Emerald Dawn Review

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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.

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DuncanW
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We fancied a cruise but didn't fancy the idea of sharing a 10-day pub/restaurant crawl across the ocean with 3000 other people, so decided on a river cruise with Emerald Waterways up the Danube from Bucharest to Budapest. It was ... Read more
GBPSilver
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Previous experience with river cruising was in Russia last year where, although we enjoyed the experience, the accommodation and food were rather spartan, so we were not quite sure what to expect with Emerald; what a surprise, a beautiful ... Read more
Active retired couple
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We chose this holiday to see the scenery along the Danube and to visit the cities. We could not fault the trip, everything was well organised from the moment we were met at the airport. The staff were friendly and helpful, the trips were ... Read more
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