taking part at all times. The person describing the main man (Wilhelm) who did a lot of the introducing obviously had no sense of humour. Wilhelm is an Austrian and had a wonderful sense of humour that kept the whole ship laughing as we didn't know what he would come out with next. A very nice, humble man too, I thought.
Our Tour guide was Iowa and he looked after us from start to finish. Even when my husband and another friend became ill he went to the pharmacy and brought back medicine for them both. His knowledge and passion for China shone through. He spoke English perfectly and he too had a wonderful sense of (English) humour which made the whole trip a joy to be on. He worked tirelessly behind the scenes to ensure everything worked smoothly.
From Chongqing where we disembarked we flew to Xian to see the Terracotta warriors and to visit the zoo to see the Pandas. We were lucky to see all five on the day. The Tang Dynasty show and dinner went very well too. The food was a regular Chinese meal with rice wine which flowed freely. The show had beautiful effects and colourful costumes and the story was told on a screen up on the left hand side of the stage. Well worth seeing.
From there we flew to Beijing where we walked the Great Wall, saw the Forbidden City and Tianamen Square with Mao's Mausoleum. A rickshaw ride and a visit to a jade warehouse completed the trip.
From when reached our first hotel until we landed at home, we never touched our suitcases except to pack and leave them outside our doors for collection. Disabled people travelling with us had access to wheelchairs and willing people to push them for a small fee. Also I think it prudent to mention that most public toilets have no loo paper, so be warned!
All in all not a cheap trip but well worth the money as it was so well organised.
Very clean and well looked after