If you are looking for a river cruise that offers exceptional value for money, luxurious furnishings, spacious rooms, excellent service and exquisite dining, while you cruise on an unforgettable journey across the world’s most enchanting rivers, then Emerald Waterways is probably the choice for you.
You will find that flights from the UK, transfers, fully inclusive meals, onshore excursions/experiences, travel and accommodation are all included in the price of your river cruise, so you do not have to add on extras.
You will have the chance to explore the rivers that cut through the most beautiful scenery including the Danube, Rhine, Main, Rhône, Douro and the mysterious Mekong.
On average, the suites and standard rooms (staterooms) you will find on all the ships in Emerald’s fleet are larger than other cruise lines; and while onboard these luxury vessels, you will find plenty of places to unwind and entertain yourself, including a revolutionary swimming pool which transforms into a cinema. The luxurious Horizon Bar and 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 and dinner.
Emerald's experienced onboard 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.
The Emerald’s luxurious river cruising fleet 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 with a unique suite of features and benefits available to every guest, you will feel as if you are travelling to 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:
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.
The Riviera Deck is home to the Emerald Staterooms and the on-board hairdresser.
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.
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.
Key information: Emerald Waterways specialises in providing exceptional river cruises to the Rhine and Danube rivers throughout the year. Emerald Waterways focuses on comfortable, modern and innovative designs for their ships – pure luxury. If you are looking for a lavish, exquisite and luxurious holiday, then a cruise with Emerald will leave you wanting more.
Cruises available: Emerald operates eight cruise ships that take you to the rivers in different parts of the world, from Europe and France to Portugal and Asia. Not only does Emerald offer fantastic river cruises, but they also offer multi-country cruises to various rivers.
The ideal time to go: Cruises on the Danube river run almost all year round, but for those that are looking for the best weather, the months June, July and August are the best. Although these months are a popular time for cruising, you will also have longer daylight hours for activities and very enjoyable weather. For holidaymakers that are looking for a quiet and relaxing river cruise, the fall months are ideal: during this time, the water levels will have stabilised, the tourists are fewer, the prices are lower, and the weather is cooler.
Currency: The currency that is used onboard the cruise ships is the Euro (€). If you are planning on purchasing souvenirs from the local ports, you may want to bring the local currency.
Fun fact: In the Berlitz River Cruising in Europe Guide for 2016/2017, Emerald Waterways were the second highest ranking river cruise line.
Top tip: If you are looking for a more adventurous cruise holiday, then you may want to consider the Emerald ACTIVE on their Danube Delights river cruise: all of their ships have bikes that you can use, and there are also guided excursions.
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