European Travel and the Coronavirus
Emerald Star Cruise Photos
Day 5: Koblenz & Moselle (6)
Emerald Star departed Koblenz at 5:45 p.m., leaving the waterfront and MS Bellejour (which had been shadowing us since Nuremberg) behind.
Within minutes, we'd rounded the Deutsches Eck and were passing the Königsbacher beer garden, which had a large television screen ready for the evening's Germany-Italy football match.
As we cruised down the Moselle, we got a fine view of the Kastorkirche, where we'd seen a bride and groom a few hours earlier.
We also saw the first of many cruise ships that we'd encounter on the Moselle. The Rigoletto belongs to a Dutch line, SijFA Cruises, and has been plying Europe's inland waterways since 1987.
We reached the Moselle River's first lock on the outskirts of Koblenz, about 45 minutes after leaving our mooring place near downtown.
At dinner, we enjoyed views of vineyard after vineyard--many of them steep enough to require ladders for workers who tended the vines and picked the grapes.
Niederburg Castle loomed over the town of Kobern-Gandorf, as did the Moselle Viaduct near Kilometer 20. (On the Mosel, as the Germans call the river, distance are measured from the Deutsches Eck in Koblenz.)
Later in the evening, the Crew Show emphasized comedy, and everyone (performers and passengers alike) had a good time.
A handful of passengers concluded the evening by watching the Germany-Italy football match on a large screen by the pool. (The match ended with a score of 1-1, and Germany won 6-5 in a penalty shoot-out.)
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