Brilliant river cruise on Emerald Liberte
This was our first river cruise and it certainly won't be our last. As we haven't done a river cruise before we have nothing to compare with but when we book again it will definitely be with Emerald. The ship was new, only launched in February this year. Everything about it was superb. Our cabin was a panoramic suite which had a window that slid down to make a balcony. The cabins on river boats are not as big as those on ocean cruise ships as the boats have a maximum width because of the locks. Ours was certainly big enough with plenty of storage space. The public areas on board were very nice indeed with a nice lounge and dining room. The food on board was superb, beautifully presented and all served with a smile. Our package included drinks with lunch and dinner and there was certainly no stinting with wine etc. We went on the city tours (included in the price) and these were very enjoyable with excellent guides. We also used the free cycles. The whole cruise experience was brilliant. It's quite normal to return from a holiday and say 'it was very nice, BUT' with this cruise there were no 'BUTS'. Our cruise started in Arles which is a nice town. From there we sailed to Avignon and Tournon. In Tournon we went on a 14 mile cycle ride along the river. It was very good with a guide but also very hot. We visited Macon and Chalon Sur Soune before finishing in Lyon. We arranged to change our flight back to the UK and spent 3 extra nights in Lyon. There was no charge for making the alteration and it was well worth it. We booked the cruise through ROL and we have used them many times. They are excellent. I can thoroughly recommend Emerald and our itinerary.
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