March 2016 - Viking Emerald to River Cruises - China/Asia
Viking Tours does an excellent job with their 12 Night Jewels of China tour. Our tour stated in Shangai with a stay at the Portman Ritz Carlton Hotel. The Hotel is showing signs of its age and the service by their staff is not up to the standards that I have experienced at other Ritz Carlton hotels. One particular recommendation is for Viking to incorporate an evening Bund experience instead of taking its guests to an over hyped variety show (the type of show that can be found in some of the off strip hotels in Las Vegas). Other than that criticism there are a lot of positives. Our tour guide Eric was absolutely sensational throughout the 12 day tour and the food and service on the 5 day cruise portion of the tour was 5 star. The ship the Century Emerald is okay and the suite stateroom is smaller than all of the suites I have ever experienced on other ships. The bathroom in the suite was 2 star and the veranda deck was more for show than functional.