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Viking Emerald

About Viking Emerald

There’s nothing like a cruise on Viking Emerald. This state of the art vessel accommodates up to 256 guests across its four passenger decks and boasts superb service both on land and water. Begin your day with an early morning Tai Chi session on the sun deck and enjoy fabulous river vistas before heading to breakfast to fuel yourself up for an exciting day of excursions.

In between ports, Viking Emerald serves up a wealth of enrichment programs. There’s something new to discover everyday onboard, from talks in the Observation Lounge — boasting spectacular floor-to-ceiling windows — to tea making lessons and light musical entertainment. Similar to a small cruise ship, this luxurious river cruiser also features a spa, gym, traditional Qigong massage, beauty salon, onboard tailor and a sauna.

From its sleek glass atrium through to its Explorer Suites, this vessel is at the forefront of indulgent Viking Asia River Cruises. Whether you go for a spacious Stateroom or treat yourself to one of the two Explorer Suites with a separate sitting room and panoramic windows, each luxurious cabin is located on the outside of the ship and comes with a private veranda as standard.

Despite being one of the most sophisticated river ships sailing the region, dress is casual onboard with no formal nights that require special outfits. Enjoy a drink in the elegant pale wood and cream interior of the ship’s bar before tucking in to regional specialities at dinner in the stylish restaurant with views of the Yangtze River.


See What's Inside

The ship's Explorer Suites are the largest in river cruising, and all staterooms feature a private veranda. With hotel-style beds, spacious wardrobes, a flat-panel television, private bad with shower and premium bath products, you will feel right at home.


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.

  • 603 Square feet
  • Sleeps 2

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.

  • 301 square feet
  • Sleeps 2

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.

  • 260 square feet
  • Sleeps 2

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.

  • 250 square feet
  • Sleeps 2

Sun Deck

  • Reading Room
  • Beauty Salon
  • Doctor
  • Gym
  • Massage
  • Sauna
  • Emerald Bar

Observation Deck

  • Shop
  • Internet
  • Coffee Station
  • Observation Lounge & Bar
  • Suites (Cat AA)

Upper Deck

  • Veranda Staterooms (Cat A)
  • Veranda Staterooms (Cat B)
  • Junior Suite (Cat JR)

Middle Deck

  • Veranda Staterooms (Cat C)
  • Veranda Staterooms (Cat D)
  • Junior Suites (Cat JR)
  • Explorer Suites (Cat PS)

Main Deck

  • Restaurant
  • Veranda Staterooms (Cat E)
  • Veranda Staterooms (Cat F)
  • Reception

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

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. 

  • Experience: Complimentary
  • Cuisine: Varies

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.

Ship Specifications

Launched:
2011
Refitted:
N/A
Tonnage:
Language:
en
Length:
110m (361ft)
Width:
11m (34ft)
Speed:
14 knots
Decks:
5
Crew:
138
Cabins:
132
Occupancy:
246
Currency:
CNY