Our second river cruise with Emerald and a third is booked. Very happy with all aspects of this immaculate ship and itinerary on the Rhone & Saone - the staff are the best with all our needs met. Our captain was very visible and available to chat and it was obvious he was a favourite with the staff too. If I was being picky I'd say that the evening meals could have been a little more imaginative. River cruising is for those who wish to have a more intimate experience than ocean cruising (of which which we've experienced many) and get straight into the towns and villages which ocean cruises could never visit. Every morning there's a walking tour by local guides which is at a manageable pace for most people - this is included in your cruise cost. There are further optional tours at a supplement. Every stop on this cruise is interesting and a surprise highlight was the pretty town of Charlon du Saone and the amazing market which is a tour in itself and a true picture of French life. Starting with the small main square (buildings dating back hundreds of years) the market meanders through the town for a few hundred yards - every food you can imagine, a visual feast. I thoroughly recommend Emerald cruises.
(it may seem obvious but these cruises are not for families with young children)
Our cabin had everything we could ask for with walking sticks and umbrellas (if wanted) quality toiletries, a good hair dryers (essential), and a very comfy bed. Everything had been thought about in detail and looked after immaculately twice daily by our wonderful cabin steward,