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This was our first River Cruise and I didnt know what to expect but was told that this company was a good choice as it was a bit funkier than some of the other more old fashioned ones and had a stylish feel. We couldnt have been happier and are already looking at booking for next year - the staff have to be the best we have encountered - they were incredibly friendly and helpful and all seemed to do about 3 jobs The excursions were brilliant and were a good mixture of being informative without sounding like your history teacher reeling off a list of dates (I almost fell asleep on one cruise lines excursion round Dubrovnik) We cruised the Danube and as Ive never visited this part of Europe before all the places we visited were new to me. As for peoples comments re double docking we did a Nile Cruise a few years ago so were expecting this so it didnt spoil our trip We had an amazing cabin - Grand Balcony Suite (cabin number 310) which had a coffee pod machine so i could make a coffee while the other half got ready for breakfast - we also had free wi-fi so each morning i checked my emails and the latest news at the same time. The food was good and also on some of the nights we had a small cinema type screen showing films which i prefer to piano players or cabaret bands Probably the best thing for me was the pool as I'm a bit of a water baby and it was a bit like swimming on your own private yacht. Having cruised on big ships with Princess, and Royal Caribbean and having had a so-so Nile experience i have to be honest I thought id be under whelmed but it was a bit of an eye opener and just trying to think which river to do next but we'll definitely be booking with Emerald again

Much more than I expected

Emerald Star Cruise Review by mcrdad

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This was our first River Cruise and I didnt know what to expect but was told that this company was a good choice as it was a bit funkier than some of the other more old fashioned ones and had a stylish feel.
We couldnt have been happier and are already looking at booking for next year - the staff have to be the best we have encountered - they were incredibly friendly and helpful and all seemed to do about 3 jobs
The excursions were brilliant and were a good mixture of being informative without sounding like your history teacher reeling off a list of dates (I almost fell asleep on one cruise lines excursion round Dubrovnik)
We cruised the Danube and as Ive never visited this part of Europe before all the places we visited were new to me. As for peoples comments re double docking we did a Nile Cruise a few years ago so were expecting this so it didnt spoil our trip
We had an amazing cabin - Grand Balcony Suite (cabin number 310) which had a coffee pod machine so i could make a coffee while the other half got ready for breakfast - we also had free wi-fi so each morning i checked my emails and the latest news at the same time.
The food was good and also on some of the nights we had a small cinema type screen showing films which i prefer to piano players or cabaret bands
Probably the best thing for me was the pool as I'm a bit of a water baby and it was a bit like swimming on your own private yacht.
Having cruised on big ships with Princess, and Royal Caribbean and having had a so-so Nile experience i have to be honest I thought id be under whelmed but it was a bit of an eye opener and just trying to think which river to do next but we'll definitely be booking with Emerald again
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Cabin 310
Great cabin with some nice extra touches