Emerald Sun Review – Danube River Cruise
GoCruise – 10/12/15 - Roy & Margaret Jones - Day 1
We flew out to Munich from Heathrow arriving in Munich at midday. We were met at the airport by an Emerald representative who took us to the coach for the transfer to Nuremberg. The transfer would normally take between 1 and a half hours and two hours, ours was just over two hours due to a bad accident on the Autobahn. On arrival our luggage was taken to our cabins and a nice touch was a hot flannel as we boarded, not sure what it would have done to the makeup, but luckily I wasn’t wearing any today.
Our cabin was a Category S – Grand Balcony Suite – 210sq feet there are 8 available located midship to forward. (I have further details on staterooms at the end of this report) The room was great with a coffee machine Flat Panel Television, safe, free wireless internet access (for most of the time there was an excellent download speed with almost no buffering), complimentary bathrobes, Slippers & mini fridge.
The bathroom was of a reasonable size with a larger than average shower which had a good water pressure with a constant water temperature. There were a full range of toiletries in the bathroom. The cabin has an internal balcony with room for two chairs and a small table, it also has an electric window which is the length of the balcony and can be opened to let the fresh air in or closed to give a conservatory effect which was great for November.
Check in took a couple of minutes and then off to our cabin where the luggage had already arrived. A light lunch was available and we were introduced to the £12000 coffee machine situated in the Horizon Lounge which produced a range of coffees, hot water for tea, hot chocolate, I fell in love with the machine unfortunately it was plumbed in so I couldn’t get it home.
There was a Nuremberg City Tour by coach and free time in the city centre available for those who arrived earlier than us.
At 17.15 we set sail for Regensburg all that was left to do was prepare for the evening. Dress code is smart casual throughout the cruise. The first evening meal was a buffet in the Reflections Restaurant; food was great, the staff were very attentive without being overbearing. Wine, soft drinks and beer were served with dinner for no additional charge.
After dinner it was off to the Horizon lounge for a few drinks and listening to music from George the resident musician who played the piano and with the aid of electronic wizardry was able to play almost anything requested. The Horizon lounge is a great are to socialise and get to know your fellow travellers.
The Terrace is situated on the same deck as the horizon lounge at the front of the ship, great on warm summer days but not the last week in November.
Terrace (outside) viewed from Horizon lounge
Late night snack were served at 10.30pm the bar stays open and the musician plays until the last passenger has gone to bed.
One point to mention on this section of the cruise is that he sundeck was closed for safety reasons because of the very low bridges – could be disappointing on a nice summer’s day but you still have the panoramic windows in the Horizon lounge and the Terrace area to watch the world go by.