First River Cruise: Emerald Star Cruise Review by Arruba

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First River Cruise

Sail Date: August 2017
Destination: Europe
Embarkation: Budapest
We were invited by dear friends and had never been on a river cruise before and really had no expectations. Without reservation the experience for both my husband and I was wonderful - The adventures from Budapest through Prague were incredible not only from a historic perspective but from a cultural one also. The cruise was most appropriate for us in that it balanced relaxation with historic touring ( we can still picture both of us sitting on the top deck and viewing the magnificent bridges and churches in Budapest and viewing the vastness and beauty as we traveled along the Danube) .

We took advantage of the walking tours offered by Emerald Star which were lead by the most informative tour guides and extended our experience by attending an optional tour to the Opera House where we attended a Viennese concert with music from Mozart and Strauss - an awesome night!!

Wish we had an extra day in Vienna - loved the enchanting village of Durnstein - my handmade More Christmas ornament will be front and center on the tree this year.

The accommodations and service on the Emerald Star were outstanding - While we weren't big fans of the two buffets they had the meals were excellent with attention to details. Amazed at how efficient the staff was - kudos to the chef -

Cannot say enough about the staff - professional and courteous - attentive but not overbearing - looked forward to seeing them each day ( especially Sasha) - the crew presented a "show" one night which we are still talking about - I recorded the "happy birthday" song they sang to celebrate someone's birthday at dinner - will play it now that we are home as it brings a smile to our faces.

Accommodations were perfect for us - room well appointed - very clean - beds and pillows very comfortable. Glad we had the "balcony" which gave us more space and viewing opportunities.

Arrival and Departures very organized and orchestrated. It was obvious that we were in good hands with Bolash.

Great Experience - Thank you dear friends for the invitation and thank you Emerald Star!! Less

Published 09/06/17
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Cabin review: Grand Balcony Suite312

Clean, modern -good amount of space for clothes...very comfortable bed - nice to have two comforters!! Bathroom compact and workable. Great shower - Mirror by towel rack would be more usable if opened from the other side.

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