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Emerald Cruises Information

River cruise line Emerald is bringing out not one but two glamorous new superyachts to the world's oceans. Emerald Azzura, launching in March 2022 with cruises to destinations including Saudi Arabia, will be joined a year later by Emerald Sakara, making her maiden voyage to the Seychelles. Afterwards, Sakara - a Sanskrit mantra meaning "thoughts become things " - will join Azzurra in sailing the Mediterranean, Adriatic, Red and Black seas. The two 100-guest sister ships have balconies on 88per cent of cabins, as well as an infinity pool, spa, gym and marina platform with paddleboards and snorkelling gear.

Why choose this cruise line?

Emerald Cruises offers a modern, relaxed, super-premium all-inclusive cruising experience, with contemporary and elegant ships and bucket-list destinations.

Onboard, guests are able to dine at four unique dining outlets all included and enjoy free-flowing alcoholic beverages at mealtimes. The crew also boasts positions like butlers, sommeliers, lecturers and. Flexibility is key, with its range of shore excursion packages, and every aspect of the trip is taken care of – including flights and transfers.

Onboard, passengers can relax and unwind in heated pools, sunbathe on the spacious sun deck and more.

In 2019 the line launched Emerald Harmony, a purpose-built new river ship designed to sail right into the heart of Ho Chi Minh City – not docking miles away in the South China Sea like other lines.

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Cruising with Emerald Cruises

Emerald Cruises offers a super-premium, all-inclusive cruise experience on its fleet of modern and state-of-the-art Star-Ships. The line has been designed for passengers who truly want to relax, unwind and put away their wallets.

Inclusions span return flights from UK airports, transfers, fine dining and alcoholic beverages with meals and a selection of shore excursions and land programmes.

For those wanting to maximise their experience, a selection of special shore packages is available. There’s also a certain timeless elegance about Emerald Cruises, with highlights like the Captain’s Farewell Dinner.

The cruise line is big on loyalty and encourages its customers to return and cruise again with programmes such as the Emerald Explorer loyalty scheme.

Who should travel with Emerald Cruises

Emerald Cruises appeals most to couples and small groups of friends, offering relaxed, serene and elegant surroundings and a luxurious cruise experience.

Cruises with Emerald Waterways are at the top end of the pricing spectrum, so expect lots of retired couples and passengers over 50.

Passengers will love the choice of often four unique dining outlets, plenty of space to relax and unwind and amenities like a heated pool and cinema.

The cruise line won’t suit those looking to travel with small children, as children must be at least 12 years old to travel, and those under the age of 21 must share a cabin with an adult over the age of 21. Emerald does welcome solo travellers.

Emerald Cruises appeals most to couples and small groups of friends. Credit: Emerald Cruises

Emerald Cruises destinations

Emerald Cruises operates on the waterways of Europe, Russia, Egypt and Southeast Asia. Travellers can choose from itineraries on the Danube, Rhine, Main, Rhône and Portugal’s Douro, along with sailings on Russia’s Volga River.

Further afield, Emerald Cruises operates sailings on the Nile and the mystical Mekong in Cambodia and Vietnam.

Emerald Cruise Cabins

All cabin and suite options onboard ensure a relaxing and comfortable stay with each room benefitting from an en-suite bathroom, complete with a revitalising shower and a selection of luxury toiletries, as well as a luxurious queen-sized or twin hotel-style bed.

Owner’s One-Bedroom – 285-315 sq. ft. (approx.) - This is the biggest and most opulent suite on Emerald’s Star-Ships, the Owner’s One-Bedroom Suites boast a separate bedroom and lounge area.

Emerald Riverview Suite – 300 sq. ft. (approx.) - This suite is spacious with its floor-to-ceiling windows and all-weather balcony system.

Grand Balcony Suite – 398 sq. ft. (approx.) - This suite offers a separate lounge and sleeping area, beautiful balcony, walk-in wardrobe and a Nespresso machine.

Emerald Panorama Balcony Suite – 273 sq. ft. (approx.) - This suite offers an open-air balcony system with a spacious lounge, mini-fridge, climate control and a safe.

Emerald Stateroom – 153-170 sq. ft. (approx.) - Includes a picture window, ensuite bathroom, mini-bar and climate control.

Emerald Single Stateroom – 105-117 sq. ft. (approx.) - For solo travellers.

The Grand Balcony Suite offers a separate lounge and sleeping area and a beautiful balcony. Credit: Emerald

Emerald Cruise Dining

Emerald Cruises believes that food should reflect local flavours which is why its plates take inspiration from the regions it passes through.

The Terrace – A beautifully decked area at the front of the Yacht and Star-Ships where you can enjoy a glass of local wine or beer.

Reflections Restaurant – This restaurant sets the benchmark in onboard luxury dining where a chef will bring you prepared meals for breakfast, lunch and dinner with dishes inspired by local flavours.

Horizon Bar and Lounge – This principal lounge area onboard boutique Star-Ships and the luxury yacht is fitted with comfortable seating, a well-stocked bar and a dancefloor.

Lotus Lounge – Only on Emerald Harmony, this lounge has dark wood tones, muted colours and snacks will be available here throughout the day.

Reflections Restaurant sets the benchmark in onboard luxury dining. Credit: Emerald Cruises

Entertainment on Emerald Cruises

Onboard Emerald Cruises, health and wellbeing is a priority. Make sure to check out the different excursions Emerald has to offer on your sailing.

If you are more in the mood to stay onboard, hit the gym which is equipped with machines and apparatus or the indoor pool. Cruise Directors are on hand to oversee a fantastic range of entertainment activities for you to enjoy.

Fitness and wellness area - A place to maintain or hone your prime level physical and mental well-being.

Evening cinema - Enjoy a range of movies both classical and present as you cruise the waters.

Spa-style Serenity Pool - (On select ships).

Sun Deck - Featuring a seating area, walking track, games area & putting green.

Al-fresco dining and BBQ area - Enjoy a more sociable and outdoor dining experience with other passengers.

Innovative indoor heated pool - With retractable roof and bar

Hairdresser - Spice up your style or prepare for a night out with a trip to the resident hairdressers.

Horizon bar and lounge - The social heartbeat of an Emerald cruise.

Live performances - Guests are invited to watch local performances in the traditional style. From a Bavarian band to Hungarian dancing.

Live music showcase - Let the music of a nation sweep you off your feet as a local band takes to the floor.

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Cruise inclusions

Being super-premium, Emerald Cruises makes sure passengers don’t have to reach for their wallet when on board, and offers an all-inclusive cruising experience.

Flights from the UK, transfers, and all dining are included, along with alcoholic drinks with lunch and dinner and complimentary hot drinks throughout the day.

ome shore excursions are included and the use of facilities like the pool, gym and fleet of bicycles is also free of charge. Wi-fi is complimentary to all guests.

Unique selling points

One of Emerald's biggest unique selling points is its fleet of small ships, which are able to dock right in the heart of major cities.

Emerald Harmony, was purpose-built to sail right into the centre of Vietnam's Ho Chi Minh City, whereas other ships dock in the South China Sea miles and miles away.

Emerald Cruises is also recognised as one of the most LBTQ+ friendly brands, winning shortlisted in the prestigious ‘Brand of the Year’ category at the 2018 Diva Awards.