Emerald Sun Review

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Why Choose Emerald Sun?

  • Modern take on river cruising
  • Excellent onboard facilities, including a pool
  • Good choice for budget-conscious cruisers

Emerald Sun Overview

Emerald Sun 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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Ship Facts

Ship Stats
Crew:  47
Launched:  2015
Decks:  4
Tonnage:  443 feet
Passengers:  182
CDC Score:  Not Yet Inspected
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Member Since 2016
1 review
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4 helpful votes
Sailed three weeks ago
Worth staying in Budapest before sailing as so much to see.Great welcome when we arrived on board and it was good to chat to some of the outgoing passengers. The ship is only a year old, very modern and impressive.The cabins are just as ... Read more
Member Since 2016
1 review
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0 helpful votes
Sailed three weeks ago
This was our first cruise, we chose it after seeing a advert and sending for a brochure. We flew to Budapest and were met at the airport and transferred to the ship where we were given a welcome drink and a light lunch was available. Our ... Read more
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Member Since 2011
1 review
25 forum posts
3 helpful votes
We just got back from the May 26 Danube Delights cruise on the Emerald Sun, from Budapest to Nuremburg -- or almost to Nuremburg. Here are a few comments. 1. Overall, the cruise was very, very good. 2. The Emerald Sun is a very nice ... Read more

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