Friday, March 28, 2014

Why I want to go on an Eight-day Emerald Waterways River Cruise Through Europe!

A Dream Cruise with Emerald Waterways – The Gem of River Cruises through Europe!

Can you imagine yourself gliding along European Waterways on one of Europe’s newest and most luxurious river cruise lines, EMERALD WATERWAYS?  I certainly can, and here is what I could look forward to, on a cruise of a lifetime!
Their sparkling new fleet includes, the Emerald Star and the Emerald Sky and you can choose from five exceptional itineraries.  There is the 8-day Danube Delights (Nuremberg to Budapest), 11-day Classic Prague and Danube Delights (Prague to Nuremberg to Budapest), 15-day Splendours of Europe (Amsterdam to Budapest), 12-day Magical Rhine & Moselle (Basel to Amsterdam), or a 15-day Christmas Markets of Europe (Amsterdam to Budapest).

Each ship can carry 182 guests in 72 beautiful suites and 20 gorgeous staterooms. Between  ports of call, you can rest and feel pampered in the elegantly appointed rooms offering more space and greater value for your money. There are shipboard amenities such as a heated swimming pool with a retractable roof, a bar and scrumptious gelati station which will make you feel like you are on a relaxing oasis no matter the weather. Some evenings, the pool area transforms into a cinema showing a collection of classic films and recent releases, bringing a whole new meaning to on-board entertainment. And for added relaxation, they offer additional  services like an on-board hairdresser, a massage therapy room and a fitness area. No need to leave your beauty routine at home!

Emerald Waterways' Horizon Bar and Lounge offers floor-to-ceiling windows to capture the ever changing moving landscape and views along the waterways. I would love to indulge in a cocktail while enjoying the amazing views. Past the Lounge, I would find myself on The Terrace which is the perfect place to relax with a book or a drink as I lounge and relax. Or perhaps the Sun Deck which offers amazing 360° views, beautiful sunrises or stunning sunsets would be a better place to share an embrace or hold my beloved's hand as we share this adventure.
From airport greetings, to guided tours, my fantastical journey on-board includes meals, highlight dinners, complimentary tea, coffee and water, a variety of entertainment, First Class service from an English-speaking crew, Complimentary WiFi, all port charges and transfers within Europe and tips. Just unpack once, then I could RELAX in my newly appointed river view cabin as I travel to many of Europe’s beautiful cities, historic towns, UNESCO World Heritage Sites and iconic landmarks. There are included and optional tours to choose from to enrich my experience as I breathe in the culture and history around me.

Beautiful Amsterdam
My dream adventure would begin with the Welcome Dinner in Amsterdam as part of the 15-day Christmas Markets of Europe itinerary. Cruising at Christmastime sounds like one of the most magical and festive ways to celebrate the Yuletide season! I can imagine being swept up in the Holiday spirit as we travel from port to port, from Amsterdam to Budapest, absorbing the traditions of Sinterklaas to Mikulás, and being immersed in the traditions of each city.
Christmas Markets

I can just envision the beautiful and bustling Christmas Marketplaces aglow with lights and decorations and with the smells of Christmas wafting through crisp winter air! Along the voyage there would be breathtaking sites bathed deep in tradition and history. A tour of Cologne with it’s Medieval Architecture; Storybook castles along the Rhine Gorge; Art collections in Miltenberg; the Bishops’ Residenz in Würzburg, one of Germany’s largest and most ornate baroque palaces; Bamberg’s largest intact medieval town centres; a guided tour of Nuremberg and trip to the Christkindlmarkt; cruising the Danube Gorge to Weltenburg Abbey which is the oldest monastery in Bavaria; St. Stephen’s Cathedral in Passau; breathtaking scenery in Dürnstein; Vienna’s world-famous Opera House; a tour of Bratislava with it’s pedestrian plazas and the grand finale in Budapest with a traditional Hungarian Farewell Dinner, complete with folk dancing and music! Wow!

I can’t think of a more intimate and exciting way to celebrate Christmas, or any other special occasion with a loved one, than to indulge in an inspirational cruise with Emerald Waterways!