Emerald Star Cruise Photos
Day 6: Moselle & Bernkastel
On the morning of Day 6, Emerald Star pulled alongside the Moselle's banks at Traben-Trarbach to unload bicycles for an optional tour of 22 km (14 miles) to Bernkastel, where our ship would be mooring in a few hours.
A car and trailer were on hand to provide logistical support (including spare bikes if required).
About a dozen bicyclists set off on the tour while swans watched from the embankment.
As the bicyclists followed the riverside route to Bernkastel, Emerald Star cruised past a succession of vineyards and villages.
In mid-morning, Emerald Star's executive chef, Teodor Petre, gave an Apfeltrudel-making demonstration in the Horizon Lounge for passengers who preferred sweets to scenery. (The finished Strudel was served at lunch.)
The Moselle River was busy (though quieter than the Rhine), with traffic that included cargo barges, cruise ships, and sightseeing boats.
A police boat patrolled the river.
We passed by a highway bridge that was under construction...
...and under an older bridge that was so low that the captain retracted the wheelhouse and ordered passengers on the Sun Deck to sit down. (The captain is in the top photo, wearing a baseball cap as peers out from the wheelhouse's sunroof.)
In some places, the land was flat enough for the use of mechanical equipment in the vineyards, and for buildings along the shore.
Many vineyards had small chapels. These dated back to a time when Christians were expected to attend church several times a day, and it was easier to have the workers pray or listen to sermons in the vineyards than to send them into the nearest village.
Our final lock before Bernkastel was at Zeltingen, near Moselle Km 120. (In the lower photo, you can see Emerald Star's putting green on the Sun Deck as the ship enters the lock.)
Cheryl Imboden took photos as Emerald Star floated upwards in the Schleuse Zeltingen.
As we reached Bernkastel and our mooring, we saw several other river vessels, including Amalyra of AmaWaterways and the German ship A-Rosa Flora.
Bernkastel has two districts: the old village of on the right or eastern bank of the Moselle, and the district of (once a separate town) on the left or western bank. We were about to tie up at a waterfront park on the Kues side of the river, near a bridge that connected the two parts of town.
Captain Mariceanu skillfully guided our ship into its mooring place just ahead of A-Rosa Flora. (In the lower photo's background, you can see the bridge between Kues and Bernkastel's Altstadt.)
Once the ship was lined up with the shore, Captain Mariceanu called to passersby on shore, who caught a mooring line that was thrown by the crew.
Passengers from the bicycle tour arrived while Emerald Star's sailors were setting up the gangway.
We had an hour before our 2 p.m. walking tour, so we went ashore and wandered through the park, where swans and other waterfowl ignored the presence of two river vessels as they looked for food.
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