Emerald Waterways

Shiny Emerald Waterways is a relatively new river cruise line, launching in 2014 and a division of luxury cruise operator Scenic. The cruise line offers both ocean and river cruises, headquartered in the UK and offering sailings in Europe, Asia, Africa and Russia. Emerald Waterways offers some of the most premium ships in the industry, with its deluxe fleet of Star-Ships the pinnacle of cruising comfort and style, boasting sun decks, heated pools, modern cabins and even an on board cinema. While the cruise lines offers a super-premium all-inclusive experience and ships are five-star floating hotels, sailing with Emerald is all about the destination – and passengers can book a range of pre- and post-cruise programmes, particularly in Israel, Egypt and Jordan. Emerald Waterways also operates a super luxurious new yacht-style ship, Emerald Azzurra.

Why choose this cruise line?

Emerald Waterways offers a modern, relaxed, super premium all-inclusive cruising experience, with contemporary and elegant ships and bucket-list destinations. On board, 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. On board passengers can relax and unwind in heated pools, sunbathe on the spacious sun deck and more. Emerald also recently 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 Waterways

Emerald Waterways offers a super-premium, all-inclusive cruise experience on its fleet of modern and state-of-the-art Star-Ships. Emerald is for passengers who truly want to relax, unwind and put away their wallets, and 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 (Emerald exist with even more exclusive and enticing excursions. There’s also a certain timeless elegance about Emerald Waterways, 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 Waterways

Emerald Waterways 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 Waterways destinations

Emerald Waterways operates on the waterways of Europe, Russia, Egypt and Southeast Asia. Traveller 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 Waterways operates sailings on the Nile and the mystical Mekong in Cambodia and Vietnam.

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