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From: Emerald Waterways cruise review: Nuremberg-Trier

Day 7: Trier

Moselle River between Bernkastel-Kues and Trier

The last full day of our cruise began with the departure of Emerald Star from Bernkastel around 6:45 a.m. We were still in bed, and by the time we got up, the ship was cruising past more hillside vineyards on its way to Trier.


Towel-animal demonstration on EMERALD STAR

At 10 a.m., Cecelia Balint--the ship's head housekeeper--presented a towel-folding demonstration where passengers could learn how to make swans and other critters from bathroom linen.


A-ROSA FLORA on Moselle River

A-Rosa Flora, which had been tied up behind Emerald Star in Bernkastel-Kues, was moored on our starboard as we passed one of many small caravan parks along the Moselle's banks.


Marina with swan paddleboat on Moselle River

We'd seen swans throughout the cruise. As we went past a marina, we saw a paddleboat in swan's clothing.


Port of Trier

We arrived at Hafen Trier, or Trier Harbor, at 12:15 p.m.

The port in Trier was purely industrial, as you can see in this panorama from the Sun Deck that was taken during our arrival. (Click here and maximize your browser window for a larger image.)

The captain explained that the industrial harbor was as far upstream as the ship could go on the Moselle.


A cargo terminal of DB Schenker (Deutsche Bahn's logistics business) was on our right, and a scrapyard lay ahead of us as we entered the Hafen Trier. We were reminded of the time when our car broke down in rural Colorado and was towed to a junkyard for servicing.


Pontoon in Hafen Trier

Although the harbor was industrial, it did have at least one pontoon and gangway for visiting passenger ships.


Captain Vasile Mariceanu in Hafen Trier

Captain Mariceanu, never one to stand on ceremony, went ashore and climbed a grassy tank to supervise final mooring operations.


Tank cars in Hafen Trier

Tank cars provided a scenic backdrop. (For a larger panoramic image, click here and maximize your browser window.)


Going ashore in the port of Trier from EMERALD STAR

After lunch, Emerald Star's passengers went ashore for a bus and walking tour of Trier, which was a 15-minute drive from the port.


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Emerald Star day-by-day photo diary:
Introduction
Day 1: Departure (Nuremberg)
Day 2: Bamberg
Day 3: Wurzburg
Day 4: Wertheim & Mittenberg
Day 5: Rhine & Koblenz
Day 6: Moselle & Bernkastel
Day 7: Trier
Day 8: Disembarkation (Trier)

Also see:
Pre-cruise stay: Erlangen
Pre-cruise stay: Nuremberg
Emerald Waterways cruise review: Nuremberg to Trier