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We've been on ocean cruises before but this is so much better since you can see the countryside as you're sailing. Budapest was a great starting point, we spent a couple of days ahead and enjoyed it...so different than we expected and the city is certainly the highlight of the Danube. We especially loved the night cruise. The ship is well set up. The room layout efficient and effective. The dining room was great and the food was excellent. It was also great to see local dishes and entertainment on board and the wine!! Service was excellent. It was great to have a pool onboard as well as a theatre. The sun deck was too hot on most days due to the exceptionally warm weather. But the cruise through the Rhine gorge was the best viewed from the sundeck and great that the weather was excellent! Each port was different and the tours were well done... good guides, good sightseeing, the walking was okay and not strenuous. The "quiet-voxes" were excellent on the tours so you could hear the guide. The maps & port/phone# cards were helpful. I was happy to see that the umbrellas and walking poles were provided!!! The check-in/check-out at each port was efficient although they could have the system at each exit/egress to make it easier. The hand sanitizer stands were a great idea and well used. The cruise director, Michael, was excellent and we enjoyed his evening reviews of the upcoming activities. Disembarkation went smoothly and efficiently. There were no children on this cruise.... all adults.

Best cruise ever!

Emerald Dawn Cruise Review by Sharona2018

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We've been on ocean cruises before but this is so much better since you can see the countryside as you're sailing.

Budapest was a great starting point, we spent a couple of days ahead and enjoyed it...so different than we expected and the city is certainly the highlight of the Danube. We especially loved the night cruise.

The ship is well set up. The room layout efficient and effective. The dining room was great and the food was excellent. It was also great to see local dishes and entertainment on board and the wine!! Service was excellent. It was great to have a pool onboard as well as a theatre. The sun deck was too hot on most days due to the exceptionally warm weather. But the cruise through the Rhine gorge was the best viewed from the sundeck and great that the weather was excellent!

Each port was different and the tours were well done... good guides, good sightseeing, the walking was okay and not strenuous. The "quiet-voxes" were excellent on the tours so you could hear the guide. The maps & port/phone# cards were helpful. I was happy to see that the umbrellas and walking poles were provided!!! The check-in/check-out at each port was efficient although they could have the system at each exit/egress to make it easier. The hand sanitizer stands were a great idea and well used.

The cruise director, Michael, was excellent and we enjoyed his evening reviews of the upcoming activities.

Disembarkation went smoothly and efficiently.

There were no children on this cruise.... all adults.
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