Viking Emerald is a state-of-the-art river cruise vessel built for the 2011 sailing season on the Yangtze River. Viking Emerald accommodates 256 guests with full balconies, hotel-style beds in every suite and stateroom and an outstanding crew. Viking Emerald’s hotel operations are 100% managed by Viking River Cruises Swiss-trained management team, and have a knowledgeable English-speaking staff. Viking Emerald’s staterooms measure 269 square feet, its junior suites and suites measure 301 square feet and 327 square feet respectively and its two presidential suites measure 840 square feet.

Ship Features

  • 128 comfortable outside staterooms (2 presidential suites, 14 suites, 4 junior suites, 108 deluxe)
  • Sun deck with sweeping views
  • Emerald Bar
  • Observation Lounge
  • Restaurant
  • Onboard boutique & tailor
  • Gym, sauna and massage services
  • Beauty salon
  • Internet café
  • Reading room
  • 128 comfortable outside suites and staterooms with private balconies
  • Elevator access to all decks
  • Laundry service
  • Onboard doctor
  • Birthday and anniversary policy – cake served in the restaurant or a bottle of champagne placed in stateroom

Questions & Answers

What are fellow passengers typically like on Viking Emerald?

Like-minded travelling companions many of whom have travelled with Viking before. Passengers are generally well travelled.

Passengers are looking for a more intimate holiday experience with the emphasis on relaxation in a comfortable environment. (age profile 50+ depending on the cruise)

Life on board Viking Emerald

What type of meals do you offer?

An extensive full buffet breakfast with hot and cold choices; a three course lunch in the dining room or lighter lunch served in the lounge bar; and five course evening meal. The emphasis is on international cuisine based on fresh and seasonal produce.

Does Viking Emerald cater to vegetarians and special diets?

Yes, provided the UK office is advised in advance and the maitre d’ informed when on board.

What are the dress codes onboard Viking Emerald?

During the day, casual with the emphasis on comfort as guests may be walking around towns and villages on their excursions. Sensible shoes, a raincoat and layers! In the evening, it’s smart casual – open neck shirts, slacks and dresses. Captain’s welcome is more dressy but not formal, men generally wear a jacket.

How should I tip on board staff?

Tipping is not included in the holiday price, they are a personal way to show satisfaction and good service and always appreciated. The suggested amount is the equivalent of 10 euros a day which is then split among all shipboard staff. Additional tipping is at the discretion of the guest.

What entertainment is on board Viking Emerald?

Entertainment is low key. There is often an on board pianist and depending on the itinerary, local groups may visit the ship to perform. During the day talks there’s a programme of ‘Old World Highlights’ which is activities related to the region such as wine tasting, porcelain demonstration, strudel making etc, there’s also a Culture Curriculum with talks relevant to the cruise.

What is inclusive of the price of booking, and what would I need pay extra for?

Return travel to the point of embarkation and disembarkation, full board accommodation as detailed in the brochure, transfers, all port and airport taxes, and a full programme of escorted tours, wine with dinner, tea and coffee are available all day.

How can I stay in touch with friends and family?

Internet is available.

Are hair-dryers provided in the cabins of Viking Emerald?


What electrical voltage is offered on board Viking Emerald?

On board electricity is 220v with European style sockets. Bring an adaptor or converter to use personal electric items.

What is your smoking policy?

Smoking is not permitted indoors on Viking Emerald.

Do your cabins have soap, shampoo, and conditioner?