Luxury on the Yangze: Viking Helgi Cruise Review by Quiltsalad
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Luxury on the Yangze
The night we got on the boat it was late, we were More tired and 90% of the other guests were Chinese nationals and we weren't sure what was going on but finally we were led down a long hall way by the Cabin Steward and we kept walking and walking (I whispered to my husband that we were probably going to be in steerage.) When the last door in the hall was opened and we were shown into our cabin we couldn't believe our eyes. It was the Presidential Suite which took up the whole right front of the boat. You can imagine our amazement with fresh flowers, and a living room bigger than most Suites......not to mention the king size bedroom, gold plated bath tub and deck that covered the front bow of the ship. We just looked at each other and said "lets, not unpack because there has to be a mistake." So we sat down on one of the couches and waited for them to come throw us out. After a 1/2 hour (about 11pm)....we put out the "Do Not Disturb" sign and went to bed, the suite was ours and had if the temperature in it had ever got above 60 degrees it would have been PERFECT, as it was it was still Sweet! Pictures at the following link.
Now a little about the actual cruise. I must say if you can cruise in December you are in for a treat. On our boat with probably 250 passengers there was a couple from Ireland, a lady from Mexico City and a Chinese couple from Oakland, the rest of the passengers were all Chinese Nationals. Dinner every night was traditional Chinese 9 course dinners with the big lazy Susan in the middle filled with delicious authentic dishes. Breakfast buffet offered the usual American type fare plus a large selection of traditional Chinese breakfast items. Same at lunch. The announcements were the funniest because first they were in Mandarin and then Cantonese finally a much shortened version in English. We really enjoyed being in the minority. Made us feel much more like we were in China for sure. The wait staff were marvelous, so accommodating and would ask my husband every night if he would rather have a steak than the Chinese dinners (not on your life!) but it was so nice for them to inquire. We have also done a Viking Cruise in Russia and found it top notch as well. Even if you don't get the Presidential Suite, it's still a wonderful experience. Less
Cabin review: A
Who ever expects an upgrade to the Presidential Suite.....certainly not us but it happened and let me say I'm sure it will be the most luxurious cabin that we will ever have. It was the front half of the ship, huge living room with picture windows that wrapped around the whole room and a bedroom with king size bed and balcony, plus a bathroom with gold fixtures and a jacuzzi tub....totally the Ritz! http://www.flickr.com/photos/quiltsalad/3197340781/in/set-72157603894651320/ http://www.flickr.com/photos/quiltsalad/3198182382/in/set-72157603894651320