Viking Century Sun (RETIRED) 564 Cruise Review to Other (Asia/Africa/Middle East)

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2-3 cruises


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3 out of 5

Not a home run trip, but not bad, either

Sail Date: September 30, 2010

Reviewed: 6 years ago

Traveled As: Couple

Room Type: Balcony

This tour had two parts, really; a river cruise up the Yangtze River and a series of land-based tours punctuated by flights - from Tibet to Xian to Beijing. For the ship itself, it was a decent vessel, berths were comfortable and the food and service generally quite good. However, the air conditioning system on the boat is really lacking, because after 5 days aboard over half the passengers and crew were suffering from colds and flu. My suspicion is that the air filtration system just wasn't working or even installed.

Pros: You get to see lots of China in a short period of time

Cons: Not nearly enough free time to simply explore, and the food was pretty mediocre

Recommends Viking Century Sun (RETIRED) 564? Yes!

Ship Quality
As I understand it, this ship is being decommissioned by Viking and will be replaced next year with a new ship - though it appears it will have nearly the same configuration.
Cabin / Stateroom
Not luxurious, but very comfortable. The TV, though, was a joke.
Overall, the choices were limited and the speakers for lectures were utterly boring in their delivery.
Food and Dining
The food was generally quite good.
Service and Staff
Our dining staff were great - and very attentive to our culinary needs.
Shibaozhai, China
The pagoda here is quite old and well worth the visit.
Tour Three Gorges Dam
It's a monumental dam, but you don't really get to see much of it beyond a visit to two "approved" viewing sites.

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