7 Viking River Viking Emerald Cruise Reviews for Luxury Cruises to Asia River

We always wanted to see China and Viking provided an excellent trip all around. Our guide, Michael was personable, very helpful and made our trip very comfortable. He knew all the details about our travels and made them seamless. We saw ... Read More
We always wanted to see China and Viking provided an excellent trip all around. Our guide, Michael was personable, very helpful and made our trip very comfortable. He knew all the details about our travels and made them seamless. We saw and experienced so many beautiful sights; each one more impressive and vast than the last. We ate fabulous Chinese food each day and tasted the various local cuisines. It was a three week trip including a 7 night river cruise on the Yangsee River. The hotels in every city were absolutely top grade; very elegant and the ship was very nice as well. We were in a group with our guide for the entire trip which was very comforting; this made the trip so much better. The local guides in each city were knowledgeable and we learned so much about the culture and different areas of China. It was a trip of a lifetime and we highly recommend this to all. It was a very busy trip with alot of travel; 4 flights and the bullet train inside China; but well worth it in order to see so many beautiful sights. We have wonderful memories and fantastic pictures. Thanks Viking and Guide, Michael. The lectures and entertainment onboard ship was top notch. We look forward to our next adventure with Viking Cruises. Read Less
Sail Date May 2018
W thoroughly enjoyed our time on Viking Emerald. Everything was well organised from our embarkation to leaving at Chonquing. All the crew were very good although one or two of the waiting staff did not have enough english to get by. The ... Read More
W thoroughly enjoyed our time on Viking Emerald. Everything was well organised from our embarkation to leaving at Chonquing. All the crew were very good although one or two of the waiting staff did not have enough english to get by. The cabins were always kept in the best of order and very clean. We enjoyed this time to relax as the rest of the tour was rather hectic and a little too full. Walking with a stick I had some difficulty in keeping up with the tour guides, although Matthew our guide was very good and looked after me as best he could. Read Less
Sail Date October 2015
The entire Roof of the World tour included a land package that started in Beijing, then we flew to Xian, Lhasa Tibet, and Chongqing, where we boarded the Viking Emerald and sailed down the Yangtze River to Wuhan; then flew to Shanghai, ... Read More
The entire Roof of the World tour included a land package that started in Beijing, then we flew to Xian, Lhasa Tibet, and Chongqing, where we boarded the Viking Emerald and sailed down the Yangtze River to Wuhan; then flew to Shanghai, where the main tour ended (but we also took the post-extension tour to Guilin and Hong Kong). I will not give a full review of the entire trip, as this posting is primarily about the 'cruise' portion, but for more details on the rest of the trip, I recommend you read the review by terran_explr, 'Perfect way to visit China', although that trip (Imperial Jewels of China) did not include Tibet. I will also note to you that if you take the tour the first week in October, be prepared for massive crowds at all the tourist spots, because this is their national holiday week, and the Chinese are also on vacation! First, I will say that the tour escorts Viking provides are first rate. And our guide, Arnold, was the best of the best! You will be very lucky, indeed, if you get him for your tour. And I must also say that all the hotels we stayed at were first rate (4/5 stars). We stayed at a couple of Fairmont Hotels and the rest were Shangri-La Hotels; all were fabulous and luxuriously appointed. Dining in the hotels was usually buffet style, so lots of choices, and good food. Other restaurants during the day's tours were sometimes 'uneven' in quality; most just okay. Although I will say that the restaurant we went to for Peking Duck was exceptionally good! I found the Viking Emerald to be a lovely ship (yes, it is actually owned by a Chinese company, Century, and leased by Viking...just part of doing business in China, I guess). But the ship itself is in very good condition, especially compared to some other tourist ships there, I've heard. We had no problems with anything not functioning the way it should, except the loudspeaker system was not always very clear, and the wifi was very uneven or absent. But our room (Veranda A428) was lovely and well kept, as were all the public areas. The restaurant was part buffet, part table service. Seating was completely open, which was a very nice option, in that you could join a new group of people, or meet up with friends, at any table at each meal. Food was quite good, too, and they would always offer the usual 'western' items, as well as featuring specialties from whatever area in China you were at for the day. And they were always very generous with beer and wine at lunch and dinner (included)! There were also gift shops for jewelry, jade, art, tea, and silks onboard. There was a modest library, gym and salon/spa, internet room and coffee (& other refreshments) station. There were also 2 bars/lounges, and open deck area on the top deck. Programs and entertainment shows were presented in the lounges. The ship is usually in port during the day, when shore excursions are underway. I will say that one of our favorites was the trip up the Goddess Stream area...wild and beautiful scenery! The tour of the Wu Dam was also very impressive. Some parts of the Yangtze are quite scenic, although we were sad to see so much trash and pollution in the water, especially above the dam. Hopefully the government (?) will try to address this, as it will impact the tourist trade, if it gets too bad. Onboard, there is always something to do, even when not in port...I learned how to play Chinese mahjong and make Chinese dumplings! There are also several programs offered on Chinese history and customs, etc. But I will also say that there is time to relax and take a nap, just visit with friends, or have a facial, if you like. The land portion of this trip is so filled with so many things to see and do, that by the time you get on board the ship, you're ready to slow down and catch your breathe. And the cruise down the river is like having a vacation from your vacation! I quite enjoyed it. Read Less
Sail Date October 2015
Our whole Viking Experience was first cl ass. Starting in Beijing and ending in Hon Kong our guide Patrick was with us every step of the way. The wonderful knowledge he had made our China experience very memorable and fun. The shore ... Read More
Our whole Viking Experience was first cl ass. Starting in Beijing and ending in Hon Kong our guide Patrick was with us every step of the way. The wonderful knowledge he had made our China experience very memorable and fun. The shore excursions were well organized. Our cabin on board was great except for the couple of cockroaches but staff were quick to take care of them. Meals were wonderful as well as the on board staff. Everyone made us feel cared for and we became very good friends with the people in our group. Entertainment by the staff was well appreciated by us and we admire the young men and women who put so much into their routines as well as work all day at their various jobs. We would definitely recommend Viking to our family and friends. In fact we are taking your Viking River Cruise in September 2016 , from Budapest to Amsterdam. Looking forward to it. Read Less
Sail Date September 2015
From booking to landing in Beijing we were supported all the way. (Make sure that you have Viking sort out your visa's, makes life easier) At the Beijing airport we were met by our excellent guide who was with us all through the trip. ... Read More
From booking to landing in Beijing we were supported all the way. (Make sure that you have Viking sort out your visa's, makes life easier) At the Beijing airport we were met by our excellent guide who was with us all through the trip. The hotels were supperb all 5 star with all interconnections carefully corriagraphed. The excursions were fantastic, Tianamen square, the Great Wall, and the forbidden city. Then Xian to see the terra cotta warriors, what an awesome spectacle. Onwards to Chongqing to board the Emerald, a great cruise down the Yangsi river with marvellous sites and excursions. The staterooms were a very pleasant surprise as to their sheer size. Felt much larger than anticipated. If you can start in Beijing and finish in Shanghai, it's not just a cruise but a journey through an amazing country so can be a bit full on. The crew were all friendly and attentive and ensured a very pleasant trip. This was our first trip with Viking Cruises and we are now looking forward to doing a European river trip. Read Less
Sail Date April 2015
What a wonderful trip, this being my second time with Viking in China. This is a different ship that the last time, but just as nice and comfortable with the greatest room steward I have ever had on any size ship. The selection and ... Read More
What a wonderful trip, this being my second time with Viking in China. This is a different ship that the last time, but just as nice and comfortable with the greatest room steward I have ever had on any size ship. The selection and variety of food, the quality of the free wines and beers on the ship was everything anyone could want. Service also was efficient and fast, with young men and women who were more than happy to being their jobs. The highlight of the ships entertainment was put on the ships own crew, what a great job, their young man doing all the arrangements has a great future ahead of him. Tours were of the best to be offered in China, with excellent local guides, our group leader was also on his toes at all times and we covered everything we needed to see without feeling rushed. The land portion was at 5 star hotels, great clean comfortable rooms excellent meals and service. It was amazing to see how much China has changed in the ten years since I had been there last. For those who would love to see China I can highly recommend Viking with any of the other trips that they offer. Read Less
Sail Date April 2015
Tour began in Shanghai, Ritz Carlton hotel, flew to Wuhan for 6 night cruise on Yangtze River, Viking Emerald , first class ship, service, crew, food and sightseeing, then on to Xian and the Terra Cotta Warriors, then to Beijing to see ... Read More
Tour began in Shanghai, Ritz Carlton hotel, flew to Wuhan for 6 night cruise on Yangtze River, Viking Emerald , first class ship, service, crew, food and sightseeing, then on to Xian and the Terra Cotta Warriors, then to Beijing to see the Great Wall, Tienneman Square, Forbidden City, Hutong and other sights. Stayed at the Ritz Carleton. Almost all excursions and food included. Fabulous Chinese guide for our small group of 38 throughout the tour. All details handled, just relax and enjoy. Spring flowers were in bloom when we went. Read Less
Sail Date March 2015
Viking Emerald Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 4.0 4.3
Dining 4.0 4.4
Entertainment 4.0 4.1
Public Rooms 4.0 4.4
Fitness Recreation 4.0 3.5
Family N/A 3.5
Shore Excursion 5.0 4.6
Enrichment 5.0 4.4
Service 4.0 4.7
Value For Money 4.0 4.5
Rates 4.0 4.2

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