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Emerald Star Cruise Review
4.0 / 5.0
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127 Reviews

Amazing Cruising on the Danube

Emerald Star Cruise Review by RickFleck

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

Selected this river because it was on our bucket list. We chose Emerald Waterways because of the cities, rooms, dining, and price. We had an amazing cruise and a fabulous time. The cabin room was everything we wanted; plenty of room and very nicely appointed. The dining was pretty darn good. Breakfast buffet and made to order - you decide. Lunches were very much based upon the local cuisines. Same with dinner. My only problem with dinner was deciding which entree I wanted. On numerous nights; I just ate two entrees. The on shore tours which cam with the cruise were very good. Each was given by locals who really knew the city and wanted to share as much as possible. I never felt that I should have done one of those extras that cost additionally. The walking tour of Passau was probably my favorite. The “private” concert in Vienna was simply memorable; the music, the opera singers..... that we paid extra for, but worth it.

The crew was very attentive; always there but never in the way. Passengers were a fun group.

The only consideration I’d share is to really weigh the outside balcony. It’s nice but we never really used it, other than to stand out and look. They are really too small to really sit out on and enjoy. I think a room without the balcony but with the French window that opens halfway is more than adequate. And you really don’t need the balcony table and chairs that some rooms have inside the rooms.

Bottom line...... I’d do this again. And I’d choose Emerald Waterways for a different river.

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Cabin Review

Great. The daily laundry service was especially helpful. The bathroom sink was a little small and we always ended up with water on the floor.

Port & Shore Excursion Reviews

Walking Tour

Knowledgeable guide

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Benedictine Abbey

Good but not Great

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Old Town Tour

Very informative, very casual.

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The bus ride around the city was great; got to see a lot of places that we would have missed.


Amazing. The Opera House, the city center, everything was fabulous.

This was the classical music of Strauss. The concert hall was simply amazing. When the musicians started playing, I looked for the speaker system.....there was none. The opera singers were unbelievable. Well worth the extra money.

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We had a great tour guide. I could have done this all day but we had to leave.. The history of the city is so much more than most realize.

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