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Emerald Destiny Review

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Christine Ongsueng
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Emerald Destiny -- one of Emerald Waterways fleet of "Star Ships" -- has been sailing on the Danube, Moselle, Rhine and Main Rivers since April 2017. 



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Passengers : 182
Crew : 47
Passenger to Crew : 3.87:1
Launched : 2017
Shore Excursions : 93

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The 443-foot ship has 8- to 21-day itineraries that travel to cities such as Budapest, Bucharest, Nuremberg, Paris, Prague and Amsterdam. Destiny can hold 182 passengers and 47 crew members. The decor and furnishing are modern and elegant, with mirrored walls, contemporary art and floor-to-ceiling views in the most staterooms and public areas.

Similar to the line's other Star-Ships, Destiny has four types of cabins spread throughout four decks. Four 315-square-foot Owner's One-Bedroom Suites line the starboard side of the Horizon Deck (Deck 3). One-Bedroom Suites have a partitioned bedroom, a walk-in wardrobe, living room area and an open-air balcony that can be enclosed with the push of a button. The 210-square-foot Grand Balcony Suites have an outdoor balcony that can also be enclosed. Both the Owner's One-Bedroom Suites and Grand Balcony Suites come with extra amenities such as room service and Nespresso machines.

The 180-square-foot Emerald Panorama Balcony Suites can be found on the Horizon Deck and Vista Deck (Deck 2) and feature a floor-to-ceiling window that can partly retract. The 162-square-foot Emerald Staterooms have a picture window and are located on the Riviera Deck (Deck 1). Solo travelers can have the single supplement fee voided when staying in one of Destiny's two 105-square-foot Emerald Single Staterooms on the Riviera Deck. These cabins have a picture window and a single deluxe bed. Other cabin amenities include an ensuite bathroom, flat-screen TV with infotainment system, bathrobes, hair dryer, slippers, individual climate control, Wi-Fi, bottled water restocked daily and a mini-bar. 

Destiny's main restaurant, Reflections, serves food influenced by the European regions that the vessel travels to. Dinners are four-course affairs served by waiters, while breakfast and lunch are buffet style with an additional a la carte menu. Weather permitting, passengers can enjoy light breakfast and lunch al fresco on the bow of the Horizon Deck at The Terrace or be treated to some grilled fare at the Sun Deck's Sky Barbecue. At the heart of Emerald Destiny is the Horizon Bar & Lounge -- a contemporary social space equipped with a full bar, a hot drinks area stocked with unlimited coffee and tea, and plush chairs and sofas. The Horizon Bar & Lounge also serves daily light breakfasts and lunch.

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The Sun Deck offers lounge chairs, a walking track, a putting green and an area for games. Destiny will also have one of Emerald's Star-Ships signature feature, the convertible heated swimming pool with retractable roof that can convert into a nighttime cinema. Other public areas of the ship include a fitness center with exercise machines and free weights, a wellness area for spa treatments, and a hair salon with its own resident hairdresser.

With Emerald Waterways, much is included in the fare -- excursions, onboard and onshore gratuities, airport transfers to and from the ship, Wi-Fi and beer, wine and soft drinks for lunch and dinner. Destiny also has a fleet of bicycles available for guided bike tours and individual use on a first-come, first-served basis; an Active Manager onboard helps passengers choose different options and also leads passengers through group fitness programs.

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Emerald Destiny Cruiser Reviews

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I would like the coordinator of Emerald Destiny to know that the taxi charged us 35 EU to travel about 15-20 min from our boat to the airbnb.... Read More
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First Time Cruiser

Age 60s

Excellent and great value

Having already experienced our first river cruise on Avalon Nuremberg to Budepest, we questioned whether Emerald could be anywhere as good - we shoudnt have worried Their Destiny is brand new and in... Read More
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2-5 Cruises

Age 70s

Great Ship, Great Food, Fantastic Crew, Wonderful Excursions.

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First Time Cruiser

Age 60s

Surpassing all expectations

On board the Emerald Destiny, our cabin was outstanding, the food was high quality and with sensible proportions, the entertainment was spot on and the entire staff and crew professional and friendly.... Read More
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