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Emerald Destiny Cruise Review
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Trip of a Lifetime!

Emerald Destiny Cruise Review by Sheila S

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

I do not have enough superlatives in my vocabulary to adequately describe my experience aboard the Emerald Destiny! From the moment I arrived at the dock to the time I left the ship, I was made to feel important and pampered in every way.

Balage, the cruise director worked literally non-stop to make sure every detail was taken care of. As well, he organized amazing tours and special events on board so that everyone was entertained every day. I am amazed at how many "balls he keeps in the air" at once, never dropping any!

There were so many stand out events, but the special events of the lock party and bbq on the top deck were so much fun. As well, the demonstrations of glass blowing, towel creations, and soup making were extremely interesting. Aside from that, the pre-dinner entertainment of zither playing, a German "oom pa pa" band and Hungarian folk show were professional and fun. I can't say enough. Zoran, the ship's musician was also great! The daily excursions which were included with the cruise were always informative, but the extras were what really stood out. The guides at each port were outstanding!

The crew was also so skilled at their jobs. The kitchen staff and servers were friendly and funny while being consummate professionals. I have a food allergy which was taken care of at every meal. If I needed a substitution, the answer to my query was always "of course, no problem." The quality of the food was outstanding in every way. The servers in the lounge were always ready and willing to provide the best service to every guest. The Destiny always shone from bow to stern, thanks to the housekeepers who never stopped making the ship beautiful. I also admired the crew who made sure our ship was secure while navigating the locks along the way. Talk about hard work! These guys were amazing. I never got tired of watching them do what they would say is an"ordinary" job. I can't forget to mention the front desk staff. They too were so eager to help in any way, and were very friendly. No request was too small or irrelevant to honour.

Finally, no review would be complete without a shout out to Captain Jasper who looked after everyone, every day. He is superbly skilled and very personable - always willing to answer questions about his job.

If you are thinking of taking a significant holiday, this is IT! There could be no better way to go! Don't just think about going with Emerald - DO IT!

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