Viking Emerald

Former name: MS Century Emerald

Specifications of Viking Emerald

Year of build2011  /  Age: 13
BuilderChongqing East Wind Co Ltd (Chongqing, China)
ClassYangtze River cruiser
Ferry route / homeportsChongqing-Wuhan (Beijing-Xian-Chongqing and Shanghai-Wuhan flights)
Length (LOA)110 m / 361 ft
Gross Tonnage7100 gt
Decks with cabins4
Former namesMS Century Emerald
OwnerCentury Cruises China
OperatorViking River Cruises Asia

Viking Emerald Review

Review of Viking Emerald

MS Viking Emerald ship cruises on Yangtze River (in China) departing from homeports Shanghai and Beijing. The other Viking River Cruises Asia ships are the Mekong River-deployed boats Viking Mekong (2002), Viking Saigon (2021) and Viking Tonle (2025),

Viking Emerald is a state-of-the-art beautiful riverboat inaugurated in 2011, originally named "Century Emerald" and owned by the company Century River Cruises China. It accommodates 256 guests with hotel-style beds and full verandas in every stateroom. With such an outstanding crew, the Emerald is among the most sophisticated riverboats in the world. Viking River Cruises management team is 100% Swiss-trained and employs the most knowledgeable staff, all English-speaking.

Viking Emerald cruise ship (Yangtze River, China)

Century Emerald is Viking Cruises' only vessel in China and is operated under charter (branded as "Viking Emerald") since 2011.


Viking Emerald has a total of 128 cabins (of which 20 Suite and 108 Balcony staterooms) in 9 grades. Enjoy the roomy 250-sq. foot staterooms onboard Viking Emerald, or treat to a Suite/Junior Suite. You would also enjoy one of the 603-sq.foot Explorer Suites featuring a private wraparound veranda and separate sitting room.

Cabins Types/Categories (number, location), high to low

  • Suites - PS (x2, deck2), JR (x4, deck2-3), AA (x14, deck4)
  • Balcony Staterooms - A (x24, deck3), B (x16, deck3), C (x28, deck2), D (x15, deck2), E (x16, deck1), F (x9, deck1)
  • Deluxe RiverView Staterooms - none.

Shipboard facilities

Have a rest on the Sun Deck with shaded sitting area and panoramic views. Explore the Observation Bar Lounge, Emerald Bar, The Restaurant - all with panoramic views. Viking Emerald boasts an onboard Boutique Shop, Library, Gym, Sauna Room, Spa (treatment rooms for massages, Beauty Salon), Internet Cafe. At extra cost are provided services like onboard laundry, concierge, tailor, medical (resident doctor on call).

Viking Century Emerald cruise ship deals are inclusive of Internet (Wi-Fi), all China and Tibet tours/excursions, flights and motorcoach transfers in China, live evening entertainment, daily expert lecturers, 24-hour coffee/tea, and replenished daily bottled water.

Viking Emerald cruise prices are per person and based on double occupancy. These are only indicative of Viking cruise rates. They might be different when you book your Viking River Cruises Asia cruise tour deals, influenced by travel agency promotions, special offers and discounts, group travel booking or last-minute deals rates.

On some Viking China cruisetours, the line offers round-trip USA airfare discount deals (on select cabins or itineraries/dates).


Viking China River Cruise Itineraries

Follows the list of Viking Emerald river cruise itineraries as themes, officially announced by the Viking Cruises line:

"IMPERIAL JEWELS OF CHINA" are 13-days Yangtze river cruises from Beijing to Shanghai, and the reverse from Shanghai to Beijing, with 11 complimentary land tours/excursions included in the fares. These deals are also inclusive of 3-night Beijing luxury hotel package, rickshaw tour, flight to Xian (1-night luxury hotel package, Terracotta Army necropolis), flight to Chongqing (on Yangtze river, boarding), Three Gorges cruise (Qutang Gorge /small boat "Lesser Three Gorges" excursion, Wu Gorge /Three Gorges Dam locks, and Xiling Gorge), flight to Shanghai (2-night luxury hotel package), with two optional choices- 2-night Shanghai hotel or guided land tour with hotel packages for 3-nights in Hong Kong and 1-night in Guilin.

"CHINA CULTURAL DELIGHTS" are 18-days Tibet and China river cruises from Beijing to Shanghai, and the reverse from Shanghai to Beijing, with 16 complimentary land tours/excursions included in the fares. These deals additionally feature Fengdu (Snow Jade Cave tour), Shibaozhai Temple tour, Dongting Lake cruise (the Yueyang wooden tower), Jingdezhen (Ceramic History Museum), Jiu Hua mountain tour, Nanjing bus travel to Suzhou (Fishermen’s Garden), bus travel to Shanghai 2-night (luxury hotel package included). Optional are two hotel packages- 2-nights in Shanghai or 3-nights in Hong Kong plus 1-night in Guilin.

"ROOF OF THE WORLD" is 15-days Tibet and China river cruises from Beijing to Shanghai, and the reverse from Shanghai to Beijing, with 18 complimentary land tours/excursions included in the fares. These deals are also inclusive of 3-night Beijing hotel package, Xian (Terra Cotta Warriors, Big Wild Goose Pagoda), flight to Tibet (2-night Lhasa hotel, Jokhang Temple, Barkhor Market, Tibetan Museum, Potala Palace /Dalai Lama, Sera Monastery), flight from Lhasa to Chongqing (on Yangtze river, boarding the Viking Emerald ship), disembarkation in Wuhan, flight to Shanghai (2-night hotel package). Optional are 2-night Shanghai hotel or the guided land program inclusive of 2 hotel packages - 3-nights in Hong Kong and 1-night in Guilin.

Next is the Viking River Cruises China itinerary map that shows all ports locations (along Yangtze River) as well as the domestic flight connections (Beijing-Xian-Chongqing and Shanghai-Wuhan).

Viking Yangtze River cruise itinerary map (China)

Note: You can see CruiseMapper's list of all river cruise ships and riverboats in the "itinerary" section of our River Cruises hub. All companies and their fleets are listed there.

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