ROL Cruise customer experience rating 4.7/5 


Based on 1633 reviews

Just great

14 Aug 2018

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

Always very helpful.

14 Aug 2018

Very good customer service' very helpful. They will return your telephone call if busy ASAP. Only previous problem is in duplicating paperwork, when the cruise line have already got the information they ask for it again instead of checking all is in order with the cruise company.

Another happy customer !

14 Aug 2018

My enquiry was handled quickly and efficiently. When I called back to confirm my interest and Emily was engaged on another call, she called me back shortly thereafter as promised. All my questions were answered during the process and my available Cruise Miles were credited against the order !

Helpful agent

14 Aug 2018

Nothing was too much trouble!

Short notice booling

14 Aug 2018

My call was answered promptly; the agent explained clearly our booking options and the whole process was straightforward.

Everything OK and good prices

14 Aug 2018

Well pleased with the staff at the call centre, friendly and helpful. Good price, best deal around at present for the cruise I wanted.

Good

14 Aug 2018

Booked with Liam, he was very good and helpful.

Very professional and helpful.Have even with you for years.You never disapp

14 Aug 2018

Very professional and helpful.Have been with you for years.s

Efficient and friendly service

14 Aug 2018

Emily was very pleasant, knowledgeable and helpful and she made booking our trip very easy.

Quality service

14 Aug 2018

All areas where explained in detail nothing was overlooked,would recommend

Excellent and outstanding

14 Aug 2018

The booking assistant went above and beyond to help get the right holiday and cater for my needs. She was brilliant!

Very pleased with information and service

13 Aug 2018

The service was excellent, the assistance with decisions first class and plenty of time given to answering questions.

Splendours of Europe - Amsterdam to Budapest

Cruise Code: 1292031

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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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Overview


In just 15 days, you’ll have the chance to experience many of Europe’s highlights in one seamless journey along the continent’s wonderful waterways. As you sail along the epic Rhine and the fantastic Main and Danube rivers, you’ll weave through the most stunning landscapes sprinkled with charming churches, story-book castles and vine-covered slopes, creating the perfect backdrop for an amazing cruise. Along the way, we take you on a voyage of discovery to a variety of imperial cities including Vienna and Budapest, giving you the opportunity to explore their vibrant culture – which is contrasted brilliantly with visits to the quaint town of Linz and Dürnstein, with its stunning scenery.

Your Itinerary


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  • Amsterdam, Netherlands

    Day 1

    Amsterdam, Netherlands

    27 May 2019

    Welcome to Amsterdam, a fascinating 700-year-old city of picturesque canals, world class museums, theatres and cafés. You will be met and transferred from the airport to your Emerald Waterways luxury river cruise ship. After boarding, enjoy some time at your leisure to explore Amsterdam. This evening, join your fellow travellers for dinner on board. (D)

    Destination guide
  • Amsterdam, Netherlands

    Day 2

    Amsterdam, Netherlands

    28 May 2019

    This morning you can decide to either enjoy a glass top canal boat tour through Amsterdam’s canal or a guided bike tour. Return to the ship for your first day sailing through the Dutch countryside passing windmills and sailing through locks towards the Rhine River. Tonight, the Captain will be delighted to host a gala dinner. (B, L, D)
    EmeraldACTIVE: Guided Bike Tour

    Destination guide
  • Cologne, Germany

    Day 3

    Cologne, Germany

    29 May 2019

    Join your guide and explore the city including the Old Town. During your free time shop for handicrafts or visit a local market before returning to your ship. (B, L, D)

    DiscoverMORE: Tour to Drachenburg (extra expense)
    OR
    DiscoverMORE: 
    Football Stadium Tour (extra expense)

    Please note, you can only choose either the Drachenburg Castle or the Football Stadium Tour as both DiscoverMORE options run at the same time.

    Destination guide
  • Rudesheim, Germany

    Day 4

    Rudesheim, Germany

    30 May 2019

    Today’s cruising will be a highlight of your trip, as we cruise through the spectacular Rhine Gorge. Keep your camera at the ready as around every bend there are stunning vistas of castles perched above steep vine–covered slopes. We will also pass the infamous Lorelei Rock where sailors are said to have been lured onto treacherous rocks by enchanted temptresses. We also pass the impressive Pfalzgrafenstein Castle which was formerly a toll gate perched on an island in the middle of the river. In the afternoon we arrive in Rüdesheim, one of Germany’s most popular towns. You will either have a choice of visiting the Siegfried’s Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum or if you feel active take a guided hike through vineyards. Continue exploring, and perhaps taste the famous “Rüdesheimer Coffee”, made with Germany’s most famous brandy Asbach Uralt. (B, L, D)
    EmeraldACTIVE:  Guided hike through vineyards

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  • Miltenberg, Germany

    Day 5

    Miltenberg, Germany

    31 May 2019

    Welcome to Miltenberg, a picturesque village on the Main River, which creates an imitable feeling of Bavarian life in medieval times due to the Old Town being lined with well-preserved half-timbered buildings. The gothic Merchant Hall is an impressive symbol of past affluence created by trade from river traffic. After your included tour of Miltenberg and free time, you will be transferred by coach to the stunning medieval glass-blowing town of Wertheim to enjoy free time until the ship arrives. (B, L, D)
    EmeraldACTIVE: Guided hike around Miltenberg area

    Destination guide
  • Day 5


    Wertheim, Germany

    31 May 2019

  • Würzburg, Germany

    Day 6

    Würzburg, Germany

    01 Jun 2019

    Known as the “Pearl of the Romantic Road”, Würzburg is surrounded by sloping hills covered with vineyards. After breakfast, visit the Bishops’ Residenz, one of Germany’s largest and most ornate baroque palaces and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Your tour highlights the palace’s unique staircase, elaborate 18th century frescoes and the amazing 3–dimensional stuccowork. (B, L, D)

    DiscoverMORE: Tour to Rothenburg (extra expense)

    Please note, you can only choose either included visit to Bishop’s Residenz or the DiscoverMORE option, as both tours run at the same time.

    Destination guide
  • Bamberg, Germany

    Day 7

    Bamberg, Germany

    02 Jun 2019

    Relax on board this morning as we cruise to Bamberg. Feel the magic of the past as you explore this UNESCO World Heritage city with your guide. Boasting one of Europe’s largest intact medieval town centres, Bamberg is bursting with character and charm. At the town centre is the largest preserved old quarter in Europe. Around 2,400 listed buildings and the centuries–old garden quarter form a special cultural heritage. Admire hundreds of building façades richly decorated in fascinating detail with spectacular ornamentation. (B, L, D)

    Destination guide
  • Nuremberg, Germany

    Day 8

    Nuremberg, Germany

    03 Jun 2019

    Today you will have a sightseeing coach tour of the historic city of Nuremberg. Your coach tour would pass by some of the historical parts of Nuremberg, such as the 900-year-old ramparts, the Nazi party rally grounds, where rallies were held from 1933 until 1938 among other sights. (B, L, D)

    DiscoverMORE: WW2 Tour (extra expense)

    Destination guide
  • Day 9


    Kelheim, Germany

    04 Jun 2019

    This morning takes you through the final stretch of the fascinating Main–Danube Canal to Kelheim. Continue cruising along the Danube River to Regensburg, one of Germany’s best preserved medieval cities. (B)

    EmeraldPLUS: Traditional Bavarian Band on board

  • Regensburg, Germany

    Day 9

    Regensburg, Germany

    04 Jun 2019

    On our guided walking tour, you will have the chance to see one of the oldest bridges crossing the Danube and see the city’s architectural highlights including the Old Town Hall. (L, D)

    DiscoverMORE: Excursion to Kuchlbauer Brewery (extra expense)

    Destination guide
  • Passau, Germany

    Day 10

    Passau, Germany

    05 Jun 2019

    Cobblestone streets and graceful arcades welcome you in the beautiful city of Passau. On this morning’s walking tour, stroll through the old town’s narrow alleys and see the hilltop Oberhaus Fortress from the town below. Visit St. Stephen’s Cathedral, a wonderful example of Baroque architecture and home to Europe’s largest church organ with more than 17,000 pipes. Return for lunch and an afternoon cruising along the Danube River. (B, L, D)

    DiscoverMORE: Tour to Salzburg (extra expense)

    Destination guide
  • Linz

    Day 10

    Linz

    05 Jun 2019

    The historically baroque old town in Linz sits right beneath an even older castle

    Destination guide
  • Melk, Austria

    Day 11

    Melk, Austria

    06 Jun 2019

    Situated within Austria’s wine–growing region, Melk is home to an imposing 900–year old Benedictine Abbey which features Austria’s finest Italian baroque architecture, with its ornate gold leaf walls, 640ft Imperial Corridor and fresco ceilings. (B, L)

    Destination guide
  • Dürnstein, Austria

    Day 11

    Dürnstein, Austria

    06 Jun 2019

    Later the ship sails through the spectacular Wachau Valley and on to Dürnstein, one of the most enchanting villages of the Wachau wine region. This is the site of the castle where Richard the Lionheart was imprisoned after returning from the crusades in the 12th century.
    EmeraldACTIVE: A guided biking tour along the Danube River from Melk to Dürnstein
    OR
    EmeraldACTIVE: A guided hike to Dürnstein Castle

    Destination guide
  • Vienna, Austria

    Day 12

    Vienna, Austria

    07 Jun 2019

    Welcome to Vienna, the capital of classical music. Today, you have a choice of either exploring Austria’s capital beginning with a drive along the magnificent Ringstrasse, where we will see the sights of the Vienna’s world-famous attractions such as the Opera House, Burgtheater, Town Hall, St. Stephen’s Cathedral and the Hofburg Imperial Palace. If you feel active, join the guided bike tour instead of the drive around and guided walk. (B, L, D)
    EmeraldACTIVE: Guided bike Tour

    DiscoverMORE: Visit to Schönbrunn Palace (extra expense)
    AND / or
    DiscoverMORE: Exclusive Viennese concert with music from Mozart and Strauss (extra expense)

    Destination guide
  • Bratislava, Slovakia

    Day 13

    Bratislava, Slovakia

    08 Jun 2019

    Set on the crossroads of ancient trade routes in the heart of Europe, Bratislava the capital of Slovakia, embodies various cultures – primarily Celtic, Roman and Slavic. Enjoy a sightseeing tour including the enchanting Old City with its Town Hall, Mirbach Palace and the Gothic Cathedral of St Martin. Alternatively, join an active hike to Bratislava Castle. (B, L, D)
    EmeraldACTIVE: Guided hike to Bratislava Castle
    EmeraldPLUS: Home hosted coffee and cake with Slovakians

    Destination guide
  • Budapest, Hungary

    Day 14

    Budapest, Hungary

    09 Jun 2019

    Budapest is Eastern Europe’s liveliest and most cosmopolitan city. Enjoy a guided tour of the city sights including the Hungarian Parliament Building, the Buda Castle and the Chain Bridge linking Buda and Pest or an exciting hike on the Buda Hill. This evening, enjoy a traditional Hungarian farewell dinner, then a Hungarian folk dancing and music performance on board. (B, L, D)
    EmeraldACTIVE: A guided active walk to Buda Hill
    EmeraldPLUS: Traditional Hungarian Folklore Show & Budapest Evening Cruise

    DiscoverMORE: Jewish Heritage Tour (extra expense)

    Destination guide
  • Budapest, Hungary

    Day 15

    Budapest, Hungary

    10 Jun 2019

    After breakfast, it is time to farewell your fellow passengers and disembark the ship for your transfer to the airport. (B)

    Destination guide

The Ship


Guiding you past some of Europe’s most beautiful stretches of countryside and through some of the continent’s most vibrant and enchanting cities; Emerald Sky ensures every minute of your holiday is exceptionally comfortable and enjoyable. From the spacious suites and staterooms to the contemporary, sophisticated public spaces, every inch of Emerald Sky has been considered. 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. Our brand new Emerald ‘Star Ships’, the Emerald Dawn and the Emerald Sun, have made their debut voyages and have received high marks from our guests. You’ll enjoy all the same great features, including our open air system in the balcony suites and the indoor/ outdoor pool area, that make the “Star Ships” the 2014 Cruise Critic Editors’ Pick award winners for best new river ships. No matter which river cruise you choose, all your meals on-board the ship; beer, wine and soft drinks with lunch and dinner; on-shore excursions and touring; a special selection of EmeraldPLUS experiences; all travel and transfers from selected airports; and all tipping are included in the price. It’s what we like to call ‘Exceptional Emerald Value’. Step on to an award-winning ship where the spacious Sun Deck offers panoramic views of the stunning scenery. Relax in the fresh air while enjoying a light lunch and a glass of wine al-fresco on The Terrace. Enjoy insightful excursions in every port at no extra cost and we take care of tipping so you don’t have to think about it. You wouldn’t expect all this from a river cruise, but on an Emerald Waterways river cruise, you can look forward to it.

Emerald Star


Launched: January 2014 | Occupancy: 182 passengers

Length: 443 ft (135.03 m)

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