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Viking Emerald Cruise Review to River Cruises - China/Asia

Cruises: 7+ cruises
Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 28

Overall rating:

3 out of 5
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Viking Emerald

12 Night Imperial Jewels Of China (Shanghai To Beijing)

Sail date: November 19, 2016

Ship: Viking Emerald

Cabin number: 510

Traveled as: Couple

Reviewed: 4 years ago

Review summary

American Airlines Vacations completed the package and positioned the sale as having upgrade seats in Business Class Available using miles for the upgrade with the inclusion of $1,400 in cash.  After checking with the airline to insure the Business Class Seats were available and could be upgraded as described we booked the cruise through American.  After waiting for a day for all the transaction parts o clear we called American to upgrade and the airline indicated no seats were available for upgrade even though none had been sold for either the outbound or return flights which were reserved and booked.....  they were the same flights we checked on the day before and received assurance from American the seats were upgradeable... can you say "BAIT AND SWITCH"!!!!

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

3 out of 5
I wanted an authentic Asian Experience however after 3 weeks of Asian Buffets I'll not eat Chinese food again for at least a year.

Onboard Activities

5 out of 5


5 out of 5

Children's Programs

3 out of 5

Service and Staff

5 out of 5

Ship Quality

1 out of 5
Does not measure up to the quality of the small ships of Viking in Europe. Heat and air conditioning did not work well throughout the cruise.

Cabin / Stateroom

3 out of 5
Get the HVAC corrected.... it was bad. Diesel fumes were always around, could not use the balcony.

Ship tip

Shanghai and Beijing smog and pollution were worse than expected and made both my wife and I ill with some form of reaction like bronchitis. Was surprised how bad smog and air polluiton were throughout the trip. didn't see the sun till late in the trip and it was bright red from the polution.

Ports of call

Flight From Shanghai To Wuhan

3 out of 5

Wuhan, China

5 out of 5

Yueyang, China

3 out of 5

Tour Three Gorges Dam

5 out of 5

Shibaozhai, China

5 out of 5

Chongqing, China

1 out of 5

Flight From Chongqing To Xian

3 out of 5

Flight From Xian To Beijing

3 out of 5
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