Passau and Danube Scenic Cruising aboard Emerald Star

Emerald Waterways' Emerald Star docked in the German city of Passau. Photo © 2014 Aaron Saunders

Emerald Waterways’ Emerald Star docked in the German city of Passau. Photo © 2014 Aaron Saunders

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Today, guests aboard Emerald WaterwaysEmerald Starhad three distinct and fantastic ways to spend their day: an optional, full day excursion to Salzburg, Austria; an optional, full-day journey to the storybook village of Cesky Krumlov in the Czech Republic; or the option to stay onboard to enjoy a morning of scenic cruising along the Danube, followed by a visit and guided walking tour in Passau, Germany.

This morning, Emerald Star docked briefly in the small Austrian town of Aschach to disembark guests traveling on to Salzburg and Cesky Krumlov. Photo © 2014 Aaron Saunders

This morning, Emerald Star docked briefly in the small Austrian town of Aschach to disembark guests traveling on to Salzburg and Cesky Krumlov. Photo © 2014 Aaron Saunders

Guests from Emerald Star boarding their coach to Cesky Krumlov. Photo © 2014 Aaron Saunders

Guests from Emerald Star boarding their coach to Cesky Krumlov. Photo © 2014 Aaron Saunders

Now, that’s a heck of a tough choice. I’ve been to Cesky Krumlov before, and absolutely fell in love with the town that has remained largely untouched for hundreds of years. Conversely, I’ve never been to Salzburg, and have always wanted to go there. However, both of those options are full-day excursions that would eliminate the option of touring Passau – and I love Passau. The chance to spend a relaxing morning onboard Emerald Star as she makes her way up the Danube followed by an afternoon in Passau was an opportunity that was too good to pass up.

Enjoying a light breakfast in the Horizon Lounge. Fruits, yogurts and breads are available each morning here. Photo © 2014 Aaron Saunders

Enjoying a light breakfast in the Horizon Lounge. Fruits, yogurts and breads are available each morning here. Photo © 2014 Aaron Saunders

The Horizon Lounge: the place to be for scenic morning cruising. Photo © 2014 Aaron Saunders

The Horizon Lounge: the place to be for scenic morning cruising. Photo © 2014 Aaron Saunders

Today’s Daily Program of activities:

  • 07:30 – 08:15: Ship stops shortly in Aschach to disembark guests going to Cesky Krumlov and Salzburg, then sails further.
  • 06:30 – 10:00: Light Breakfast, Horizon Lounge
  • 07:00 – 09:00: Breakfast, Reflections Restaurant.
  • 08:00: Departure to Salzburg – Bus 1. Bus returns at 18:00 in Passau.
  • 08:45: Departure to Cesky Krumlov – Bus 2. Bus returns at 17:30 in Passau.
  • 12:00 – 13:30: Lunch for guests staying onboard. Reflections Restaurant.
  • 14:30: Ship arrives in Passau, Germany.
  • 14:30 – 15:30: Guided walking tour of Passau for guests staying onboard, with four local guides. Guide Four is for Gentle Walkers.
  • 16:00 – 16:30: Tea Time. Horizon Lounge.
  • 18:00: All Aboard! Ship sails to Regensburg, Germany.
  • 18:45 – 19:00: Port Talk with Daniela. Horizon Lounge.
  • 19:00: Captain’s Farewell Cocktail. Horizon Lounge.
  • 19:15: Captain’s Farewell Dinner. Reflections Restaurant.
  • 21:15: Movie Night, “The Counsellor.” Please sign up at Reception. Pool Area.
  • 21:15: Disco Night (put on your dancing shoes…). Horizon

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