Avoid Viking in China!
Viking Emerald Cruise Review to Other (Asia/Africa/Middle East)
Sail Date: April 15, 2011
Ship: Viking Emerald
Cabin Type: Balcony
Traveled As: Couple
Reviewed: 7 years ago
Review SummaryThe 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.
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Don't Miss: The Shibaozhai pagoda and temple.
Pros: Learning more about what China is really like, Great Wall, Shanghai Bund
Cons: Too many tourist traps, often terrible selection of restaurants