We wanted to be on a river that we haven't sailed on, to visit new places & see castles. The Majestic Rhine cruise fit the bill. We had this trip booked for August 2018, but as we all know now, the water level of the Rhine River was too low then, & as such, Emerald Waterways cancelled our trip.
We, however, still wanted to fulfill the aforementioned & rebooked for August 2019. We were cautiously optimistic as this trip came to fruition & it did not disappoint.
We are frequent ocean cruisers & have been on 3 Avalon river cruises & 1 other Emerald river cruise on the "Mekong Navigator" from Vietnam to Cambodia. So this is our 1st time sailing on an "Emerald" ship.
We were in cabin 302 on the Horizon deck, with the sun deck above us. Passengers were advised that no jogging on the sun deck before 8 AM & after 9 or 10 PM(I can't recall). Our cabin was more than spacious for the 2 of us with lots of storage. You can store your suitcases under the bed or in an area (kind of hidden away) next to the floor to ceiling windows. The cabin has the standard affairs of a safe, flat screen TV & mini bar. A nice touch in our cabin was a Nespresso machine. There are 2 electrical outs for varied adaptor configuration & 1 outlet for the European 2 prong plug. There is also an outlet in the bathroom for a shaver. You don’t need a converter as long as your electrical devices have input ratings between 100 – 240 V.
Our room was kept very clean & tidy by our steward, who also replenished 2 bottles of water daily. The bed was very comfortable & there is even a “menu” for you to choose the type of pillow you want to use. The bathroom was compact, but was OK for us. The pathway between the bed & wall of the bathroom may be a challenge for folks with a cane, let alone a walker. I surmised that Emerald would reconfigure that area if need be. The “balcony”, not akin to the traditional type on an ocean going vessel, has a full floor to ceiling type window, where at a push of a button, the top half of the window slides half way down. Approximately 3 feet from the floor to ceiling window, there is a folding sliding door, if & when you close it, gives you the traditional “balcony” feeling.
A caveat, just above our cabin, there is a crane, which is used to lift/move the gangplank, if required to do so. As such, you could get a rude awakening early in the morning. Also, cabin 302 is directly above the gangway/entrance of the ship, so you’re in full view, front & centre, if your curtains are not drawn.