Emerald Star Cruise Review by humberkeel
- Sail Date: July 2019
- Destination: Europe River
We arrived at Bucharest expecting to go on Emerald Destiny and found out it was going to be Emerald Star. We had not been told, in fact our agent had checked only a few days previously and was told there were no changes. No matter, the ships are virtually identical.
We found the plusses tp be ALL inclusive, a more personal feeling (only 169 passengers)
able to regularly meet the same people who we enjoyed being with and more to see as always in sight of land.
On the minus side we found cabin space quite limited especially hanging space which was only fifteen inches of usable rail. Despite having a 'balcony' passengers were encouraged not to open the window when moving. Entertainment was very limited unless you are keen on quizzes and games. The couple of performances by local artists were however very good.
The dining room was so noisy. All glass and chrome it did not absorb any of the sound. It was almost impossible to talk to people on the same table. This was made worse by only the one sitting where almost everyone came in at once which significantly affected the time it took to be served. Dinner times were consistently over two hours long which may be fine for some but too long for us.
Mooring places could sometimes be a bit grim. Just a floating dock in the middle of nowhere. Two or three of the trips took place whilst the ship was moving to another place so with quite a bit of overnight cruising there was not a great deal of moving whilst on board during the day.
We had to try it but I think it will be big ship cruising from now on.
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Was not able to make much use of the panoramic balcony window.
Lack of hanging space although plentiful drawer space