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From: Emerald Waterways cruise review: Nuremberg-Trier

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.

Deutsches Eck from EMERALD STAR on Moselle River

Beer garden on Moselle in Koblenz

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.

St. Castor Basilica in Koblenz

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.

RIGOLETTO cruise ship on Moselle

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.

Winningen Roettgen vineyard - Moselle River

Moselle vineyard

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.

Castle Niederburg, Moselle River

Moselle Viaduct at Kobern-Gandorf

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.)

Crew show on Emerald Waterways ship

Later in the evening, the Crew Show emphasized comedy, and everyone (performers and passengers alike) had a good time.

Germany-Italy football match by EMERALD STAR's pool

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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Emerald Star day-by-day photo diary:
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