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This was our first river cruise after many ocean cruises. We travelled with 2 friends who have only cruises one before. We we very impressed by the design and quality of finishes on the ship - much better than expected and frankly better than we have seen on many luxury brand ocean cruises - very slick and contemporary. The food was excellent - not high end , but very well presented and very delicious- the chef did wonderful things with simple ingredients and we did no feel that we were overdosed on rich foods. All of the staff was great - the cruise director, Luis, was fantastic. Entertainment was low key and fun. Excursions were excellent. Typical of river cruising, we often had to board or disembark by walking through other ships - we have to say that we much preferred the look of ours! Will definitely travel with Emerald again.

First River Cruise

Emerald Dawn Cruise Review by David m j pearce

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  • Sail Date: April 2019
  • Destination: Europe
This was our first river cruise after many ocean cruises. We travelled with 2 friends who have only cruises one before. We we very impressed by the design and quality of finishes on the ship - much better than expected and frankly better than we have seen on many luxury brand ocean cruises - very slick and contemporary. The food was excellent - not high end , but very well presented and very delicious- the chef did wonderful things with simple ingredients and we did no feel that we were overdosed on rich foods. All of the staff was great - the cruise director, Luis, was fantastic. Entertainment was low key and fun. Excursions were excellent. Typical of river cruising, we often had to board or disembark by walking through other ships - we have to say that we much preferred the look of ours! Will definitely travel with Emerald again.
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