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Review: Emerald Star

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Emerald Star - Part 1: The Rhine

  • By SilverTraveller drewlin

    26 reviews

    Ribbon Ribbon

  • September 2014
  • Amsterdam
  • Husband
  • Special occasion
  • Balcony

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As our river cruise on the Emerald Star was over 14 days from Amsterdam to Budapest, I thought that I’d break it down into Part 1 The Rhine, Part 2 The Main and finally Part 3 The Danube.

Part 1 the Rhine
Although the cruise started in Amsterdam which is a beautiful city with its canals and museums I thought that I’d start with Cologne. Anne Frank Museum though is unmissable in Amsterdam and as the queues can be quite long, we pre booked our tickets at a select time online. We also visited the Heineken museum and got a souvenir glass plus free sample!

Cologne is beautiful and my first experience of Germany. It has a beautiful river front where several river boats were moored. Emerald Star was moored right at one end near to the Lindt chocolate museum. I thought a tour of this plus some samples was definitely in order, however, the museum is closed on Mondays and guess what day it was? So had a lovely walk around the town with the beautiful cathedral dominating the sky line. I also noted lots of interesting sculptures too. Decided to have lunch ashore as Drew wanted me to have bratty and chips washed down with Jaegermister and diet coke whilst he had a large German beer.

The next day we sailed through the beautiful Rhine Gorge. At first, everyone was pointing at the beautiful castles that can be seen as we gently sail passed but after a bit the novelty wears a little but they are all so beautiful and different. We passed the Lorelei where legend has it that the lovelorn maidens lured passing sailors onto the rocks, however, we passed unscathed. We passed one particular church which has a pub attached to it and as the only way into the church is through the pub, I believe, some of the congregation didn’t make it!

Rudesheim was our next stop and what a beautiful (sorry to use that adjective again) quaint town it is. Most of the stops we are right in the centre but this time we had a little mini train take us to Siefried’s Museum of Mechanical Instruments which was awe inspiring and not to be missed. Then we had free time to explore before ambling down the Drosselgasse with its great looking and smelling restaurants, back along the river front to the ship. There are many interesting shops including a great Christmas shop and lots of shops selling Asbach brandy (which I can definitely recommend) including Drosselkellerie.

Emerald Star – Part 2: The Main
Emerald Star – Part 3: The Danube

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Other Members' Thoughts - 3 Comment(s)

  • coolonespa
    about 4 years ago
    I enjoyed this review. Its impossible to recall all of the sights along the Rhine but you have captured the essence of it here. Its also added detail to the interesting discussion we're having on the Forum as to why river cruising is so appealing http://www.silvertraveladvisor.com/forums/travel-type/3371-why-is-river-cruising-so-appealing?page=2#49878
  • Fossil
    about 4 years ago
    Great review and photos. Looking forward to part 2.
  • Ian.Waugh
    about 4 years ago
    many (very many!) years ago we went on a coach trip to this area - and our first (early morning) stop was Cologne ... our 'base' for the week was Bopard .. and included was a river cruise to see all the big schloss's - as mentioned above more like castles than houses - and visit the Lorelei and also Rudesheim ... it certainly is a good area to visit however you do it - and I'm currently under pressure from #1Wife to do the river cruise bit!