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We picked this cruise as we wanted to visit countries that were new to us and 5 countries in 7 days.. Romania, Bulgaria, Serbia, Croatia and Hungary fitted the bill! WE were very impressed with the organisation from beginning to end. Transfers went smoothly and on disembarkation day cases and rooms did not have to be vacated until 8:30, we were leaving the ship at 1pm and were surprised to find that we were given lunch before departing in our taxi as we were the only ones on our flight from the ship. Our cruise director Matthew was always helpful and attentive and on the last night we found out what a good voice he had. The included trips proved to be far more interesting than we expected and our guides spoke excellent English and were very knowledgeable. The idea of splitting the coaches into 4 with 4 being for the most active and 1 being for people who needed a slower pace worked well and was appreciated by all we met. We went on 2 "extra" trips, the first being the open air museum in Bucharest. This was probably the least enjoyable of the excursions, possibly because it only stopped raining as we arrived and we were only able to visit 3 houses, the rest being locked, however it was still interesting. Our second excursion was to the National theatre in Belgrade. That was a marvellous experience, seeing backstage, costume making etc and finally we were treated to a concert by 2 student opera singers, who had beautiful voices... and we had a glass of wine as well! The ship was comfortable, the glass sides in the dining room and the lounge added to the experience, especially as the weather was not good enough to sit on deck. The food was good but not exceptional, however the wine made up for that and all the staff were excellent. Coffee was a let down, often only warm and/or weak and we resorted to making a drink on the lounge machine which was always available. Entertainment: We had a local dance troupe one night, who were good and a Croatian band one night. However a criticism of the lounge was that many of the seats faced away from the dance floor and if you had one of those seats you were limited to watching the acts on the TV screens placed at either end of the lounge. Although WiFi was provided for most of the cruise this proved unusable, (maybe a plus point depending on your viewpoint!) We have no hesitation in saying that we would travel with Emerald again

Wonderful week's cruise, sorry to go home.

Emerald Dawn Cruise Review by suffolkpete

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We picked this cruise as we wanted to visit countries that were new to us and 5 countries in 7 days.. Romania, Bulgaria, Serbia, Croatia and Hungary fitted the bill!

WE were very impressed with the organisation from beginning to end. Transfers went smoothly and on disembarkation day cases and rooms did not have to be vacated until 8:30, we were leaving the ship at 1pm and were surprised to find that we were given lunch before departing in our taxi as we were the only ones on our flight from the ship.

Our cruise director Matthew was always helpful and attentive and on the last night we found out what a good voice he had.

The included trips proved to be far more interesting than we expected and our guides spoke excellent English and were very knowledgeable. The idea of splitting the coaches into 4 with 4 being for the most active and 1 being for people who needed a slower pace worked well and was appreciated by all we met.

We went on 2 "extra" trips, the first being the open air museum in Bucharest. This was probably the least enjoyable of the excursions, possibly because it only stopped raining as we arrived and we were only able to visit 3 houses, the rest being locked, however it was still interesting. Our second excursion was to the National theatre in Belgrade. That was a marvellous experience, seeing backstage, costume making etc and finally we were treated to a concert by 2 student opera singers, who had beautiful voices... and we had a glass of wine as well!

The ship was comfortable, the glass sides in the dining room and the lounge added to the experience, especially as the weather was not good enough to sit on deck.

The food was good but not exceptional, however the wine made up for that and all the staff were excellent. Coffee was a let down, often only warm and/or weak and we resorted to making a drink on the lounge machine which was always available.

Entertainment: We had a local dance troupe one night, who were good and a Croatian band one night. However a criticism of the lounge was that many of the seats faced away from the dance floor and if you had one of those seats you were limited to watching the acts on the TV screens placed at either end of the lounge.

Although WiFi was provided for most of the cruise this proved unusable, (maybe a plus point depending on your viewpoint!)

We have no hesitation in saying that we would travel with Emerald again
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Cabin Review

Cabin 105
We chose to have a cabin on the lower deck with a window rather than a "Balcony". As we only used the cabin for sleeping we thought this was a good choice especially as most days we were off on full day excursions.
Storage was more than enough for a 7 day cruise, our cases fitted nicely under the beds. Large TV which worked fine. although we spend most of our the viewing we did watching the Trump saga on CNN!
The bathroom was adequate in fact better than a lot of cruise ships we have been on.