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Emerald Star Cruise Review
4.0 / 5.0
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Best river cruise yet - despite not mooring where itinerary said.

Emerald Star Cruise Review by Upset traveller

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: Aug 2019
  • Destination: Europe River

Six of us chose this cruise based on travel agent recommendation and the final day/night would be in Bernkastel during the wine festival. So a bit disappointed that we moored 40 miles away instead. Bus was arranged for us so not total disaster and well managed by Emerald.

We have done a few river cruises and this was the best. Accommodation was very good and clever balcony / window in cabin gave a lot of space. Food was same standard as other river cruises inc Viking and Riviera although they did seem to avoid strong flavours. Included wine with dinner was very good and enough of it! Dining room a bit noisy.

The swimming pool was a surprise hit! I expected a large bath, but it was vastly better and more useful than that, especially with the roof open and sun shining in the 30deg heat. Bicycles were very handy too.

Entertainment was lively enough, but during the day sadly constant muzak was playing in the lounge which I thought had disappeared in the 70's. No quiet area.

Excursions were very good with wine tastings and visits well organised.

Cruise director and activity manager worked very well together. Lots of fun organised (and us a bit disorganised!).

As mentioned earlier only bad bit was Frankfurt airport transfers. The airport was crowded, disorganised, couldn't sit together on plane and we sat down in security on the floor as the delay was so long. One to avoid!

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Cabin balcony 326

Comparatively spacious due to clever balcony arrangement

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