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We left Alaska early to arrive in Beijing on Sunday,a day early before our scheduled tour. We and a second couple, also arriving early, were met at the airport by our Tour Guide (James) and were transported to our hotel where James made sure that all of our accommodations were taken care of and up to Viking standards. He made sure that we were fully informed about our upcoming tour agenda and travel connections, that included our tour extension to Hong Kong. Since this tour was a combined air and ship tour the hotel provisions were all five star and the individual hotel dining buffet accommodations were excusive. The ship accommodations and staff equaled the hotel provisions as were the dining opportunities. The combination of buffet and menu dining offered an amassing dining opportunity for even the most discriminating traveler. The onboard entertainment provided unique insight into local lore and talent of the ships staff who performed double duty to not only meet the daily needs of the traveler but showcased their talent as entertainers and ambassadors. About half way through our air tour portion a traveler became ill and required emergency medial treatment. James acted professionally in assuring that the traveler was immediately tended to and received the aid he required. James accompanied him to the hospital and stayed with him so he could translate for the traveler. So that none of the rest of us travelers were left in a lurch James made sure that our local Tour Guide got us back to our hotel. The traveler stayed with the tour and did not miss out on any of the tour. All of our City, Port and Shore excursions were well planed and executed. James and the various Local Tour Guides were all informative and very attentive to all of our individual travel needs and limitations. Their mastery of the English language was beyond reproach and assured that this tour will be remembered for ever. The afternoon before those of us who chose to take the Hong Kong tour extension were advised that do to a scheduling conflict our agenda had to be modified. To assure that none of our planed Viking activities in Guilin, enroot to Hong Kong, would be disrupted James and the Viking China home office coordinated with the airlines to assure that our tour continued to be seamless and smooth. They also contacted the local river cruise provider in Guilin and scheduled an upgrade, at no additional cost to our small tour group, making sure that we all received a full and complete experience that meet Viking standards. This same attention to detail carried throughout the entire tour. All services and amenities far exceeded anything we could have imagined and are looking forward to future journeys the VIKING WAY..

Our Trip: The Imperial Jewels of China 2016

Viking Emerald Cruise Review by Polarcub

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Trip Details
We left Alaska early to arrive in Beijing on Sunday,a day early before our scheduled tour. We and a second couple, also arriving early, were met at the airport by our Tour Guide (James) and were transported to our hotel where James made sure that all of our accommodations were taken care of and up to Viking standards. He made sure that we were fully informed about our upcoming tour agenda and travel connections, that included our tour extension to Hong Kong.

Since this tour was a combined air and ship tour the hotel provisions were all five star and the individual hotel dining buffet accommodations were excusive.

The ship accommodations and staff equaled the hotel provisions as were the dining opportunities. The combination of buffet and menu dining offered an amassing dining opportunity for even the most discriminating traveler.

The onboard entertainment provided unique insight into local lore and talent of the ships staff who performed double duty to not only meet the daily needs of the traveler but showcased their talent as entertainers and ambassadors.

About half way through our air tour portion a traveler became ill and required emergency medial treatment. James acted professionally in assuring that the traveler was immediately tended to and received the aid he required. James accompanied him to the hospital and stayed with him so he could translate for the traveler.

So that none of the rest of us travelers were left in a lurch James made sure that our local Tour Guide got us back to our hotel. The traveler stayed with the tour and did not miss out on any of the tour.

All of our City, Port and Shore excursions were well planed and executed.

James and the various Local Tour Guides were all informative and very attentive to all of our individual travel needs and limitations. Their mastery of the English language was beyond reproach and assured that this tour will be remembered for ever.

The afternoon before those of us who chose to take the Hong Kong tour extension were advised that do to a scheduling conflict our agenda had to be modified. To assure that none of our planed Viking activities in Guilin, enroot to Hong Kong, would be disrupted James and the Viking China home office coordinated with the airlines to assure that our tour continued to be seamless and smooth.

They also contacted the local river cruise provider in Guilin and scheduled an upgrade, at no additional cost to our small tour group, making sure that we all received a full and complete experience that meet Viking standards.

This same attention to detail carried throughout the entire tour. All services and amenities far exceeded anything we could have imagined and are looking forward to future journeys the VIKING WAY..
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Cabin Review

Cabin 416
Cabin was spacious with adequate storage, very clean and the furnishings were well maintained. The cabin attendant was very attentive and very cordial thus making our stay very memorable. The fresh fruit service was very pleasurable and quite a surprise.

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