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19 Viking Emerald Senior Cruises Cruise Reviews

dawneroe1 avatar


1 Review Written

8 Helpful Votes

Rooftop of the World - Viking Emerald is a Big Disappointment


While this trip also includes multiple land transfers and exploration of several cities, I'll focus on the cruise portion. Most importantly, it is deceptive call the Emerald a Viking ship because apparently they ...
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Sail Date September 2019

woernerdavid avatar


1 Review Written

3 Helpful Votes

Viking Emerald was o.k. but Yangtze River is not very scenic

We wished to visit China and this was river cruise was 6 days out of 15 days total. The river cruise was o.k., the dining and meals on the Viking Emerald were surprisingly good and service was good. Our standard ...
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Sail Date June 2019

pete1957f avatar


2 Reviews Written

6 Helpful Votes

China Cruise: Land Portion and Itinerary Great--Ship & Service Needs Improvement

Great itinerary to see China (Beijing/Great Wall; Xian/Terra Cotta Warriors; Yangtze River/3 Gorges Dam & sights) and land portion of tour with excellent guides and 5 star hotels was really outstanding. However, the ...
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Sail Date September 2018

ccjabs avatar


1 Review Written

7 Helpful Votes

Viking River Cruise 2018 - Beijing, Xian, Yangtze River, Shanghai

We chose this cruise because we had cruised with Viking before and had a lovely experience. Also, we wanted to visit China and see the highlights. Unfortunately this trip did not live up to our expectations. The ...
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Sail Date May 2018

bdwest5 avatar


4 Reviews Written

27 Helpful Votes

Dated ship

Pros: It is nice to only have 200 people on board the ship. The staff was lovely and accommodating. The food was fine. The hotels were excellent! The tour guide was good. The intra- country flights were well ...
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Sail Date April 2018

Globexplorer avatar


1 Review Written

31 Helpful Votes

Imperial Jewels of China

This was our first river cruise. We are avid ocean cruisers and have done 55 cruises to date. We have been many times to Shanghai and a couple of times to Beijing over the years. We wanted to see more of China, as ...
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Sail Date November 2016

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Prince Lard

1 Review Written

5 Helpful Votes

Rubbish Flights

This was a 12 day cruise tour that began in Shanghai and ended in Beijing, with a 5 night cruise on the Yangtze in the middle. The arrangements were very smooth, including intra-China flights. The ship appeared to ...
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Sail Date May 2016

knsh55a avatar


1 Review Written

5 Helpful Votes

China Cultural HIghlights

The mechanics of the trip were good - everything was well planned out and the hotels that we had were great. We had a wonderful guide in Tingting. That being said, China was a bit of a disappointment due to the ...
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Sail Date October 2015

rob@sanrographics.com avatar


1 Review Written

4 Helpful Votes

A good trip, but could use some better planning and advise from Viking.

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 ...
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Sail Date October 2015

moswalt avatar


1 Review Written

2 Helpful Votes

China Yangtze Cruise Tour Wuhan to Chongqing

I might mention that the air part of the trip was terrible (and scheduled by Viking) . Not booked directly to Shanghai (where tour began) but through Beijing. And not enought time to make connection. Missed ...
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Sail Date May 2015

hwmpg avatar


1 Review Written

3 Helpful Votes

Yangtze River Cruise Wuhan to Chongqing

As mentioned in other reviews, the on board staff couldn't have been more pleasant and efficient. The ship itself appeared to be in decent condition, and was never too loud when running. If your idea of a ...
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Sail Date July 2015

GretaS avatar


1 Review Written

5 Helpful Votes

Know What You Are Signing Up For!

Don’t think of this three-week odyssey as a vacation, but as a journey. It’s not an easy trip for several reasons, but the payoff comes in surprising ways along with a few pretty significant downers. The 21-day ...
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Sail Date June 2015

nessemsarK avatar


1 Review Written

2 Helpful Votes

Viking Emerald Yangtse River Shanghai to Chungquing

The cultural experience in China was excellent. The guides and ship staff were pleasant and hard working. English language skills were very good. The Viking Emerald, however, leaves a lot to be desired. Although ...
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Sail Date August 2014

ccomeau avatar


1 Review Written

1 Helpful Vote

Great on land; so so on river

Sailed with Viking River Cruises (Emerald boat) Imperial Jewels of China. The land portion of the tour in Beijing/Xian/Shanghai were wonderful with fabulous 5 star hotels. The Yangtze River cruise needs some ...
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Sail Date July 2014

SeekerOfWine avatar


1 Review Written

1 Helpful Vote

Imperial Jewels of China - Viking River Cruise

Overall I must say my wife and I were happy with the cruise and the stay in Shanghai and Beijing. We got to see everything we wanted to. The cabin and service on the Viking Emerald were very good - no complaints at ...
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Sail Date September 2012

Waylaine avatar


1 Review Written

China Experience

We have just returned from the Viking Cruise/land tour Imperials Jewels of China. This trip covered 3 days in Beijing , 1.5 days in Xian, 5 day cruise on Yangtze River and 1.5 days in Shanghai. Included was 5 ...
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Sail Date July 2012

traveljkkk avatar


1 Review Written

1 Helpful Vote

Very uncomfortable

This was our second Viking River cruise. The first was unfavorable due to a missing luggage issue and there was absolutely no help from the ships hotel or cruise directors getting it back to us in 10 days despite ...
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Sail Date May 2011

Mickswhiskas avatar


1 Review Written

Boat needs serious upgrading because of damp issues

This was part of a multi centre trip to China. It was a 6 night cruise down the Yangtze River. Staff, food and excursions were exceptional. However, the boat has a very serious problem with damp/ excessive humidity. ...
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Sail Date September 2018

Viking Emerald Ratings

Public Rooms4.04.5
Fitness Recreation4.03.6
Value For Money4.04.5
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