Vienna By Day and Night with Emerald Waterways
After breakfast, I began my day like I have every other morning: with a trip up to the Horizon Lounge for a Café Latte. The automated coffee machine onboard Emerald Star is nothing short of space-age; it makes six different kinds of drinks in three different cup sizes, caffeinated or decaffeinated, and it prepares them as well as any barista. This is no coin-operated syrup dispenser; this thing is the real deal, and more than one person I’ve met has admitted to having a bit of a love affair with the machine’s rejuvenating beverages.
Today, Emerald Waterways included a Panoramic City Tour of Vienna, utilising four busses. Running from 0830 until 1230, it is part bus tour of Vienna’s historic Ringstrasse (ring road) that encircles the city, part walking tour, and part free time.
Because the Danube doesn’t flow through the core of Vienna, ships must dock approximately 20-30 minutes outside of town, and guests must be bussed to and from the city. Because most guests opted to take the tour this morning, there were no shuttle busses available to take independent guests into town, though the afternoon had no less than four departure times from the ship into Vienna.
Since I’ve been to Vienna previously, I was eager to do my own thing today – and our docking location made that remarkably easy to do by taking the metro, or U-Bahn. I talked to our Cruise Director, Daniela, to get the information on the exact location of the station and what line I should take, and she assured me it was super-easy – and it was indeed!
If you’re curious on how you can accomplish this, allow me to walk you through it:
From our docking location near St. Francis of Assisi Church, it’s about a 10-minute walk to the <a