28 Viking River Viking Emerald Cruise Reviews for Senior Cruises to Asia River

We have always wanted to visit China to see the difference in cities, culture and landscapes! This Cruise/Land Tour trip was the perfect way to do that. In the two weeks that we were there we saw 6 megacities, flew three domestic flights ... Read More
We have always wanted to visit China to see the difference in cities, culture and landscapes! This Cruise/Land Tour trip was the perfect way to do that. In the two weeks that we were there we saw 6 megacities, flew three domestic flights within China along with experiencing their airlines and airports, in addition to the 7 night, 6 day cruise on the Yangtze river! -Embarkation went smoothly except for a minor glitch of delayed luggage due to customs holding up one bus temporarily. This is not the fault of the cruise staff and we still left on time. Disembarking was a breeze as was transferring to and from the many airports and hotels. Never had to deal directly with our luggage until the time came to check baggage for our return flight home from Beijing! -The hotel accommodations were unbelievably top notch! All were 5*+ and we felt that the Ritz-Carlton in Shanghai and the Wyndham in Xian were the nicest rooms we've ever stayed in! -The food on board the ship and in all the restaurants was phenomenal. So many opportunities to try new and unusual dishes that we'd never heard of or had before. The only "problem" was there was always too much! -Service aboard the ship was excellent from the cabin attendant to our wonderful waitress Alice and waiter in the dining room. Many are multitalented and also provide the passengers with evening entertainment shows! Any requests of staff were handled efficiently and with a smile. -A variety of onboard activities were offered, from experiencing a tea ceremony explanation, having a silk garment made to talks by the tour director and explanations by local experts on the history, culture and sites as we made our way on Yangtze for six days. -The shore excursions and land tours were equally eye opening, everything I expected and so much more! Visiting a 2nd grade classroom in an elementary school was one of many opportunities to interact one on one with the people. The tours did require some physical activity and walking. Climbing 12 floors to the top of a temple, watching the giant pandas in the Chongquin Zoo, exploring the Three Gorges dam and Terra Cotta warriors in Xian. The Three Gorges on the Yangtze were amazing with a chance to see up close one the most beautiful gorges from a Sampan! Walking on the Great Wall may have been the highlight however. There were just so many sites and experiences in this trip! We have been to many places in the world but we both agree that this is probably the most memorable trip we've taken! -The advantages of having a tour director with our group the whole two weeks was unbelievable. Our tour director Roy for our group of 36 people was Amazing. He did everything and I mean everything! He handled every little detail so that we could just enjoy ourselves. He made the difference between a good trip and an unbelievably excellent trip and he should be commended many times over. Read Less
Sail Date November 2018
First of all I apologize for the lateness of this review as I've been busy with life since getting back. We went on the Viking Emerald Yangtze River cruise because a.) we wanted to see the real China, and b.) our daughter was ... Read More
First of all I apologize for the lateness of this review as I've been busy with life since getting back. We went on the Viking Emerald Yangtze River cruise because a.) we wanted to see the real China, and b.) our daughter was studying abroad in Shanghai and we decided to tack on a few days at the end of the cruise to visit her. It was our first Viking cruise, and if it was indicative of how Viking operates I am looking forward to being a repeat customer. Our journey started in Beijing. It took use four hours to get through the multiple lines, two artificial intelligence photos, one misplaced bag and countless immigration officials at the Beijing airport. We were sure that the Viking official who was to pick us up would have left by the time we made it through the gantlet. I was preparing to get a cab to our hotel. But no, Leo, who would serve as our guide throughout the trip, was waiting at the end of the maze for us. That got everything off to the right foot. It really is more of a tour than a cruise. You are split up into groups of about three dozen, and you stay in that group the duration of the trip with the same tour guide. You also start to make friends with a variety of people you did not know before. Leo was fantastic. The poor guy was herding cats the whole trip, and it started five minutes into our first tour at Tiananmen Square, where one person made a wrong turn almost immediately as we got off the bus. But Leo was patient, and eventually he was reunited with the group. China is a strenuous tour. But not impossible. There's a lot of walking, Viking did arrange a wheelchair for one person in our group, and even though China is not an accessible-friendly country, he did manage quite well with the aid of a Viking associate. Basically our tour started with land tours in Beijing, Xi'an, and Chongqing. That took about five days. In Chongqing we boarded the Emerald and traveled down the Yangtze for about six days. Then from Wuhan we flew to Shanghai to complete the tour. Viking offers the same tour in the opposite direction. In addition to the tourist sites, we got to see how regular people live, meeting an artist in her home in one of the poorest sections of Beijing, and visiting a primary school that is sponsored by Viking. The food was spectacular. We had Peking Duck in Beijing, and a variety of food throughout the trip both o the ship and in restaurants. I don't drink so I can't attest to the wine and beer, but I heard no complaints. The ship was great. The public rooms and our guest room were well-maintained and clean. The staff was friendly and always available to help. If China is something on the bucket list, I would highly recommend Viking. Read Less
Sail Date November 2018
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
We selected this cruise because we wanted to see the highlights of China. the itinerary which included a week on land and a week on the cruise took us to visit the major spots and gave us an overview of the country. Embarkation and ... Read More
We selected this cruise because we wanted to see the highlights of China. the itinerary which included a week on land and a week on the cruise took us to visit the major spots and gave us an overview of the country. Embarkation and disembarkation went well. Assistance getting luggage on board was helpful. Cabin was much nicer than expected. All meals were served nicely with a good variety of food. The entertainment on board was fun, mostly the crew performed and an outside orchestra and children's choir when in port. We found the overall service excellent. The shore excursions were very good but the groups were too big - our group was 34 people and that was a bit unwieldy. Our recommendation of no more than 20 per group. This was our first Viking River Cruise. We had previously taken a Viking Ocean Cruise and have signed up for another Ocean Cruise. Read Less
Sail Date April 2018
I have traveled a lot but had never been to China. This cruise stops in several different cities and is a combination of river and land. The cruise was well organized and the food and entertainment were quite good. The activities on board ... Read More
I have traveled a lot but had never been to China. This cruise stops in several different cities and is a combination of river and land. The cruise was well organized and the food and entertainment were quite good. The activities on board were interesting and different than other cruises. All were centered around the Chinese culture. The stops on the land portion were interesting but the food was the same each day - large tables of the same Chinese food and it became a bit boring. We paid extra to go to Peking Duck dinner which was excellent and worth the extra price. The groups on the land portion were too large (38 people) per bus which made it difficult to hear the guide when we disembarked. The hotels we stayed in were excellent - really nice 4-5 star hotels. The cruise overall was very well organized. There were several buses for land portion and some of the guides were better than others. Overall, I think this trip is great value for the cost. Read Less
Sail Date April 2018
Friends told us but ours was different no zoo tour air food and lodging were bad we were sick the whole time and sick for 6 weeks upon return air born virus I broke 2 teeth eating at the restaurant inbejing first night and the insurance ... Read More
Friends told us but ours was different no zoo tour air food and lodging were bad we were sick the whole time and sick for 6 weeks upon return air born virus I broke 2 teeth eating at the restaurant inbejing first night and the insurance refused to pay Viking also refused any liability Way below Viking cruise standards we have done other Viking cruises this will be our last We had to repeatedly tell room service to clean the bathroom we and many passengers were sick from the food tubs were dirty the tour guide did not have sufficient bathroom stops they would have heavy breakfast at hotel and have us ride without bathroom stops for hours I learned quickly to put my breakfast in a napkin and not eat it till we arrived near a bathroom and not drink anything please understand cruisers are old people and must make bathroom stops Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
The cruise itinerary offered the most sites within the time frame. There was not ONE thing on this cruise that was not top notch. The trip met or exceeded all expectations. I have been on many ocean cruises and was hesitant to try a ... Read More
The cruise itinerary offered the most sites within the time frame. There was not ONE thing on this cruise that was not top notch. The trip met or exceeded all expectations. I have been on many ocean cruises and was hesitant to try a smaller ship, but I have nothing but praise for the professionals who work for Viking. Every employee I encountered was helpful, informative and made sure my inquiries were answered. Even the ship doctor offered his assistance with internet connectivity! I think your tour guides are contracted, but I was fortunate to be assigned to Kobe who was not only knowledgeable, but kind, compassionate and went out of his way to accommodate even the most difficult customer. I was able to see every place I had on my list and then some. I was especially glad to experience the dining options. Although not an adventurous diner, your chef and staff offered a wide variety so that sampling could be done as well as offerings that were more to my taste. Excellent! My next river cruise is Nov, 2018 and I am looking forward to another great experience. Read Less
Sail Date November 2017
We were talked into this cruise by friends who felt it was a good price to see a country none of us had been to and Viking had served us well on a European cruise. We in turn brought a third couple and we were all thrilled with the tour. ... Read More
We were talked into this cruise by friends who felt it was a good price to see a country none of us had been to and Viking had served us well on a European cruise. We in turn brought a third couple and we were all thrilled with the tour. It was a land and river tour and Viking used first class hotels. The ship was very comfortable. While some of us were nervous about the food, cuisine was always well prepared and was a good balance of American and Chinese dishes. Nobody ever left the table hungry. Each group of 30 had a guide who stayed with the group for the entire trip. Our guide, Richard, was wonderful. He was fluent in English, knowledgeable, friendly, attentive, detail-minded. He made sure that everything went as smoothly as possible. The activities and tours were set up to show us modern and historical China. We saw museums and historic sights, shows, indoor and outdoor activities. We saw pandas, climbed the Great Wall, sailed the Yangtze, walked among the Terra Cotta army, crossed Tian'anmen Square, and went through the Forbidden City. It was a wonderful time. We went in November and packed to dress in layers. We encountered temperatures from about 80 to below freezing (Great Wall), but we were prepared and comfortable. The smog we had head about was barely discernable and not a problem with the cooler weather. The river was foggy, very foggy at times below the dams, and we missed our school visit. By the time we were in the scenic area of the Three Gorges, visibility was much improved. Everyone was helpful and gracious on the ship , in the hotels, at the tour sites, in the restaurants, the buses, the airports. Viking lined up excellent service and enjoyable experiences throughout the entire trip. We learned a lot; we enjoyed ourselves a lot, it was a great time. Read Less
Sail Date November 2017
Interesting but exhausting trip. 17 days is a long time which included 3 internal flights which were tiresome. A Highlight of the trip was our tour guide Ray. His amazing communication skills and A+ personality made the trip. Tibet was ... Read More
Interesting but exhausting trip. 17 days is a long time which included 3 internal flights which were tiresome. A Highlight of the trip was our tour guide Ray. His amazing communication skills and A+ personality made the trip. Tibet was another highlight. We arrived during a holy time so got to see the Buddhist pilgrims from the countryside. 6 of the 30 people on our tour to Tibet got altitude sickness and had to go to the in hotel clinic to get oxygen and medicine. They looked miserable and many missed a day in Tibet, so if your going you might want to consider getting the altitude pre medication available in the states before leaving home. The cruise portion down the Yangtze was pretty but there was lots of smog/pollution the first few days. Almost everywhere we went in China was very industrialized. It was interesting to see the huge buildings and people but the lack of any wildlife anywhere was a major bummer. Culturally a very rich trip, glad to have seen the Terra Cotta warriors and the Great Wall in person. The Hotels we stayed at for the land portion were luxurious, the Viking Emerald was nice, but did have an awful lot of gift shops on every floor, which made the atmosphere less than perfect. The food was good and as a vegetarian I always had choices. Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
Viking Air Service Pros Cost of airfare was part of the total tour package and was lower than the cost of tickets we could have purchased. Cons. The air service was the biggest disappointment of any part of our tour. We ... Read More
Viking Air Service Pros Cost of airfare was part of the total tour package and was lower than the cost of tickets we could have purchased. Cons. The air service was the biggest disappointment of any part of our tour. We paid an extra $50 to select our airline. We checked the airlines and found that United flew to China and asked to be booked exclusively on United because we could select our seats, check flight status online, and print boarding passes. To book United we were told that we must pay an additional $546 per ticket (2 tickets $1,092). We were then booked on China Air, no seat selection, no online access to flight information, all tickets must be printed at check-in. Taking Air China required leaving Houston at 1:00AM and arriving in Beijing at 3:40AM then taking two shuttle trains through 2 terminals and 3 security checks all with no one available who spoke English. We followed some other passengers through this maze and luckily found our gate. Our flight from Beijing to Shanghai was delayed. There was a sign in Chinese only. After 4 hours a sign was added “military Priority”. Since there was no one at the gate in Beijing who would give us any status for the flight, even when we finally found and asked an English speaker, we called all of the emergency phone numbers in the Viking Booklet. All of the numbers were non-working except one. We then reached their main office and was told we should ask someone at the airport. Our flight from Beijing to Shanghai was delayed 5 hours. The flight boarded only after a crowd gathered at the desk and complained. Once boarded we sat on the tarmac for an additional 2 hours. On arrival at Shanghai we received a text from our tour guide “Angie” and were greeted after customs with a Viking agent who took us to the hotel. One suitcase had been opened by Chinese customs, since it contained a lipstick size battery charger which was removed and discarded. The suitcase was not properly closed, which bent the suitcase frame. Fortunately the Chinese domestic flights were trouble free. The return flight to the USA required that we wait in line at 3 different check-in locations since we did not have boarding passes since Air China would not allow online check-in (as United would have). After all of this aggravation we met another passenger on our tour who also left from Houston on the same day we left who took United on all flights making connections a LAX with no problems. Summary: 1) Viking’s pick you own airline is not true. 2) Make connection in USA if possible. 3) Follow the Chinese check baggage restrictions which differ from USA. Viking River Boat Pros We have cruised on Carnival, NCL, and Holland America with a passenger size from 2,500 to 4.500. We found that the small number of passengers on the river boat gave us a chance to meet other passengers on a more personal level. The small number of passengers also meant much better service from the crew. Being on a small ship the shows presented by the crew in the lunge were personal and fun. Cons The entertainment was not on the “Broadway” level seen on some large ships which is to be expected. Tours Pros Tours are included in the price of the cruise and are mostly walking tours (Bus to location). Viking is not a tour for ATV or zip line adventures. We found every site visited from minor (tea service at bell tower) to major (Great Wall) to be educational and fun. For China tours, Viking provides a tour guide that stayed with our 24 person group from pickup at the arrival airport to drop off at the departure airport. During the tours and particularly during the bus rides to the sites our tour guide provided a continuous entertaining and informative narrative. It was great to be able to ask questions as we traveled. Our Tour Guide was absolutely the best part of the Viking service. Weather is always an issue. At each location, Viking provided umbrellas for rainy days and cold bottled water for those hot days. Cons The tours require a lot of walking. Wheelchairs and walkers would not work at all. China does not provide disability accommodation. Meals Pros We requested vegetarian meals for one and noted a food allergy for the other. Each meal and even the box lunch provided for the domestic flights met these restrictions. Our needs were met at every meal. The meals at the hotels were buffet and were the best I have seen. The selection and varieties were great, from pizza to steak to oysters and shrimp to pastas. Cons After 2 weeks the Lazy Susan Chinese meals became somewhat redundant. Be prepared for local food and no hamburgers. Entertainment Pros The duo that provided the music for dance played a great selection of danceable music from swing to rumba to waltz and even a few Texas two steps. They played and joined in many popular line dances from Boot Scootin Boogie to the Cha Cha Slide. They took requests and on and allowed the passengers to join in for Karaoke. Cons On the ship the sixth floor dance floor was approximately 12ft x 12ft and the surface was very rough. As ballroom dancers we found this extremely small if more than one couple is dancing. The round dance floor on the 5th floor was much larger and smoother and should have been used. Hotel accommodation on Land portion Pros Hotels were all 5 star and comparable or better than USA Hilton, Wyndam, etc. hotels. We sated at Ritz Carlton Shanghai, Wyndham Xian and Regent Beijing. Hotels included iron, iron board, hair dryer, shampoos and soaps, At every hotel the service and personnel were extremely accommodation. Cons Travel tips for China Baggage: For domestic China and for the Air China flights international, the checked baggage were all weighed. The limit is 44 lbs. We were not charged for excessive since ours were under. We allowed for souvenirs and were at 36 lbs going and 44 lbs on return. The restrictions said carry on was limited to 11 lbs, however, we had a large gym bag type bag that would have fit under the seat which was not weighed. Any banned items in checked baggage are removed and discarded. USA TSA restrictions are followed in addition, in checked luggage, batteries, battery chargers, power strips, mercury thermometers are not allowed. Cigarette lighters and matches are banned from both checked and carry on. Tips: Take a lot of 10 and 20 Yuan bills for tips. Take 50s for major purchases. Credit cards are accepted on the ship and major city department stores and museum gift shops. Most stores and street vendors only take cash. The Chinese all pay with a Chinese app on their smart phones. Tour bus drivers: 20 Yuan ($3) per person per day. Helpers 1/2 of that. Yuan only Tour Guide: 70 Yuan ($10) per person per day. (Dollars or Yuan) – for 14 days this is $280. Cruise crew per cruise recommendation which can be paid by credit card on last day. Markets / Souvenirs: For street markets offer about ¼ or the initial price and settle between 1/3 and 1/2. Department brick and mortar stores do not bargain. If a Rolex or Jade necklace is $5 it absolutely is a fake. There are no antiques for sale. Read Less
Sail Date July 2017
We decided to satiate our desire for something totally different by taking the Viking Imperial jewels of China cruise. We chose June because it was part of a birthday celebration. We arrive in Beijing two days earlier to acclimate to the ... Read More
We decided to satiate our desire for something totally different by taking the Viking Imperial jewels of China cruise. We chose June because it was part of a birthday celebration. We arrive in Beijing two days earlier to acclimate to the time zone and to be able to see several things that we were wanting to see not included on the tour. We arranged a private tour guide for the first two days to take us to the Temple of Heaven and the Summer Palace. We also chose to go to another section of the great wall called Mutianyu which we were able to take a sky ride up and take a toboggan ride down afterwards. The views were glorious. How her first day on the Viking tour, we met our fabulous guide Larry. The first day he took us to the Forbidden city and Tiananmen Square. It was quite a warm day with lots of concrete. The next day we return to the great wall at Badaling for another great view of the snaking walls. This site was much more crowded than Mutianyu but still comfortable. We also walked along the road of the Ming tombs, which is basically beautiful statues. Both days in Beijing were quite long and busy, and well worth it. We stayed at the JW Marriott Beijing Central. The rooms were nice and comfortable and the buffet was adequate. Would've appreciated a little more local food for dinner. We saw the kung fu show one evening which was highly entertaining and worthwhile. We like to cram our day full of activity because we know we will only be there once. We took in the Beijing duck dinner in here as well. It was good and met my expectations. The day we left for Xian, we spent in the Hutongs in the morning. It was a great look at local Chinese life. The rickshaw ride was fun. We did a tea tasting at the Bell tower afterwards before our flight. Viking does a great job of arranging flights and luggage. The only discomfort is going through security- expect a personal "massage" every time. Larry did a great job explaining every site we went with history and culture as well. We were fortunate that Larry had very clear English skills. Of course the terra-cotta warriors in Xian were magnificent. That was a bucket list day as well. A trip to the terra cotta warrior store was interesting, and included lunch. The Tang Dynasty show in the evening was interesting and the food was OK. The Sheraton in Xian was my least favorite hotel and the food was not very good in the hotel. We took the time to walk around a little bit of the city to get some local culture. We flew to Chongqing where the Viking River cruise begins. We were fortunate to take the early flight so we could take a tour through a historic community in Chongqing from hundreds of years ago. This was One of my favorite parts of our trip, we have a local guide who was adorable. Everyone on the crew ship was warm and friendly. The walk down to the ship was a little torturous, which could be difficult for someone who is not steady on their feet. We enjoyed our first day stopping at Shibazao temple. It is a tall 10 story red temple very interesting and you must cross the drunken bridge to get to it. This is a great place to shop and buy trinkets to take home. We felt sorry for the locals and did not bargain as much as we could have. We had a short two hour sampan ride at the goddess stream on our third day. This gave you a lot of free time on the ship. The next day we toured the three gorges dam site. They never actually take you to the dam but only up a hill to see the locks what you went through the night before, apparently for security reasons by the Chinese government. We were somewhat disappointed by this stop, not being able to see much of the dam itself. There is a little more shopping there as well but not much free time. This was a 2 hour tour as well and it did start to feel like we were spending too much time on the ship. I did enjoy an acupressure massage on the ship and some of the lectures were interesting. Our last stop was in Wuhan. We went to a nice museum and also saw the Hubei bells. The concert was lovely though short. We had free time in the afternoon and we chose to walk through a shopping area and through the park alongside the river. There is also a museum you can choose to go to as well. The next morning in Wuhan we stopped at a pagoda of some type did not get the name. I wanted to see the yellow Crane tower but apparently that is not on our Itinerary. Our bus broke down here as we were on our way to the airport. Larry and the guide were extremely efficient at solving this issue and we arrived in plenty of time for our flight which happened to be delayed as well due to rain in Shanghai. The air along the Yangtze River is quite foggy and smoggy can't tell which, so photography was not optimal. Most of our food on the ship was excellent, and the chef often visited every table to make sure everything was tasty and to let us know what was in store the next day. We were not disappointed. Shanghai was quite foggy as well with some rain. We took an awesome river cruise at night to see lights along the Huangpo river. This was another amazing sight watching the lights move across the buildings and flash. Lots of photo fun. The last day we went to Yuyuan gardens which was very lovely and Interesting. You might have 45 minutes to shop here if you are interested. We ended up at the Shanghai museum which was large. The historical Chinese furniture display was interesting. We ate at a tapestry and rug store for lunch. Many of the meals out during the trip were Lazy Susan lunches, some good and some marginal. Breakfast were usually at the hotel. We enjoyed the acrobatic show in Shanghai immensely. We spent one more day in Shanghai on our own, taking in the lovely Jade Buddha Temple. Viking arranged a trip to the airport for us and walked us through the foreign language check in. Thank you Viking! We met many wonderful people on the Viking tour and enjoyed being with the group for fourteen days which is different from Europe. Everyone seemed to be compatible and we felt we had an amazing guide. We would highly recommend this tour. Doing the heavy touring at the beginning in Beijing was a smart choice. Temperatures were warm and humid, but very tolerable. If I had more vacation time, I would have liked to see the pandas in Chengdu but any more intra china flying would have been over the edge. This trip is not for people unable to walk distances or with low stamina. There is so much to see in China and not enough time. I thoroughly enjoyed watching people in a different culture, and appreciating our own freedom. Read Less
Sail Date June 2017
Following in a friend's footsteps we chose Viking Emerald to China because all the reviews looked so great and the trip came highly recommended. Could barely fault anything for the whole two weeks. Logistics were superb, our luggage ... Read More
Following in a friend's footsteps we chose Viking Emerald to China because all the reviews looked so great and the trip came highly recommended. Could barely fault anything for the whole two weeks. Logistics were superb, our luggage simply appeared outside our room and was collected everywhere we went. 7 flights in 2 weeks and hardly a delay anywhere. From day 1 we were looked after by the amazing Jimmy, not a single thing escaped his notice and he was an absolute mine of information. The small groups we were divided up into had their own guide and a local guide where needed on the excursions . Westin Bund hotel in Shanghai excellent hotel to start the trip followed by six luxurious nights on the ship. My wife is a vegetarian and the m'aitre d came to our breakfast every morning to discuss what she wanted to eat for lunch and dinner, when out at restaurants Jimmy made sure the staff new her dietary requirements. Any of the group needing a wheelchair got one complete with pusher, even on the Great Wall! Crew on the boat superbly trained and very talented providing the evening entertainment, every where we went there was a smiling cheerful helpful face. Excursions off the boat were great and some very informative talks on the ship along with a variety of activities, early morning tai chi puts you in good stead for the early starts once you leave the ship. The trip is very busy once you disembark Xian hotel was better than Shanghai, the city is a real eye opener. Terracotta warriors were fantastic, one of several highlights. Kerry Hotel in Bejing was the best yet, biggest beds in the world! Brilliant base for 3 hectic days, everything in the hotel or the adjoining mall ( supermarket is the last shop in the basement but sells cold beers, chocolate and pringles if you need a break from th usual fare!) Great Wall and all the main tourist places covered by excellent guides and all done in small groups from your own coach. Only downside is that some of the excursions are a bit tacky and more of a sales pitch. We skipped the Peking Duck evening and scored a hit by choosing the meal in the local restaurant. Do not buy anything from traders in Bejing until you have checked out the guy who appears magically at every Viking venue with his little yellow rickshaw truck, highlight of the holiday (nearly) Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
Viking did a great job of organizing a truly memorable trip. We arranged our own travel because we used our AA miles and flew business class for the 14 1/2 hour non-stop flight. We also made our own taxi arrangements to the Kerry Hotel ... Read More
Viking did a great job of organizing a truly memorable trip. We arranged our own travel because we used our AA miles and flew business class for the 14 1/2 hour non-stop flight. We also made our own taxi arrangements to the Kerry Hotel in Beijing and from Westin in Shanghai. Viking charged about $240 for transfers. I simply looked up the Hotel address and did a copy paste of it in Chinese into Word doc so I could give it to the taxi driver. Cost was about $20USD in Beijing and $70USD in Shanghai There were Ambassadors at the airport to give you an approximate cost and direct you toward licensed Taxis. We felt very safe and saved a lot of Money rather than Viking Transfers. Taxis are very small. We only had 2 pieces of luggage and it barely fit. When we checked into the Kerry Hotel, we had a letter from our Viking Tour Escort, Duan, with instructions for breakfast and the exact time and location to meet the next morning for our first tour in Beijing. Everything was very organized. Food at the Kerry was very good, served buffet style. Viking divided us into groups of 30-35 and assigned a guide to remain with us the entire trip. He was fantastic. We wore name tags daily with our name, his name in Chinese and his cell phone number on the back of our badge just in case we got separated from the group. We also were given Voice box devices so that we could hear him while on tours. We always boarded tour buses with Duan's name on it. Putting us in small groups allowed us to get to know people from all over. It was comforting to familiarize our group and recognize them throughout the tours. In Beijing, we toured the Great Wall, Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City, Sacred Way of the Ming Tomb, and a rickshaw ride in Old Beijing's hutongs. There were two optional tours, a Kung Fu dinner/show ($22USD each) which everyone said was very good. We were to tired to attend. The other optional tour was a Peking Duck Dinner ($50 USD each) which we did attend. Duck was prepared at your table and other food choices were served on a lazy Susan. That evening, our tour escort collected our passports and made arrangements for our flight to Xian. Next morning we boarded buses to the airport where our guide took care of luggage transfers, getting our tickets and boarding passes. Boarding passes and passports were returned so we could go through security. When we arrived in Xian, we only had to identify our luggage and it was transferred to the Hilton Xian for us. Next day, after breakfast on our own in the hotel, we traveled to the site of the Terra Cotta Army. This was an amazing display and continual archeological discoveries. Lunch was at a local restaurant. That evening there was an optional Tang Dynasty Dinner and show for $70USD. Next morning, our luggage and passports were collected again by our escort and returned with boarding passes for our next airline flight to Chongquin where we embarked our ship. We had an early flight so when we landed; we went straight to the Zoo in perfect timing to watch the Pandas eat lunch. Baby panda put on quite a show. I was worried about the long walk down a narrow over the water bridge to board the ship but it was not as bad as reviews I had read. Every 6-8 feet was a Viking employee smiling, greeting us as we walked to the ship. Our veranda cabin was about 250 sq. ft. with a shower in the bathroom. Water was replenished daily. We were told to only drink bottled water while in China and even to brush out teeth with bottled water. There were only 250 passengers on the ship. Meals were served open seating. You could order off the menu at night or local fare served on the Lazy Susan. Soft Drinks, water, beer or wine were served frequently throughout the lunch and dinner meals. The next 5 days were on the Viking Emerald as we floated down the Yangtze River. Along the way, we toured the Shibaozhai Pagoda, the Gorges, tour of the world's largest hydroelectric power plant. On board, there was a calligraphy demonstration, a dumpling making demonstration, entertainment by the ship’s crew, and a tour of the bridge. Our next flight was from Wuhan, where we left the ship, to Shanghai. Intra flights were on China Eastern and Xiamen Airlines. Our flights were not long; and lunch was served in coach. In Shanghai, we stayed at the Westin Bund. We were within walking distance to the Bund. The Yu Garden tour was our only rainy day. After the beautiful tour, we had free shopping time in the local markets. Final night included a dinner at a local restaurant followed by the Shanghai Acrobat Show. Viking did a fantastic job on this fully escorted tour. The local hotels, the ship employees, and the local people provided wonderful service. Read Less
Sail Date November 2016
Viking 13 Day China trip with 5-6 Yangtze River cruise. We went from Beijing to Shanghai. Basically North to South. A better route in that the first 5 days before getting to the boat, Beijing and Xian, you do a lot of touring and night ... Read More
Viking 13 Day China trip with 5-6 Yangtze River cruise. We went from Beijing to Shanghai. Basically North to South. A better route in that the first 5 days before getting to the boat, Beijing and Xian, you do a lot of touring and night time events. The boat gives you a chance to unwind and relax before going on to Shanghai. An exciting journey that I highly recommend. Viking does an excellent job of taking care of all 250 guests. We were 2 couples 62+ and we had a great time. About the hotels Viking had us stay- Beijing, J.W. Marriott Central; Xian the Crown Plaza; Shanghai the Four Seasons. All hotels were 5 stars with excellent room accommodations. The Crown Plaza turns off the A/C Nov.1 st. This created a problem for many guests as it was very warm in Xian at that time and rooms were as warm as 80 deg. F!! Some tips on the Beijing airport Arrival/Departure. Arriving at the Beijing airport-arrivals must take a shuttle train to area T3-C to exit and baggage pick up. Return from Shanghai to Beijing, on arrival at Beijing, a bus took us to the terminal building where you have to pick up the shuttle train to area T3-C for Departure. At Beijing airport, the security inspection of carry-on luggage may be over zealous and all your items spilled out onto the counter for examination. You must then reassemble all of the items back into your carry-on bags trying not to forget items such as your cell phone, wallet or keys that may have been spilled out. At the Shanghai airport inspection was more “relaxed” and courteous. Some of the dining experiences- Viking uses local restaurants as we tour between places. The lunch time dining is at "banquet halls" associated tourist places selling stuff. 1. Beijing-Jade/jewelry, 2. Xian-Terra Cotta warrior items. 3. Shanghai-Art works. That is-Beijing (lazy Susan), Xian (was a buffet with long lines), Shanghai (lazy Susan). These banquet hall restaurants have no ambience and can use some cleaning up and a spruce up. The bathrooms are really (1) low low, low on a scale of 1 to 5. You should be aware that the toilets (Happy Houses) are easier for the men but a little less accommodating for the women. Not all the stalls are sit-down western style. Toilet paper is bring you own while out touring. The restaurant in Shanghai had us sitting on at least one chair that was totally broken. Those restaurants serving lazy Susan buffet style do not provide serving utensils that permit more than a single morsel to be picked up. It was obvious that they wanted small portions to be eaten to cut the down on the expense of serving a more sufficient quantity to the guests. At one restaurant the serving utensils were small Chinese soup spoons. Everyone laughed. In the end you still have enough to eat. Think each item as a small plate and you’re just doing a tasting menu. Remember, this is China where big servings of meats, pork, fish, etc. is not the tradition. A personal bias - Living in NYC, and having the largest variety of Chinese and pan Asian restaurants to dine at, gives a biased view of the Lazy Susan/buffet foods served at the local restaurants. I was not impressed or excited by the items served. For example, Xian is famous for wide noodle dishes. None were served at our local lunch place. Yes, they served a small local tasty Xian burger, try it. Most Viking guests may not care or have the same experiences with the food for comparisons. In the end you won’t go hungry. On the other hand, the breakfast and dinner buffets at the 3 hotels had more expansive menus to meet the needs of the Asian and non –Asian guests. This was a great treat & very enjoyable. Obviously 4-5 star hotels do not cut costs with ingredients & small serving utensils. The Viking Emerald cruise ship provided a very good variety of dishes at all meals. Again the menu has to cater to majority of guests with non- Asian palates. The menu always had something Asian available. That was fun, even at breakfast. Don’t let the “on the road” dining dissuade you from this trip. It was well put together and unforgettable!! Read Less
Sail Date November 2016
China seemed like a daunting destination to do on our own, so we decided to sample it with a reputable company, Viking. The trip was beyond our expectations! The entire time we felt like we were very special VIPs. Viking thought of ... Read More
China seemed like a daunting destination to do on our own, so we decided to sample it with a reputable company, Viking. The trip was beyond our expectations! The entire time we felt like we were very special VIPs. Viking thought of everything. It was a relief to just let go and enjoy the experience of such a different culture. The hotel accommodations were 5 star luxury, the food was excellent, the river cruse portion was pampering, the staff was very attentive to every need, the excursions was informative and wonderful. I would recommend this to anyone without hesitation. Go see China with Viking! The tour group is broken in several smaller groups. The tour guide you are assigned stays with your small group of 20 the entire trip. You feel like you become this little family. Our tour guide, Jamie, was the best. She told us many storied and explained Chinese culture to us in a fun way. Even when we flew, the airport experience of easy. Jamie got the tickets, we breezed through security, off to the gate, waited 15 minutes to get on the plane and off we went. Wow, wish we could do that in the US! I would recommend this tour for anyone from the mid-20's on. Read Less
Sail Date September 2016
We enjoyed the whole trip, The tour guide was excellent. He did an outstanding job. Very knowledgeable, accommodating to your needs, nice and pleasant to be with. The places that we visited were all wonderful to see. Very educational ... Read More
We enjoyed the whole trip, The tour guide was excellent. He did an outstanding job. Very knowledgeable, accommodating to your needs, nice and pleasant to be with. The places that we visited were all wonderful to see. Very educational and lots of history that one can do a second visit and learn more about the culture and people. All the hotels we stayed in were first class. Food and service were excellent. The land tours were also awesome. The Three Gorges was a beautiful sight to see and see how the village people who were relocated high in the mountains live. They walk for miles on the rugged mountain slopes to get to their destinations. This is a daily life for them. I thought their way of life is so incredible. Note: When you are a first time booker, I recommend that the travel person who helps you set up your tour should guide you of what to expect in the tour package. Because I booked the tour 9 months in advance, when it came closer to the cruise date, I didn't look at the email as often as I should and missed a lot of valuable information about what you should do (example- you have to do your own set up of the land tours of which one that you want to attend - it was not automatic). The travel person you initial helped you should follow up and help you and guide you on these land tours. Each time I called, I got a different person to help me. Most of them were curious and nice but I truly think the original person who helped with the initial booking should be your guide. David you was the initial person was never there when I called. When I left messages, he sometimes called back in the beginning of the initial booking but after that when I left a message, he never called back. I talked to several people that help me set up the land portion of the cruise. I was very grateful that one person, forgot name was the best who helped me do an automatic checking on the website about the cruise. That is my only complaint I have about the initial travel booker that book our cruise. Other than that I would recommend Viking to everyone. In fact, I called several people to make sure to use Viking on their next cruise. I would recommend everyone to choose Viking for their travel. Read Less
Sail Date July 2016
Viking went over and above board to ensure we saw as much as possible in the time that we had. All my bucket list items were covered and I managed to bring back all the souvenirs on my list! Our tour escort was knowledgeable, courteous ... Read More
Viking went over and above board to ensure we saw as much as possible in the time that we had. All my bucket list items were covered and I managed to bring back all the souvenirs on my list! Our tour escort was knowledgeable, courteous and available to solve any problem. I left my keys in Xi'an (we had a very early flight) and they were waiting for me in Shanghai! In Chongqing we received an extra (secret) shore excursion for the inconvenience of the early flight. The Land Portion at both end of the cruise was just as awesome as the cruise on the Yangtze River (which was spectacular!) The entertainment (by the onboard crew) and on board activities were excellent. We participated in the not-included excursions - Beijing Opera, Peking Duck Dinner, Tang Dynasty Dinner and Show. The hotels were excellent and the food was plentiful; and varied between local and American style. I even tried pigs ears and chicken feet! Would highly recommend this trip to anyone. A word of caution. The "easy" part of the Great Wall is doable but taxing. Take your time and enjoy the experience. Read Less
Sail Date May 2016
We did the Rooftops of the World with an extension to Hong Kong. The tour started in Beijing and ended in Hong Kong. We spent 3 days in Beijing before we moved on to the next city. We traveled both by air and ship since covering China ... Read More
We did the Rooftops of the World with an extension to Hong Kong. The tour started in Beijing and ended in Hong Kong. We spent 3 days in Beijing before we moved on to the next city. We traveled both by air and ship since covering China and Tibet is a huge distance. Most intra-country flights were under 2 hours. It is always so nice to have the representatives/guides from Viking meeting us at the airport and taking us back to make sure we leave smoothly, especially in a country where language can be an issue. On all our land flights, the Viking guides were with us in case there were any issues with either the checked bags or carry-on bags. Because of that degree of attention, all our transitions were smooth and easy. Our cabin on the ship was well appointed and clean. The ship was lovely and decorated well. We enjoyed all the shops on board - the master tailor, the pearl shop, the tea shop, the souvenir shop, the shop with the carved chops and the shop with the hand painted items. It was comfortable buying on board ship, I trusted the reliability of the shops, the quality was very good and the prices were competitive. The dining was diverse, you could dine on local dishes or keep with more Western fare. We enjoyed some of the more exotic offerings as well as some of the standard fare. Service was outstanding. The entertainment was fun - we particularly enjoyed the crew shows. Alice, who coordinated the shows is a real jem. We were so lucky as she also was taking care of us in the dining room. The singer in lounge was very good and we enjoyed her music as well. The lectures were helpful and the demonstrations were great! We learned more about Chinese history, pearls, painting and cooking! The ports we stopped at were outstanding and we really enjoyed the shore excursions. The local guides added their own knowledge which was helpful and educational. The sheer scale of some of the stops is amazing, but good walking shoes and the ability to walk is a must. Tours that are 4 hours means 3 hours of walking for the most part. Tibet was wonderful and key to our decision for this particular tour. The altitude did affect most of the group, breathing at 12,000 feet takes some adjustment. One of the things I liked was the local family stops - both in Beijing and Tibet. Overall, the guides were above and beyond amazing. Our guide, Matthew, was helpful, education and fun, he made the trip so enjoyable. I did not hear anyone complain about their guides, although we all felt lucky to be in Matthew's group. All the guides spoke very good English, including the local guides. I would definitely go again - wish there was a China - part 2 excursion. Read Less
Sail Date May 2016
If you have never been on a Viking Cruise then you don't know what leaving up to the cruise organizers to do all the hard work is. From the time you get off the plane to when you head home, everything, and I mean everything is just ... Read More
If you have never been on a Viking Cruise then you don't know what leaving up to the cruise organizers to do all the hard work is. From the time you get off the plane to when you head home, everything, and I mean everything is just about perfectly planned to make the trip easy and more Importantly we could focus on just enjoying all the tours and, food, and the company we traveled with. If there was a glitch the staff would attend to it right away. This was our second Viking cruise and we have more planned and we wouldn't think of going with anyone else but Viking. We got to se all the places we had on our "wish List" and at what I felt at a great value for the services we received. The ship Emerald was not up to the full luxury standards that Viking usually demands, since the Chinese government had a lot to do with how it could and would be built, but the mostly Staff ( they have to hire so many locals, to meet the government demands.) made up for it in so many ways. The main tour guide was fantastic, and we became friends by the end of the tour. About 40% of the off ship, on site, tour guides had somewhat of a language barrier, again local hiring demands, and they were not too up on doing their jobs, and going through the motions, but it made for some interesting conversations. Food on board was fantastic, at some of the restaurants fare, but then again it was in China, and we got a good flavor of the local menus, the local beers were of great value and tasted very good. Our cabin was always well kept ,modern and very clean. We only slept there so who cares. Read Less
Sail Date May 2016
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 ... Read More
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.. Read Less
Sail Date April 2016
WE chose this cruise for the Terra Cotta Army and the 3 Gorges Dam. the hotels we stayed in prior to and after the crusie were magnificient. the cruise was great and up to Viking Standards. the Guide, Terry, was the best we've had ... Read More
WE chose this cruise for the Terra Cotta Army and the 3 Gorges Dam. the hotels we stayed in prior to and after the crusie were magnificient. the cruise was great and up to Viking Standards. the Guide, Terry, was the best we've had in all our 20 years of traveling. our time in Beijing was well spent, and to be able to stand in the very spot of the protest on the Tianimin Square and to visit the Forbidden City was captivating. we truly enjoyed our time on the Great Wall and we totally impressed with the amount of physical effort it must have taken. china is a growing country and the time we were in Beijing and the rest of the tour/cruise, the smog was bearable and in most instances almost not noticeable. the food aboard ship was as always with Viking, excellent with great size portions. the Chinese staff, not Viking employees, had limited English however, this was not a deterent. Read Less
Sail Date March 2016
The cabins on our ship were always well maintained. We had a great view off our balcony and we could hear the scenery descriptions as we sailed down the Yangtze River. We really appreciated the surprise gifts left in our cabins during our ... Read More
The cabins on our ship were always well maintained. We had a great view off our balcony and we could hear the scenery descriptions as we sailed down the Yangtze River. We really appreciated the surprise gifts left in our cabins during our journey. As always we enjoyed the varied Viking menu which included food and beverages native to the areas we visited. The crew put on some outstanding shows and the audience participation was a lot of fun. The stops we made, the excursions and our on board native country guide were all excellent! Our guide was easy to understand and always attended to our every need. We had plenty of time for sightseeing and shopping. And the on board shopping had an outstanding selection as well. This trip also featured an on board tailor so we could special order apparel. My husband, brother, sister-in-law and I would strongly recommend this trip! Read Less
Sail Date October 2015
This was our first time cruising with Viking and the second river cruise. The cruise itself was excellent! It was interesting, scenic, fun, and educational. The ship is stunning with a convenient layout and the service of the entire ... Read More
This was our first time cruising with Viking and the second river cruise. The cruise itself was excellent! It was interesting, scenic, fun, and educational. The ship is stunning with a convenient layout and the service of the entire staff was excellent. There were many activities, including a costume show and a hilarious Crew Show. Loved the food. There was even dancing at night, a real surprise. I was impressed with the top notch organization of the 250 passengers into bus groups with the same guide throughout the 2 week trip. We never felt lost in the shuffle, and we felt that our guide, Matthew, was very attentive to our health and safety. Matthew was personable, humorous and informative and he was honest with his opinions about modern China. He added several anecdotes about his personal life, all which served to enhance the entire China experience. Embarkation and Disembarkation were very organized, with no lines. Our cabin was very nice, although certainly not 5 star. Sometimes, the AC needed repairs. The land part of the trip was eye opening. The 5 or so flights within China all went without a hitch, with Matthew leading the way. The 3 hotels ( in Shanghai, Xi'an and Beijing) were 5 star and the nicest hotels we ever stay in !! Only downside: When we went to the Great Wall, I think we used the entrance with the most crowds because it included a tram ride up the mountain. There were so many people, that there was an hour long wait to get down. And speaking of crowds, that might be the only down side to traveling to China. Because of the explosion of the economy in the last years, millions of people have moved up from poverty to the middle class. Just like us, they love to travel! So the hot spots like the Wall and the Forbidden City can be claustrophobic with people. HIGHLIGHT: Terra Cotta Soldiers in Xi'an. Not too crowded and mind boggling. Excellent tour. Worth the price of the whole trip! All in all , a wonderful trip with many unexpected pleasures and it certainly cleared up many misconceptions Americans may have about China. Read Less
Sail Date October 2015
First time with Viking & first river cruise well impressed. Hotels first class beds amazing in size. Ship was excellent house keeping food entertainment staff ever so friendly & helpful. Shore excursions well organized & ... Read More
First time with Viking & first river cruise well impressed. Hotels first class beds amazing in size. Ship was excellent house keeping food entertainment staff ever so friendly & helpful. Shore excursions well organized & informative tour guide Mathew was the best we have ever had humerous &funny but also very knowledgeable. Travel to embarkation & from disembarkation was pleasant & well organized. Food was first class & plentiful. Would travel with Viking again & recommend to friends & family 100% all round. Read Less
Sail Date October 2015
This trip was well worth the money and effort. Having in mind before we left that China would be a whole new and different experience from that we had done before our expectations were met. The Hotel accommodation in Shanghai was excellent ... Read More
This trip was well worth the money and effort. Having in mind before we left that China would be a whole new and different experience from that we had done before our expectations were met. The Hotel accommodation in Shanghai was excellent as were the Xi'an and Beijing Hotels. The river cruise took a while to get started. The first two days were slow but the excursion to the school was excellent. The children are an absolute pleasure and as it was school holidays full marks to them for turning out and entertaining us. The trips through the gorges lived up to expectations as did the visit to see the Pandas and what was the crowning glory of the hoilday for me, the Terracotta Warriers. Then we arrived in Beijing to visit the Wall and the Forbidden City. Timing at these venues was bad. The Wall visit in my mind was not at all enjoyable because of the huge crowds. This wasn't at the advertised site where we were told there was a walk of about a mile, but at a Cable Car site where everybody chose to go including thousands of Chinese tourists. It was estimated that some 200,000 would visit during the day. Our time on the wall was spent clinging for dear life to the hand rails as the wall was so steep and crowded. It was impossible to soak up the moment. The visit to the Forbidden City also was extremely crowded but that is expected and we managed a reasonable visit. One of my complaints to Viking is the lack of knowledge regarding Chinese internal flights, baggage regulations. I am an amateur photographer and this trip for me was to be a photographic extraganzer. On enquiring to Viking before we left we asked about the internal flight baggage rules. We were told that check-in was 20kgs and carry-on was 5kg ONE ITEM ONLY, which would have to include any cameras or handbags etc. This resulted in me only taking one camera with no backup. Yes you guessed it, my camera failed two days in!! On enquiring in China regarding the carry-on rules I was told that you could take on what you like within reason which meant I could have taken my full camera kit. The Chinese lady simply said next time ask a Chinese Viking person. In conclusion its full on, with six flights, three hotels plus the boat and early starts but it was still a good holiday and one I would recommend but Viking need to do their homework on some very obviouse needs of the trip. Read Less
Sail Date October 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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