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127 Emerald Star Cruise Reviews


RickFleck avatar

RickFleck

1 Review Written

4 Helpful Votes

Amazing Cruising on the Danube

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Selected this river because it was on our bucket list. We chose Emerald Waterways because of the cities, rooms, dining, and price. We had an amazing cruise and a fabulous time. The cabin room was everything we ...
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Sail Date October 2019


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fireman999

6 Reviews Written

21 Helpful Votes

Interesting destinations, excellent crew, good food and excellent weather

We have been on a number of sea cruises previously and this was our 3rd river cruise that we chose for the destinations. We had not been on Emerald before so this was a new experience for us. We were met at the ...
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Sail Date October 2019


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14Wickers

1 Review Written

3 Helpful Votes

Excellent staff

This was chosen as it was a special offer. What an incredible choice, the cabin was very good even though it was the cheapest available, the cabin was always clean. The food was very good, the buffets had a wide ...
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Sail Date October 2019


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Samblas

3 Reviews Written

23 Helpful Votes

Wow, Five star ship with a five star crew.

This was our first European river cruise and I am so glad we chose Emerald. From the moment we stepped on board to the fond farewell, we were constantly amazed and delighted at the thoughtfulness and wonderful ...
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Sail Date October 2019


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annehartley

1 Review Written

3 Helpful Votes

We saw beautiful places in such comfort and so well looked after!

We wanted a short break and always enjoy river cruising. We kept our fingers crossed that we’d see this area along the Danube in beautiful autumn colours, and we did! Right from the start there was someone to ...
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Sail Date October 2019


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mwferns

1 Review Written

1 Helpful Vote

Excellent company

First time with this company but highly satisfied. No hard sell for the few additional excursions. Staff were excellent, very efficient, professional and above all friendly. All excursions were well organized and ...
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Sail Date October 2019


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Alexjan

1 Review Written

2 Helpful Votes

River cruise from Budapest to Bucharest

Several of our friends had booked the tour and it was an area of the world we would not otherwise see. River cruising appeals to us as there are fewer passengers and you normally arrive in the town - no ...
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Sail Date September 2019


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Upset traveller

2 Reviews Written

3 Helpful Votes

Best river cruise yet - despite not mooring where itinerary said.

Six of us chose this cruise based on travel agent recommendation and the final day/night would be in Bernkastel during the wine festival. So a bit disappointed that we moored 40 miles away instead. Bus was arranged ...
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Sail Date August 2019


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Kyle G

1 Review Written

1 Helpful Vote

Incredible River Cruise

My first river cruise....and it could not have been more perfect. The boat and our accommodations were wonderful. The food was superb! Service and staff were top notch. There were plenty of activities if you ...
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Sail Date August 2019


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Ray and Dawn

1 Review Written

Fantastic cruise and crew

Fantastic cruise and the crew made it! Three rivers visited with the Moselle the prettiest. Crew were magnificent and helpful at all times. Everything ran like clockwork and nothing was too much trouble. Cruise ...
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Sail Date August 2019


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stephaniejones

1 Review Written

2 Helpful Votes

Great cruise

We wanted to cruise the Danube, and Emerald gave us the best value for money. Being met at the airport was easy, Staff pleasant and helpful. Embarkation was easy too. We were met as soon as we left the coach, our ...
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Sail Date August 2019


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milesandmiles

1 Review Written

1 Helpful Vote

Danube Delights. Couldn't fault it! Lovely week's river cruise.

Having done a number of Ocean cruises, we had decided we would like to try a river cruise, and the Danube sounded good. Recommended to Emerald Waterways by our local travel agent. We were delighted with the cruise - ...
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Sail Date July 2019


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Jeff and Joe

1 Review Written

Our first river cruise

After watching the tv show cruising with Jane McDonald, we decided to give it a try, as she had an amazing time. The boat was amazing clean modern well kept, the food was fantastic breakfast, lunch and dinner ...
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Sail Date August 2019


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Jude30

1 Review Written

First time river cruise June/ July 2019

From the moment we arrived at the ship we were treated and made to feel very special. Transfers to and from the airport were stress free, and on time. The ship was well laid out, cabins more than adequate, ...
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Sail Date July 2019


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humberkeel

1 Review Written

2 Helpful Votes

Sorry Emerald. I'm not converted

Having (Ocean) cruised for a few times we decided we should try a river cruise. We had heard good reports from friends so gave it a go. We arrived at Bucharest expecting to go on Emerald Destiny and found out it ...
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Sail Date July 2019


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mlosch59

1 Review Written

1 Helpful Vote

Surpassed all expectations

We sailed on our first river cruise a few weeks ago. We were scheduled to be on the Emerald Destiny but owing to some port issues, we sailed on the Star instead. I was originally a bit disappointed only because ...
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Sail Date June 2019


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GrumpyKiwi

1 Review Written

4 Helpful Votes

Average overall

We had often thought about cruising from Amsterdam to Budapest. Friends said it really didnt matter much which line you used, they all go to the same places, and when you walk through other ships at ports they are ...
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Sail Date May 2019


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Racr

1 Review Written

3 Helpful Votes

Outstanding Emerald River Cruise - Budapest to Amsterdam

From start to finish, the cruise was outstanding. We had to leave our hotel at 10 am and enquired if we could drop our bags off at the boat just after 10 as we knew check in wasn't until 3 pm. The email response ...
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Sail Date May 2019


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Paul Tuddenham

1 Review Written

3 Helpful Votes

An excellent ship and staff. A memorable holiday.

Chose this cruise as it was an area we were interested in seeing. We stopped at very interesting places which gave us access to local history and culture in a comfortable manner. The guides were particularly good ...
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Sail Date April 2019


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Johnrok

1 Review Written

3 Helpful Votes

Excellent River Cruise across five countries

Our 5th River Cruise (1st with Emerald) and one of best, the cruise director was excellent and organised fantastic tours with brilliant guides we particularly enjoyed the home hosted lunch in Croatia which was well ...
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Sail Date April 2019


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Fred Hartland

1 Review Written

4 Helpful Votes

Home sweet home

We choose this river cruise over other companies because of the off ship activities it offered - guided cycling and walking. This was our first river cruise I was impressed with the well thought design of the ...
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Sail Date June 2018


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MegsMarut

1 Review Written

2 Helpful Votes

A Travel Agents Dreams

I have a lot to say, but I will try and keep it short! I did this cruise as a FAM trip for selling quite a bit of Emerald as a Travel agent with Flight Centre, and it was one of the best experiences I have ever ...
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Sail Date April 2018


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CarolandGer

1 Review Written

4 Helpful Votes

Every detail looked after beautifully

After research on river cruises on Cruise Critic we chose the Emerald line because of great reviews and the added bonus of not worrying about tipping and additional costs. Since this was our first river cruise it ...
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Sail Date April 2018


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goss

1 Review Written

5 Helpful Votes

Interesting, generally good

This was a more interesting way of getting to Budapest than flying for Birmingham at 5am.lt. Dining. More fruit would have been nice. Meat portions generous, reasonable flavour but usually tough. Ice ...
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Sail Date October 2017


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MikeDel1950

1 Review Written

4 Helpful Votes

1st river cruise and spoiled rotten

I chose Emerald because the Emerald Star is only two years old and the tip for the crew is included in the total price. The ship was spotless and unseemly quiet. The crew pleasantly went out of their way to make ...
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Sail Date September 2017


Emerald Star Ratings

CategoryEditorMember
Cabins4.54.5
Dining4.04.6
Entertainment3.04
Public Rooms4.04.7
Fitness Recreation4.04.2
Family1.0N/A
Enrichment3.54.4
Service4.04.9
Value For Money5.04.4
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