Hollie Rigney had a once in a lifetime experience of China.

"Heading for the Yangtze, I flew to Shanghai & embarked on my river cruise onboard the Viking Emerald"

Viking River Cruises
As we arrived at the port we were greeted by Viking staff members dressed up as dragons dancing and playing drums. It was such an exciting welcome! We made our way on board the Viking Emerald, it was stunning with colourful Chinese lanterns. 
Upon check-in i was greeted by extremely friendly members of crew who talked me through the check-in process then lovely crew member called Xai took me to my E grade Balcony Cabin, which was located mid ship.
When Xai opened the door and led me in the cabin i couldn't believe how luxurious it was, the bed was huge and had crisp white bedding, there was beautiful Chinese art on the wall above the bed. The bathroom was full of L'occitane toiletries. I headed out onto the balcony where i was met by more breathtaking views.
We started with 3 nights in Shanghai where we visited the Bund and Traditional Chinese Gardens which were just breathtaking. We also visited some street vendors and had a walk through Shanghai. It was amazing!
Every evening we had some form of entertainment put on by the staff. The shows were amazing they did Chinese dancing and an acrobatic show. It was absolutely brilliant!
This river cruise was the best holiday i have ever been on! Definitely one to tick off the bucket list! It was so relaxed and i feel i got to see more of an in depth view of China whilst been looked after by the fantastic team at Viking especially our guide Rui. If you love Ocean cruising but are looking for something different i urge you to give river cruising a go i guarantee you wont look back!!


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