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7 Emerald Waterways Prague Cruise Reviews

This cruise was arranged through Vermont Biking Tours VBT. The cabin were similar to Avalon, Viking, and Uniworld quality. The staff was excellent speaking English very well and very professional. However, the dining experience is much ... Read More
This cruise was arranged through Vermont Biking Tours VBT. The cabin were similar to Avalon, Viking, and Uniworld quality. The staff was excellent speaking English very well and very professional. However, the dining experience is much to be desired. Breakfast and lunch were adequate. Dinner was another matter. The dining room was noisy and it was very difficult to converse. The main course offerings were way und the offerings by Emerald’s competition. One of our party was a vegetarian. Main courses were unappetizing and probably 70 calories. Standard offerings were substantially below the competition. We have been on Viking on the Danube river before with a much better culinary experience. They appeared understaffed, with dinners taking over 2 hours to complete. The staff were working hard, so we would blame corporate Incompetence. Tours had good guides, but there seemed fewer offerings than Viking. Bicycle tours were a pleasant surprise. Excellent ship with a poor dining experience. Read Less
Sail Date October 2019
We choose because of going with VBT bike tours. We were treated well by the cruise staff and VBT leaders. Layout of cabin perfect. Beautiful room and panoramic picture window. Great location new to us. Weather surprisingly perfect. ... Read More
We choose because of going with VBT bike tours. We were treated well by the cruise staff and VBT leaders. Layout of cabin perfect. Beautiful room and panoramic picture window. Great location new to us. Weather surprisingly perfect. Coffee excellent. Appreciate free water bottles in room and on leaving ship. Spacious storage of cabin. Best layout of a cabin on a cruise we have ever had. Good food. 24 locks on the Danube and the canal were interesting. The Vienna special excursion to the music museum to see the group of seven musicians was excellent and entertaining as well as a beautiful location. The VBT trips each day were under 22 miles. Good bikes. The bike trips were rated as easy and basically were. Recommend being used to a bike before you get on. Hotel room for the pre- in Prague and the post trip in Budapest were excellent. Recommend highly. Read Less
Sail Date October 2019
We actually started in Prague, then overland to Budapest where we boarded the Emerald Destiny. However due to low water levels we had to leave the Destiny around Rudesheim, travel by bus and board and continue the cruise on the Emerald Sky ... Read More
We actually started in Prague, then overland to Budapest where we boarded the Emerald Destiny. However due to low water levels we had to leave the Destiny around Rudesheim, travel by bus and board and continue the cruise on the Emerald Sky to Amsterdam. The whole transfer was managed superbly without any hassles. In fact the ~200km bus trip gave us a different scenery . Patricia , the Tour Director, did an excellent job. Each day her briefing was interesting, witty and clear. She made everyone so welcome. She was clearly fully in control and nothing fazed her. Our wonderful experience was predominantly due to her being in charge. The Emerald Destiny, being a newer ship than the Sky had a better cabin layout. E.G. the fridge and safe in the Sky drastically reduced wardrobe space. As beverages are so freely available does anybody still need a fridge?? Waste of space! Instead of more drawers (Sky), the desk space (Destiny) was great for writing and ladies make up. Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
Wanted to see the Rhine and Danube in comfort and good food with nice company and excellent service. This is what was achieved. Great bunch of Australians and New Zealand guests on board. The staff were superb, probably the best crew ... Read More
Wanted to see the Rhine and Danube in comfort and good food with nice company and excellent service. This is what was achieved. Great bunch of Australians and New Zealand guests on board. The staff were superb, probably the best crew ever on any ship or hotel where we have stayed. The boat was roomy, very clean and all inclusive meant all inclusive without having to pay for any extras. The chef was most accommodating, defiantly went the extra mile with brilliant service. Could not have done more. Even had our anniversary covered with lighted cake with all the waiters in line singing our congratulations, when we hadn’t even told anybody except agent here in UK. Very pleased with the Emerald concept, good Managers, cruise director and events manager. Would be delighted to return, the Rhine Gorge in particular was stunning and worth getting up at 6.30 as we sailed through it. Read Less
Sail Date August 2019
The ship is wonderfully built, very clean and functional. The rooms made the most of space and had great storage. We were on the top sleeping floor and found it very quiet, although some of our fellow passengers did not have the same ... Read More
The ship is wonderfully built, very clean and functional. The rooms made the most of space and had great storage. We were on the top sleeping floor and found it very quiet, although some of our fellow passengers did not have the same experience on the lower floors. The daily excursions were run without a hitch and ran like clock work. The food was 5 star and abundant. The crew took care of our every need and the embarkation and disembarkation went without a hitch. We extended the River Cruise both prior and following the River Cruise and were well looked after, never needing to worry about anything. Our luggage and transfers were all taken care of seamlessly. The Cruise itself was a good mix of time on land and cruising the best part of the river scenery on the ship. All in all, it's been very well thought through and we would highly recommend the Rhine River Cruise with Evergreen Cruises. Read Less
Sail Date August 2019
We had a wonderful time on our cruise. Every stop was beautiful. Our crew was always friendly and helpful. We chose to do both the Prague extension at the beginning and the Budapest extension at the end. Our local guide in Prague ... Read More
We had a wonderful time on our cruise. Every stop was beautiful. Our crew was always friendly and helpful. We chose to do both the Prague extension at the beginning and the Budapest extension at the end. Our local guide in Prague (Martina) was wonderful. When we wanted to attend a concert, she made suggestions on which one we should go to, and called to make sure there were tickets available. She told personal stories about her life growing up in Prague, which was very interesting. It was also helpful that our hotel (Hotel Yasmin) was very close to the city center, so it made walking to the different sites easy. On board, we did all of the included city tours, but none of the extra tours. All of the tour guides were very informative and gave us helpful tips for exploring on our on during the free time. Our room was beautiful, very modern, and had lots of storage space. The onboard entertainment was enjoyable, as well. Traveling through the locks on the Danube was interesting. The majority of the passengers were in the 50-70 age range, but there were some younger passengers as well, however there were no children on our cruise. The fact that you only have 182 passengers makes it easy to get to know people. There were several times that we dined with people that we had dined with before. Our time in Budapest was very enjoyable also. We purchased a one day subway and tram ticket and rode all over the city exploring what Budapest has to offer. We stayed at the Courtyard by Marriott, which was lovely, and very convenient to the subway. Looking back, it is difficult to say what our favorite stop was, because we liked all of them. There was no place that we wished we hadn't gone to. I highly recommend Emerald Waterways for your river cruise. Read Less
Sail Date July 2017
We are experience ocean cruisers having taken 18 of them in different parts of the world. We've cruise on luxury, near luxury and premium cruise lines and we wanted to try something different. We were more than satisfied by our river ... Read More
We are experience ocean cruisers having taken 18 of them in different parts of the world. We've cruise on luxury, near luxury and premium cruise lines and we wanted to try something different. We were more than satisfied by our river cruise experience. Emerald staff were eager to please, help was everywhere, the tour guides were mostly very good (they use the same guides as Scenic). The ship is only one year old, beds were comfortable, storage was adequate, amenities were better than most lines and we did enjoy the pool. Dinner & lunch food were between very good to average. Breakfasts were very good. Included beer was very good but wine was only fair. Optional drinks were expensive. Surprisingly the crew show was quite entertaining. Local entertainment was fine. The enrichment tour of a visit to a home in Bratislava was a great experience. We also enjoyed the private concert in Vienna. Overall, we would take another river cruise with Emerald. Read Less
Sail Date July 2016
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