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We went on Emerald's 1st cruise down the Danube last year from Budapest to the Black Sea. We enjoyed it all so much that as soon as we got home we booked to do the journey up the Danube and down the Rhine to Amsterdam. It was excellent in all respects. From arrival at Budapest to departing at Amsterdam Schiphol, everything went like clockwork. The staff are amazing - all of them. They are efficient, calm, friendly, helpful - they made both cruises wonderful experiences and we do hope that there will soon be an Emerald cruise including Russia and the Baltics. The meals were all we could have wished for and the restaurant is informal but slick, service is efficient and local specialties are offered at each stage. Shore tours are well organised, local tour guides were in most cases excellent and opportunites were offered for all levels of activity and involvement. The pool is a huge bonus for us, we do not know of another river cruise line offering pool facilities. Our cabin on the top deck was spacious, had a huge picture window with indoor balcony, was well serviced daily and was very comfortable. Entertainment was available including local artistes, folk groups etc and these were all of high standard. We particularly enjoyed the opportunity to meet a local family in a small group (12) and discuss traditions, education, jobs and prices of daily needs with them. We became more travellers than tourists.

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Emerald Dawn Cruise Review by Cristraveller

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We went on Emerald's 1st cruise down the Danube last year from Budapest to the Black Sea. We enjoyed it all so much that as soon as we got home we booked to do the journey up the Danube and down the Rhine to Amsterdam.

It was excellent in all respects. From arrival at Budapest to departing at Amsterdam Schiphol, everything went like clockwork. The staff are amazing - all of them. They are efficient, calm, friendly, helpful - they made both cruises wonderful experiences and we do hope that there will soon be an Emerald cruise including Russia and the Baltics.

The meals were all we could have wished for and the restaurant is informal but slick, service is efficient and local specialties are offered at each stage.

Shore tours are well organised, local tour guides were in most cases excellent and opportunites were offered for all levels of activity and involvement.

The pool is a huge bonus for us, we do not know of another river cruise line offering pool facilities.

Our cabin on the top deck was spacious, had a huge picture window with indoor balcony, was well serviced daily and was very comfortable.

Entertainment was available including local artistes, folk groups etc and these were all of high standard.

We particularly enjoyed the opportunity to meet a local family in a small group (12) and discuss traditions, education, jobs and prices of daily needs with them. We became more travellers than tourists.
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Cabin Review

Cabin C331
Excellent, spacious, well serviced several times a day, wonderful viewing from the huge window with comfortable chairs to sit in at a small table. Storage, hanging space and shelf space are all good. The shower is walk-in, excellent access for anyone with a mobility problem which was the case on this particular trip. Housekeeping provided extra bath mats to help avoid slipping. Nothing was too much trouble.

Port & Shore Excursion Reviews

  • City Tour
    Tour guide "Amy" (she said she had a difficult Hungarian name) was A1. Not too much info but given in an interesting way with lots of local detail pointed out.
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