Very interesting and a great way to see parts of China you would not otherwise visit

Viking Emerald Cruise Review to River Cruises - China/Asia

Cruises: 7+ cruises
Reviews: 4
Helpful Votes: 26

Overall rating:

4.5 out of 5
Viking Emerald

Undiscovered China

Sail date: July 06, 2017

Ship: Viking Emerald

Cabin type: Balcony

Cabin number: 334

Traveled as: Couple

Reviewed: 3 years ago

Review summary

We visited places we had seen before and many places we have never been or even heard about. We were not disappointed. Highly recommend this trip for those with a desire of adventure and willingness to travel by boat and plane.


5 out of 5
Once we go to the ship we were instantly met and taken to our cabin. The staff was very friendly and helpful

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

4 out of 5
Very good food and nice wine and alcohol selection. Get the Drink Package to enjoy the options at a cost effective way. The restaurant serves nice menu items and has a variety of Asian and Western options.

Onboard Activities

4 out of 5
Several shops to visit including teas, jewelry, and a tailor. Great bars too.


5 out of 5
Crew talent show was the highlight.

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
Thanks especially to Jessica and Kitty for always making sure we were well taken care of in the bars and restaurant. The entire staff was great but Kitty and Jessica were absolutely AMAZING.

Ship Quality

5 out of 5
Clean and well laid out. Shops, bars, a restaurant and great staff.

Cabin / Stateroom

4 out of 5
Nice size and comfort. Fantastic AC given the extreme heat. Kept very clean and well maintained.

Ship tip

Get the drink package (if you drink) and get a room with a Balcony.

Ports of call

Shanghai, China

4 out of 5
Large city with smog (and very hot) but the hotel selected was fantastic. The tours were nice and interesting.

Wuhan, China

4 out of 5
A large city with an average hotel. Not originally a location we were supposed to stay in a hotel but the river was too high for the ship, so Viking put everyone up in a hotel. Excellent service by Viking to ensure guests were not inconvenienced by the high water.

Jingzhou, China Did not visit port

Shibaozhai, China

4 out of 5
Interesting morning visit to a scenic older city.

Chongqing, China

5 out of 5
Huge city with some interesting local sites. However, the hotel was a fantastic choice and an additional highlight.


5 out of 5
Terra cotta soldiers and city walls. A fantastic hotel and interesting excursions.


5 out of 5
Quick, efficient, accurate and sorry to leave.
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