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Emerald Waterways launched in 2014 with Emerald Star and its sibling, Emerald Sky. The line appeals to young Boomers and any travelers looking for moderately priced, all-inclusive journeys. The fares cover ...
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Jane Chichester
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
2 helpful votes
This was our first river cruise and the standard of accommodation, food and service on the Emerald Star was hard to fault. The staff made everything - even passing through the deepest lock on our journey - a cause for celebration and a ... Read more
Mekky
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
1 helpful vote
We were absolutely overwhelmed by our cruise experience! The ship is new and tastefully modern, with very comfortable balcony staterooms. There was always a variety of choices of very delicious foods, served at appropriate temperatures ... Read more
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dianewiebe@shaw.ca
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
4 helpful votes
Sailed May 2016
I choose this cruise because it offered a single cabin without a surcharge. My cabin was everything that I needed. Staff was friendly and helpful. Travelling with a gluten sensitivity can be a challenge. many people just don't get ... Read more
Thommo1
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
5 helpful votes
Sailed April 2016
I was reluctant to try a river cruise but my wife persuaded me to put aside my perceptions and give it a try. I am converted! The Emerald Star is a relatively new ship (2014) and is well appointed. The cabins are as large as one can ... Read more
blackdogmomma
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
2 helpful votes
This cruise was chosen for itinerary and time of year. The price was excellent and we received 5 star service. The food was excellent and the rooms were very comfortable. Each day we had a walking tour to the old town area of our port ... Read more
RiverTraveller
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
29 helpful votes
We booked on this cruise because the previous year our Rhine cruise had been so good. The food, service and accommodation on the ship were excellent for this year as well as in the previous year. The staff who work on the ship are ... Read more
w130bam
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
5 helpful votes
This was our first river cruise and more than met our expectations. We did not use the travel services as we arrived several days before we were to embark. We were allowed to leave our luggage the morning of the day before we left port. We ... Read more
MJGx2
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
8 helpful votes
Sailed June 2015
We had long wanted to do a river cruise and this year we were finally able to do so. We have done one ocean cruise which we enjoyed so wanted to experience a river cruise. Emerald Waterways ticked all the boxes for us and we had an ... Read more
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fhamm
Member Since 2013
2 reviews
0 forum posts
5 helpful votes
Sailed May 2015
We sailed from Amsterdam to Budapest in May 2015 and were most impressed by the ship, the efficient service and the relaxed generosity of the package. River cruisers are necessarily limited in terms of the facilities available, so cabins ... Read more
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Timing2015
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
4 helpful votes
Sailed May 2015
When boarding the Emerald Star I was greeted by a professional presented crew offering us champagne. This was appreciated after an eight hour journey by bus from Paris. The cabin was immaculate, comfortable, with a space for table ... Read more
riversrundeep
Member Since 2014
1 review
0 forum posts
5 helpful votes
Sailed November 2014
I am not really one to write reviews but after my experience on the Emerald Star I felt compelled to share what I can only describe as "the trip of a lifetime!". I have avoided ocean cruising as my husband gets seasick but after speaking ... Read more
Cruising1950
Member Since 2014
1 review
0 forum posts
2 helpful votes
I embarked at Nuremburg.  I have been on several river cruises prior to booking with Emerald, with a few different cruise companies and have never had a problem. I thought it was time to try a new company as i had heard they had brand ... Read more
Tony10
Member Since 2014
1 review
0 forum posts
4 helpful votes
Sailed October 2014
I originally booked this cruise to sail from Budapest to Nuremberg on the 25th Oct,to be told that the cruise would be cancelled due to lack of passengers.I agreed to sail on the 18th Oct rather than cancel only to find that crew members ... Read more
KWJDRJ
Member Since 2014
1 review
0 forum posts
1 helpful vote
This was our first river cruise. Overall it was an very good experience and very good value for our money. Embarkation - We made our own arrangements onboard ship in Nuremburg and although we asked multiple times to Emerald, were not told ... Read more
Patsy Bollinger
Member Since 2014
1 review
0 forum posts
3 helpful votes
Sailed October 2014
We have just returned from a 'Danube Delights' cruise on Emerald Star and can honestly say the whole week was brilliant. The ship itself was modern and clean and our cabin was extremely well designed in terms of space and storage. ... Read more
Maj Tom
Member Since 2014
1 review
0 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Sailed September 2014
We sailed from Budapest to Nuremburg over a period of seven days from 20 Sep. The Emerald Star was a quality vessel and having done river cruises before this was the best. The included tours were excellent and were provided at every port ... Read more
MaxsMum
Member Since 2014
1 review
0 forum posts
2 helpful votes
Reviews sometimes tell you more about the reviewer than the voyage and that is certainly the case with the Emerald reviews posted here. We travelled from Budapest to Amsterdam and have just returned at the time of posting. Yes it was ... Read more
mcrdad
Member Since 2014
1 review
0 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Sailed August 2014
This was our first River Cruise and I didnt know what to expect but was told that this company was a good choice as it was a bit funkier than some of the other more old fashioned ones and had a stylish feel. We couldnt have been happier ... Read more
Cousin Sandra
Member Since 2014
1 review
0 forum posts
5 helpful votes
Our “Splendours of Europe” cruise on Emerald Star (Emerald Waterways’ ship, new in 2014) was extremely disappointing and did not live up to the advertised standard. Our expectations were not unrealistic, based on previous ... Read more
Holiday buff
Member Since 2014
2 reviews
0 forum posts
1 helpful vote
We have just returned from our first river cruise on Emerald Star and have no hesitation recommending this ship. We realised that river cruising would be entirely different to our two previous sea cruises and adjusted our expectations ... Read more
LEESRE
Member Since 2003
15 reviews
2,225 forum posts
1 helpful vote
This was to be our second River Cruise first one being in Portugal and this time on the Danube. When the tickets arrived we were very surprised to also receive two very good quality back packs, it stated in the pack that these could be ... Read more
bellisjones
Member Since 2014
1 review
0 forum posts
2 helpful votes
My wife and I have just returned from cruising along the Danube from Nuremburg to Budapest. Much of what your previous correspondent said I fully agree with, although I have to say that we found the food generally pretty good. Staff were ... Read more
sandlerr001
Member Since 2014
1 review
0 forum posts
2 helpful votes
Sailed June 2014
I have delayed my review until after settlement of my financial claim against Emerald Waterways., but I am now able to write my review. Some of the points have already been covered in the earlier 3 star reviews but potential travellers do ... Read more
Rogerdwithers
Member Since 2014
1 review
0 forum posts
3 helpful votes
As a seasoned Silverseas cruiser I booked the latest 5 star river ship, Emerald Star, expecting a great cruise on the Danube. It cost as much or more than Silverseas so I don't think my expectation was unreasonable. What a shock! The ship ... Read more

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