Emerald Waterways Cruise Review: Nuremberg to Trier
A river cruise on Emerald Star via the Main-Danube Canal and the rivers Main, Rhine, and Moselle.
Germany may be the birthplace of European river cruising: In the 19th Century, long before English-speaking travelers flocked to the inland waterways of Europe, sightseeing boats of companies such as KD Deutsche Rheinschiffahrt and Sächsische Dampfschiffahrt were carrying daytrippers up and down the Rhine, Moselle, Elbe, and other German rivers.
Even today, when hotel-style ships attract an international audience to waterways from the coasts of Western Europe to the Black Sea, Germany is the spiritual and geographic heart of European river cruising.
And so, when we had a chance to cruise with Emerald Waterways in 2016, we chose an all-German itinerary: a journey from Nuremberg to Trier via the Main-Danube Canal and three rivers (the Main, the Rhine, and the Moselle). The cruise on Emerald Star lasted a week and took us past scenery that ranged from medieval castles to some of Germany's finest vineyards.
(We should note that Emerald Waterways is a subsidiary of Scenic, an Australian company that has offered luxury river cruises in Europe since 2008. Both Emerald Waterways and Scenic Cruises cater to English-speaking travelers from around the world.)
About this review:
This Europe for Cruisers review will describe Emerald Star, our cruise's itinerary, and what it's like to cruise aboard a modern "Star-Ship." (Spoiler alert: We had a great time.)
We'll also share our personal day-by-cruise photo diary, which shows what to expect during a voyage between Nuremberg and Trier with Emerald Waterways.
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