3 Emerald Waterways Emerald Dawn Senior Cruise Reviews

We choose this cruise if order to visit the Danube. Probably 7 or 9 days should be enough and the last part of the trip is not great enough as the 1st part. The german part is nice but some days you have not enough time to really look ... Read More
We choose this cruise if order to visit the Danube. Probably 7 or 9 days should be enough and the last part of the trip is not great enough as the 1st part. The german part is nice but some days you have not enough time to really look the towns and the onboard afternoon you have little to nothing to do. The top of the ship was banned to go during lot of days in the ⅓ of the trip and that is not good. The smoking area wasn't correctly placed and that should be better arranged respetos other but also the smokers. Food was good however eventually taste all the same and probably for the older people that was healthy but for the rest is tasteless. Breakfast can be better on the quality of food, like salmon or fruits... Also not always the wine was great, some days some Italians red that are not good enough to be onboard. Read Less
Sail Date July 2017
I like to just relax on holiday, so for that reason i like cruises. Unpack once, and meals and activities all become someone else's problem. We couldn't handle another open ocean cruise. No matter how big the ship is, there ... Read More
I like to just relax on holiday, so for that reason i like cruises. Unpack once, and meals and activities all become someone else's problem. We couldn't handle another open ocean cruise. No matter how big the ship is, there seems to always be a rolling motion. I don't normally get seasick, but when the person your are with does, it becomes contagious. So this time it was a river cruise. From start to finish, I have never traveled so smoothly. We chose the Paris before add on,and the Prague after. Honestly, book this independently. It was not worth the money Evergreen charged. I booked all my own tours in Paris over the internet and I was very happy with them. ( 2h segway tour of Versailles gardens, 3h segway tour through the center of Paris, 2h group of 6 with own guide through The Louvre) Evergreen chose to cancel the pre-booked Versailles Palace tour the day before it was due to happen. Due to the late notice, my options were reduced to walking up to the entrance through the queue and walking through the palace with a headset. Had I been given a reasonable notice, I could have had the opportunity to organise a private tour. Very unimpressed. Be aware that Evergreen reserves the right to cancel anything, anytime, and does so often. The good, Except by looking out the window, you don't even know if you are moving. Rooms were small but otherwise excellent. Bathrooms were a marvel of space conservation. Public areas were more than adequate. The bad, -The chairs in the cabin are too low. I am 6 foot, and when sitting in the chair at the railing, it is right in the middle of my view. I always found myself sitting high in the chair, or sitting on a pillow. If the chairs were 200mm higher, it would be a vastly improved experience. -The food was adequate but never rose above that. Think RSL fare. Do not expect to be wowed by the offerings. As I said, adequate. -Coffee..........what can I say. The machines were good. The beans were good, But what idiot thought UHT milk was suitable for a boat load of coffee drinking Australians. When the crew were questioned on this ludicrous preposition, I was told twice, that there was no room for the cows on board. Condescending. The boat stopped at a town every day. How hard is it to load fresh milk for coffee? -Tours..........every day we stopped in a quaint old town center. The tours marched off to show us exactly the same things day after day. Why not organise the tour guides to give slightly different talks, which the guests can then choose from? History, architecture. food, scenery, customs, gardens. One example, every day we passes countless vineyards, never a winery tour. - I am 49, I was the youngest guest on board. The average age is about 65 - 70. Expect canes, walkers, wheelchairs. The fastest pace the trip ever achieves is a slow walk. Think about organising your own side tours. The ugly - no ugly, just a bit average, which could be improved quite easily Would I do it again. Yes, but with the experience I have gained, very differently. Much more of my own itinerary. I would smuggle some fresh milk on board. Read Less
Sail Date June 2016
Embarked on this ship at 12.10, but not able to get in cabins until 15.00, despite others getting to their cabins immediately on boarding, and the rooms were all ready to go, but stopped by the officious jobs worth, so called Hotel ... Read More
Embarked on this ship at 12.10, but not able to get in cabins until 15.00, despite others getting to their cabins immediately on boarding, and the rooms were all ready to go, but stopped by the officious jobs worth, so called Hotel manageress. Food was 3* not 5* the crew were all eastern European and I doubt if any of them had had a 5* meal in their lives. Lunch was queing in a line around an oblong service bar and you went around until whatever you fancied, you passed by. There were no set areas for soup mains deserts etc. Dinner was a 2-3 hour sit down, have these people have never heard of 'Open Dining'? Typically one meal, I ordered at 18.45 the starter came a 19.20,soup 19.50, main course 20.20, desert 20.50. The dining chairs are hard very uncomfortable. Tours started at 08.00 or 09.00 and ended about 2 hours later, as most of the passengers were over 70 why not start tours later? Consequently us and other passengers never got onto a tour. In Cologne there was a 20 minute walk into town, no shuttle buses laid on at any stop, for this I paid £6,000 for two. What a rip off. There are only 3 toilets on board for 164 passengers, 1 male, 1 female and 1 unisex, so usually if you need the loo it is a treck back to the cabin, down, or up the one flight of stairs, which being made of a 'glass like' substance were dangerous, we saw a passenger fall down. You get a survey form at the end of the cruise which asks what is the best aspect of your holiday.. Getting Off was my highlight. Give this Cruise line a big miss and go on a proper sea cruise. Read Less
Sail Date June 2015
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