We chose this cruise because of the speakers - John Simpson, Martin Bell and Nick Thorpe. Most nights we were treated to informative and entertaining talks. The standard of accommodation was excellent. Dining could be described as 4 star - consistently good and well balanced throughout the week. We were very impressed by the meticulous planning of the activities and prompt timekeeping. Regarding the local guides, they were all first rate, knowledgeable and approachable with a good command of English. Most of the on shore visits were of interest but some were weak. However, it must be difficult to find venues at the very end of the season.
There was a small swimming pool with current to swim against and bicycles on board to use at each port.
We would be happy to recommend Emerald to others and would also consider cruising with them again. We would probably choose a different stretch of river.
Well appointed and spacious enough for a couple sharing. Cabin service was excellent.