Which cruise did you travel on?
I travelled on the Highlights of the Netherlands and the Beauty of Belgium cruise.
What was your cruise highlight?
My cruise highlight was the guided tour of Antwerp followed by some free time to explore the city independently. I’d never been to ‘Antwerpen’ before and didn’t quite know what to expect, but I was amazed at how peaceful it was. The architecture was beautiful, especially the town hall and the cathedral. I also got to sample some of the delicious local beers during some free time.
What was your favourite part of the ship?
My favourite part of the ship was definitely the pool. It’s the best place to relax after a busy day exploring the neighbouring towns and cities. After all that walking you need a comfortable place to unwind.
What was the most surprising part of your cruise?
The food was a really nice surprise - I really didn’t expect there to be that much choice; it was also incredibly tasty. Each evening there was something new and regional to try, and everything was created using fresh ingredients. I must commend the chefs, they worked tirelessly to produce such delicious and diverse fare throughout our cruise.
Why would you recommend this cruise?
I would recommend river cruising as a whole! You get to explore so many different places and see so many different sights without having to pack, unpack, move hotels, travel to the next city etc. Emerald Waterways’ Star-Ships are incredibly comfortable, the suites are spacious and cruising offers a totally different vantage point from which to explore from – the river is a beautiful place.
Why do you think Emerald Waterways are exceptional value for money?
Food and facilities are two of the main reasons. The ship is well equipped and you never want for anything. Also, you get to dine like royalty throughout your cruise, from breakfast through until dinner.
Why do you think river cruising is increasing in popularity?
Word of mouth seems to be a big part of it. As more people experience a river cruise, more people are beginning to share their tales from Europe’s waterways. Recommendations from family and friends can be so influential, and people always return from a river cruise with so many great stories, whether they’re shouting about the new, modern ships or raving about the destinations.