The elegant MS RheinPoesie glides smoothly up to the KD jetty at Burgplatz in Düsseldorf, watched with interest by many pairs of eyes on the river bank. While there are only a few cyclists and a handful of joggers out on the promenade, a cluster of people are already waiting at the jetty. The atmosphere is lively and merry even at such an early hour. It’s perfect weather for an excursion to Cologne and back. So the guests board the ship in a good mood, warmly welcomed by Captain Markus Koopmann and Ship Manager Cüneyt Karakus. The latter shows guests to their seats at the tables set with tablecloths, serviettes, cutlery and floral decorations.