Emerald Waterways cruise review:
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ABOVE: Passengers enjoy views from the Sun Deck as
Emerald Star cruises on the Moselle from Koblenz to Bernkastel.
Star's Sun Deck covers most of the ship's topside. It's surfaced in
artificial turf with a rubberized jogging and walking track around the
and chairs are placed around the Sun Deck, and several areas are protected by
awnings. (They're designed to be folded flat, along with the railings, whenever
the ship passes under low bridges or lock gates.)
prominent feature is the captain's wheelhouse, which can be lowered
hydraulically as needed. The captain or his assistant can also control the ship
from remote consoles on both sides of the Sun Deck.
three-hole putting green and games area are available whenever the Sun Deck is
Finally, a barbecue may be served on the Sun Deck during
your cruise, depending on the itinerary and weather.
ABOVE: Emerald Star's pool is surrounded
by tables and comfortable chairs. At night, the bottom of the pool rises above
the water to create a cinema. (Click
here and maximize your browser window for a larger panoramic image.)
Pool is located
aft, on Horizon Deck. It's surrounded by a glass-walled lounge area with chairs,
tables, dressing rooms, and a bar with a self-service machine for coffee drinks
On some evenings, the pool is converted into a
Cinema. (The pool floor
rises to deck level. After the floor has been mopped dry, crew members set up
chairs and lower a large movie screen. Popcorn is available, and you can order
drinks from the bar.)
Fitness, wellness, and beauty
small Gymasium on
Vista Deck has fitness equipment, including an electronic exercise bike and a
water-resistance rowing machine.
A Wellness Area (also on
Vista Deck) offers facials, manicures, and massages.
Downstairs on Riviera Deck is the
Hairdresser, where you can get men's and
women's haircuts, head and neck massages, and other services.
Emerald Star has free Wi-Fi in public rooms and in the
cabins. It worked well most of the time during our cruise, although the Internet
connection was sometimes interrupted when the ship was inside a deep lock.
Waterways ships carry bicycles for use by passengers on shore. (These are free,
and you'll find them near the end of the gangway in ports where they're
The ship's laundry will do your clothes within 48 hours. During our
cruise, a special "laundry bag" promotion was priced at €24 (wash, iron, and fold) or €19 (wash and fold) per bag.
We did our own laundry in the bathroom sink, drying our clothes on our shower's