Avoid Viking in China!

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

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1 out of 5
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Viking Emerald

11 Night Imperial Jewels Of China (Beijing To Shanghai)

Sail date: April 15, 2011

Ship: Viking Emerald

Cabin type: Balcony

Traveled as: Couple

Reviewed: 10 years ago

Review summary

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.

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

3 out of 5
Very hit and miss.


1 out of 5
A few good lectures, but that's about it.

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
Very pleasant team.

Ship Quality

3 out of 5
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.

Cabin / Stateroom

3 out of 5
Nice size, large flat screen TV but nothing to watch, very little storage and an extremely tiny shower.

Ports of call

Tour Three Gorges Dam

3 out of 5
Interesting to see if you're into big engineering projects like this; otherwise, not.

Shibaozhai, China

5 out of 5
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.

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!

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