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First River Cruise by Falcon10156

Sail date: / Traveled as: Singles/Friends
Ship: Viking Emerald / Destination: Other (Asia/Africa/Middle East)

I didn't now what to expect but it was very good.

 

Our guide was very knowledgable and his English was very good.  The food on the ship was perfect.  Optional shore excursions were good although I did not do the Peking Duck and wish I had done Summer Palace instead of Peking Opera.

 

Viking handled all our transfers and luggage and it was very easy even with all the internal flights.  We did do the extension after to Guilin and Hong Kong and I was glad we did.

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3.0

Enlightening by dawnicallahan

Sail date: / Traveled as: Couple
Ship: Viking Emerald / Destination: Other (Asia/Africa/Middle East)

The ship was first class\, but almost everyone on the crew was a trainee\, making communications difficult\, but they honestly wanted to please. The meals were top notch and the wait staff knew our names after the second day. The only down side was they use the Euro split comforters on the bed. We tend to sleep like nested spoons\, leaving someone uncovered. The balcony was such a lovely opportunity to relax and watch the shore glide by.

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A marvelous cruise by mmrdgordon

Sail date: / Traveled as: Singles/Friends
Ship: Viking Emerald / Destination: Other (Asia/Africa/Middle East)

The ship was easy to move about\, cabin was clean\, arranged for easy movement\, Dining Room- open feeling\,menus selection developed with atmosphere ( Chinese) and Western Menu for change of pace. Library\, Computer Room\, Bar\, Open deck all organized and maintained and the crew had the passenger's welfare in mind at all times.

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Fantastic Insight into China by brownjab

Sail date: / Traveled as: Couple
Ship: Viking Emerald / Destination: Other (Asia/Africa/Middle East)

So this River cruise to China is as much about the land excursions as it is about the river -- and the land accommodations and tours did not disappoint. the 5-star hotels were excellent\, and the food off-shore was generally good (one really bad meal in Beijing). Onboard the meals were excellent\, good variety\, nice service\, plenty of decent complimentary wine. I would have preferred more varied exercise equipment\, and there wasn't much to do onboard other than relax and mingle. Stateroom was surprisingly comfortable. The organization was top notch -- buses were always where they should be\, flights and luggage handled well. Our Chinese tour escort was absolutely the best -- she provided so much insight into the life of Chinese people in addition to making the sights come alive with her stories and background info. She made it really special.

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3.0

Great Cruise by kellerd

Sail date: / Traveled as: Couple
Ship: Viking Emerald / Destination: Other (Asia/Africa/Middle East)

The staff was great!! Food was excellent!! No complaints

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MAgnificent! by dmfitz

Sail date: / Traveled as: Couple
Ship: Viking Emerald / Destination: Other (Asia/Africa/Middle East)

Updated and excellent

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4.0

A great cultural experience and trip by ClideF

Sail date: / Traveled as: Couple
Ship: Viking Emerald / Destination: South Pacific

This is a cruise-tour in China that included several hotel accomodations and flights, plus the cruise part of the trip. The land part of the trip was exceptional, the hotels were 5 stars plus, and the flights and transportation were done just right. Our general experience was very good.

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Fantastic Experience by DeniseC7

Sail date: / Traveled as: Couple
Ship: Viking Emerald / Destination: Other (Asia/Africa/Middle East)

The hotels we stayed in were top notch 5-star hotels. Very luxurious, excellent attention to detail. World class staff, excellent food, extremely comfortable, with all amenities. Our tour guide, Jimmy, was very friendly and knowledgable. He shared about the history and culture and made our entire trip enjoyable. We actually have emailed back and fourth several times. Despite being taken to some tourist traps like the silk rug factory, jade factory, embroidery store we enjoyed all of the tours. The main reason we went on this trip was to see the Terracotta Warriors. In the end the highlight was the great wall. It was awe-inspiring and breathtaking. Some of the museum tours were a little long for my taste but we got a very well rounded taste of the history and culture of China. This was my first river cruise experience. I have cruised oceanliners 8+ times. If you are expecting an ocean cruise ship this is not it. That said, we loved it! All staterooms are outside cabins with balconies. The ship was very clean and since it is not very big we did not get lost. The one thing I wish it had was a swimming pool. It was very hot and humid in August. It would have been nice to be ableto cool off. Our first night on the ship was very humid and our cabin felt very damp. We went to the front desk and they immediately gave us a choice of other cabins. (I think the airconditioner was malfunctioning) They were very accomodating and our next cabin was great. The crew is essentially the only entertainment, but they put on a great show for us. They are very friendly and can't do enough for you. There were some intersting lectures onboard but frequently we bypassed those to sit outside with a drink watching the scenery and taking pictures. Did I say it was humid? At times I could not use my camera due to the lens fogging up. The scenery ranges from boring to incredibly beautiful. The food was very good and there were several choices each meal. I did enjoy the food while touring the various regions in China and found the choices abundant. The meal stops while on tour were not typically high class, but the food was good. Overall excellent experience. I was a little leary of going with a tour group as we usually discover places on our own. We thoroughly enjoyed it and made friends that we have been in touch with and shared pictures and stories with. Will definitely river cruise again. I love the constant scenery and there is no motion sickness!

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