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Emerald Waterways River Cruise Holidays

Emerald Waterways river cruises offer superb all-inclusive cruises that provide exceptional value for money. Flights from the UK, transfers, all meals, onshore excursions/experiences, travel and accommodation are included in the price of your cruise. Even the little things are taken care of such as tipping and internal transfers. Emerald were voted ‘Best Value for Money’ in the Cruise Critic Editors’ Picks 2015.

On average, the suites and staterooms you'll find on all the ships in the Emerald Waterways fleet are larger than other cruise lines, and whilst onboard these luxury vessels, you’ll find plenty of places to unwind and entertain yourself, including a revolutionary swimming pool which transforms into a cinema! The luxurious Horizon Bar & Lounge is the place to go to help yourself to complimentary tea and coffee throughout the day and the Reflections restaurant serves excellent cuisine for lunch & dinner.

The Emeralds Waterways fleet of Star-Ships is made up of four stylishly appointed vessels. With innovative modern design and deluxe comfort, Emerald Waterways’ chic ships are amongst the newest and most cutting-edge on Europe’s rivers.

The Emerald Waterways fleet currently consists of 7 luxurious river cruising vessels including the Emerald Sky, Emerald Star and the more recent additions, the Emerald Sun and Emerald Dawn. All custom-built to extremely high standards, with modern décor throughout and a unique suite of features and benefits available to every guest, you’ll feel as if you’re travelling on a boutique hotel.

Each ship consists of the same deck layout, so you know what to expect whichever vessel you choose for your River Cruise:

Vista Deck

Every suite on the Vista Deck comes with an Emerald Panorama Balcony, giving guests the best views of all the stunning European riverside attractions. Vista Deck is also home to reception, the wellness and fitness areas, and Reflections Restaurant, where all the inclusive on-board meals are served.

Riviera Deck

The Riviera Deck is home to the Emerald Staterooms and the on-board hairdresser.

Sun Deck

Sit back and relax on the Sun Deck, watching the wonderful scenery go by as you sail down Europe's majestic waterways.


Whether you're enjoying a light breakfast al-fresco on The Terrace, or a delectable four-course dinner in Reflections Restaurant in the evening, you can expect great dining experiences from start to finish. 

Wellness & Fitness Areas

Whether you want to sneak in an early morning work out, or you're looking for a late afternoon pampering session, head down to the beautifully apportioned Wellness & Fitness Areas 


Emerald Waterways' experienced on board chefs take great pride in preparing dishes of the highest quality, ensuring that every dining experience showcases a combination of regional cuisine and seasonal produce. From a hearty buffet breakfast to a five-course à la carte menu, sitting down to another delicious meal will soon become one of the highlights of your cruise.

Reflections is your Star-Ship’s main restaurant, located on the Vista deck of each vessel. This elegant and airy space accommodates tables of two-to-eight for breakfast, lunch and dinner, with floor-to-ceiling windows offering up superb views of the river.

During warmer days on the water, why not enjoy a spot of alfresco dining on The Terrace? You will find this beautiful decked area at the front of the ship. Providing you with a spectacular vantage point from which to soak up the scenery, The Terrace is a peaceful and intimate setting to enjoy a healthy breakfast or light lunch. Of course, you can also just unwind here with a glass of white wine in hand!

When you sit down to enjoy lunch and dinner in the elegant Reflections Restaurant, you can look forward to a selection of complimentary beverages to accompany your dining experience. Emerald Waterways' expert sommelier will handpick a collection of delicious local red and white wines for you to enjoy, perfectly complementing choice of food. Beer & soft drinks are also available.

Keeping your glass topped up throughout your cruise is all part of the Emerald Waterways experience. And don’t forget, you can also help yourself to free hot drinks during your cruise. From your first morning espresso to a speciality tea, you’ll find a wide selection of delicious hot beverages available at the conveniently located drink stations throughout your Star-Ship.

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