Emerald Radiance Cruise Review by Melaniejknibbs
- Sail Date: June 2019
- Destination: Europe River
This time I was traveling with my 23-year-old daughter. I had given her the option of a week away anywhere she fancied and Portugal on the Emerald Radiance was what she picked. I had told her that she would likely be the only one of her age on board but she was happy to be amongst a mixed age group. She had a ball and her only compliant was having to leave the fabulous crew and the delicious food served at the end of the week!
The captain and crew made you feel so very special with personal attention from the cruise director, Maria Elena, the hotel manager, Manuel and the Maitre D, Cornel. All the staff were polite, very friendly, helpful and approachable. Manuel and his team all genuinely seem to support each other and work well together.
The ship is modern and spacious enough that it doesn't feel crowded and the open dining allows for meeting fellow passengers but there are also plenty of tables for two if you prefer. On our last evening on board the crew kindly pushed together tables to accommodate 14 of us who wanted to dine together.
We really enjoyed the quizzes that took place after dinner, they were really good fun and well organised.
The food was superb, beautifully presented and the wines were excellent.
The trips are informative and interesting. We took the optional excursion to the Mateus Palace which was one of my highlights this time
The onboard activities were excellent including making Pasteis de Nata, port wine cocktails, bracelets and tile painting. They were all very popular and you came away with a nice little memento.
I will definitely be back with Emerald in the very near future.
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