Emerald Liberte

Why cruise on this ship?

Specially commissioned to sail the Rhône and Saône as part of our Sensations of Southern France river cruise, Emerald Liberté is one of three Star-Ships added to the Emerald Waterways fleet in 2017.

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Dining

Expect truly memorable on board dining experiences, from start to finish. Every Emerald Waterways river cruise begins with a festive Welcome Buffet Dinner where you'll meet the intimate group of cruise guests, and ends with a sumptuous Captain’s Farewell Dinner where you share mutually treasured moments in camaraderie with new-found friends.

We believe that great service plays an important role in the dining experience, which is why all of our team members have been carefully selected for their experience and expertise. And with one of the very best guest to crew ratios on Europe’s and Asia's rivers, you can expect customer care at its finest. No matter where or how you choose to dine on-board our ships, you’ll find our friendly, professional team are always ready to help you.

Free drinks with meals

What’s better than free meals? Free drinks perhaps? During mealtimes on-board Emerald Sun and Emerald Dawn, you’ll be able to enjoy complimentary drinks, including a selection of beers, wines and soft drinks. Alternatively, buy a drinks package to take advantage of our bar menu whenever you fancy throughout the day.

Reflections Restaurant

Reflections Restaurant is the centre-point of our dining experience on-board, where you can enjoy breakfast, lunch and dinner in relaxing, contemporary surroundings. All the dishes served in Reflections Restaurant are chef-prepared and inspired by the local region, so you can look forward to some excellent cuisine during your time on-board, as well as some much-loved favourites from home.

Features

  • Experience: Complimentary
  • Food type: Fine

The Terrace

A beautifully decked area at the front of the Star-Ship, The Terrace provides a lovely retreat from which to enjoy a light snack or refreshing drink. Depending on the Star-Ship, this partly indoor and outdoor space is a spectacular vantage point from which to soak up the scenery, whatever the weather. This peaceful setting is also a great spot to enjoy a glass of local wine or beer with your loved ones or new-found companions.

Features

  • Experience: Complimentary
  • Food type: Casual
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Sky Barbecue

The Sky Barbecue can be found on the Sun Deck.

Features

  • Experience: Complimentary
  • Food type: Bbq

Entertaining

As the host on-board, our Cruise Directors strive to ensure there’s never a dull moment during an Emerald Waterways river cruise. With this in mind, a fantastic range of entertaining activities are available for you to enjoy.

Thanks to the unique design of our Star-Ships, we are able to host a unique event program throughout your cruise. In the Horizon Bar & Lounge, immerse yourself in ancient folklores, passed from one generation to another for hundreds of years, during an authentic show. Or, let the music of a nation sweep you off your feet as a local band takes to the floor in their traditional attire. Alternatively, catch that film you never got round to seeing during movie nights in the cinema.

Reception

If you want to purchase a drinks package, enquire about a DiscoverMORE excursion or simply catch-up with our friendly crew, you’ll always receive a warm welcome in our on-board reception area.

Features

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Horizon Bar & Lounge

The Horizon Bar & Lounge is the social heartbeat of our Star-Ships. Surprisingly spacious and exceedingly modern, this contemporary and comfortable haven is one of the most popular areas of our vessels day or night.

There's a fully stocked bar with attentive bartenders, help-yourself to a selection of coffees from out high-tech coffee-machine, or try one of our speciality teas, and take a seat in our plush and spacious sofas and chairs. In the day it's a place to catch up with new friends and unwind.

Each evening before dinner, your Cruise Director welcomes you to the Horizon Bar and Lounge for an informal yet fascinating talk on your forthcoming ports of call. With tips on what you'll see and things to look out for, this is an ideal opportunity to plan for the day ahead. When the evening arrives, we have a medley of entertainment planned especially for you.

After another delicious dinner in our Reflections Restaurant, head up to the Horizon Bar and Lounge to listen to your resident pianist play. Relax with your favourite cocktail and catch up with your new found friends.

On select evenings guests are invited to watch local performances in the traditional style. From a Bavarian band to Hungarian dancing, there's no finer way to celebrate the native culture than in the comfort of familiar surroundings.

The Horizon Bar & Lounge also plays host to challenging quizzes and our popular crew show. This jovial event happens at the end of every cruise after the Farewell Dinner.

Features

  • Bar
  • Lounge

Daytime Pool & Bar/Evening Cinema

Among the many innovations on-board is our daytime pool and evening cinema. Cleverly transforming from a swimming pool into a cinema, it’s one of the unique features that set our Star-Ships apart from the competition.

Features

  • Cinema

Sun Deck

The Sun Deck is your panoramic outdoor space on-board, a place to relax, unwind and take in inspiring views of the river. Complete with deck chairs, walking track and games area, you’ll find the Sun Deck at the very top of your Emerald Star-Ship.

Features

  • Sun Deck

Games Area and Golf Putting Green

During downtime on-board feel free to enjoy our games area and golf putting green. It’s the perfect way to enjoy the scenery while you challenge new-found friends.

Features

  • Sun Deck

Enrichment

First setting sail in 2017, Emerald Liberté sails both the Rhine & Saone. You can expect a stylish and spacious ship, designed to ensure the most comfortable journey. What you may not have expected is a custom-built ship, built to offer more space per guest than most other operators and to incorporate many spectacular ship innovations, unique to river cruising.

DiscoverMORE

To immerse you further in local history and culture, we also offer optional DiscoverMORE special excursions (at an additional cost). Look out for details on each itinerary. These can either be booked before you go or once on-board.

Head into France’s storied past, or the region’s glitzy cities with a DiscoverMORE excursion along the Rhône.

With DiscoverMORE, you’re free to revel in the awe-inspiring wonder of Pont du Gard, the highest of all Roman-built aqueducts. A striking example of Roman engineering, the Pont du Gard stretches powerfully across the Gardon River. Built in the 1st century, the structure remains solid to this day, a testament to the precision and skill of Roman engineers, despite the simplicity of the technology they used.

Features

  • Excursions

EmeraldACTIVE

Showcasing the very best that Europe has to offer, our exceptional river cruises introduce the highlights of the continent – from the splendour of the Rhine Gorge to the elegant boulevards of Vienna. In between memorable sightseeing and cultural encounters, you can enjoy an exciting collection of EmeraldACTIVE excursions, special events that let you stretch your legs and keep active amid the inspiring backdrops of Europe’s iconic waterways.

Hike the vineyards of the Côtes du Rhône

Beyond the limits of medieval Tournon lies the terraced vine slopes of the Côtes du Rhône, one of France’s most esteemed wine-making appellations. It’s here, within sight of the weaving passage of the river, that you can enjoy an EmeraldACTIVE vineyard hike – taking in the fragrant grape rows, inspiring scenery and warm, Mediterranean climate. Climb from the river’s edge to the summit of the valley through these celebrated wine lands promises, and enjoy a post-walk tasting session.

Features

  • Excursions

EmeraldPLUS

The EmeraldPLUS experience takes you to the heart of local culture, helping you enjoy authentic customs and traditions while learning what day-to-day life is like for local people. These enriching events seek to avoid typical tourist hotspots, so you can be sure that your experience goes beyond that of the ordinary traveller.

From the culinary capital of Europe, Lyon, to the balmy climes of the Mediterranean Coast, the Rhône explores a truly beautiful stretch of France.

Regional wine tasting in Tournon

The South of France has winemaking pedigree that is hard to match, anywhere in the world. As your Star-Ship journeys through Tournon, you’ll be given chance to sample some of the region’s best-loved and most celebrated wines. Hosted on-board the ship, with the stunning backdrop of southern France passing you by, you’re free to try these delightful vintages.

Enjoy this EmeraldPLUS experience as part of our Sensations of Lyon & Provence river cruise.

Provencal dinners hosted by renowned local chef

As well as a rich winemaking heritage, Provence is also home to some of the world’s favourite dishes and most respected chefs. During our river cruises through this amazing part of the world – a popular local chef will join you on-board and host an amazing dinner filled with delicacies and Provencal favourites.

Take part in this EmeraldPLUS experience during our Sensations of Lyon & Provence with Nice river cruise.

Features

  • Wine Experience
  • Food Experience

Inspiring day ashore

With a different port call almost every day of your cruise; Emerald Waterways have organised a series of inspiring days ashore – taking you to the very heart of the beautiful towns and cities we visit. Exploring authentic local cultures, Emerald Waterways excursions are led by experienced, knowledgeable guides – introducing you to a wealth of knowledge.

Featuring as many as 16 destinations across up to five different countries, an Emerald Waterways cruise provides the perfect platform to absorb a huge array of cultures and traditions in one fell swoop. Every Emerald Waterways cruise itinerary is carefully planned to ensure the ship visits only the most fascinating, rewarding port towns and cities – affording you the opportunity to derive maximum reward and pleasure.

Whether exploring a new town on foot or navigating the streets of an ancient city by coach, English-speaking guides will be on hand to bring your destination to life through educational and enlightening commentary. And to ensure you don’t miss a second of the tour, we will provide all of our guests with a personal headset.

Features

  • Excursions

Health and fitness

During days on the move, it is possible to indulge in a little ‘me time’ aboard the Emerald Liberté, with a skilled hairdresser bobbing and weaving on the Riviera Deck. A comprehensive selection of gym equipment and spa facilities are also available to all guests in the wellness and fitness areas – keeping you treated and toned throughout the cruise.

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Pool

Where else can you enjoy an indoor heated pool with retractable roof?

Make your way to the back of our Star-Ships and you'll discover our most innovative feature, the likes of which you won't find anywhere else on Europe's rivers. In our constant dedication to bring the highlights of ocean cruising to the intimacy of Europe's waterways, we've developed a custom-built feature that promises to give your time on board an edge.

Our indoor heated pool is located on the Horizon Deck of most of our vessels*. This sanctuary of calm features a retractable roof which will welcome the cool river breeze during those warmer days on the water. Floor-to-ceiling windows surrounding the entire area bring the outside in and promise endless views while you enjoy a revitalising swim.

Whether you choose to soak in the sights from the crystal-clear pool during your morning dip or lie back pool-side to marvel at the awe-inspiring night skies, it’s hard to imagine a more tranquil setting to relax and unwind.

If you would prefer to stay dry, you will find that the contemporary decked area surrounding the pool is the perfect place to unwind with a good read. There's a scattering of comfy lounger chairs and tables, topped off with a tranquil ambience.

Speciality teas and coffees are available free of charge from the intimate cafe at any time of the day. Feel free to help yourself to a creamy cappuccino and take some time to yourself as your Star-Ship navigates the water at a leisurely pace. Whether you’re looking to relax after a morning of sightseeing or being your day with a refreshing dip before stepping foot ashore, this oasis of serenity will soon become one of your most cherished areas of our ships.

At Emerald Waterways, we strive to exceed your expectations. That’s why we go above and beyond to provide guests with memorable experiences, both on-board and onshore. From the luxurious comfort of our heated indoor pool, to the sleek, modern design of our suites and public areas, it’s no surprise that our commitment to excellence has been recognised with countless industry awards over the years.

Features

  • Pool
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Fitness and Wellness area

Don’t let your holiday stand in the way of your fitness routine. Whatever time of day you like to work out, you can get your heart pumping in our purpose-built fitness area.

Features

  • Gym
  • Wellness
  • Salon
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Walking Track

Stretch your legs and take in the sights as you enjoy a stroll on our purpose-built walking track. Taking you around the outside of the Sun Deck, it’s a great addition for those who like to stay active on their travels.

Features

  • Jogging or Walking Track
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Wellness Area

Enjoy a massage, nail treatment or facial in our custom-built wellness area. Our on-board beauty therapist will be happy to help you choose a service to suit your needs, whenever you feel like it.

Features

  • Pool
  • Wellness

Hairdressers

In need of a quick trim during your travels? On-board you can treat yourself at any point during your cruise with our dedicated hairdressers – perfect if you’re looking to get spruced up for a special evening.

Features

  • Salon

Kids and teens

Please note: There are no children's facilities onboard the Emerald Liberte.

Accommodation

Our suites and staterooms are chic, modern sanctuaries, something you would expect from that of a world-class hotel. Inspired by innovation and contemporary design, we have five suite and stateroom grades. In all suites, the traditional French balcony has been substituted for our ingenious all-weather system, transforming your balcony into the perfect place for you to enjoy the endless river views, regardless of the weather. Our staterooms offer a picture window, perfect for admiring the views.

All suites and staterooms boast a wealth of sumptuous features, from luxurious toiletries and a revitalising shower in your spacious en-suite bathroom, to a queen size* or twin hotel-style bed, draped with luxurious linens. Not forgetting, a flat screen HDTV and infotainment system, free Wi-Fi to keep you connected with loved ones, and a bottle of water, replenished daily. We also provide trekking poles to assist on guided walking tours and hikes.

Owner's One-Bedroom Suite

Some of the most sumptuous suites on European waterways, our Owners One-Bedroom Suite has it all. A separate lounge and bedroom area allows the luxury of space, from which to enjoy your complimentary continental breakfast in the morning, a drink from your fully stocked minibar or after-dinner sweet treats before bed.

Your queen-size or twin hotel-style bed will be draped in high quality linens, for the perfect night’s sleep, plus you’ll have the pleasure of selecting your preferred pillow from our extensive menu. Get comfortable for the night after a busy day exploring, and prepare for the next as you unwind with a film on your flat screen TV and infotainment system in true comfort.

A walk-in wardrobe makes unpacking even more of a dream. A great space to keep all your belongings and outfits for special occasions, such as your exclusive dinner at the Captain’s Table. You’ll even have the option to have four items laundered a day to ensure that favourite dress or suit is in the best possible condition for your event.

In the morning, enjoy the perfect wake-up call with a fresh coffee from your in-suite Nespresso™ machine. Sip it on the balcony, wrapped in the comfort of your Emerald Waterways bathrobe and slippers after a refreshing shower in your stylish in-suite bathroom, enhanced by luxurious toiletries.

You’ll have so much to tell your loved ones back home, so we’ve made keeping in contact really easy. Not only will you have an in-suite telephone, but complimentary Wi-Fi throughout the Star-Ship and an iPad means you can choose your favourite method of communication, whenever the moment suits.

Features

  • Queen or Twin Configuration
  • Lounge Area
  • Shower
  • Toiletries Provided
  • Room Service Available
  • Suite Benefits
  • TV
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Coffee Machine
  • Safe
  • Hair Dryer
  • Desk
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Grand Balcony Suite

Staying in the Emerald Grand Balcony Suite makes waking up and going to sleep a dream. Open your balcony, with the simple press of a button, to let in the river breeze on a lazy morning, as the unrivalled comfort of your queen-size or twin hotel-style bed, dressed with luxurious linens, encourages you to lie in that little bit longer.

Wake up to the luxurious surrounds of your stylish bathroom, enjoying a revitalising shower, complete with sumptuous toiletries. Then, what could be better than having a continental breakfast brought to your door to enjoy on your own private balcony? Complimentary bathrobes and slippers make lounging comfortable, and your own in-suite Nespresso™ machine means you can sip a fresh coffee as you ponder your itinerary and what the day has to offer.

Select your preferred pillow from our extensive menu and enjoy an exceptionally comfortable night’s sleep, or simply relax as you watch a film on your suite’s flat screen TV and infotainment system, during some down time. Individual climate control enables your room to stay at the right temperature to suit you, whether you’re sailing in the warmer summer months, or the cooler winter.

And, stay in touch with family and friends using your in-suite telephone or make the most of complimentary Wi-Fi for contacting them by your preferred method.

Features

  • Queen or Twin Configuration
  • Lounge Area
  • Shower
  • Toiletries Provided
  • Room Service Available
  • TV
  • Safe
  • Hair Dryer
  • Desk
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Emerald Panorama Balcony Suite

Your Emerald Panorama Balcony Suite offers everything you could possibly need throughout your cruise, and more. You’ll be surrounded by elegant décor and opulent, comfortable furnishings, as you unwind in your home-away-from-home. Relax on your balcony as the stunning landscapes pass by, and transform it from an indoor to an outdoor space with ease, as the floor-to-ceiling window lowers to a halfway point at the touch of a button. Enjoy the river breeze from your comfortable chair, enjoying a a good book or the unfolding vistas. Treat yourself to a drink from your suite’s minibar, or use it to keep your complimentary bottle of water chilled, or for any souvenirs that require it.

When it’s time to retire to bed, you can look forward to the exceptional comfort of your queen-size or twin hotel-style bed, complete with luxurious linens. Treat yourself to an indulgent shower with luxury toiletries, to really prepare yourself for an excellent night’s sleep.

Of course, keeping in touch with your loved ones is really easy. Every suite has its own telephone, as well as complimentary Wi-Fi being available throughout the Star-Ship.

Features

  • Queen or Twin Configuration
  • Lounge Area
  • Shower
  • Toiletries Provided
  • Room Service Available
  • TV
  • Safe
  • Hair Dryer
  • Telephone
  • Desk
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Emerald Stateroom

An Emerald Stateroom is home to all the amenities you need to settle into your home-away-from-home. A great size picture window lets in the perfect amount of light, welcoming in the golden summer sunshine, or the winter sun during cooler months.

Comfort is of the highest importance, so each room features individual climate control, allowing you to personalise your room’s temperature to suit your preferences and the time of year you’re cruising.

We’ve designed our bathrooms as a relaxing retreat to retire to after an exciting day exploring. Enjoy a sumptuous shower complete with indulgent toiletries, as well as a hairdryer, all before settling into your queen or twin hotel-style bed, complete with luscious linens, as you enjoy a movie on your flat screen TV and infotainment system with, perhaps, a nightcap from your mini-bar.

If you wish to stay in contact with loved ones throughout your trip, you can do so using your in-suite telephone or our free Wi-Fi available throughout the ship.

Features

  • Queen or Twin Configuration
  • Shower
  • Toiletries Provided
  • Room Service Available
  • TV
  • Safe
  • Hair Dryer
  • Desk

Emerald Single Stateroom

We make solo travel easy and comfortable as all of our Star-Ships, except Emerald Radiance, boast two Emerald Single Staterooms. Home to a deluxe single bed, a bathroom with shower, indulgent toiletries and hairdryer, you’ll have all the comforts you need at your fingertips. Your picture window welcomes in a lovely amount of light and individual climate control ensures you can keep at a comfortable temperature regardless of which season you’re travelling in.

A flat screen TV and infotainment system shows films and television programmes, so you can spend mornings and evenings relaxing in comfort before an exciting day ahead. Catch up with loved ones, using the suite’s telephone or the free Wi-Fi, and enjoy a drink from your minibar.

Features

  • Queen or Twin Configuration
  • Shower
  • Toiletries Provided
  • Room Service Available
  • TV
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Safe
  • Hair Dryer
  • Desk

Deck plans

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Sun Deck

  • Sun deck with Deck Chairs
  • Navigation bridge
  • Sky Barbecue
  • Golf Putting Green
  • Games Area
  • Retractable Glass Roof
  • Walking Track
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Horizon Deck

  • Daytime Pool & Bar / Evening Cinema
  • The Terrace
  • Horizon Bar and Lounge
  • Emerald Panorama Balcony Suite
  • Grand Balcony Suite
  • Owner's One-Bedroom Suite
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Vista Deck

  • Reception
  • Fitness Area
  • Reflections Restaurant
  • Emerald Panorama Balcony Suite
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Riviera Deck

  • Wellness Centre
  • Hairdresser
  • Emerald Staterooms