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Emerald Dawn
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80% of cruisers loved it
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  • Modern take on river cruising
  • Excellent onboard facilities, including a pool
  • Good choice for budget-conscious cruisers

Emerald Dawn Overview

Emerald Dawn is a 182-passenger, 443-foot long ship which will launch in 2015. The ship has 92 cabins divided into five different categories –– two solo (130 square feet), 18 Staterooms (162 square feet), 60 Panorama Balcony Suites (180 square feet), eight Grand Balcony Suites (210 square feet) and four Owner's Suites (315 square feet). 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 minibar 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 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, 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.

Emerald Dawn Member Reviews

This was our first time on a river cruise. We were with a group of 14. We really didn't know what to expect. I can honestly say we were not disappointed. The ship (Emerald Dawn) was brand new. Only on its 5th voyage. We really liked the ... Read more
The sparkling new Emerald Dawn provided all the creature comforts for a fabulous Danube River vacation. Low water levels did not permit us to board the vessel in Nuremberg. Buses were used to transport us to Vishofen for embarkation and touring to ... Read more
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This was our first experience of river cruising after numerous sea cruises and we were not disappointed. The Emerald Dawn was a new ship having been lanched in April 2016. Arrangements for the pick up in Budapest were a little hectic but I think ... Read more
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Ship Stats
443 feet
CDC Score:
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