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Emerald Waterways

A river cruise with Emerald Waterways will take you on a magical journey along some of the world's most fascinating rivers. You'll visit historic cities, culture-rich towns and world-famous wine regions. Every river in Emerald Waterways' exciting range of itineraries offers a unique experience.

River cruises with Emerald Waterways are planned to perfection, so you can relax as everything is taken care of. You'll enjoy gourmet dining experiences, fully-inclusive drinks and exceptional service throughout your cruise.

Emerald Waterways voyages range from eight to 15 days in length and are designed to take you to not just the much-loved tourist landmarks to be found along such historic rivers as the Danube and Douro but to uncover the authentic history of each town and region, thanks to a range of special experiences. Emerald Waterways is a river cruise line which understands that enriching destinations are only part of the river cruise experience, which is why its custom-built ships offer a host of innovations and a number of river cruising firsts, such as a heated on-deck swimming pool with a retractable roof which hosts a cinema by night and 'open air' panoramic windows in suite accommodations.

What's Included

plane Return flights from the UK Return flights from the UK
overseas transfers Overseas transfers Overseas transfers
food All dining on-board All dining on-board
wine beer soft drinks Wine beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner on-board Wine beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner on-board
complimentry tea and coffee Complimentary tea and coffee all day every day Complimentary tea and coffee all day every day
bottled water Bottled water in every stateroom replenished daily Bottled water in every stateroom replenished daily
itineraries Choice of shore excursions in every port of call Choice of shore excursions in every port of call
bicycles Bicycles that you can use to explore on your own Bicycles that you can use to explore on your own
wifi Internet access and Wi-Fi Internet access and Wi-Fi
on-board entertainment All on-board entertainment All on-board entertainment
gratuities Gratuities on-board Gratuities on-board
port charges taxes All port charges and taxes All port charges and taxes

Accommodation

Emerald Waterways understands that different travellers have different needs, which is why the line offers a choice of four different types of cabins and suites to suit different passenger's requirements and budgets. Whichever type of accommodation you choose, you'll enjoy a host of facilities and features. Just think of your ship as a floating hotel and your cabin your stylishly-appointed and spacious hotel room. As well as your constant personal view of the river, you'll have an en-suite bathroom with shower, comfortable bed, climate control, complimentary Wi-Fi and a flat-screen TV which features a selection of films as well as TV channels.

There are four types of stateroom available on Emerald Waterways' vessels. Emerald staterooms offer a generous 162sq ft of space, picture windows and all the comforts of a modern hotel room, while Panorama Balcony Suites boast the line's all-new indoor balcony design and 180 sq ft of space in which to relax. Emerald Grand Balcony Suites offer a host of additional comforts as well as 210 sq ft, while the first word in river cruising luxury is the Owner's One-bedroom Suite, offering a separate lounge area and 315 sq ft of space.

Dining

With Emerald Waterways, dining is always a memorable experience, as your voyage is bookended by both a Welcome Dinner and a Farewell Dinner, the perfect showcase for the talents of the line's expert chefs. Of course, high-quality dining is a constant throughout your voyage, on which you'll enjoy a range of delectable dishes expertly prepared to reflect the many delightful tastes of Europe.

Each day starts with a mouth-watering breakfast buffet offering a range of hot and cold dishes; an experience which continues into lunch when a range of continental dishes are on offer. In the evenings, it's a five-course dinner menu daily, giving you the opportunity to enjoy an authentic taste of each region. On fine days, the Terrace is the perfect place to dine al fresco, whether that's greeting the sunrise with a coffee and a continental breakfast or enjoying a café-style lunch of soup or sandwiches.

Facilities

As well as the stylish dining areas and accommodations, the ships in the Emerald Waterways fleet offer a host of fantastic facilities and amenities to help make your time on-board as enriching and enjoyable as possible. The standout feature on the majority of vessels, however, is the innovative heated swimming pool, which comes with a retractable roof so guests can enjoy a few leisurely lengths of the pool, no matter what the weather. After a swim, why not reward yourself with a refreshing drink from the bar or an ice-cool treat from the gelati station? In the evenings, the pool area transforms into a cinema which screens a number of recent releases as well as some much-loved classics - a first in river cruising.

The Sky Bar is the perfect place to unwind with a drink come evening and reflect on your experiences with fellow travellers, while the putting green and giant chess set allow for some fun and engaging on-board experiences. If keeping fit on holiday is important to you, then you'll be delighted to know that all ships in the fleet are equipped with a fitness area, while there's an opportunity for some much-needed pampering in the Massage Therapy Room.

Emerald Waterways Itineraries

Emerald Waterways Ships

Emerald Waterways offers a boutique river voyage experience on each of the vessels in its fleet. Emerald Waterways 'Star-Ships' and are custom-built to offer the maximum amount of space possible for each guest. They offer such innovations as a state-of-the-art heated pool and cinema area and a host of hotel-style amenities and comforts to help ensure the most enjoyable river cruising experience possible. Floor-to-ceiling windows ensure panoramic views of the passing scenery from most areas of the ship, while the terrace areas on each vessel allow passengers to greet the morning, take in the air and relax with a drink on a warm summer's evening.

Star-Ships

  • Emerald Dawn – Danube, Rhine and Main
  • Emerald Destiny – Danube, Rhine and Main
  • Emerald Harmony – Mekong
  • Emerald Liberte – Rhone and Saone
  • Emerald Radiance – Douro
  • Emerald Sky – Danube, Rhine and Main 
  • Emerald Star– Danube, Rhine and Main
  • Emerald Sun– Danube, Rhine and Main 

Worldwide Ships

  • Irawaddy Explorer – Irawaddy
  • Mekong Navigator – Mekong
  • MS Hamees – Nile

What to expect on-board

Each ship in the Emerald Waterways fleet of Star-Ships offer a host of fantastic facilities and amenities to help make your time on-board as enriching and enjoyable as possible.

The standout feature on the majority of vessels is the innovative heated swimming pool, which comes with a retractable roof so guests can enjoy a few leisurely lengths of the pool, no matter what the weather. After a swim, why not reward yourself with a refreshing drink from the bar or an ice-cool treat from the gelati station? In the evenings, the pool area transforms into a cinema which screens a number of recent releases as well as some much-loved classics - a first in river cruising.

The Sky Bar is the perfect place to unwind with a drink come evening and reflect on your experiences with fellow travellers, while the putting green and giant chess set allow for some fun and engaging on-board experiences. If keeping fit on holiday is important to you, then you'll be delighted to know that all ships in the fleet are equipped with a fitness area as well as a walking track, and there's also opportunity for pampering in the massage therapy room.

Emerald Waterways Awards

  • Best Value for Money
    • 2017 Cruise Critic Editor's Picks
  • Gold Trusted Service Award
    • 2017 Feefo
  • Best Value for Money
    • 2016 Cruise Critic Editor's Picks
  • Best River Cruise Line
    • 2016 Cruise International Awards
  • Best River Cruise Line
    • 2016 Silver Travel Awards

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