Emerald Destiny Cruise Review by crock of the bush veld
- Sail Date: June 2019
- Destination: Europe River
They suggested Nuremberg to Frankfurt at a very reasonable price. Having already experienced our first river cruise on Avalon Nuremberg to Budepest, we questioned whether Emerald could be anywhere as good - we shoudnt have worried
Their Destiny is brand new and in tip top shape with the added bonus of an onboard swimming pool that was lovely to use.
Our welcome package mailed to us included two large good quality backpacks. Something we didnt need or use for the cruise but certainly an item of value. Frankly I would have been just as pleased with a good set of luggage labels - we still use the ones supplied by Avalon
Our cabins were excellent slightly smaller than Avalon and bathrooms not as big or as good. Also Avalon score with superb L'occitane shampoos and soaps, and we preferred that the Avalon French Balcony slides open floor to ceiling versus Emerald drop down half window.
But this really is nitpicking and both cabins are very very good
Food and selection was excellent.
Also Emerald have really got their act together on the "on and off" boat procedure. A simple named tag records each person leaving and returning to the boat. Plus the rechargeable head set system supplied with each cabin works like a dream when joining excursions, all of which were of the highest standard. Avalon were nowhere as good in this respect
Another welcome addition is no end of cruise tipping - a saving of hundreds of dollars over Avalon
So what were the negatives - Avalon win hands down on entertainment. Their evening shows were excellent, not so Emerald who relied on their own inhouse person to offer a variety of ways to amuse guests. this did not appeal at all and preferred to have a quiet coffee and swim in the pool room.
And finally the itinerary stopping everyday in another small German Town was a complete delight and we loved every excursion
To sum up and whilst I would rate Avalon at 98%, Emerald probably 95%.
But would not hesitate to sail again with either. Both excellent and Emerald certainly offered better value for money.
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