River cruising appeals strongly to baby boomers and matures. That said, a wide range of people river cruise. Some river cruise companies have family-friendly sailings for people traveling with children. The introduction of bikes on board is also enticing younger cruisers. There is a wide range of nationalities on board, generally from English-speaking countries, including from the U.S., Canada, England, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand.
Viking River Cruises
Viking Emerald - River Cruise Ship Review - Passenger Reviews
Built in 2011, the 256-guest Viking Emerald operates Viking’s China river cruises along the famed Yangtze. She features all-balcony staterooms and interiors designed by Yran & Storbraaten, who are perhaps better known for their interior design work on everything from Silversea’s Silver Shadow to Disney’s Disney Dream. Aboard Viking Emerald, they weave their magic, creating interior spaces that are striking and uncommon to many river cruise vessels, like the ship’s sweeping four-story atrium. She is 415 feet long and carries a crew of 168.
With interior spaces designed by Yran & Storbraaten, Viking Emerald resembles a scaled-down deep ocean cruise ship both in her décor and appointments. The striking, four-story atrium is tastefully done in an understated elegance, with clean lines, soft woods, and marble.
A forward-facing observation lounge allows for expansive views of the Yangtze and features comfortable seating, a full bar, and an adjacent 24-hour coffee station.
The dining room aft on Main Deck features panoramic windows and is open-seating, allowing guests to dine with whomever they want at tables which can accommodate up to eight people. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are served here.
Viking Emerald also features an open Sun Deck and a more sheltered Observation Deck for comfortable viewing in all weather conditions.
Viking Emerald River Cruisers Should Know
Free shipwide wireless internet service ♦ Virtually all shore excursions are included in the cruise fare.
Year Built 2011 ♦
Country of Registry China ♦
Length 415 ft - 126 m ♦
Passenger Capacity (double occupancy) 256 ♦
Passenger Decks 5 ♦
Officer's Nationality Chinese ♦
Crew and Hotel Staff Nationality Chinese
There are 128 staterooms aboard Viking Emerald, all of which include private balconies and hotel-style beds. The smallest staterooms measure a very comfortable 269 square feet.
There are nine different stateroom categories aboard Viking Emerald:
Category A, B, C, D, E and F staterooms all measure 269 square feet and are located on Upper, Middle and Main decks. They all feature a small sitting area, a private bathroom with shower, air conditioning, a wardrobe, space under beds for storing luggage, a tv, and a kettle and instant coffee available in the stateroom. The only difference between each category is its physical location on the ship.
Junior Suites measure 301 square feet and are located on Upper and Middle decks. The have all the amenities of the above staterooms, but with increased living space.
Suites are slightly larger than Junior Suites at 327 square feet. They are located aft on the Observation Deck, and boast all the amenities of the above staterooms, but with additional living space.
Presidential Suites are the top-line accommodation aboard Viking Emerald. Located on Middle Deck, these two forward-facing staterooms are 840 square feet apiece and feature panoramic windows opening onto a private wraparound balcony. Bedrooms are separated from the living area, which features a full sofa, coffee table and desk. Presidential Suite bathrooms also feature a full bathtub.
As with many ships, these suites can sell out quickly, so it can pay to book well in advance.
Total Cabins 128 ♦
Suites 20 ♦
Hotel-style Bedding ♦
TV with Movie Channels ♦
Bathrobes and Slippers upon request ♦
Bottled Water - replenished daily ♦
Private Safe ♦
Traditional Single Seating Dining in the restaurant ♦
Complimentary Wine, Beer or Soft Drinks with Lunch and Dinner
Onboard Lectures ♦
Nightly Light Entertainment
Activities and Sports
Sightseeing with Local Guides Included
Other Facilities and Services
Two elevators ♦
No Internet Service for personal laptops ♦
Sundry Shop ♦