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Viking River Cruises: Viking Emerald

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Viking Emerald Review

You can cruise in China in comfort, especially if you splurge on one of the two 603-square-foot Explorer Suites, which offer king-size beds, separate sitting rooms, and private wraparound verandas. Your voyage on the Yangtze River with the pretty and luxuriously outfitted state-of-the-art Viking Emerald, built in 2011, will be memorable.

In the luxury river cruising niche, Viking is an absolute winner, receiving praise from both the industry and demanding clientele. In 2013, Viking will operate 30 vessels. Nearly half of these were added in the last two years as the new Longship-class of next-generation vessels, inspired by ancient Norse longships and designed with sophisticated elegance by famed Norwegian maritime architects Yran and Storbraaten. All-inclusive fares, superb service, and sleek rooms with exceptional views are showcased. Apart from minor design flaws, river cruising doesn’t get any better than this.

Viking’s two smallest ships are the intimate 124-passenger Fontane and Schumann, both built with the shallow Elbe River in mind. Among Viking’s other ships, capacity ranges between 150 and 160 guests. These include the Danube, Europe, Neptune, Pride, Sky, and Spirit. With capacity for 198 guests, Helvetia and Sun are larger. The first “green” ship, built in 2009—the 189-passenger Legend—features diesel electric hybrid engines. The wow factor is high for newer green vessels Aegir, Embla, Freya, Idun, Njord, and Odin—all launched in 2012.

Cruises in Europe are offered on the Rhine, Main, Danube, Elbe, Saône, Seine, and Rhône rivers, as well as the canals of the Netherlands and Belgium. Viking also has five ships in Russia and Ukraine. Kirov, Pakhomov, Peterhof, and Surkov sail on the Volga, while Lomonosov meanders the Dnieper.

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Jun 9, 2014

China

We have not even departed on our trip yet and we have had problems with Viking. The cruise line states that they will send out documents 2-3 weeks before the departure date. We are two weeks away from our departure and our travel agent has repeatedly tried to get the documents from Viking. Viking keeps saying that they are on their way. My husband and I have heard nothing from Viking since we booked out China cruise six months ago except repeated

attempts to get us to book another cruise. Before I do so, I would like to be assured that I am going on the cruise I already booked. My husband and I will probably consider booking another cruise line next time as we do not want to have to worry about receiving our documents in time before our trip and would like to avoid having to call our travel agent and Viking several times before our departure. Viking does not seem too attentive to their customer's needs in this respect.

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