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Emerald Sky Cruise Review
4.5 / 5.0
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Really enjoyable and unforgettable cruise down the Danube

Emerald Sky Cruise Review by PAULLOGIN

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: May 2018
  • Destination: Europe

Smooth pick-up at Munich airport and transfer to hotel in Nuremburg as we couldn't board until around 5pm. We received a warm welcome and we were delighted with our cabin - Panoramic Balcony Suite - comfortable, plenty of storage spaces - compact but up to the standard of a 4 star hotel

The food was excellent - from the great range of breakfast choices through to the 4 course dinner menus. Always plenty of choices and found the "Chef's Favourites" for dinner was usually a good choice. Whether you wanted a continental style breakfast, or hot breakfast, there was a great deal of choice and self-service was easy. Lunch had a variety of choices which changed every day, usually including speciality dishes from the region. Best to do a complete circuit of the lunch table first to see all the offerings, before deciding what to choose.

The four course dinners always had plenty of choices and the seating of 2, 4 or 6 meant that you could choose how many to sit with and offered a great opportunity to meet other people and strike up new friendships.

The shore excursions were always well organised and the local guides and the "Quiet Voice" units meant that you could really see and understand all the interesting parts of the tours. Also a good balance between guided tours and free-time meant that you can also explore on your own.

The service was excellent, everybody, including the Cruise Director (Wes), Head Chef, waiters, bar staff, cabin stewards were polite, helpful and professional.

I liked the well-organised aspect of the cruise - at all times, we could relax and enjoy the cruise as all the staff worked hard to keep everything running smoothly and ensuring that you had an enjoyable time.

This was our first river cruise and we will definitely be booking again with Emerald Waterways (just can't decide where to go next!)

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Cabin Review

Cabin Panoramic Balcony Suite 227

Great idea to have the outside wall completely glass with the top half able to lower down. Queen-size bed was very comfortable, plenty of hanging and drawer space, Safe for security, large-screen TV and infotainment system. Compact but adequate bathroom with shower cubicle and cupboard for storage. Plenty of clean towels always available. Our cabin stewardess always kept our cabin spotless and tidy.

Port & Shore Excursion Reviews


Only visited the hotel in Nuremberg for afternoon tea whilst waiting to embark so didn't get chance to see the city.

Durnstein Castle (Kuenringer Castle)

Only problem for us was that it was very hot and a steep climb up to the castle. We had to take it slow climbing up and had to take quite a few stops on the way. Made it in the end though!

View All 14 Durnstein Castle (Kuenringer Castle) Reviews

Plenty of time to enjoy this wonderful city. Again with a knowledgeable local guide.

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