Emerald Star Cruise Photos
Day 4: Wertheim & Miltenberg
Day 4 began with Emerald Star arriving in Wertheim am Main, Germany, near the A3 Autobahn. (Click here and maximize your browser window for a larger panoramic image.)
MS Bellejour, the German ship that had been shadowing us since Nuremberg, was moored on the river's opposite bank.
A barge cruised past as our captain piloted Emerald Star into its berth.
Wertheim was a pretty little town with a population of about 22,000. For us, it was mainly a jumping-off point for an excursion to , a few kilometers down the river, where we'd meet Emerald Star in early afternoon.
Wertheim's waterfront park had been turned into a summer "Beach Club" with refreshment stands and beach chairs for sunbathing.
The riverfront setting was bucolic, with swans gliding across the smooth water of the River Main.
Around 9 a.m., we headed for the buses that would take us to Miltenberg, which was a 20- to 30-minute drive from Wertheim.
Some passengers had opted to hike up to Burg Wertheim, a castle overlooking the town, with a transfer to Miltenberg afterwards. (We chose to head directly for Miltenberg so we'd have more time in that historic village.)
Captain Mariceanu watched the crew unlash Emerald Star from its moorings.
A few minutes later, we grabbed this photo from our bus as Emerald Star cruised toward Miltenberg.
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