Regensburg, Weltenburg Abbey, and One Last Emerald Waterways Day

July 18, 2014

It’s our last full day aboard Emerald Waterways’ Emerald Startoday, as we approach the end of the Danube and our weeklong voyage that began in Budapest and has whisked us through the heart of four separate countries in just six short days. [...]

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Passau and Danube Scenic Cruising aboard Emerald Star

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Today, guests aboard Emerald Waterways’ Emerald Star had three distinct and fantastic ways to spend their day: an optional, full day excursion to Salzburg, Austria; an optional, full-day journey to the storybook village of Cesky Krumlov in the Czech Republic; or the [...]

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Durnstein, Melk and Austria’s Wachau Valley

Our Danube Delights itinerary aboard Emerald Waterways’ Emerald Star went into Austrian overdrive today as we called on two very small but beautiful towns nestled within the country’s picturesque Wachau Valley.

At 0800, we arrived in Durnstein, a picturesque little village located at Kilometre 2000 of the Danube [...]

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Vienna By Day and Night with Emerald Waterways

Emerald Waterways’ Emerald Star sailed into Vienna this morning, marking our arrival to our third city and our third capital, not to mention our third UNESCO World Heritage Site on this trip.

After breakfast, I began my day like I have every other morning: with [...]

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Slovakia Two Ways with Emerald Waterways

Emerald Waterways’ Emerald Star continued her weeklong Danube Delights itinerary this morning as we arrived in our second country – and second capital city – of the trip. Today, we’d explore Bratislava, Slovakia in two ways: first, with an orientating walking tour of the historic city center, [...]

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Emerald Star Sets Sail Along the Danube

I awoke just before seven this morning aboard Emerald Waterways’ Emerald Star, fully recovered from the lingering jetlag of last night. The verdict on the bed in my Panorama Balcony Suite: between the comfortable mattress, the soft pillows and the inviting European duvets, it’s one of the [...]

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Embarking Emerald Waterways’ Emerald Star in Budapest

After flying overnight form North America, this afternoon I boarded Emerald Waterways’ Emerald Star at her berth in Budapest for a weeklong voyage along the Danube. She is docked opposite the spectacular Hungarian Parliament building on the Buda side of the Danube.

My journey to Budapest even [...]

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Sailing the Danube aboard Europe’s Newest River Cruise Line

Of all the river cruises I’ve taken, one of my absolute favorite destinations is the Danube River. Filled with culture, history and natural beauty, a sailing along the Danube is a veritable wonderland of enjoyment. It’s a good thing I love this part of Europe so [...]

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One of the more interesting cruise experiences I’ve had this year was my voyage to Cuba with Cuba Cruise, a Canadian company that has partnered with Cyprus-based Louis Cruises to offer cruises aboard the sleek Louis Cristal that completely circumnavigate Cuba.

From the fresh beef flown down straight from [...]

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Just days after we’ve stepped off  Silver Shadow in Alaska, ultra-luxury line Silversea has announced newly-designed uniforms created by prestigious Milan-based fashion school Istituto Europeo di Design (IED) will be rolled out for crew across the line’s eight-ship fleet.

The new uniforms, which were [...]

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