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A first ever boat cruise after a dozen sea cruises. Of course the facilities had to be fewer even though I have usually sailed on relatively small ships, 600-800 passengers. A bar pianist was really it or a movie in your cabin on the well sized tv. Two of 7 nights we had buffet dinner bun fights for the main meal. Never ever had cafeteria food on a cruise before. Of the remaining 5 nights the two gala dinners were almost OK, the others poor. Wine was street cafe quality certainly not fine dining but in that sense it matched the food. Cabin concierge was excellent keeping the small cabin clean and tidy. The route was interesting, apart from the final 1 and a bit days along a canal with so many locks and low bridges, the consequence of which was a schedule that slipped by so many hours special disembarkation points had to be arranged. The bridges meant the top sun deck was out of bounds. Transfers to and from the airport worked smoothly.

Poor food, poor entertainment. Good shore excursions and transfers. Clean cabin

Emerald Sky Cruise Review by maggyd

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A first ever boat cruise after a dozen sea cruises. Of course the facilities had to be fewer even though I have usually sailed on relatively small ships, 600-800 passengers. A bar pianist was really it or a movie in your cabin on the well sized tv.

Two of 7 nights we had buffet dinner bun fights for the main meal. Never ever had cafeteria food on a cruise before. Of the remaining 5 nights the two gala dinners were almost OK, the others poor. Wine was street cafe quality certainly not fine dining but in that sense it matched the food.

Cabin concierge was excellent keeping the small cabin clean and tidy. The route was interesting, apart from the final 1 and a bit days along a canal with so many locks and low bridges, the consequence of which was a schedule that slipped by so many hours special disembarkation points had to be arranged. The bridges meant the top sun deck was out of bounds.

Transfers to and from the airport worked smoothly.
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Cabin Review

Cabin 311
Clean. Tiny. Only space for cases was under the bed. Shower only. No real balcony just an electric top half of the window that came down to roughly balcony rail height. But on a river that meant so many insects had access to the bedroom.