Cruise the Yangtze River on Viking Emerald, a beautiful, state-of-the-art river cruise vessel built for the 2011 sailing season. Accommodating 264 guests with full balconies, hotel-style beds in every spacious suite and stateroom and an outstanding crew, Viking Emerald is one of the most sophisticated river ships in the world. The ship's hotel operations are 100% managed by Viking River Cruises Swiss-trained management team, employing the best and most knowledgeable English-speaking staff. Enjoy one of the Viking Emerald's roomy 269-square-foot staterooms, or treat yourself to a junior suite or suite at 301 square feet and 327 square feet respectively. Or perhaps you would enjoy one of the two 840-square-foot presidential suites, with king-sized bed, separate sitting room and private wraparound balcony. The choice is yours!
128 comfortable outside staterooms (2 Explorer Suites, 14 Suites, 4 Jr. Suites, 108 Veranda)
All staterooms have a veranda with sliding glass doors
Sun deck with panoramic views and shaded sitting area
To complement your tours and shore excursions, take part in Viking's Cultural Highlights-immersive learning and enhancement activities both on board and ashore:
Shanghai Acrobatic Troupe revue
Hubei bronze bells performance
Tibetan family tea
Visiting with children at a local school
These in-depth experiences are included as an essential part of discovering more about the places through which you cruise, and each activity is planned specifically to illuminate each itinerary.
Sometimes you want to dig a little deeper. We offer a series of onboard multimedia talks to shed light on the history and culture of the places you visit. Learn about:
The Three Gorges Dam
History of Chinese culture
The Great Wall of China
The Terra Cotta Warriors
Key words and phrases in the Chinese language-written and spoken
These presentations provide a context for your own observations, enhancing your travel experience.
Fine dining aboard Viking Emerald
Our chefs create a variety of tasty offerings for you, with freshly prepared seasonal local vegetables, local specialties adapted to satisfy the tastes of our passengers, and homemade soups prepared daily. For breakfast, choose from our selections of pastries, cereals, breakfast meats, fresh fruit and selected cheeses. Or you may prefer a hot dish, such as an omelet prepared to order at one of our cooking stations. At lunch, select from the soup and sandwich bar, or a choice of entrees and dessert. And for dinner, you are treated to a five-course gourmet menu with regional specialties designed by celebrity chef Martin Yan. You can also select from our European wines to perfectly complement your meal. And wherever you sail, you will find enhancements reflecting your itinerary-it is all part of experiencing the local culture.