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From Amsterdam to the Black Sea

A 22 night journey across Europe aboard the Royal Emerald

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  • History and Culture

Join us for the ultimate grand tour of Europe as we sail clear across the continent, visit eight countries, travel more than 2200 miles and yet only have to unpack once. This is the perfect trip for those who enjoy seeing something new every day, as the MS Royal Emerald transports you in considerable comfort between great cities, towns and villages, past ever-changing landscapes where the slow speed of the vessel allows us to absorb the views of town and country. Each port of call has its own unique character waiting to be discovered whilst on one of our guided excursions and from historic locations to iconic buildings, our itinerary is brimming with highlights. There will of course also be plenty of time to relax on board and enjoy some truly beautiful scenery especially whilst cruising through the dramatic Rhine Gorge and through the spectacular Iron Gates.

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  • Itinerary Highlights

    - Visit the unique Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam
    - See beautiful chocolate box towns and villages along the Romantic Rhine
    - Explore the grand cities of Vienna & Budapest
    - Wine tasting in Wurzburg
    - Dvorak concert by a string quartet in Bratislava
    - Spectacular cruising through the Iron Gates

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Royal Emerald

Royal Emerald

We are delighted to have chartered the MS Royal Emerald for a series of river cruises along Europe’s main waterways in 2018. This elegant vessel was built in 2008 and offers a range of luxurious and comfortable suites, the majority with outdoor balconies. The vessel accommodates a maximum of 171 passengers, providing a friendly and welcoming atmosphere on board. With its expansive Sun Deck there is ample opportunity to watch the world gently pass by as you relax on board your floating hotel.

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Itinerary

Day 1 - London/Manchester/ Bristol/Edinburgh to Amsterdam, Netherlands.

Fly by scheduled flight. On arrival transfer to the MS Royal Emerald. Moor overnight in Amsterdam.

Day 2 - Amsterdam.

After breakfast depart for a visit to the Rijksmuseum, arguably Amsterdam’s most important art venue. Housing some of the greatest examples of Western European painting and decorative arts, it boasts works by Vermeer, Goya, and Rubens. Here, Rembrandt’s famous ‘The Night Watch’ hangs in the Hall of Honour. Return to the ship for lunch and this afternoon is at leisure, or you may wish to join one of our included tours. Firstly on offer is a canal cruise, the perfect way to admire the city from a glass-top boat as you glide past 17th century homes, churches and 16th century merchant houses. Alternatively, visit the Van Gogh Museum which houses one of the world’s largest collection of works by the artist including ‘Almond Blossom’ and ‘The Bedroom’. This evening join your fellow travellers for Welcome Drinks & Dinner on board.

Day 3 - Keukenhof Gardens.

From Amsterdam, drive to nearby Keukenhof Gardens for a morning in this extraordinary horticultural heaven. With 32 hectares of flowers, more than 7 million bulbs in bloom and 800 varieties of tulips, this is a truly unique and unforgettable experience. Following our visit we will return to the MS Royal Emerald for a late lunch and sail towards Cologne.

Day 4 - Cologne, Germany.

This morning cruise the legendary Rhine. Pass Duisburg and Dusseldorf before arriving in Cologne for a tour to see the city’s famous cathedral. The cathedral is the largest Gothic church in northern Europe, with a total area of almost 8000 square metres, room for more than 20,000 people and the second tallest spire and largest façade in the world. Afterwards visit a “Brauhaus” to sample some of the local Kolsch beer. Sail in the evening.

Day 5 - Koblenz, Burg Thurant & Alken.

After breakfast today we depart for a gentle walking tour of this historic commercial centre. Return to the ship for lunch and this afternoon we set off for our scenic trip to nearby Alken. Our first stop will be at majestic Burg Thurant, whose ancient ruins dominate the village from on high. The views from here are wonderful. We then visit Alken, one of the Moselle’s oldest settlements, tracing its roots to Celtic and Roman times. Enjoy a wine tasting here, followed by some free time to explore the streets with half-timbered houses and flower-filled window boxes. Later we return to the MS Royal Emerald in Koblenz where we moor overnight.

Day 6 - Rhine Gorge to Rudesheim.

Depart Koblenz this morning and sail through the dramatic Rhine Gorge to Rudesheim, passing romantic castles, lush vineyards and the infamous Lorelei rock. Arrive into Rudesheim in the late afternoon, and on arrival we take the Winzerexpress minitrain to visit Siegfried’s Musical Instrument Museum, home to one of Germany’s most fascinating collections of automated musical instruments. Return to the ship for dinner, after which there will be some free time in port and we recommend a visit to the town’s lively Drosselgasse to sample the famous Rudesheimer Kaffee. Sail in the late evening.

Day 7 - Mainz.

Arrive early this morning in atmospheric Mainz. Our walking tour here will include the Hoefchen (“Little Court”), residence of the city’s archbishops until the 15th century and the Kirschgarten with its romantic half-timbered houses and Marian- Fountain. Your tour ends with a visit to the Johan Gutenberg Museum. Sail at lunchtime as we enter the River Main.

Day 8 - Miltenberg & Wertheim.

This morning on a walking tour, see the pretty Franconian town of Miltenberg, known for its halftimbered Medieval houses. Return to the ship for lunch whilst sailing on to beautiful Wertheim. Enjoy some free time in this charming market town.

Day 9 - Wurzburg.

Arrive this morning in historic Wurzburg, the wine capital of Franconia. Tour this lovely town including the magnificent Prince Bishop’s Residenz Palace. The visit ends with a tasting of local wines in the splendid cellars of the Residenz. Also see the old town with its collection of churches which range in style from Romanesque to Gothic, Renaissance to Baroque, before returning to the ship for lunch as we sail to Bamberg.

Day 10 - Bamberg.

This morning enter the Main Danube Canal at Bamberg, one of Germany’s most beautiful historic towns. Its geographical location, some 40 miles north of Nuremberg was a key factor in preserving its magnificent architectural heritage from the ravages of war. Every European style from the Romanesque onwards has left its mark on Bamberg, each bequeathing at least one major building. We arrive around midday, and after lunch on board we will have a walking tour of this beautiful Medieval city. Return to the ship and sail in the early evening.

Day 11 - Nuremberg.

Nuremberg’s long and sometimes troubled history has left its mark on the city and there is plenty to discover during our morning tour. Three towering castles overlook Nuremberg, and its old city which is contained within vast walls is a joy to explore. Visit the World War II sites, including the Third Reich Party Rally Grounds. Discover the city’s spectacular Medieval architecture, including the 900 year-old ramparts that surround the city, the Imperial Castle and more. Sail at lunchtime and continue cruising through the highest point of any commercial waterway in Europe, 1331 feet above sea level.

Day 12 - Regensburg.

Early this morning we enter the Danube River, arriving in Regensburg after breakfast. Join a guided stroll around historic Regensburg, and see the highlights such as the Old Town Hall, the World Heritage listed city centre and the ancient Romanesque Porta Praetoria. Return to the ship for lunch and enjoy a relaxing afternoon of cruising as we head towards Melk.

Day 13 - Melk, Austria.

Morning cruising, arriving into Melk after lunch, where we will enjoy a guided tour of this magnificent abbey. Return to the ship for lunch and continue our sail through the beautiful Wachau Valley towards Vienna.

Day 14 - Vienna.

This morning we offer a choice of Viennese tours. Firstly, a city tour of Austria’s elegant capital. See the famous Ringstrasse and the Old Quarter including St Stephan’s Cathedral. Alternatively, you may prefer to join our tour to see Schonbrunn Palace and Gardens, the favourite summer residence of Maria Theresa. Return to the ship for lunch and an afternoon at leisure to relax or explore this grand city further. This evening there will be an opportunity to attend an optional evening of music ashore at the State Opera House or Volksopera (subject to availability).

Day 15 - Bratislava, Slovakia.

Arrive early this morning in the Slovak capital of Bratislava. Join a guided walking tour of the city, formerly known as Pressburg, a former capital of Hungary. See the old quarter, the ornate Baroque Palace and the ancient city gates. Finish your tour with a visit to the beautiful Klarissen Church where a string quartet will perform a concert of music by Dvorak and Mozart. Return to the ship and cruise to Budapest arriving in the late evening.

Day 16 - Budapest, Hungary.

We have the day to explore Hungary’s elegant capital. Spend the morning on an excursion that will include the old quarter, the Matthias Church and the Fishermen’s Bastion. Return to the ship for lunch and spend the afternoon at leisure. Sail in the late evening.

Day 17 - Kalocsa.

Arrive this morning in charming Kalocsa, renowned for paprika production. Our tour of the Puszta district will include the town and a spectacular display of Hungarian horsemanship. Depart this afternoon for a relaxing cruise down the beautiful Danube as we make our way towards Serbia.

Day 18 - Belgrade, Serbia.

Spend the afternoon in this interesting city. A half day tour highlights the city’s main attractions, including the Kalemegdan fortress as it looms over the confluence of the Sava and Danube rivers, Saint Sava Cathedral, the largest Orthodox Church in the world, and Tito’s Memorial. Our tour will finish with a superb local folklore performance before returning to the ship. Sail in the late evening.

Day 19 - Cruising through the Iron Gates.

Today the scenery becomes truly spectacular as you cruise through the Iron Gates, a narrow Danube gorge between the Carpathian and Balkan Mountains.

Day 20 - Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria.

From Svistov we drive to Veliko Tarnovo, the capital of the second Bulgarian Kingdom from 1187 to 1393. The city formed a natural fortress, located on three hills surrounding the Yantra River. A palace, fortifications and churches were built into the terrain. Across the river, ancient stone houses seemingly perched on top of each other rise up the steep riverbank. After lunch in a local restaurant, visit the museum town of Arbanassi before we re-join the MS Royal Emerald in Rousse and sail in the evening.

Day 21 - Constanta, Romania.

Early this morning, arrive in Cernavoda at the entrance to the Black Sea Canal. Drive to nearby Constanta, a popular resort city whose colourful history dates back to ancient Greek and Roman times. On a guided tour see the fascinating Museum of Ethnography and also visit the Archaeological Museum. Return to the ship for a late lunch and sail in the afternoon along the snaking Danube as we make our way to the Black Sea.

Day 22 - The Black Sea & Danube Delta.

Awake early today to experience a sunrise cruise. Weather conditions permitting, we hope to make a short voyage to the periphery of the Black Sea. Later we cruise to Mila 35, situated at the entrance to the Danube Delta and enjoy an afternoon boat trip into the delta wetlands. This afternoon we depart for our overnight cruise to Fetesti. Tonight join your fellow travellers for a Gala Farewell Dinner.

Day 23 - Bucharest to London/ Manchester/Bristol/Edinburgh.

Disembark after breakfast and transfer to the airport for your return scheduled flight to the UK.

Dates and Prices

SPECIAL OFFER – SAVE £500 PER PERSON FOR A LIMITED TIME ONLY
Prices per person based on double occupancy
24 April 2018 to 16 May 2018
Category Brochure Price Special Offer Price
1 Standard Suite £4495 £3995
2 Balcony Suite £4895 £4395
3 Deluxe Balcony Suite £4995 £4495
4 Junior Balcony Suite £5395 £4895
5 Royal Balcony Suite £5695 £5195
6 Royal Panorama Suite £5995 £5495
1 Standard Suite for sole use £4495 £3995
Balcony Suite for sole use £4895 £4395

Tour Reference Code: RCRE240418

PRICE INCLUDES: Economy class scheduled air travel • 22 nights aboard the MS Royal Emerald on full board basis • House wine, beer & soft drinks with lunch and dinner • Shore excursions & music events as described • Gratuities • Cruise Director • Tour Manager • Guest Speaker • Transfers • Port taxes • Airport taxes.

Not Included: Travel insurance, optional evening ashore in Vienna.

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Royal Emerald

We are delighted to have chartered the MS Royal Emerald for a series of river cruises along Europe’s main waterways in 2018. This elegant vessel was built in 2008 and offers a range of luxurious and comfortable suites, the majority with outdoor balconies. The vessel accommodates a maximum of 171 passengers, providing a friendly and welcoming atmosphere on board. With its expansive Sun Deck there is ample opportunity to watch the world gently pass by as you relax on board your floating hotel.

 
  • Restaurant
    Restaurant
  • Open Air Lounge
    Open Air Lounge
  • Bar
    Bar
  • Category 6 - Royal Panorama Suite
    Category 6 - Royal Panorama Suite
  • Category 2 - Balcony Suite
    Category 2 - Balcony Suite
  • Category 5 - Diamond Deck
    Category 5 - Diamond Deck
  • Your Suite

    There are six grades of cabin categories:

    Royal Panorama Suites (Category 6: 336 & 337) are situated at the aft of the Diamond Deck and at 325 square feet are the largest on board. Enjoy panoramic views of the passing scenery from the private, full length balcony and through the floor to ceiling windows which stretch across two walls of the cabin.

    Royal Balcony Suites (Category 5: 314-317) are situated on the Diamond Deck and measure 300 to 315 square feet and offer an outdoor balcony, lounge area and an oversized bathroom.

    Junior Balcony Suites (Category 4: 201-202 & 301-302) are situated on the Diamond and Sapphire Decks and measure 250 square feet. All have a private, full length balcony and stylish ensuite bathroom featuring a large vanity basin and spacious shower.

    Deluxe Balcony Suites (Category 3: 303-312 and 203-212) are situated in prime locations on the Diamond and Sapphire Decks and measure 225 square feet. These suites offer a full length outdoor balcony, ensuite bathroom and are tastefully designed.

    Balcony Suites (Cat 2: 318-335 and 214-235) are located on Diamond and Sapphire Decks and measure 205 square feet. They feature a full length outdoor balcony, ensuite bathroom and comfortable facilities.

    Standard Suites (Cat 1: 100-112, 114-115 & 117) are located on the Jewel Deck and measure 160 square feet, and offer a spacious and clever layout to maximise your comfort. Windows in these cabins are picture windows, elevated to standing-height view and there is no balcony.

  • Your Space

    Spread over four decks, the onboard facilities include the Crystal Dining Room which is situated on the Sapphire Deck and serves delicious fare in a comfortable setting with open seating throughout. The Panorama Lounge & Bar is situated on the Diamond Deck and is a convivial social space with large floor-to-ceiling panoramic windows which create a bright and airy ambience. On the spacious Sun Deck there is plenty of deck furniture where you can relax in the shade or enjoy the pleasant weather. There is also a Walking Track for those who wish to keep fit. To add to your comfort, the ship also offers a gift shop, a lift between the Sapphire and Diamond Decks and a Wellness Area on Jewel Deck.

  • Your Dining

    Meals are always taken in an open seating arrangement to allow you to meet and mingle with your fellow travellers. Breakfast and lunch are served buffet style and feature hot and cold dishes whereas dinner is served at your table. The cuisine is a selection of regional specialties and international dishes. House wine/beer and soft drinks are included with lunch and dinner. There is also a 24 hour tea & coffee station. A complimentary bottle of water is placed in all cabins and replenished each day and small water bottles are provided to take with you on shore excursions.

  • Life Onboard

    The vessel offers luxury and elegance in smart and refined surroundings, ensuring a welcoming and informal atmosphere on board. The friendly crew of 48 will do their utmost to ensure your stay is enjoyable, informative and agreeable throughout. A daily briefing by the Cruise Director will offer information on the next day’s activities and English-speaking local guides provide insider knowledge into the local culture, horticulture, architecture, and history.

  • Ship Directory

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    We are delighted you have chosen the MS Royal Emerald for your upcoming river voyage. Built in 2008, the MS Royal Emerald is an elegant river vessel accommodating up to 171 guests in spacious suites, the majority of which feature balconies. The vessel has been designed for luxury and comfort with stylishly furnished suites, a delightful restaurant and a bright and airy bar area with large floor-to ceiling panoramic windows.

    The atmosphere on board is relaxed and informal so that once you embark you will feel immediately at home. The ship’s experienced staff are friendly and welcoming, and you will enjoy impeccable service on board.

    AIR CONDITIONING

    All cabins and public rooms have air conditioning.

    ALARM

    An alarm will be sounded in the event of emergency. Please follow the instructions provided on board for what to do should an emergency occur.

    ALTERATIONS TO THE SCHEDULE

    Our planned schedule may have to be changed at short notice due to weather conditions, technical reasons or decisions by the local harbour masters. Should there be any alterations, the Captain or Cruise Director will inform you of the changes.

    ALL ABOARD

    The Daily Programme specifies the ship’s arrival and departure times in the ports visited each day. When participating in shore excursions, the tour guides will ensure that you return to the ship in time for departure. Should you decide to explore on your own, please return to the ship no later than the ALL ABOARD time indicated on that day’s Daily Programme.

    ANNOUNCEMENTS

    During your time on board various announcements will be made by the ship’s crew and the Cruise Director. Please listen out for these announcements as they will be of importance or interest. You will be able to hear these announcements on the ship’s Sun Deck, in your cabin and in public areas.

    BAR/BEVERAGES

    Wine, beer and soft drinks at lunch and dinner are included in your holiday price. For other drinks consumed throughout your journey you will receive a final bill to settle at the end of the voyage. Complimentary tea and coffee are available 24 hours a day from the self-service drinks station in the Panorama Lounge. Complimentary bottles of mineral water will be placed in your cabin daily and near reception to take with you on the excursion. Tap water on board is filtered and suitable for drinking.

    BOUTIQUE/SHOP

    There is a small shop selling a selection of souvenirs and postcards, located near to reception on the Diamond Deck.

    SUITE FACILITIES

    All of the 86 suites are equipped with air conditioning/heating, closets, drawers, a safe, hairdryer, Samsung HD TV, bathrobes, slippers and a mini bar that is replenished as and when required. The beds can be configured as twin or double and the perfectly appointed bathrooms feature the very latest shower and wet-room technology, as well as a selection of L’Occitane toiletries. Closets vary in size by cabin category but have plentiful hangers, shelf and drawer space. Suites in Categories 2 to 6 feature private balconies fitted with the pioneering sun lounge screen (a glass enclosed seating area, which can be transformed into a balcony at the push of a button). Category 1 Standard Suites have elevated picture windows (no balcony) and more compact bathrooms. All suites have complimentary access to a high speed Wi-Fi system.

    SUITE SIZES

    The ship has six grades of suite categories:

    Category 1: Standard Suites are located on the Jewel Deck and measure 160 square feet. They have an ensuite bathroom (with shower) and are cleverly designed to give a spacious feel and maximum comfort. Windows in these cabins are picture windows, elevated to standing-height view (no balcony).

    Category 2: Balcony Suites are located on the Diamond and Sapphire Decks and measure 205 square feet. These suites also feature a full length outdoor balcony, ensuite bathroom (with shower) and comfortable facilities.

    Category 3: Deluxe Balcony Suites are situated in prime locations on the Diamond and Sapphire Decks and measure 225 square feet. These suites offer a full length outdoor balcony, ensuite bathroom (with shower) and are tastefully designed.

    Category 4: Junior Balcony Suites are situated on the Diamond and Sapphire Decks and measure 250 square feet. They all have a private full length balcony and stylish ensuite bathrooms, featuring a high-sided bathtub, shower, and large vanity basin.

    Category 5: Royal Balcony Suites are situated on the Diamond Deck and measure 300-315 square feet and offer an outdoor balcony, lounge area and an oversized bathroom with shower and bathtub.

    Category 6: Royal Panorama Suites are situated at the aft of the Diamond Deck and, at 325 square feet, are the largest on the ship. Enjoy panoramic views of the passing scenery through the floor to ceiling windows across two walls of the cabin, as well as an outside balcony. There is also sitting area with a sofa and an ensuite bathroom with a larger shower.

    COMMUNICATION

    The vessel is equipped with a direct-dial mobile (GSM) communications system. You can be contacted on board on this number: Tel + 49 152 2290 6939 (subject to charge).

    CRUISE DIRECTOR

    Throughout your cruise you will be accompanied by a Noble Caledonia Cruise Director and Tour Managers who will be happy to assist you with any queries or requests.

    CURRENCY

    The currency on board the ship is the Euro. All passengers will have their own ship account, which allows you to sign a chit for all purchases and services throughout your cruise. You may then settle your bill by Visa, Mastercard, Maestro or cash (Euros only) at the end of the cruise. Personal cheques are not accepted. Regrettably, the ship is not able to offer a money changing service on board.

    DAILY PROGRAMME

    A Daily Programme, detailing the following day’s arrangements as well as any specific information about the day’s activities is produced on board and delivered to your cabin each evening.

    DISABLED FACILITIES

    The ship is not designed for those with severe mobility restrictions or wheelchair dependent passengers. Cabin bathrooms have thresholds which must be stepped over. There is a lift for passenger use between Sapphire and Diamond Decks.

    DISEMBARKATION

    Your Cruise Director will provide you with disembarkation information prior to the end of your cruise.

    DOCTOR

    There is no doctor on board. Should you be in need of medical assistance, please contact a member of the crew or your Cruise Director. In case of an emergency during the night please use the emergency call button in your cabin. Because the ship sails close to the shore, medical personnel can be summoned aboard quickly. Passengers requiring special medication are advised to bring a supply with them. Should you need to restock your medication, please advise your Cruise Director or a member of the crew as soon as possible.

    DRESS CODE

    During the day, comfortable and casual attire is appropriate. The evenings are smart casual (e.g. shirt and trousers for gentlemen and a skirt and blouse for ladies). There will be Welcome and Farewell Dinners, and you may like to bring something a little dressier for these events, for example, a jacket and tie for gentlemen, and a dress/trouser suit and blouse for ladies.

    ELECTRICITY

    Voltage is 220V and sockets accept European-style two round pin plugs. We recommend that you bring an international adaptor. For safety reasons, the use of electrical irons or other devices such as kettles, are not permitted on board.

    EMBARKATION/DISEMBARKATION

    Embarkation is approximately 16.00 hours, unless advised otherwise. The official embarkation time will be advised in your final documentation. The official disembarkation time is between 8.30-09.00 hours, however your Cruise Director will provide detailed information prior to the end of the cruise. This will include departure transfer information.

    EMERGENCY AND SAFETY PROCEDURES

    In the unlikely event of an emergency during your cruise please remain calm and follow the instructions of the crew. Please carefully review the safety instructions on the inside of your cabin door after embarkation. Please note that the ship is a non-smoking environment and smoking is only permitted outside on the Sun Deck.

    FIRE SAFETY

    A deck plan displaying your closest (and all other) emergency exits can be found on the wardrobe in your cabin next to your cabin door. Emergency exits are marked in green and fire extinguishers fitted in all corridors. Should you detect fire or smoke please alert the reception desk immediately and await instructions from the crew.

    FIRST AID

    A number of crew are fully trained and certified to provide First Aid. Should you require further medical attention, please contact the Hotel Manager or Cruise Director immediately. Further medical assistance can be sought from one of the hospitals along the river in the event of emergency.

    FITNESS ROOM

    A small fitness centre is located on the Jewel Deck. A variety of exercise equipment is available.

    GAMES & BOOKS

    A small selection of games and books is available in the Panorama Lounge. We kindly ask that these items be returned after you are finished using them.

    GRATUITIES

    Gratuities have been included in your holiday price.

    HAIRDRESSER

    There is no hairdresser available.

    HOUSEKEEPING

    The excellent housekeeping staff attend to your cabin twice daily.

    KEYS TO CABIN

    Each guest will receive their own cabin key. Before leaving the ship we kindly ask all passengers to swap the cabin key with a shore pass which will be provided to you by the ship’s reception desk. After your return to the ship, please return your shore pass back to reception in exchange for your cabin key.

    LAUNDRY

    A laundry service is available on board. Laundry bags and a price list can be found in the closet of your cabin. Once you have filled out the laundry form, please include it in the bag and place it on your bed in the morning before you go to breakfast. Laundered items will be returned next day. Dry cleaning services are not available on board.

    LIBRARY

    There is no library on board but a small selection of reference books can be found in the spacious Panorama Lounge.

    LIFT

    There is a lift for passenger use between the Sapphire Deck and Diamond Deck.

    LOST PROPERTY

    Before you disembark the ship please check your cabin to ensure that you do not leave anything behind. If you discover you have left any items behind, please contact Noble Caledonia within 21 days of disembarking. If we are able to recover your item(s) we will contact you to arrange delivery or collection, and any costs incurred will be at your own expense.

    MEALS

    The restaurant is located on the Sapphire Deck and all meal times are open seating. All meals on board are prepared by European chefs and consist of European-style food which has been tailored to international palates.

    The following meals are served during the cruise: • Early Riser • Buffet Breakfast & Lunch • Afternoon Tea • Served multiple-course dinner • Late night snack Tea and coffee are served with all meals. House wine, beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner are included in your holiday price.

    Special dietary requests such as gluten free, vegetarian, low salt and low cholesterol diets should be made to Noble Caledonia (in writing) in advance. However, we recommend that you contact your Cruise Director once on board to reconfirm such requests. We regret that the ship is unable to guarantee special requests and is not equipped to prepare or serve kosher or halal cuisine.

    MOORING

    Docking space is allocated by the local river authorities. Views from cabins may occasionally be restricted. On occasion other river cruise vessels may dock alongside the ship. This may restrict cabin views, and you may find that embarking and disembarking necessitates walking through another ship’s reception area, and/or for their passengers to do the same.

    NEWSHEETS

    Select articles from online news sources are downloaded via satellite each day, printed out and placed in the Panorama Lounge. We kindly ask that you return these photocopied news articles once you have read them so other guests may enjoy them as well.

    PANORAMA BAR & LOUNGE

    The Panorama Bar & Lounge is located on the Diamond Deck and is open from 10.00 hours until at least midnight. Relax in comfort and enjoy a choice of drinks from the bar. Listen to the onboard musician playing background music on the ship’s piano.

    PANORAMA FORWARD LOUNGE

    There is an additional lounge towards the forward end of the ship on the Diamond Deck. Here you will find a covered deck area available with armchairs and tables for relaxation.

    PAYMENTS ON BOARD

    The ship offers a cash-free system during your cruise and all purchases are charged to your onboard account. The day before your cruise ends you will receive an itemised invoice for any onboard charges incurred. Please review the invoice carefully before settling your bill.

    POST

    Please note that although the reception staff may be happy to post letters and postcards on your behalf, they may not be able to do so straightaway or indeed at the port of call at which you make such a request. Please also note that some postal services are unreliable and that any letters or postcards that you ask to be delivered on your behalf may be delayed or even lost en-route.

    QUESTIONNAIRES

    A questionnaire will be provided to all passengers towards the end of their sailing. We would be grateful if you would complete this and hand in to the Cruise Director before disembarking.

    QUIETVOX/AUDIO SYSTEM

    The ship provides guests with individual Quietvox Systems to use on shore excursions for the duration of the cruise. This device enables you to clearly hear the guide’s commentary so you can enjoy each tour to the fullest. The audio device can be found in your cabin in a charger unit on the desk. Please make sure to always re-insert the device once you return to your room to ensure it is fully charged for the next day.

    RECEPTION

    Reception can be contacted 24 hours a day, except when the crew members on night watch duty are doing their intermittent safety rounds between 22.00 and 06.00 hours.

    ROOM SERVICE

    Should you ever feel unwell and unable to attend meal times at the restaurant, please advise a member of the crew who will arrange for you to be served in your cabin. Room service is otherwise not available.

    SAFE

    Your cabin is equipped with a small safe for your personal use. We recommend placing valuables in the safe whenever you are away from your room. Please remember to remove all items from the safe and leave the safe open before disembarking.

    SAFETY

    In accordance with international law, the Captain has full control over the ship and every person on board must obey his lawful commands.

    SMOKING

    Smoking inside the ship is a severe fire hazard and is only permitted on the Sun Deck. For the safety and comfort of all guests on board, your cooperation in observing the no-smoking policy is greatly appreciated.

    SUN DECK

    There are loungers and armchairs available on the Sun Deck. The Sun Deck area may be closed in the evenings, and when sailing through sections of the river where bridges are low, to ensure your safety. Please also note that the Sun Deck and its steps may become slippery if the weather is cool or dew forms.

    TELEPHONE

    To make an internal call please dial the corresponding cabin number. To make an external call, please contact the reception desk.

    TOILETRIES

    A selection of L’Occitane toiletries are provided including shampoo, conditioner, shower gel, soap, manicure set and shower cap.

    TOWELS

    Towels are available within your cabin’s bathroom. The ship aims to be an eco-friendly river cruise line. For this reason, towels are not automatically changed every day. Please place used towels on the floor of the bathroom if you wish to have them replaced with fresh ones. Please note towels left hanging on the towel rack will not be changed.

    VALUABLES

    We urge you to leave valuable jewellery at home. Neither the ship nor Noble Caledonia is responsible for any valuables left in the cabins. Please beware of pickpockets when ashore.

    VISITORS

    Visitors are not permitted aboard the vessel without the prior consent of the ship’s Cruise Director. Please provide as much notice as possible to Noble Caledonia or the ship’s senior staff once on board so that the necessary arrangements can be made. The ship’s operators reserve the right to deny boarding to any visitors.

    WI-FI

    Complimentary wireless internet access is available throughout the ship. Please note that internet access is not guaranteed and may be unavailable when the ship sails through rural areas, locks or areas with weak coverage

    PLEASE NOTE:

    The above information is accurate and correct to the best of our knowledge at the time of publishing. Noble Caledonia accepts no responsibility for any errors or omissions and none of the facilities or features of the vessel described herein which are not specifically described in our advertisements and on your holiday invoice as being included in your holiday price will be deemed to be included in your holiday package. If you would like further information about the vessel or about any of your holiday arrangements, please do not hesitate to contact us.

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Itinerary Highlights

- Visit the unique Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam
- See beautiful chocolate box towns and villages along the Romantic Rhine
- Explore the grand cities of Vienna & Budapest
- Wine tasting in Wurzburg
- Dvorak concert by a string quartet in Bratislava
- Spectacular cruising through the Iron Gates

Tour Extensions

    • 16th to 19th May 2018

      Bucharest is known for its wide, tree-lined boulevards, glorious Belle Epoque buildings and a reputation for the high life (which in the 1900s earned its nickname of “Little Paris”). During our stay in this dynamic and fascinating capital, we will visit its most iconic structure, the massive, communist-era Parliament Palace, which has 1100 rooms. We will also explore ‘Old Bucharest’ in the nearby historic Lipscani district. We will spend a day outside of the city for our visit to the mysterious Snagov Monastery which is situated north of Bucharest on an island in the middle of Snagov Lake, it is said to be the burial place of the Prince of Wallachia, Vlad Tepes III, a folk hero in Romania who was revered for his leadership and fierce protection of his subjects. We will also visit Mogosoaia Palace, with its notable architectural influences from the Venetian and Ottoman eras. Our accommodation will be the four star Park Inn by Radisson, a comfortable and centrally located hotel.

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      The Itinerary

      Day 1 Fetesti to Bucharest, Romania.

      Disembark the MS Royal Emerald in Fetesti and transfer to Bucharest (approx. 2.5 hour drive). On arrival there will be a panoramic tour of the city’s highlights. Afterwards we will relax over lunch at the Phoenicia Restaurant. Continue to the Park Inn by Radisson for a three night stay.

      Day 2 Discover Bucharest.

      After breakfast we set off for a visit to the Parliament Palace, the second largest administrative building in the world at 3.77 million square feet. This gargantuan construction is Ceausescu’s most infamous creation and makes for a fascinating tour. After our tour we will enjoy lunch in “Carul cu Bere”, Bucharest’s oldest beer house, with its colourful Belle Epoque interior, stained glass windows and classic Romanian fare. This afternoon enjoy a walking tour of the Old Town, including a visit to Stravropoleos Church, Lipscani Lane, Manuc’s Inn and the Old Princely Court. The remainder of the day and evening will be at leisure.

      Day 3 Bucharest to Snagov to Mogosoaia.

      After breakfast we will depart for our visit to Snagov Monastery. This monastery was founded in 1408 by Mircea the Elder, Vlad Dracul’s grandfather. Vlad, also known as Vlad Tepes is the historical character on whom Bram Stoker’s book Dracula is based and is said to be buried here by the monks in 1476. We will enjoy lunch in a local restaurant and continue to visit Mogosoaia Palace, built in the 17th century in the Romanian Renaissance style. Return to Bucharest for an evening at leisure.

      Day 4 Bucharest to London/Manchester/Bristol/Edinburgh.

      After breakfast at your hotel there will be free time to relax, sightsee or shop at leisure before we transfer to the airport for the return scheduled flight to the UK.

    • Prices per person based on double occupancy
      CategoryPrice
      Twin £595
      Single £795

      Price Includes: Three nights accommodation at the Park Inn by Radisson Hotel on bed and breakfast basis • Lunch on days 1, 2 & 3 • Drinks with included meals (wine/beer/soft drinks) • All sightseeing & entrance fees as described • Tour Manager • Services of a local English speaking guide throughout • Transfers.

      Not Included: Travel insurance, dinners, lunch on day 4.

River Guides

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    • Danube

    More than any other river in the world, the Danube will always conjure thoughts of music. The Danube rises in the Black Forest of Germany and reaches its end in the Black Sea, passing through four capital cities on its way (more than any other river in the world) and ten countries – Romania, Hungary, Serbia, Austria, Germany, Bulgaria, Slovakia, Croatia, Ukraine and Moldova. It has many tributaries, some important rivers themselves. The Danube is all about high culture and the historic cities that appear in close succession along its banks.

    Vienna, for instance, is a jewel. Its Ring created by Franz Joseph in the 1860s is a parade of imperial magnificence, opera house after university, palace after cathedral, interspersed with shaded gardens designed for outdoor summer concerts. Yet this is a city centre small enough to walk around easily – though you can take a tour in a horse-drawn carriage. Must-sees include the Hofburg and the Schonbrunn but if you might want to try a must-do, go to the Music House where you can virtually conduct the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra on screen – if you get to the end, the orchestra stands up and applauds you!

    Bratislava is a tiny city dominated by its castle on the hill and a historic gem. The Old Town is completely pedestrianized which makes for pleasant walking. Besides the Gothic Cathedral and an exquisitely pretty Old Town Hall, look out for the humorous statues – the Good Soldier Schweik’s head emerging from a manhole on the street for instance. Budapest is a city of two halves. Buda is hilly and wooded with Gothic houses and cobbled streets. Pest is all grand boulevards and Baroque buildings including a jewel of an opera house. For music lovers, there are museums to Liszt and Bartok and plenty of concerts on offer. And for everyone there are breath-taking views from the Fisherman’s Bastion perched high above the city where, in the sunshine, the Danube turns a perfect blue.

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    • Dutch Waterways

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    • Castle Katz in the Rhine Valley
      Rhine

    Together with the Danube, the Rhine was the northernmost frontier of the Roman Empire and was then an important commercial waterway. It has remained so throughout history and is now the busiest river in Europe. It is also one of the longest rivers in the world – 766 miles (1232km). It has a dual source in Switzerland – Vorderrhein (or Anterior Rhine) from Lake Toma and Hinterrhein (or Posterior Rhine) from the Paradies Glacier near the Rheinwaldhorn. From Switzerland, it flows through Liechtenstein and into Austria as the Alpenhein (or Alpine Rhine). This section of the river empties into lake Constance and through the Rhine Falls (the second largest waterfall in Europe), after which it is swollen to double its previous size by the River Aar. It continues into Germany and is joined by such major tributaries as the Main and Moselle. The Middle Rhine flows through the Rhine Gorge – a UNESCO world heritage site, noted for its beautiful castles, picturesque towns and vineyards. The Lower Rhine passes through a number of important cities including Cologne, Dusseldorf and the Ruhr area – the largest conurbation in Germany.

    The Rhine turns west into the Netherlands and splits into three – the Waal, Nederrjin and Ijssel. It eventually merges with two more rivers to form the Rhine-Meuse-Scheldt delta emptying at various points into the North Sea. Canals connect the Rhine with cities and waterways across Europe. The Rhine was of major strategic importance to the Romans who stationed garrisons along its banks. The river was throughout history a natural border between countries and remains so today. It is also a river that is surrounded by legend, an inspiration to writers and composers – most notably, perhaps, Wagner’s Das Rheingold in the Ring Cycle. It is still hauntingly beautiful with fairy-tale castles, picturesque medieval towns and ancient vineyards lining its banks.

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