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This was our sixth river cruise (fifth European) and our third with Emerald Cruise Lines. A good balance of 'chill' time, included tours, time to spend on own when 'in port' and exercise. My favourite spot early in the morning is around the indoor affinity pool watching us travelling (usually up) the river - especially in the pool - watching the sunrises. Opportunity for guided cycle or independent bicycle rides too. Airport transfers were smooth, check in at a quality hotel in Bucharest smooth. A good briefing by Cruise Director on first evening in hotel with all guests at a dedicated dinner. An included tour of Bucharest on the first day with free time to explore yourself and an option of two tours on the second morning then taken for lunch with traditional entertainment before joining the ship in Georgiou. A highlight of the trip for me was a tour to Varna and the opportunity of paddling in the Black Sea. Other highlights: A guided cycle tour in Belgrade; a Sebian folkloric show on board; lunch with a couple in their own home in Croatia and hearing first hand how their house been badly damaged in the 'Homeland War' with Serbia and how they were able to rebuild it; a tour to visit Magayar horseman demonstrating their skills at a 'horse farm' in Hungary and sailing through Budapest at night before returning to the ships berth. ....and of course the day in which we sailed through the Iron Gates Gorge. We are starting to look at our next river cruise options - and if Emerald have a ship on that river they will probably be first choice to look at...especially if they have one of their 'Sun' class ships with pool on it.

A Danube Delight

Emerald Dawn Cruise Review by SB John

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This was our sixth river cruise (fifth European) and our third with Emerald Cruise Lines.

A good balance of 'chill' time, included tours, time to spend on own when 'in port' and exercise. My favourite spot early in the morning is around the indoor affinity pool watching us travelling (usually up) the river - especially in the pool - watching the sunrises. Opportunity for guided cycle or independent bicycle rides too.

Airport transfers were smooth, check in at a quality hotel in Bucharest smooth. A good briefing by Cruise Director on first evening in hotel with all guests at a dedicated dinner. An included tour of Bucharest on the first day with free time to explore yourself and an option of two tours on the second morning then taken for lunch with traditional entertainment before joining the ship in Georgiou. A highlight of the trip for me was a tour to Varna and the opportunity of paddling in the Black Sea.

Other highlights: A guided cycle tour in Belgrade; a Sebian folkloric show on board; lunch with a couple in their own home in Croatia and hearing first hand how their house been badly damaged in the 'Homeland War' with Serbia and how they were able to rebuild it; a tour to visit Magayar horseman demonstrating their skills at a 'horse farm' in Hungary and sailing through Budapest at night before returning to the ships berth.

....and of course the day in which we sailed through the Iron Gates Gorge.

We are starting to look at our next river cruise options - and if Emerald have a ship on that river they will probably be first choice to look at...especially if they have one of their 'Sun' class ships with pool on it.
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Cabin R323
Clean, compact, but well laid out.