ROL Cruise customer experience rating 4.7/5 


Based on 2698 reviews

Thanks to a very helpful employee of ROL

20 Oct 2018

I was called initially to cancel a holiday booked for Nov. 2019 which was to celebrate our 50th wedding anniversary. We were going to Myanmar which had long been a dream for us. On hearing our disappointment, Shannon Crick, who called us pulled out all the stops to find an alternative which she did. We were unable to have the same dates, but are very pleased to be going. Not so happy about additional costs, but we have accepted this. Well done to Shannon

Professional and friendly the perfect mix

19 Oct 2018

Very helpful very professional.

Excellent service.

19 Oct 2018

Very efficient and professional gave us all the information that we needed to book our cruise. Explained everything in detail all in all a very pleasant experience.

They take time to ensure you are completely happy with your choices 🤩😍😎

19 Oct 2018

The customer service team were caring making sure that they understood what my request was and processing that request in a very effecient way. All though you cannot see them you get the feeling that it is service with a smile and no request is too much trouble. I woukd definatley and infact do recommend ROL

ROL CRUISE`S SERVICE IS FIRST CLASS

19 Oct 2018

They explained ,the booking procedure clearly and I was able to pay the £600 deposit in two half's .

Great service

19 Oct 2018

Friendly,efficient and informative.

😃😃😃

19 Oct 2018

Excellent service from Jo and very helpful. I came away fully satisfied that I achieved a great holiday deal.

Prompt, polite and helpful.

19 Oct 2018

Prompt, polite and helpful.

Brilliant communication skill

19 Oct 2018

So far so good . . . COMMUNICATION WISE . ALL INFOS SUPPLIED . I am just looking for the actual services in the cruise .

I gave you 5 stars !!!

19 Oct 2018

Very helpful, informative and someone who cared.

Excellent service

18 Oct 2018

Yes I would recommend ROL cruise for their excellent service not only on our original booking but with our transfer of 2020 cruise to 2019.

Well worth the telephone call.

18 Oct 2018

The cruise we inquired about was booked with no problems, all our queries were solved. Having dealt with Readers Offers in the past I knew I would get satisfaction.

Great service

18 Oct 2018

Phoned to book and the staff were very helpful. I opted to receive all the holiday information by post and it arrived within a couple of days. Would definitely book with them again.

Best service ever

18 Oct 2018

It was exceptional service as we changed a few things and it was no trouble. Gerald was the representative.

Splendours of Europe - Budapest to Amsterdam

Cruise Code: 1292049 / Voyage Code: EWCR240919.2

Early Booking Savings

Choice of FREE €200 on board spend OR unlimited drinks

The Deluxe River Cruise Promotion

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Explore the rivers of Europe in complete comfort with Emerald Waterways.

Visit the vineyards of the Douro or the medieval castles of the Rhine, immerse yourself in culture and history whilst enjoying the luxuries on board

 

 

GRATUITIES INCLUDED*

EARLY BOOKING SAVINGS*

SHORE EXCURSIONS INCLUDED*

CHOICE OF FREE €200 ON BOARD SPEND OR UNLIMITED DRINKS*

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Your ROL Cruise package


What's included

  • Early booking savings
  • Free €200 on board spend OR free unlimited drinks package for Balcony Suites and above
  • Free wine, beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner for Emerald Staterooms
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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


Explore the rivers of Europe in luxury with Emerald Waterways.

Visit the vineyards of the Douro or the medieval castles of the Rhine, immerse yourself in culture and history whilst enjoying the luxuries on board

 

 

 

 

Your Itinerary


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  • Budapest, Hungary

    Day 1

    Budapest, Hungary

    24 Sep 2019

    Welcome to Budapest! 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 Budapest. This evening, enjoy a traditional Hungarian dinner, then a Hungarian folk dancing and music performance (D)
     

    EmeraldPLUS: Traditional Hungarian Folklore Show & Budapest Evening Cruise

    Destination guide
  • Budapest, Hungary

    Day 2

    Budapest, Hungary

    25 Sep 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 afternoon you depart for Bratislava. (B, L, D)
     

    EmeraldACTIVE: A guided active walk to Buda Hill

    Destination guide
  • Bratislava, Slovakia

    Day 3

    Bratislava, Slovakia

    26 Sep 2019

    This morning you will arrive at the city of Bratislava, capital of the Republic of Slovakia. 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: A guided hike to Bratislava Castle
    EmeraldPLUS: Home Hosted Coffee and Cake with Slovakians

    Destination guide
  • Vienna, Austria

    Day 4

    Vienna, Austria

    27 Sep 2019

    Today, you have a choice of either exploring Austria’s capital beginning with a drive along the Ringstrasse, where we will see the sights of Vienna’s world–famous attractions such as the Opera House, Burgtheater, Town Hall, St. Stephen’s Cathedral and the Hofburg Imperial Palace. Alternatively, join the guided bike tour instead of the drive around and guided walk. Then, you have free time to sample the wonderful tastes of Vienna. (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
  • Dürnstein, Austria

    Day 5

    Dürnstein, Austria

    28 Sep 2019

    in the morning we arrive in 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. (B, L)

    EmeraldACTIVE: Guided hike to Dürnstein Castle
    OR
    EmeraldACTIVE: 
    A guided biking tour along the Danube River from Dürnstein to Melk

    Destination guide
  • Melk, Austria

    Day 5

    Melk, Austria

    28 Sep 2019

    hereafter, you will drive through the picturesque landscape of this district to the 900–year old Benedictine Abbey of Melk, which features Austria’s finest Italian baroque architecture (D)

    Destination guide
  • Passau, Germany

    Day 6

    Passau, Germany

    29 Sep 2019

    Cruise along the Danube this morning, in the afternoon you will reach Passau. Cobblestone streets and graceful arcades welcome you in this beautiful city. On this afternoon’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. (B, L, D)
    DiscoverMORE: Tour to Salzburg (extra expense)

    Please note, you can only choose either included tour of Passau or the DiscoverMORE option, as both tours run at the same time

    Destination guide
  • Regensburg, Germany

    Day 7

    Regensburg, Germany

    30 Sep 2019

    After breakfast we arrive in magnificent Regensburg. 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. (B, L, D)
    EmeraldPLUS: Traditional Bavarian Band on board 

    Destination guide
  • Day 7


    Kelheim, Germany

    30 Sep 2019

    DiscoverMORE: Excursion to Kuchlbauer Brewery (extra expense)

  • Nuremberg, Germany

    Day 8

    Nuremberg, Germany

    01 Oct 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
  • Bamberg, Germany

    Day 9

    Bamberg, Germany

    02 Oct 2019

    This morning you will arrive at Bamberg, a UNESCO World Heritage city. Boasting one of Europe’s largest intact medieval town centres, Bamberg is bursting with original character and charm. At the centre of the town is the largest preserved old quarter in Europe. (B, L, D)

    Destination guide
  • Würzburg, Germany

    Day 10

    Würzburg, Germany

    03 Oct 2019

    Known as the “Pearl of the Romantic Road”, Würzburg is surrounded by sloping hills covered with vineyards. Join our guide for a walking tour of Wurzburg followed by a visit to 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
  • Day 11


    Wertheim, Germany

    04 Oct 2019

    Today you will start from the stunning medieval glass-blowing town of Wertheim, where you have the opportunity to explore on your own. Then, travel by coach to the picturesque village of Miltenberg on the Main River.  (B)

  • Miltenberg, Germnay

    Day 11

    Miltenberg, Germnay

    04 Oct 2019

    The village creates an imitable feeling of Bavarian life in the middle ages and the Old Town is lined with well–preserved half–timbered buildings. The gothic Merchant Hall is an impressive symbol of past affluence created by trade from river traffic.  (L, D)

    EmeraldACTIVE: Guided hike around Miltenberg area

    Destination guide
  • Rudesheim, Germany

    Day 12

    Rudesheim, Germany

    05 Oct 2019

    After breakfast 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. After lunch, the ships will sail through the spectacular Rhine Gorge. We will pass the infamous Lorelei Rock where sailors are said to have been lured onto treacherous rocks by enchanted temptresses. In the early evening we arrive into the beautiful 2,000-year-old town of Koblenz. (B, L, D)


    EmeraldACTIVE: Guided hike through vineyards

    Destination guide
  • Koblenz, Germnay

    Day 12

    Koblenz, Germnay

    05 Oct 2019

    The romantic Rhine River flows down from the Swiss Alps and meanders its scenic route through central and Western Europe until it reaches the North Sea. Historically significant for centuries, a Rhine River cruise means sighting waterfront castles and fortresses, medieval bridges and fairy-tale villages, hilly vineyards and stunning landscapes.

    Destination guide
  • Cologne, Germany

    Day 13

    Cologne, Germany

    06 Oct 2019

    The ship sails from Koblenz in the early morning, cruising along the Rhine we arrive in Cologne. Founded by the Romans, Cologne is one of Germany’s oldest cities and is famous for its magnificent World–heritage listed Gothic Cathedral and market squares lined with cafes, shops and beer halls. This evening the captain will be delighted to welcome you to the Captain’s Farewell Gala Dinner. (B, L, D)

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

    Destination guide
  • Amsterdam, Netherlands

    Day 14

    Amsterdam, Netherlands

    07 Oct 2019

    The ship sails along the Amsterdam Rijnkanaal and into Amsterdam. This morning you can decide to either enjoy a glass top canal boat tour through Amsterdam’s canal or a guided bike tour. After the canal cruise, you will have free time to visit some of Amsterdam’s other famous attractions, such as the Rijks or Van Gogh Museums, or simply enjoy the lively atmosphere and watch the world go by. (B, L, D)
     

    EmeraldACTIVE: Guided Bike Tour

    DiscoverMORE: Tour of Haarlem (extra expense)

    Destination guide
  • Amsterdam, Netherlands

    Day 15

    Amsterdam, Netherlands

    08 Oct 2019

    After breakfast, your tour concludes and you will be transferred to the airport for your ongoing flight. (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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Cabins


* Prices shown are per person, based on two adults sharing a twin cabin and include all cruise offer discounts and savings.


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* Terms and Conditions


Fares are per person based on two adults sharing a stateroom/suite except single staterooms/suites. Offers advertised are subject to availability at the time of booking. Fares advertised may increase or be withdrawn at any time. Booking conditions of Scenic Tours (UK) Limited trading as Emerald Waterways and Reader Offers Limited Agency Terms of Business apply. Offers advertised apply to new bookings only. Savings are based on two adults sharing a stateroom/suite and is based on the difference between the full brochure fare and the early booking selling fare. Wine, beer and soft drinks are included with lunch and dinner and may exclude certain brands and is subject to the cruise lines T&C’s. Balcony suites and above will receive a premium drinks package including unlimited drinks on-board for the duration of your cruise. Drinks package is not combinable with any other offer. Flights are based on London, Norwich, East Midlands, Bristol, Humberside, Leeds/Bradford, Newcastle, Aberdeen, Manchester, Birmingham, Glasgow or Edinburgh departures; all other regional flights are available at a supplement and are subject to availability. Indoor pool/cinema is not available on Emerald Radiance (Douro Cruise) instead there is a serenity pool on the sun deck. WiFi service cannot be guaranteed and is subject to the cruise lines terms and conditions. Tours may not be suitable for guests with mobility restrictions, are subject to change and further t&c’s apply. Please note itineraries are subject to change. Balcony suites and above can choose from one added benefit, €200 per stateroom or unlimited drinks, these are subject to the cruise line T&Cs. E&OE.

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