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Viking Emerald

  • Viking Emerald
  • Viking Emerald
  • Viking Emerald
  • Viking Emerald

When you’re travelling through Asia, you want to be assured of the finest comfort throughout your journey. Spacious and stylish, Viking’s ships sailing the Yangtze, Mekong, and Irrawaddy offer all the comfort of a floating hotel, one that is designed to make the most of the spectacular ever-changing views. Viking’s Swiss-trained staff excel in superior service with a heartfelt smile, stemming form a genuine desire to make your stay unforgettable. As you embark Viking Emerald, marble floor, crystal chandeliers and a skylit five-storey atrium welcome you to one of the most elegant and sophisticated river cruise ship on the Yangtze River.

Included in the price with a Viking River Cruise

  • Deluxe en-suite accommodation
  • All on board meals
  • Evening Entertainment
  • Specially selected wines, beers and soft drinks with lunch and dinner
  • Complimentary tea and coffee at any time
  • Daily excursions
  • Complementary Wi-Fi
Launched
2011
Length
110.0
Total Crew
138
Occupancy
246

Ship Information

Accommodation
Deck Plans
Video
Dining
Entertainment
Enrichment
Health & Fitness
Kids & Teens
Useful Info.
Explorer Suite

The Explorer Suites onboard have hotel-style beds measuring 79 inches x 71 inches with optional twin-bed configuration, panoramic windows that open onto private wraparound veranda, a private bathroom with bathtub, shower and premium bath products as well as bathrobe and slippers available upon request. Guests have a telephone, refrigerator, safe, hair dryer, bottled water replenished daily, individual climate control, sofa in seating area, space under bed for storing suitcases and a walk-in closet with wooden hangers. Voltage within the Suite is 220V and 115V, and guests have the use of two 32-inch flat-panel TVs with premium entertainment package including CNN and other English-language programming.

Suite (AA)

The Suites onboard have hotel-style beds measuring 79 inches x 35 inches with optional twin-bed configuration, panoramic windows that open onto private wraparound veranda, a private bathroom with shower and premium bath products as well as bathrobe and slippers available upon request. Guests have a telephone, refrigerator, safe, hair dryer, bottled water replenished daily, individual climate control, kettle and hot drink making facilities, space under bed for storing suitcases and a walk-in closet with wooden hangers. Voltage within the Suite is 220V and 110V, and guests have the use of a flat screen TV with premium entertainment package including CNN and other English-language programming.

Junior Suite

The Junior Suites onboard have hotel-style beds measuring 79 inches x 35 inches with optional twin-bed configuration, panoramic windows that open onto private wraparound veranda, a private bathroom with shower and premium bath products as well as bathrobe and slippers available upon request. Guests have a telephone, refrigerator, safe, hair dryer, bottled water replenished daily, individual climate control, kettle and hot drink making facilities, space under bed for storing suitcases and a walk-in closet with wooden hangers. Voltage within the Suite is 220V and 110V, and guests have the use of a flat-screen TV with premium entertainment package including CNN and other English-language programming.

Veranda Staterooms

The Veranda Staterooms onboard have hotel-style beds measuring 79 inches x 35 inches with optional twin-bed configuration, panoramic windows that open onto private wraparound veranda, a private bathroom with shower and premium bath products as well as bathrobe and slippers available upon request. Guests have a telephone, refrigerator, safe, hair dryer, bottled water replenished daily, individual climate control, kettle and hot drink making facilities, space under bed for storing suitcases and a walk-in closet with wooden hangers. Voltage within the Suite is 220V and 110V, and guests have the use of a flat-screen TV with premium entertainment package including CNN and other English-language programming.

Sun Deck
Sun Deck
Observation Deck
Observation Deck
Upper Deck
Upper Deck
Middle Deck
Middle Deck
Main Deck
Main Deck

Viking Emerald is the only Yagtze ship to have a state-of-the-art western kitchen, so you can indulge in expertly prepared Asian and European dishes.

Select from our extensive wine list chosen to compliment your meal, or enjoy a vintage crafted by Viking’s own vintner, with our compliments.

You have choices for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Not just in food selection, but also in where and how you enjoy them. Greet the morning with a croissant and cappuccino on deck, or begin your day with a sumptuous buffet breakfast. Have a casual lunch or dinner al fresco, or join friends in the restaurant. Open seating allows you to mingle with the same guests every evening or meet someone new each day.

Deck 2 Restaurant

Experience: complimentary

Food: varies

All meals are served in the Deck 2 restaurant and are open-seating. Circular tables seat eight people and feature a lazy susan, a revolving glass section ensuring the smooth passage of shared dishes and other items around the table without the need to pass them.

Breakfast is a leisurely affair from 7 to 9 or 9:30 a.m., depending on shore excursions. The expansive buffet of meats, cheeses, cereals and pastries includes delicious homemade yogurt with unusual flavors like green tea, a fresh fruit station and healthy choice section. Small fruit smoothies are served at the table with juice and hot drinks. For the full works, the buffet chefs cook omelets and hot dishes to order, and for table service, passengers can order from the menu, which includes buttermilk pancakes, French toast, porridge (oatmeal), eggs Benedict, crispy bacon, sausages and hash browns.

Entertainment on river vessels is never going to be an all-singing all-dancing spectacular, but from the moment a colorful lion dancer welcomes passengers onboard, Viking stages a small but perfectly formed entertainment program that fills in the gaps between shore excursions. 

Emerald Bar

Located in the Lounge, the bar is lively and inviting; a gathering place for guests to have a drink and hear live music every evening.

Observation Lounge

This spacious bar area, featuring large picture windows and about three dozen small tables with comfortable chairs, is an excellent place to relax over a drink and enjoy conversation or a book while you watch the scenery, or meet up with friends before and after meals. It is located on the same level as the Suites. The 24-hour coffee station is adjacent to the Observation Lounge, so you can enjoy a delicious coffee drink or get something from the Lounge Bar.

Viking offer a series of onboard multimedia talks to shed light on the history and culture of the places you visit. Topics may include the rise and fall of the Khmer empire, the archaeological excavations at Angkor, a history of Vietnam and Cambodia, a history and culture of the Champa people, a key words and phrases in the local languages. These presentations provide a context for your own observations, enhancing your travel experience.

Hands-on demonstrations, cooking classes, traditional dance performances, and local tastings. 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.

Cruise into total body wellness. Start your mornings with an exercise program on the Sky Deck (weather permitting) featuring stretching and yoga, attend helpful lectures on healthy lifestyles, and enjoy healthy but delicious dining options, crafted daily on board.

Located on the Sun deck is a beauty salon that offers cuts for men and women, hair-styling, facials, manicures and pedicures.

The gym is open throughout the day and has a treadmill, elliptical cross-trainer, two static bikes and a selection of free weights. Towels and bottled water are provided, and users have the pleasant diversion of looking out onto the river and passing scenery as they work out. Large windows in front of the gym equipment can be opened to provide natural air-conditioning.

Located on the Sun Deck is a magnificent spa treatment room operated by a professional masseur.

Please note: the ship does not feature any children's facilities.

Disabled Facilities

Viking Cruises welcomes disabled guests but wishes all guests to understand that challenges will exist onboard and during shore excursions. The ocean vessels have elevators, but there may still be thresholds that could make movement difficult. Shore excursions may require movement over cobblestones or up and down stairs; accordingly, a physically challenged guest will require the services of a responsible adult since crew availability is limited. Guests need to provide their own wheelchairs, except in an emergency. Motorized scooters are not typically suited on international cruises and cannot be accommodated. Viking does not accommodate animals except for certified therapy or Seeing Eye dogs on our international itineraries.

When you make your reservation, please let them know of any disability that will require special attention while you are on your Viking Ocean Cruise itinerary. Should you have any medical, physical or other special needs, check the deck plans to gain an understanding of the layout of any particular ship, and should contact Viking Cruises, Inc., at 0800 298 9700 directly with additional questions and to obtain a copy of their policy statement.

Special Dietary Requirements

In most cases Viking can accommodate special dietary needs. Every meal has vegetarian options and chefs will make reasonable efforts to accommodate requests. Guests requiring special diets (low salt, diabetic, gluten-free and low cholesterol) should alert Viking 90 days prior to departure and remind the Maître d’ when onboard.

Age Restrictions

Due to the nature of the cruises, Viking do not maintain specific facilities or services for children aboard cruise vessels. On all cruises children under the age of 18 must be accompanied by and share a cabin with a parent, legal guardian or other responsible adult over the age of 21. Viking are unable to accommodate children under the age of 12 and reserve the right to limit the number of children onboard any particular vessel between the ages of 12 and 18.

Dress Code

Dress is casual and comfortable, both on board and ashore. Because the weather can be unpredictable, it is best to bring layers—have a sweater or light jacket for spring and summer, and a heavier jacket for chillier months. Rain can happen at any time, so a collapsible umbrella is a “must.” You are likely to do a good deal of walking during shore excursions, so you will definitely want sturdy, comfortable walking shoes; but, since our ships are much smaller than ocean cruising vessels, you do not have to worry about too much walking on board.

There are no “formal nights” on board, but there is usually a Captain’s Welcome Dinner and/or Farewell Dinner; on many itineraries, you will attend a concert, ballet performance or other dressier event. For these evenings, you might like to bring “dressy casual” wear.

Drinking Package

Viking offer complimentary wine, beer and soft drinks with onboard lunch and dinner, plus specialty coffees and teas are available 24 hours a day. For those who would like premium cocktails or wines and spirits, Viking offers the Silver Spirits beverage package. Ask for details onboard or when making your reservation.

Smoking and E-cigarette Policy

All Viking ship interiors, staterooms and verandas are nonsmoking; this policy also applies to e-cigarettes. Each ship has an outdoor smoking area, generally on the Sun Deck.

Gratuities

Tipping & Gratuities for shipboard crew are included in your cruise programs.

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