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

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5 out of 5

China on Viking

Sail Date: June 04, 2015

Reviewed: 1 year ago

Traveled As: Couple

Room Type: Balcony

Cabin: 208

We just completed the Viking trip to China that started in Shanghai and ended in Beijing.    It included the terra cottas in Xian as well as the 3 gorges dam on the Yangtze.   It was an excellent trip and really well done by Viking.    We had not been on a Viking tour before, but it was definitely a great experience.   We plan on going on more in the future.   We were able to see all of the important things in China with this tour, which was well organized, great tour guides, and the weather cooperated for us as well.   The fellow travelers we had on the trip were also great, and we thoroughly enjoyed their company.   I would highly recommend this trip for anyone who wants to see all the highlights in China with a great tour group.    All of the hotels were 5 star, and excellent.    The in country flights that we took were also convenient and top notch.   We loved it.    

Ship Quality
This was a local 5 deck China owned ship that Viking leases. It was nice, but not to the caliber of a cruise ship.
Food and Dining
The food was very good, with good selection, but remember you are in China. A lot of Chinese food but we loved it.
Cabin / Stateroom
Nice and clean, all of the rooms were the same so it did not matter where on the boat you were.
Service and Staff
All of the staff were very friendly, spoke English, and also entertained for us several of the nights on board.
Entertainment
More local flavor, not a lot as it was a small boat. They had a singer in the evenings in the upstairs bar who were very good.
Children's Programs N/A
Onboard Activities
We did a tour everyday on shore, and then we would cruise the sites on the Yangtze...excellent
Destinations and Excursions
Liked all of the tours, and locations we visited
Wuhan, China
We did not see Wuhan, as our trip was modified due to an accident on the Yangtze before we got there.
Yueyang, China
Not here long..interesting.
Cruise Yangtze River
That was really beautiful, and amazing to see what they did here in moving all of the people that were displaced.
Cruise Three Gorges
scenery was great.
Shibaozhai, China
Again every tour was interesting.
Chongqing, China
We disembarked here and got on a plane after a brief bus tour of the area.

Tip

The boat was very comfortable, but do not expect a "cruise ship" experience. This is a standard river boat. China also has some hot and muggy weather, along with smog in their big cities. We found that this time of the year it is not bad, and we also had rain only one day.



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