Viking Emerald Cruise Review to Other (Asia/Africa/Middle East)

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Avoid Viking in China!

Sail Date: April 15, 2011

Reviewed: 5 years ago

Traveled As: Couple

Room Type: Balcony

The ship itself and the staff are surprisingly good. The on board food was all over the board: good on occasion but often disappointing. But the real problem was how tightly regimented Viking had scheduled things pre- and post-cruise (in Beijing, Xian, and Shanghai): almost everyone we spoke with said it felt like a forced march punctuated by very long hours of sitting on a bus -- with way too much time eating mediocre, greasy, heavy food at the three silk and jade factory tourist traps. As a result, we didn't have nearly enough time to visit Beijing at night, our time at Yu Yuan Garden in Shanghai was way too short, and they picked a hotel in Xian (Kempinski) which was located so far out of town that we literally wasted an extra three hours just getting there and back.

Pros: Learning more about what China is really like, Great Wall, Shanghai Bund

Cons: Too many tourist traps, often terrible selection of restaurants

Recommends Viking Emerald? Yes!

Entertainment
A few good lectures, but that's about it.
Ship Quality
It's a small ship, so plan to get to know everyone very well. Meal service is very regimented. Very clean and nicely decorated, but very little to do during those long hours of sailing down the Yangtze.
Food and Dining
Very hit and miss.
Cabin / Stateroom
Nice size, large flat screen TV but nothing to watch, very little storage and an extremely tiny shower.
Service and Staff
Very pleasant team.
Shibaozhai, China
Definitely a must see. We would have appreciated perhaps an extra hour for walking around town a bit more.
Don't Miss: The Shibaozhai pagoda and temple.
Tour Three Gorges Dam
Interesting to see if you're into big engineering projects like this; otherwise, not.


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