Emerald Star (and its twin sister Emerald Sky) is a 182-passenger, 443-foot long ship which will launch in February next year.
Part of Scenic Tours, the second ship from the new Emerald Waterways line will sail seven to 14-night itineraries on Europe's Rhine, Main, Danube and Mosel Rivers.
Each ship has 92 cabins divided into five different categories –– two solo (130 sq ft.), 18 staterooms (162 sq ft.), 60 Panorama Balcony Suites (180 sq ft.), eight Grand Balcony Suites (210 sq ft.) and four Owner's Suites (315 sq ft.)
The Owner's Suites each comprise a separate, closed off bedroom; a separate lounge area and an outdoor balcony with space enough for a table and two chairs. The cabins also have sinks in the bathroom, a walk-in wardrobe, a coffee machine and a complimentary mini-bar restocked with wine, beer and soft drinks. Each one is also fitted with an iPad.
The Grand Balcony Suites and Panorama Balcony Suites are a bit of a misnomer -- they aren't suites at all (in the sense of either having a separate room or even area) -- but they do have balconies with space enough for two chairs and a table. The Staterooms have picture windows, as do the solo cabins. All classes of cabins will be equipped with iPod/iPad docking stations and speakers.
Meals onboard are served in the main dining room, Reflections Restaurant, and will offer an alfresco dining area at the bow of the ship -- The Terrace -- as an informal alternative dining option for breakfast and lunch. Dinners at Reflections Restaurant are open seating with table service, but there is also a buffet on offer at dinner as well as an omelette station at breakfast. There are two bars, the Horizon Bar and Lounge, which has floor-to-ceiling windows, and leads out onto The Terrace. And the pop-up Sky Bar on the top deck.
The most innovative bit of design planned for the pair is a dual-purpose area at the aft of the ship that transforms from an indoor, heated pool with retractable roof during the day, to a cinema at night, showing recent releases and classic movies. And although Uniworld's S.S. Antoinette offers separate pool and cinema facilities, the reconfigurable room on Emerald's ships is a new-to-river feature.
There will also be a hairdressing salon, and a small massage therapy room and a separate gym at the aft of the ship.
Emerald Waterways will include soft drinks, beer and wine at meals, shore excursions, transfers and tips within the cost to the overall fare, as well as flights from London and other regional U.K. airports.
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 ...continue
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 ...continue
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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 pleasant ...continue