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Emerald Dawn Cruise Review
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A wonderful initiation into river cruising

Emerald Dawn Cruise Review by CherryRainbow

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  • Sail Date: Jun 2019
  • Destination: Europe

We chose this cruise as it suited us and our friends date wise, number of days wise and places it visited. Having done 3 cruises on large ships (2 in the Caribbean and 1 to the Norway fjords) we were surprised how different it was. It was so relaxing watching the world go slowly by and you could barely notice the movement. Sea sickness doesn't happen on these cruises, yet you still visit other places from the same 'hotel' room. Our only downside was getting up early most days for trips, which started between 0815 and 0915. The cabin was spacious, the food great, the service wonderful and the staff so friendly. We enjoyed the violinist and opera singers - two separate entertainers on different days. The pool was lovely for cooling off in too, though rather small for swimming in. Our drinks package worked well and was far more economical. Being with around 170 passengers, you get to know more people on the cruise and a lot of the staff. We are already planning our next river cruise!

Most people on the cruise were 60-75, like us. If you are younger and don't mind being in the minority then that is fine.

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Cabin Review

Cabin Panorama Balcony Suite 327

We were actually on the Emerald Sky (rather than Dawn) as the ships got swapped at the last moment, but I had to put Dawn in as the dates and locations were registered on this site to that boat. The boats are identical.

Our cabin was surprisingly spacious with lots of room for hanging items, a big shelf/desk area and 6 huge drawers, the bed was comfortable and the views from the whole wall window was great. The bathroom wasn't huge, but had plenty of storage and was functional rather than luxurious.

Port & Shore Excursion Reviews


Good insight into the waterways of Amsterdam


Cologne wasn't hugely interesting, apart from the cathedral.


We very much enjoyed Koblenz and the cable car to the fort.

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