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A Journey across Europe

A cruise between Amsterdam & the Black Sea aboard the MS Royal Emerald

  • 9 May 2019
  • 1 September 2019
  • 24 September 2019

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 with the slow speed of the vessel allowing you to absorb the views of town and country. Sailing aboard the MS Royal Emerald is the perfect way to explore the rich riverside culture of the Rhine, Main and Danube. 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 ample 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
    • Explore the charming towns & villages along the Romantic Rhine
    • Visit the grand cities of Vienna & Budapest
    • Wine tasting in Wurzburg
    • Dvorak & Mozart concert by a string quartet in Bratislava
    • Magnificent scenery whilst 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 2019. This elegant vessel was built in 2008 and offers a range of luxurious and comfortable suites, the majority with outdoor balconies. The atmosphere on board is friendly and welcoming and 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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Amsterdam to Bucharest

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

Fly by scheduled flight and 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 MS Royal Emerald for lunch and enjoy an afternoon at leisure. Alternatively join an optional canal cruise or an optional visit to the Van Gogh Museum which houses one of the world’s largest collection of works by the artist. This evening join your fellow travellers for Welcome Drinks and Dinner on board.

Day 3 - De Hortus Botanical Gardens.

We will take a short drive to De Hortus Gardens for a morning in this extraordinary botanical heaven. De Hortus is one of the oldest Botanical Gardens in the world, starting life as a herb garden for doctors and apothecaries and now housing 6000 plants, many of which are rare or endangered. Following our visit we will return to MS Royal Emerald for a late lunch and sail on 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 and room for more than 20,000 people and the second tallest spire and largest facade 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 Koblenz's 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 Rüdesheim, passing romantic castles, lush vineyards and the infamous Lorelei rock. Arrive into Rudesheim in the late afternoon, and on arrival we take the Winzerexpress mini-train 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 before we set sail later this evening. Perhaps visit the town’s lively Drosselgasse to sample the famous Rüdesheimer Kaffee.

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, the Kirschgarten with its romantic half-timbered houses and Marian-Fountain. Our 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 half-timbered Medieval houses. Return to the ship for lunch whilst sailing on to beautiful Wertheim where you can enjoy some free time in this charming market town.

Day 9 - Wurzburg.

Arrive this morning in historic Wurzburg, the wine capital of Franconia. Our guided tour of this lovely town will include the magnificent Prince Bishop’s Residenz Palace. Our visit will end 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.

Enjoy a leisurely morning cruising, arriving into Melk after lunch, where we will enjoy a guided tour of the magnificent abbey. Return to the ship for lunch and continue sailing 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 a tour to see Schonbrunn Palace and Gardens, the favourite summer residence of Maria Theresa. Return to the MS Royal Emerald for lunch and enjoy an afternoon at leisure to relax or explore this grand city further.

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.

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. After lunch on board enjoy an afternoon at leisure.

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 Mohacs.

Day 18 - Pecs.

From Mohacs we depart on a morning’s excursion to Pecs. Lying between the Danube and Drava Rivers in southern Hungary, the historic city of Pecs enjoys a fine position on the slopes of the Mecsek Hills. Our excursion will feature the sites associated with the city’s Roman Ottoman Hapsburg past. Return to the ship in Mohacs and enjoy an afternoon cruising.

Day 19 - Belgrade, Serbia.

Spend the morning in this interesting city. A halfday 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 20 - 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 21 - 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 22 - Constanta, Romania.

Early this morning, arrive in Cernavoda at the entrance to the Black Sea Canal. Drive to nearby Constanta, a popular resort city with a colourful history dating 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 23 - The Black Sea & Danube Delta.

Awake early today to experience a sunrise cruise and 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 Farewell Dinner.

Day 24 - Bucharest to London/Manchester/Bristol/Edinburgh.

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

* Please note that the 1st September departure operates from Bucharest to Amsterdam and differs slightly please see reverse itinerary.

Bucharest to Amsterdam

Day 1 - London/Manchester/Bristol/Edinburgh to Bucharest to Fetesti, Romania.

Fly by scheduled flight and on arrival transfer to Fetesti (approx. 2.5 hours) for embarkation aboard the MS Royal Emerald. Sail this evening.

Day 2 - Danube Delta.

The vast Danube Delta is one of the most important wetlands left in Europe. We will access this unique region from Mila 35 at the entrance to the delta and explore by local boats. Return to the vessel and sail in the afternoon. Tonight join your fellow travellers for Welcome Drinks and Dinner.

Day 3 - Constanta.

Early this morning, arrive in Cernavoda at the entrance to the Black Sea Canal. Drive to nearby Constanta, a popular resort city with a colourful history dating back to ancient Greek and Roman times. On a guided tour we will see the Museum of National History and Archaeology and the Museum of Ethnography. Return to the ship and sail on towards Rousse.

Day 4 - Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria.

From Rousse we depart by coach for a full day tour 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, famous for its 17th and 18th architecture and the unique Church of the Nativity of Christ. We return to our ship at Svistov and sail.

Day 5 - Belogradchick & Vidin.

Arrive this morning in the Bulgarian port of Vidin. After breakfast on board we will drive to Belogradchik which is located close to the Serbian border. The Belogradchik Rocks are a famous Bulgarian beauty spot. The sandstone has been weathered into all manner of bizarre shapes, and housed amongst the rocks is an Ottoman fort, built on the remains of a Roman structure. Return to the ship for lunch and this afternoon we visit Vidin for a performance of classical music by a string quartet from the wonderful Vidin Philharmonic.

Day 6 - Cruising through the Iron Gates.

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

Day 7 - Belgrade, Serbia.

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 time here will end with a rendition by a splendid local folklore group, with accompanying local drinks and canapes.

Day 8 - Vukovar, Croatia.

The city is known for the 87 day ‘siege of Vukovar’ between August and November 1991. At the time, it was the fiercest and most protracted battle seen in Europe since 1945 and reminders of the atrocities committed can still be viewed throughout the town. During our visit we will learn much about Croatia’s largest river port and also spend time at the inspirational Vukovar Municipal Museum which won the Silletto prize as European Museum of the year in 2016.

Day 9 - Pecs & Villany, Hungary.

Depart after breakfast for a full day scenic tour of Pecs and Villany. The city of Pecs enjoys a fine position on the slopes of the Mecsek Hills. The visit will feature the sites associated with the city’s Roman Ottoman Hapsburg past, as well as a short organ recital in the splendid Pecs Cathedral. Continue on to the town of Villany where we will enjoy lunch and a wine tasting. Villany is one of Hungary’s top wine regions, known for its reds and rosés.

Day 10 - Kalocsa.

Arrive today in charming Kalocsa, renowned for its paprika production. A tour of the Puszta district will include the town, followed by a spectacular display of Hungarian horsemanship at the Bakodpuszta Equestrian Centre. Later we cruise to Budapest where we will arrive late this evening.

Day 11 - Budapest.

We have the day to explore Hungary’s elegant capital city. Spend the morning on an excursion that will include the old quarter, visiting the Matthias Church and the Fisherman’s Bastion, and spend the afternoon relaxing or exploring independently. Following dinner aboard our vessel be on deck to experience a “Budapest by Night” cruise, a final chance to see this beautiful city’s night lights as we sail on to our next port of call.

Day 12 - Bratislava, Slovakia.

Arrive this afternoon in the Slovak capital of Bratislava. Join a guided walking tour of the city, previously known as Pressburg, a former capital of Hungary. See the Old Quarter, the ornate Baroque Palace and the ancient city gates. Later we will cruise to Vienna.

Day 13 - Vienna, Austria.

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 the tour to see Schonbrunn Palace and Gardens, the favourite summer residence of Maria Theresa. Return to the ship for lunch and enjoy an afternoon at leisure to relax or explore this grand city further.

Day 14 - Wachau Valley & Melk.

Today, we will enter the stunning Wachau Valley. Our vessel will sail through to Durnstein, where King Richard the Lionheart was imprisoned. Here we will have a guided tour, followed by time at leisure. Sailing on, we shall moor in Melk under the shadow of the great Baroque Abbey, situated on a cliff high above the Danube and enjoy a guided tour of the Abbey.

Day 15 - Passau, Germany.

Arrive this morning in Passau, where the Inn and Ilz rivers join the Danube. Our guided walking tour will include the old town of this Bavarian city and the breathtaking Cathedral of St Stephan which contains one of the world’s largest church pipe organs. Enjoy an organ recital before returning to the vessel for lunch. This afternoon is at leisure in Passau before we cruise on to Regensburg.

Day 16 - Regensburg.

Today we will bid the Danube River goodbye for the final stretch of our journey. Arriving at the historic town of Regensburg we will see the town’s highlights such as the Old Town Hall, the World Heritage listed city centre and the Romanesque Porta Praetoria on our guided tour. We will then be entertained by the local Domspatzen Quartet with a concert in one of the local churches.

Day 17 - Nuremberg.

We continue cruising through the highest point of any commercial waterway in Europe, 1332 feet above sea level to the city of Nuremberg. The long and sometimes troubled history here has left its mark on the city and there will be plenty to discover during our tour. Visit the World War II sites, including the Reich Party Rally Grounds. Discover the city’s spectacular Medieval architecture, including the 900 year-old ramparts that surround the city.

Day 18 - Bamberg.

Located at the Main-Danube Canal, we will arrive into Bamberg, one of Germany’s most beautiful and historic towns. There will be ample time to tour and explore this Bavarian municipality, whose centre has been awarded UNESCO World Heritage Status.

Day 19 - Wurzburg.

Arrive today in historic Wurzburg. Our guided tour of this lovely town includes the magnificent Prince Bishop’s Residenz Palace. Our 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.

Day 20 - Wertheim & Miltenberg.

This morning on a walking tour, see the picturesque town of Wertheim, before returning to the vessel for lunch. This afternoon, we will pay a visit to the pretty Franconian town of Miltenberg, known for its half-timbered Medieval houses. Included in our tour will be a tasting of some local beer before returning to our vessel and sailing.

Day 21 - Rudesheim.

Arrive this afternoon in Rudesheim, a charming riverside town. Drive to nearby Vollrads Castle and Wine Estate, set in charming countryside. This grand estate has been the Greiffendau residence since the 14th century and the making of wine on this site can be traced back to 1211. We will enjoy a visit to the Vinothek to sample some of their splendid wines. Alternatively you may prefer to join a tour of Rudesheim itself, including a visit to Siegfried’s Musical Instrument Museum. This afternoon sail onto Koblenz, moor overnight.

Day 22 - Koblenz & Cologne.

Early this morning join a walking tour of Koblenz historic commercial centre. Return to the vessel and spend a relaxing afternoon cruising towards Cologne, arriving there in the afternoon. Moor overnight.

Day 23 - Cologne.

After breakfast join a guided walk along the promenade and through the old town to the magnificent cathedral, the largest in Germany. Sail in the early afternoon to Amsterdam.

Day 24 - Amsterdam, Netherlands to London/Manchester/Bristol/Edinburgh.

Disembark after breakfast and join a guided tour to the Rijksmuseum with its splendid collection of old masters, followed by lunch in a local restaurant before the return scheduled flight to the UK.

Dates and Prices

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Amsterdam to Bucharest

Prices per person based on double occupancy
9 May 2019 to 1 June 2019 • 24 September 2019 to 17 October 2019
Category Brochure Price Special Offer Price
1 Standard Suite £5945 £5445
2 Balcony Suite £6545 £6045
3 Deluxe Balcony Suite £6745 £6245
4 Junior Balcony Suite £7645 £7145
5 Royal Balcony Suite £7945 £7445
1 Standard Suite for sole use £5945 £5445
2 Balcony Suite for sole use £6545 £6045
3 Deluxe Balcony for sole use £6745 £6245

Bucharest to Amsterdam

Prices per person based on double occupancy
1 to 24 September 2019
Category Brochure Price Special Offer Price
1 Standard Suite £5945 £5445
2 Balcony Suite £6545 £6045
3 Deluxe Balcony Suite £6745 £6245
4 Junior Balcony Suite £7645 £7145
5 Royal Balcony Suite £7945 £7445
1 Standard Suite for sole use £5945 £5445
2 Balcony Suite for sole use £6545 £6045
3 Deluxe Balcony for sole use £6745 £6245

Tour Reference Code: RCRM090519/RCRC010919/RCRM240919

PRICE INCLUDES: Economy class scheduled air travel • 23 nights aboard the MS Royal Emerald on full board basis • House wine, beer & soft drinks with lunch and dinner • Shore excursions • Gratuities • Cruise Director • Tour Manager • Guest Speaker • Transfers • Port Taxes • Airport taxes.

Not Included: Travel insurance, optional excursion on day 2 (not applicable for 1 September departure).

  • Deckplan

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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 2019. This elegant vessel was built in 2008 and offers a range of luxurious and comfortable suites, the majority with outdoor balconies. The atmosphere on board is friendly and welcoming and 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 2 - Balcony Suite
    Category 2 - Balcony Suite
  • Category 5 - Diamond Deck
    Category 5 - Diamond Deck
  • Your Suite

    There are five grades of cabin categories:

    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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  • Your Suite

    There are five grades of cabin categories:

    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
  • Explore the charming towns & villages along the Romantic Rhine
  • Visit the grand cities of Vienna & Budapest
  • Wine tasting in Wurzburg
  • Dvorak & Mozart concert by a string quartet in Bratislava
  • Magnificent scenery whilst cruising through the Iron Gates

Tour Extensions

    • 1st to 4th June 2019; 17th to 20th October 2019

      If you would like to explore Bucharest, we are offering a three night extension in the city which 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”).

      Day 1 Fetesti to Bucharest. Disembark the MS Royal Emerald in Fetesti and transfer to Bucharest (approx. 2.5 hour drive). On arrival there will be a panoramic city tour of the city’s highlights. Afterwards we will relax over lunch before continuing to our hotel 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, (please note that closure at short notice is possible if unannounced official functions are taking place). 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. 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 have been 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 before we transfer to the airport for return scheduled flight to the UK.

    • Prices per person based on double occupancy
      CategoryPrice
      Twin £655
      Single £845

      Price Includes: Three nights accommodation at a four-star hotel on bed and breakfast basis, lunch on days 1, 2 & 3 (for pre-cruise extension, dinner instead of lunch is included on day 1), drinks with included meals (wine/beer/soft drinks), all sightseeing and entrances as described, transfers, services of a local English speaking guide throughout, gratuities.

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

    • 29th August to 1st September 2019

      If you would like to explore Bucharest, we are offering a three night extension in the city which 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”).

      Romanian Athenaeum, Bucharest Romanian Athenaeum, Bucharest

      Day 1 London to Bucharest. Fly from London to Bucharest, arriving in the afternoon. Transfer to your four-star hotel for a three night stay on bed & breakfast basis and tonight join your fellow travellers in the hotel restaurant for a Welcome Drink and Dinner.

      Day 2 Discover Bucharest. This morning enjoy a panoramic tour of the city’s highlights, including the National Theatre, the University Square, the Romanian Athenaeum, the National Art Museum, the Opera House, the Military Academy, the Arch of Triumph, Victory Avenue, and the Free Press House. We complete the morning with a walking tour of the Old Town. Afterwards we will have 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 we will visit 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. Return to your hotel, and dinner will be under your own arrangements this evening.

      Day 3 Bucharest to Snagov to Mogosoaia. After breakfast at your hotel, 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. Afterwards lunch will be in a local restaurant, and this afternoon we continue on to visit Mogosoaia Palace, built in the 17th century in the Romanian Renaissance style. Return to Bucharest for an evening at leisure. Dinner will be under your own arrangements tonight.

      Day 4 Bucharest to Fetesti. Breakfast at your hotel, after which you will have free time to relax, sightsee or shop at leisure before your afternoon departure for Fetesti (approx. 2 hours) to embark the MS Royal Emerald.

    • Prices per person based on double occupancy
      CategoryPrice
      Twin £655
      Single £845

      Price Includes: Three nights accommodation at a four-star hotel on bed and breakfast basis, lunch on days 1, 2 & 3 (for pre-cruise extension, dinner instead of lunch is included on day 1), drinks with included meals (wine/beer/soft drinks), all sightseeing and entrances as described, transfers, services of a local English speaking guide throughout, gratuities.

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

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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    • River Main
      Main

    The Main is one of the most important tributaries of the River Rhine and is formed by the joining of its two headstreams, the Red Main and the White Main near Kulmbach. The former rises in the Jura Mountains, the latter in the Fichtelgebirge mountains. The Main then flows through the German states of Bavaria, Baden-Wurttemberg and Hesse and it is navigable from Mainz to Bamberg. It is connected to the Danube via the Rhine-Main-Danube Canal and this waterway, some 2200 miles (3500km) long connects the North Sea to the Black Sea. It is often seen as the dividing line between northern and southern Germany, with the Catholic part of the country extending from its southern banks.

    Along the Main’s river banks are vineyards and farms and forested mountain ranges. This is a river that flows, too, through several important cities including Frankfurt, Wurzburg, Karlstadt, as well as many pretty smaller towns with red-roofed houses and graceful bridges. Wurzburg is a centre of the German wine trade and its architecture has been restored so beautifully that its Baroque bishop’s palace, with its gardens and squares and frescoes by Tiepolo, has become a UNESCO World Heritage site. Aschaffenburg is a typical Bavarian town surrounded by the forests of the Spessart mountains with a Renaissance castle and just 20 miles (30km) from Frankfurt. One of Germany’s most ancient cities, Frankfurt is now an important commercial centre – this was where the Rothschild family built its banking empire. It is also, of course, the place you’ll find those excellent sausages known as frankfurters.

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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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    • Dutch Waterways

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