After much research, we chose Emerald for our first cruise as we were looking for a river cruise on a beautiful, modern ship with opportunities to be active (cycling, hiking) and chance to see as much as possible in two weeks. This experience far exceeded our expectations! The ship and the staff were extraordinary. The itinerary was a perfect blend of cities and small villages, active and quiet moments.
The staff were friendly, professional and totally committed to creating an experience of relaxation and joy. Constantin, Dragana, Stefan and Edy were some we got to know by name, but so many others we felt we knew just as well.
A happy, casual vibe abounded and we had a blast getting to know the crew and other passengers. Never been treated with such care at any restaurant as in the Emerald Sky's dining room for each and every meal. The daily menu was fantastic, with delicious offerings and variety, and those with food allergies can rest at ease as everything is carefully described and the crew are most willing and able to make sure your needs are met. Made to order eggs and omelettes in the morning plus full buffet and delicious salads at lunch, along with inventive entrees at both lunch and dinner, and grilled salmon at lunch or dinner if you want something lighter. The 4 course dinner was perfect, not too much food and plenty of choice for vegetarians. We found it so easy to eat healthily. We also enjoyed the bar/lounge as well, which had equally caring and attentive service, with a nice afternoon tea time snack or late night snacks.
We loved the modern decor of the room and ship, and huge panoramic wall of windows in the cabin. Absolutely beautiful. The twice daily cleaning of our cabin and laundry specials made things so easy and comfortable for us. The bed was very comfortable and the storage ample. The room was extremely quiet, and views as we cruised, so beautiful.
A lovely city to wander.
Superb bike tour of Vienna in the morning, then our own tour of the Kunsthistoriches Museum and a local bouldering gym.
An incredible opportunity to ride our bikes along the Danube through little villages and vineyards in the Wachau Valley. A must do if you at all like cycling and scenery! Wonderful tour guides.
I believe we went to Rothenburg on the Wurzburg day, which was a fantastic side trip to a walled city.
I believe we did a vineyard walking tour here, which was lovely.
The Nazi history of the area was hard to take in, but important.