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Viking Emerald River Cruises Cruise Reviews

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Very Disappointed with Viking's China Roof of World Trip
"Was looking forward to a great adventure in China. It was a very disappointing trip. So much so, that I don't think I'll trust Viking again. We spent $22k. I don't think the trip was worth half that. Don't waste..."Read More
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6-10 Cruises

Age 70s

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The good was OK, but bad was horrid

Review for Viking Emerald to Asia River

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jsn55

10+ Cruises

Age 60s

This is an EXTREMELY long report; I don’ seem to be able to anything halfway. Please read it knowing that we are NOT tour people. We don’t like regimentation and we surely do not want to get up at 5am every day of our “vacation”. I have years of experience planning and managing events, and I am quite persnickety. We’ve done many cruise-tours with Grand Circle and Avalon. They have been great, ...
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Sail Date: November 2019


Very Disappointed with Viking's China Roof of World Trip

Review for Viking Emerald to Asia

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Gregory S Gush

6-10 Cruises

Age 70s

Was looking forward to a great adventure in China. It was a very disappointing trip. So much so, that I don't think I'll trust Viking again. We spent $22k. I don't think the trip was worth half that. Don't waste your money! We are done with Viking!!! I don't trust them now! The cruise ship, Emerald was run down, old, tired, and certainly not luxury. We upgraded to a suite but didn't get ...
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Sail Date: October 2019


A rather down market experience

Review for Viking Emerald to Asia River

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cliveewar

10+ Cruises

Age 70s

Viking has a great reputation and we expected a great cruise on a luxurious ship. it began with a compulsory stay in a business type hotel in Beijing nowhere near anything important. We wished to stay in another hotel but were told that, if we did not turn up and stay in the selected hotel, we would be considered as no shows. in fact, the pre-cruise experience dealing with the US office was ...
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Sail Date: April 2018


A very disappointed land/cruise combined tour - Roof of the World

Review for Viking Emerald to Asia River

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thhuang93

10+ Cruises

Age 60s

This is the worst of Viking experience I can imagine, since we sailed with Viking Ocean before and think that their China Yangtze River cruise should also honor that tradition. On the contrary, this is the worst cruise/tour we have had in the past 25 years. 1. Viking had chartered a low-graded local Chinese river cruise ship (called Century Emerald) and only hang up Viking signage during ...
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Sail Date: April 2018


Disappointed in Viking (Century) Emerald and Viking in General

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BSinPNS

10+ Cruises

Age 80s

Very disappointed in the Century (Viking) Emerald. The ship is leased from a Chinese firm, but there are six Viking employees onboard. The welcome aboard and first day were good, but things quickly turned sour. During the dinner the second night, it seemed like the wait staff went on strike. An hour after being served the first course, we watched the wait staff clear some tables around us. At ...
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Sail Date: October 2015


Disappointing Experience

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pineneedles40

6-10 Cruises

Age 70s

While the land portion of Viking's Jewels' of China Tour was phenomenal (Hotels were first-class; tour guide was the BEST we've ever experienced; planned activities were well-organized and carried out to perfection), the experience aboard the Emerald was disappointing. The ship is dated (musty smell, warped carpeting). SEVERAL people of our floor contacted food poisoning, including me and my ...
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Sail Date: September 2015


Viking Emerald was a great dissapointment

Review for Viking Emerald to Asia River

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Junedm1

2-5 Cruises

Age 60s

After booking our trip to china with Viking, we were really looking forward to the 5 day trip down the Yangztee. We travelled during September and found the ship very damp, even down to our bedding. This was not helped by the air conditioning being on with no option to change it to heat. The smell of sewerage in the cabin and round the ship, we found unbearable. Onboard, we could not fault ...
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Sail Date: September 2015


Viking Emerald - just okay

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CRcruiser13

First Time Cruiser

Age 40s

We have just returned from the Viking Emerald - China's Cultural Delights August 2013 First and foremost, think twice before traveling to China in August. The temperatures were near 100 with 100% humidity daily. The trip has a lot of walking and stairs - the temperature makes the excursions more difficult to handle. Consider your level of fitness, if stairs leave you out of breath or walking more ...
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Sail Date: August 2013


Do Not Do It

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jewrn

First Time Cruiser

Age 70s

Out Viking River Crusie was disappointing from the start overpriced, 2 for 1 sale, that is always on The Emerald Centruy Riverboat is old and dated, musty, damp. and dreary. The young Chisese staff try very hard and many are great at their jobs, but are always rushed, confused, which leads to a lot of noisy confused and chaotic dining. The entertainment is odd, and very elementary. The food is ...
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Sail Date: July 2013


Viking Imperial Jewels of China

Review for Viking Emerald to Asia

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memgame

6-10 Cruises

Age 70s

I just returned from Viking River Cruises' Imperial Jewels of China, September 18 -- 30, 2011. This is a once in a life time kind of trip. I am rather disappointed with the misrepresentations by Viking River Cruises. Viking River Cruises brochure touted the "Viking Emerald" as the "Yangtze's most elegant and newest ship." It was definitely not an elegant or luxury cruise ship by any stretch of ...
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Sail Date: September 2011


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