ROL Cruise customer experience rating 4.7/5 


Based on 1649 reviews

Excellent customer service, friendly and helpful staff on every booking

15 Aug 2018

Pleasant and helpful staff. We have used ROL on several occasions and would highly recommend them to friends and family.

First time booking

15 Aug 2018

Straightforward and informative assistance from Leona. As a first time cruise purchaser this was very important.

Hope the trip is as good as the booking experience!

15 Aug 2018

The booking procedure was very smooth and professional.

An excellent service.

15 Aug 2018

Booking a cruise through ROL is effortless and the paperwork was very good. We have no complaints and have already made another booking through ROL.

Very helpful. No problems.

15 Aug 2018

Girl was very helpful with selecting a cabin and, she liaised with our friends as she said she would. Would definitely book through ROL again.

helpful service on the phone !!

15 Aug 2018

Very helpful guy on the helpdesk , steered me in the right direction and provided useful information

Just great

14 Aug 2018

Every thing yes I would use them again and recommend the all ok

Enchantment of Eastern Europe Bucharest to Budapest

Cruise Code: 1291944

  • Duration: 8nts
  • Departs: 07 Jun 2019 Alternative sailing dates
  • Sails from: Overnight hotel stay in Bucharest, Romania
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Your ROL Cruise package


What's included

  • Spacious full board accommodation on board Europe’s most innovative cruise ships
  • All meals throughout your river cruise from a healthy buffet breakfast to a five-course à la carte menu
  • Gratuities are included
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi
  • Complimentary bicycles for use ashore in select destinations
  • Overseas transfers
  • Shore excursions and guided tours almost everyday with personal headset
  • Complimentary wine, beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner
  • Bottled water restocked daily in your cabin
  • Emerald ACTIVE programme with guided bicycle and walking tours
  • At least one extra-special EmeraldPLUS experience offering greater insight into the culture, cuisine and lifestyle of the given destination
  • Return economy flights from a selection of airports
  • First-class service from an English-speaking crew

Experience the Difference

  • Cruise Miles; over 350,000 U.K Members

  • Award Winning; more than 50 Cruise Awards over the last 10 years

  • The UK's No.1 Independent Cruise Specialist; delivering impartial advice

  • Staff with over 1,000 years combined travel industry expertise, offering 5* service

  • 24 years as a cruise only specialist

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Your Itinerary


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Days not listed are spent relaxing at sea.

  • Emerald Sun

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    Emerald Sun

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  • Overnight hotel stay in Bucharest, Romania

    Day 1

    Overnight hotel stay in Bucharest, Romania

    07 Jun 2019

    Upon arrival, transfer to a hotel for your overnight stay. This evening, join your fellow travellers for a welcome cocktail reception (D)

  • Bucharest, Romania

    Day 2

    Bucharest, Romania

    08 Jun 2019

    This morning, drive through the streets and boulevards of Bucharest on a guided city tour, which includes the enormous Palace of the Parliament; Europe’s largest building constructed by former dictator Nicolae Ceausescu. (B)

  • Bucharest, Romania

    Day 2

    Bucharest, Romania

    08 Jun 2019

    After the tour, you will transfer from Bucharest to Giurgiu, where a warm welcome awaits you from your Captain and crew as you board your Emerald Waterways luxury river cruise ship (D).

  • Rousse, Bulgaria

    Day 3

    Rousse, Bulgaria

    09 Jun 2019

    Today your ship will cruise to Rousse, once at the port take a coach ride to town of Veliko Tarnovo and Arbanasi.

    Destination guide
  • Day 3


    Arbanassi, Bulgaria

    09 Jun 2019

    EmeraldPLUS: Choir Concert in Arbanasi

  • Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria

    Day 3

    Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria

    09 Jun 2019

    Veliko Tarnovo, was the former capital of the Bulgarian empire known once as the 'city of the Tsars'. Visit the historic town of Arbanasi perched on a high plateau overlooking the Yantra valley and lined with traditional houses (B, L ,D).

    Emerald Active: Hike to Ivanovo Church

  • Vidin, Bulgaria

    Day 4

    Vidin, Bulgaria

    10 Jun 2019

    Arrive in Vidin, the most western town in Bulgaria. Your day will begin with an included tour visiting a local vineyard with wine tasting. Later, visit the medieval Baba Vida Fortress. Alternatively, embark on an EmeraldACTIVE hike to Belogradchik rock fortress. (B,L,D)

    Destination guide
  • Day 5


    Kostolac, Serbia

    11 Jun 2019

    Today, visit the fi rst and biggest architectural archaeological excavation in Eastern Europe, the Viminacium Archaeological Excavation Site and Museum. This site was one of the most important Roman cities and military camps in the period from 1st to 4th centuries. Return to the ship and sail through the narrow gorge between the European Alps and Carpathian Mountains, known as the Iron Gates. (B, L, D)

  • Belgrade, Serbia

    Day 6

    Belgrade, Serbia

    12 Jun 2019

    Serbia's vibrant capital awaits today, your city tour includes a visit to Tito's Memorial, the impressive Fortress Kalemegdan and St Sava Church which is the world's largest orthodox cathedral (B, L ,D)

    Discover More: National Opera Theatre Tour (extra expense)

    Emerald Active: Guided Biking Tour

    EmeraldPLUS: Serbian Folklore Evening Show

    Destination guide
  • Day 7


    Osijek, Croatia

    13 Jun 2019

    Cruise into the border region of Croatia today, an area that was heavily damaged during the Croatian War of Independence at the end of the communist era. Compare stories back at the ship and enjoy an evening of sailing further upstream towards Hungary. Tonight join your Captain for a farewell reception and dinner (B, L, D).

    EmeraldPLUS: Home Hosted Lunch with a Croatian Family

    EmeraldPLUS: Meet students from the local village

  • Day 8


    Kalocsa, Hungary

    14 Jun 2019

    Arrive in Kalocsa, one of the oldest towns in Hungary, famous for the production of paprika. This morning visit a local Puszta Horse Farm and enjoy a performance showcasing the exceptional riding skills of Magyar horseman (B, L, D).

    EmeraldPLUS: Visit to Puszta Horse Farm

  • Budapest, Hungary

    Day 8

    Budapest, Hungary

    14 Jun 2019

    The capital city of Hungary is split into two sides: Buda on the west side on the Danube river and Pest on the east.

    Destination guide
  • Budapest, Hungary

    Day 9

    Budapest, Hungary

    15 Jun 2019

    After breakfast disembark the ship.

    Destination guide

The Ship


Navigating the rivers Rhine, Main, Danube and Moselle; the Emerald Star, Sky, Sun, Dawn and Destiny can guide you through some of Europe’s most magical stretches of water and help you explore many of the continent’s most arresting and enchanting cities.


The five sister vessels, boasting a modest capacity of 182 guests apiece, are all blessed with a selection of wonderful amenities and features. At the very heart of every Star-Ship in the Emerald Waterways fleet is the Horizon Bar & Lounge. A contemporary, chic social space; the lounge is equipped with a comprehensively-stocked bar, skilled bartenders, help-yourself hot drinks facilities and a generous offering of plush seating and sofas.


The Horizon Bar & Lounge is an ever-popular after-dinner retreat for guests looking to make new friends and share the day’s events with friends of old. Dining aboard the five sister ships throughout a stay on the beautiful rivers of Europe provides an endless array of palate-pleasing sensations. From the Reflections Restaurant which offers a collection of highlight dinners during any given itinerary, to the chance to dine under the barmy European sky thanks to the Sun Deck’s Sky Barbecue; there are gastronomic offerings to suit every taste and every appetite.


The Sun Deck of the ships also boasts the wonderful retractable glass roof which provides seasonal protection for the pool, cinema and Riverview Lounge below. Whether you wish to undertake a few lengths before breakfast in the heated pool or enjoy a Hollywood classic in the cinema, this area of the ship is primed for relaxation when you’ve got a few upcoming hours of river navigation.


The Emerald Star, Sky, Sun, Dawn and Destiny all benefit from 72 generously-proportioned suites and 20 staterooms. Book the Emerald Panorama Balcony Suites, found on the Vista and Horizon Decks, and you’ll enjoy unparalleled views from the spacious private balconies – a truly invigorating start to another day on Europe’s beautiful waterways.

Emerald Sun


Launched: January 2014 | Occupancy: 182 passengers

Length: 443 ft (135.03 m)

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