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Viking Emerald

Viking Emerald is a brand-new, state-of-the-art river cruise ship that will travel the Yangtze River for the 2011 sailing season. With hotel-style accommodations for 256 guests, and amazing amenities that include and onboard gym, sauna and massage parlor, as well as a beauty salon, an internet café, a reading room and much more. Guests will indulge in 128 outside suites and staterooms with private balconies, and there is elevator access to every deck; the Sun Deck offers panoramic views, and there's also an Observation Lounge where you can enjoy the view at your leisure. The ship even boasts an onboard boutique and tailor, and a bar too! The English-speaking staff is very friendly and knowledgeable, so you'll have every need and whim taken care of. This is the perfect vessel to explore China and the Yangtze River region on!

Activities on Viking Emerald

Viking offers Cultural Highlights, activities designed to help you immerse yourself in the region you are visiting and to enhance your experience while you're there, offered both on and off the ship. Guests can attend a Shanghai Acrobatic Troupe revue, or enjoy a Tibetan family tea. There are porcelain-making demonstrations, as well as Hubei bronze bells performances; guests can even take a visit to a local school and interact with the children! Each activity is designed specially to match your itinerary. There are also lectures and multimedia talks on the ship that will illuminate the history and culture of your destinations. You can learn about China's dynasties and the history of China's culture, or listen to how the Three Gorges Dam and the Great Wall of China were built. Another intriguing topic covers the Terra Cotta Warriors, and you can also learn key words and phrases in the Chinese language - both written and spoken!

Dining / Food on Viking Emerald

A wonderful variety of fresh foods is prepared for you daily using seasonal local vegetables; you'll be able to enjoy local specialties that are adapted to suit your taste buds, all made just how you oder it. At breakfast, guests can partake of pastries, cereals, breakfast meats, cheeses and fresh fruits; should you want a hot meal, you can order an omelette just how you like it. Lunch brings a soup and sandwich bar with homemade soups made fresh every day, as well as a choice of entrées and dessert. Dinner consists of a five-course gourmet menu, and each regional specialty is specially designed to reflect your itinerary so you can experience every facet of local culture; there is a regional wine list available to complement your dinner, too!

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