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15 Viking Emerald Tips

adamspt
Apr 06, 2015

Be prepared for rainy and foggy weather -- in addition to China's pollution. We lucked out and Beijing had absolutely beautiful, albeit cold weather while we were there.

Thoman
Jun 22, 2015

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.

Sbf
Jul 25, 2017

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

rcar11
Sep 06, 2017

I wouldn't bother to purchase the most expensive room since you don't spend much, if any, time in your room except to change clothes or sleep. The rooms on this particular ship are a good size and are very comfortable so use the money saved on something else. This was a really nice ship!

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RebeccaA48
Sep 02, 2017

Choose your cabin wisely. Although all cabins have veranda's, some are located too close to the engine, the anchor, etc and the noise created sleeping issues for some guests. Our friend's opted for Cabin 202 and had almost zero balcony. Cabin #439 was just right in location, size, convenience to staircases etc.

SCcruiser2011
Sep 03, 2017

I wouldn't bother to purchase the most expensive room since you don't spend much, if any, time in your room except to change clothes or sleep. The rooms on this particular ship are a good size and are very comfortable so use the money saved on something else. This was a really nice ship!

SacramentoJan
Aug 03, 2015

I was happy that we had the Beijing to Shanghai route rather than the opposite. It was great to see the exciting things right away, then rest on the cruise and have a relaxed time before Shanghai. If possible, arrive a day or two early to adjust to time zone. It is crazy hot/humid/rainy in summer.

Fheagle
Oct 29, 2015

Starting in Beijing and then cruising for 5 days was a nice way to go!

maryelizabethhe
Dec 10, 2015

We went in November/December. The weather can be rainy and foggy. It is also quite humid.

NCVikingnewbie
Aug 12, 2016

Don't miss the lectures -- wonderful amounts of information to help make your excursions even more meaningful.

jweber18906380
Sep 27, 2016

...this is a very active, busy tour and there is lots of walking and star climbing...our weather was so hot and humid which exaggerated the required effort!

fgumbel24
Dec 06, 2016

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.

tabennett44
Jun 26, 2018

do the whole China package

Tiger69
Dec 02, 2018

If you are looking for a Luxury Experience choose another ship.

AmosCat
Apr 22, 2019

Don't buy the Silver Spirits drink package. We ended up drinking mainly the free-flow wine in the restaurant.

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