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Emerald Sky Cruise Review
4.5 / 5.0
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Rhine cruise from Basel to Amsterdam

Emerald Sky Cruise Review by Golfandcurl11

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: Sep 2018
  • Destination: Europe River

Having completed a river cruise 3 years ago on the Danube with another river cruise line we were looking again to another great cruise. This time it was with Emerald and we weren’t disappointed. Our pickup at Zurich airport went flawlessly and we were soon on the Emerals Sky. Originally we were supposed to be on the Emerald Destiny but due to low water levels we were changed to the Sky. This didn’t present any problems however as the crew of Sky, excuse the pun, went overboard to make us feel so welcome. Arriving way before our expected arrival time our cabins were soon made ready and we were able to settle in and relax a little from a long flight and have a light lunch. Even Captain Stamen Dimitrov and Cruise Dorector Balazs were there to greet us on our arrival.

Certainly a sign of things to come as we could not say more about the great service we received from all of the crew throughout the cruise.

The Rhine cruise likely many in Europe is a trip through history and the tours and the guides we were fortunate to have were first class. All were well organized and having an “active” tour was a great option. The only bike option was in Amsterdam however so another on the cruise would likely go over well.

Our dining experience was pretty much 4 star and the service was excellent although a little bit of extra help at the omelet station in the morning might have sped things along.

Entertainment was fairly low key as things tend to be on a river boat cruise, just a pianist, but we should comment that the electronic violinist who came aboard one evening was excellent.

In closing we would like to make special mention of our Captain Stamen Dimitrov who was so personalable, and skilled in navigating our ship safely through low water levels to reach our destinations. Also our Cruise Director Balazs who worked so hard to organize all the tours and events and made them go so well. Thank you. Still waiting for the photo Balazs.

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Cabin Review

Cabin Stateroom 105

Cabin was basically fine with lots of storage room. Suitcases fit under bed for storage.

Bed was comfortable and room kept clean.

Only issue was really the noise during the night going through locks and low water levels!

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