1. Home
  2. Cruise Reviews
  3. Emerald Sky
My husband and I wanted to cruise the Rhine and visit places we had never been to before. The emerald sky is a beautiful ship with wonderful staff. We were delighted to have been upgraded to an owners suite which was an amazing surprise. I couldn't stop smiling. Rooms were beautiful and clean with everything and more that you needed for a comfortable stay. I have Crohn's disease so have some complex dietary needs. The resturaunt manager Adrian was amazing and helped me every day to choose what I wanted to eat and he liaised with the chef to ensure my meals and snacks were 'Crohn's friendly' so to speak. My only slight complaint is that all bar one of the excursions were early morning, not very relaxing when you have to set alarms to get up at 7 to be ready to go off out. Also most tours were quite rushed. For instance , we visited the beautiful Black Forest museum. We were told we only had time to visit two of the buildings and had maybe 20 mins free time before we had to go to a cake demonstration and then back to the bus to go back to the ship. There was no opportunity to revisit in our own time as it was so far from the port and the ship was sailing in the afternoon. We enjoyed the arranged visits to Koblenz and cologne and then had free time also to explore on our own so this was great. Our last stop was Amsterdam, again an early start, bus from port to city center, short city tour then canal boat tour which were good. We were then promised free time at museum square but because of delays with traffic etc we only had 20 mins before we had to leave to go back to the ship. I would have loved to visit the museums and have a walk around. There were shuttle buses provided in the afternoon for anyone wanting to go into Amsterdam on their own but I wasn't confident enough to do this. I would have liked someone with us who knew the city. I understand that the cruise had a timetable to stick to, that the ship had a lot of locks and ports to navigate and this may have influenced the timing and duration of shore excursions. On the whole though I really enjoyed my holiday. No complaints whatsoever about the ship, staff, service, cleanliness. Just a shame we felt rushed on our shore excursions.

i would do another river cruise in a heartbeat

Emerald Sky Cruise Review by Paganmum3

2 people found this helpful
Trip Details
My husband and I wanted to cruise the Rhine and visit places we had never been to before.

The emerald sky is a beautiful ship with wonderful staff.

We were delighted to have been upgraded to an owners suite which was an amazing surprise. I couldn't stop smiling. Rooms were beautiful and clean with everything and more that you needed for a comfortable stay.

I have Crohn's disease so have some complex dietary needs. The resturaunt manager Adrian was amazing and helped me every day to choose what I wanted to eat and he liaised with the chef to ensure my meals and snacks were 'Crohn's friendly' so to speak.

My only slight complaint is that all bar one of the excursions were early morning, not very relaxing when you have to set alarms to get up at 7 to be ready to go off out.

Also most tours were quite rushed. For instance , we visited the beautiful Black Forest museum. We were told we only had time to visit two of the buildings and had maybe 20 mins free time before we had to go to a cake demonstration and then back to the bus to go back to the ship. There was no opportunity to revisit in our own time as it was so far from the port and the ship was sailing in the afternoon.

We enjoyed the arranged visits to Koblenz and cologne and then had free time also to explore on our own so this was great.

Our last stop was Amsterdam, again an early start, bus from port to city center, short city tour then canal boat tour which were good. We were then promised free time at museum square but because of delays with traffic etc we only had 20 mins before we had to leave to go back to the ship. I would have loved to visit the museums and have a walk around.

There were shuttle buses provided in the afternoon for anyone wanting to go into Amsterdam on their own but I wasn't confident enough to do this. I would have liked someone with us who knew the city.

I understand that the cruise had a timetable to stick to, that the ship had a lot of locks and ports to navigate and this may have influenced the timing and duration of shore excursions.

On the whole though I really enjoyed my holiday. No complaints whatsoever about the ship, staff, service, cleanliness.

Just a shame we felt rushed on our shore excursions.
Paganmum3’s Full Rating Summary
Enrichment Activities
Value For Money
Embarkation
Dining
Public Rooms
Entertainment
Cabin
Fitness & Recreation
Shore Excursions
Service
Onboard Experience
Free Price Drop Alerts
Get Emerald Sky price drops
250,000+ people have entered their email

Cabin Review

Cabin 301
Amazing beautiful cabin.
Two indoor balconies, walk in wardrobe, huge bed, beautiful shower room.
Very clean and spacious.
Cabin even had a pillow menu where you could choose the firmness and type of pillow.