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Swiss Emerald Review

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Why Go?
  • First ship custom-built for Tauck
  • Atmosphere is unpretentious but elegant
  • Modern touches, such as onboard Wi-Fi access
  • All dining is open seating, with intimate table setups
  • Well-traveled passengers are in the 55-plus age range
  • Excursions, tips and wine are included in the fare
  • Fourteen cabins are suites

Swiss Emerald Overview

Swiss Emerald is the first ship custom built for the Tauck river fleet. The ship launched in 2006.

In a nice modern touch, there's onboard Wi-Fi access throughout the ship. Swiss Emerald also features a wellness room with sauna, steam room, spa and 24-hour Jacuzzi. Moreover, the ship boasts 14 300-square-ft. suites, with floor-to-ceiling windows, marble bath with full tub, and walk-in closets.

The onboard atmosphere is that of a country club -- not too formal, but with an unpretentious elegance.

Dinner is an open-seating affair (vegetarian meals available), and wine is included at no extra cost. Onshore dining excursions -- for example, a private dinner and musical performance in Palais Pallavicini in Vienna -- are also part of the experience and included in the fare.

Evening entertainment is tasteful, with piano music, lectures on the history and culture of the places the riverboat visits, and special local performances -- folkloric dancing for one -- rounding out the offerings.

Of course, the passing scenery has to be included in the entertainment options, and passengers can take in some of the lovely views from the Sun Deck, one of the main social gathering points. The Sun Deck also features a Whirlpool.

Swiss Emerald offers a choice of several different European sailings, focusing on the Danube, Rhine and Main Rivers, the three huge European waterways that wind through the Netherlands, Germany, Austria, Slovakia, Hungary, Croatia, Serbia, Bulgaria and Romania. All shore excursions are included in the cost of the cruise, with a choice of sightseeing opportunities in many cities.

Swiss Emerald Member Reviews 6 Reviews
   Tauck - Paris to Monte Carlo in Style.
August 2014

We recently returned home from our 40th Anniversary adventure that included Tauck’s French Escapade from Paris to Monte Carlo. Everyone knows I’m a big Tauck fan and I found this cruise package to be up to their usual high standard ...continue

Tauck's French Escapade River Cruise Review July 18-31, 2014. South to North

Overview: This Tauck adventure features 4 nights in hotels, 2 in Monte Carlo and 2 in Paris. In between there is a 9 night river cruise on the Rhone & Saone ...continue

   A Taste of France
May 2014

My husband and I and two other couples enjoyed The Taste of France Cruise on the Swiss Emerald May 4 through 12. We began in Paris with Tauck's included transfer from the airport to the hotel Intercontinental Le Grand. It is a lovely hotel right ...continue

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Ship Stats
Crew: 29
Launched: 2006
Decks: 3
Passengers: 118
Registry: Swiss
CDC Score: Not yet inspected
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