This was our first river cruise and the big draw for us was that we would have a special show at the Venice Arsenal from dancers from the British TV show "Strictly Come Dancing": Vincent Simone and Flavia Caccace.
We were extremely impressed with the high standards on board the ship. The cabins were luxurious and stylishly decorated with wonderfully comfortable beds. Food was good and plentiful. All of the staff on board the ship were helpful, polite and good natured and did a fantastic job. Whilst we were cruising, the Danube waters became very low and some ships could not continue with their cruise as expected. However, our Captain got us through the expected itinerary with just a few hold ups due to having to sail more slowly than usual. Top marks to all the Emerald Destiny staff in all departments.
There were lots of activities to entertain us on board and off. There were energetic bike rides on offer as well as additional trips to cities away from the river if you wanted to spread your wings a bit. In the evenings there was music and dancing available and sometimes local folk musicians giving us a taste of the local culture. The absolute highlight of our trip though was the music recital and dance performance in Vienna. Vincent and Flavia danced sublimely and then were happy to meet us, their fans, having pictures taken and a chat.
There were very few downsides to the cruise, but we were very disappointed that our stop in Linz was on a Sunday when everything was closed. There were some really interesting vintage and artisan shops there, so not being able to go in was frustrating. Another slight disappointment was that during the on-board dancing masterclass with Vincent and Flavia the day after their performance, there was not enough room for everyone who wanted to take part. More thought was needed about how furniture could be moved and space created.
Overall though, this was a fabulous experience and one that I am happy to recommend.
The cabin was so comfortable and stylishly decorated. The bed was large and luxurious. The bathroom was compact, but had everything you could need. The shower had a feel of a small wet room. There was plenty of storage space and top marks for having lots of clothes hangers in the wardrobe. The minibar came in very handy as sometimes we spent a couple of hours watching a film from the wide variety on offer on the TV. Having the panoramic balcony was great until we were moored by another boat though. Beware! You can go to sleep with the view of the banks of the Danube from your window and wake up to looking into the cabin of somebody on the ship next door! This is unavoidable due to the way the ships pull up in ports together some times 2 or 3 at the same mooring.