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Emerald Sky Review

4.5 / 5.0
190 reviews

Pleasant sail down the Danube but not entirely up to standard

Review for Europe River Cruise on Emerald Sky
10+ Cruises • Age 70s

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Sail Date: Apr 2023

We had sailed Emerald before and rated it highly, so when we decided on the Danube they were our #1 choice. It’s an attractive well maintained ship with plenty of crew. The weather wasn’t so great so the top deck got little use, but that’s April in Europe. The pre cruise stay in Prague was really good, a very nice and helpful tour director and a comfortable hotel (Majestic Plaza). Well organised transfer to ship, all luggage taken care of, easy boarding and shown to cabin by staff.

On almost all the included excursions ( and one optional extra) there was a lot of walking and mostly on cobblestones which I found tiring, and I’m used to walking, but my wife found extremely hard going even in the “slow” group. The cities visited are interesting, old and what one goes to see, but it’s hard, tiring work.

River cruises do not offer the menu choices of the ocean vessels and that is where we encountered real problems. My wife as an allergy to cheese of which she had notified Emerald in advance. At lunch all the food seem to have cheese in it, even ham sandwiches, and they were not always able to get anything different from the galley. Eventually the restaurant manager got the message and tried to ensure the evening dinner had cheese free options but the staff didn’t know what was in dishes resulting in her eating a dessert she was told had cream in it but was sweetened cream cheese and she was ill. We wonder what they were doing regarding nut allergies and one person we were with was vegetarian and her choices were terrible. One evening her meal was veggie curry, but she didn’t like curry, no alternative!

Cabin Review

Well fitted, lots of cupboards, comfortable single beds pushed together with individual duvets, which I don’t like, they slip off the bed too easily. Size is restricted but that makes getting in and out of the shower room really tight. The weather wasn’t good enough to use the “balcony”, it’s just a big window. I don’t think we’d have wanted it open anyway judging by the insects on the outside of the window, although there is insect screen blind but we did not put that to the test.

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