Exceptional Emerald Value

At Emerald Waterways, all your delicious meals, wonderful onshore experiences, and travel and transfers within Europe are included in the price of your holiday.

On average, our cabins are larger than most other companies, but we don’t charge more for the extra space. Plus, not only will you be traveling on Europe’s newest river cruise fleet, but you’ll be amongst the first to experience many spectacular ship innovations – including an onboard swimming pool that inventively converts into a cinema, and our revolutionary open-air system that allows you to enjoy your balcony, whatever the weather.

You wouldn’t expect all this from a river cruise, but on an Emerald Waterways river cruise, you can look forward to it.

It’s amazing what’s included

  • All airport transfers to and from your ship for your convenience
  • Spacious accommodation onboard Europe’s newest river cruise fleet
  • Spectacular ship innovations like an onboard pool and cinema, and an innovative open-air system in all cabins on the Vista and Horizon decks
  • A river view from all staterooms and suites
  • All onboard meals and a collection of excellent highlight dinners at Reflections Restaurant
  • The option to enjoy a light breakfast and lunch, alfresco on The Terrace
  • Onboard bicycles which can be reserved in port for individual excursions
  • Complimentary wine, beer and soft drinks to accompany lunch and dinner
  • Tea and coffee available at all times throughout your cruise
  • Bottled water restocked daily in your cabin
  • An included shore excursion on almost every cruise day
  • Extra special included excursions with EmeraldPLUS
  • Visits to many UNESCO World Heritage Sites
  • The option to have continental breakfast served in the Owner’s One-bedroom and Grand Balcony Suites
  • Pre-dinner canapés and after-dinner sweet treats served in the Owner’s One-bedroom and Grand Balcony Suites
  • A first-class service from an English speaking crew
  • Knowledgeable local guides at each destination
  • Complimentary WiFi onboard the ship
  • All port charges

Europe’s newest fleet

On an Emerald Waterways river cruise, you can expect stylish and spacious ships, designed to ensure the most comfortable journey. What you wouldn’t have expected is a brand new fleet, custom-built to offer more space per guest than most other operators and to incorporate many spectacular ship innovations, unique to river cruising.

Your retreat on the river

From our staterooms to our one-bedroom suites, we offer a great range of cabins to choose from. And as some of the first guests to ever travel on our brand new ships, you’ll enjoy our cabins at their absolute best. Compared to others on the river, our Emerald Staterooms are amongst the largest of their kind – offering more space and greater value for money. At the other end of the scale, our Owner’s One-bedroom Suites boast a separate bedroom, spacious lounge and walk-in wardrobe. Plus, theses suites include a number of unexpected extras too, like a complimentary mini-bar restocked daily with beer, wine and soft drinks – and the option to have a continental breakfast served to your suite for you to enjoy on your spacious balcony, or in the lounge for a more intimate setting.

Bringing the highlights of ocean cruising to the world of river cruising

At Emerald Waterways, we don’t want to meet your expectations; we aim to create spectacular surprises that you wouldn’t ever expect from a boutique river cruise ship. That’s why our new deluxe ships boast a heated swimming pool complete with retractable roof, bar and gelati station – creating a brilliant onboard oasis for you to relax in, whatever the weather. On selected evenings, the pool area inventively transforms into a cinema showing a collection of classic films and recent releases – taking onboard entertainment in a completely new direction.

Exceptional spaces to enhance your experience

The moment you step onboard your ship, you’ll be met with an overwhelming sense of light and space. The Horizon Bar and Lounge features floor-to-ceiling windows, designed to create the most amazing airy atmosphere. And if you walk through the lounge you’ll find The Terrace looking out onto the river – the perfect place to relax in the gentle breeze while reading a book. Lined with the most comfortable lounge chairs, the Sun Deck offers amazing 360° views of the ever-changing scenery. Here, you’ll also find a stylish Sky Bar popping up occasionally, meaning you can watch the sun go down as you enjoy your favourite tipple.

The flavors of Europe

On an Emerald Waterways river cruise, you can expect great dining experiences from start to finish. Each of our cruises begins with a Welcome Dinner where you’ll meet other guests, and ends with a Farewell Dinner where you can share memories with new-found friends. Our experienced chefs take great pride in preparing dishes of the highest quality and ensuring their menus showcase the fantastic cuisine Europe has to offer. Every day, you’ll enjoy a hot and cold buffet for breakfast and lunch with an array of appetizers, main course choices and a collection of sweet treats at the dessert table. In the evenings, we invite you to be our special guest at a four-course dinner serving delicious international and regional speciality dishes.

Reflections Restaurant

Reflections is our ship’s main restaurant, offering an informal setting for you to enjoy our delightful cuisine. Every day, you can enjoy a delicious buffet breakfast or for something a little more special, take advantage of our resident Egg Chef’s fabulous selection of freshly prepared morning meals. At lunch, you can choose whatever takes your fancy from a full hot and cold buffet. And in the evenings, you’ll enjoy a delectable four-course dinner.

The Terrace

When the weather’s fine, The Terrace – located at the bow of the ship – offers a beautiful setting to enjoy alfresco dining. For the perfect start to your day, you can watch the sun rise with your morning tea or coffee and light breakfast. With panoramic views of the spectacular scenery and a gentle breeze weaving through the tables, The Terrace is also a lovely place to grab a café-style lunch from a choice of pastas, pizzas, soups, sandwiches and fish and chips.

Keeping your glass topped up

Having an amazing vacation can be thirsty work, so remember that complimentary tea and coffee are available at all times throughout your cruise. To accompany lunch and dinner, we’ve carefully chosen a special selection of European red and white wines, local beers and soft drinks for you to enjoy with your meal – all of which are included in the price of your holiday.

Where dining becomes an experience

To complement the high quality dining onboard our ships, we also offer authentic dining experiences off the ship to give you a deeper insight into your destination’s culture. For example, in Bratislava, you’ll have a truly rewarding opportunity to taste traditional fare, and learn more about everyday life in the city during at a home-hosted afternoon tea in the company of a local Slovakian family.

Take a refreshing dip in the ship’s sparkling pool

Indoor Heated Pool With Retractable Roof Unlike any other on Europe’s waters, our brand new boutique river cruise ships boast a heated swimming pool complete with retractable roof – the perfect place for you to relax with a refreshing treat. Once you’ve had a dip in the pool’s sparkling waters, you can always grab a drink from the bar to enjoy as you unwind on the comfortable lounge chairs. 

Enjoy a film in the evening in the onboard cinema

Cinema A new dimension in onboard evening entertainment, throughout your cruise, you’ll be able to watch showings of classic films and recent releases as you wind down for the night with a drink, in the company of your fellow travelers. So if you’re not in the mood to take advantage of the bar, or ready to retreat to your room quite yet, the cinema is a great place to spend your evening.

Meetings that Matter

Whether you are rewarding top achievers, conducting a conference or holding that important client meeting, nothing comes close to an all-inclusive river cruise on the stunning waterways of Europe. Emerald Waterways are available for full or partial charter, or even simply a few cabins for your group, offering a convenient and cost-effective means of providing your team with an amazing river cruise experience.
Business meetings and social events can easily be arranged in any number of convenient locations on board our ships. Our unique pool/cinema club offers an exclusive private meeting space holding up to 40 guests for your vital meeting or conference requirements, without the need to charter the entire ship. This area can also be secured for sole use to hold your presentation, movie night or even welcome cocktail party for attendees.  The Horizon Bar can offer an additional Welcome/Farewell Reception venue for drinks and nibbles. Weather permitting, the Sun Deck can also serve as a casual venue for meetings or cocktail receptions, surrounded by the breath taking panoramic view of the European landscapes.
Itineraries can be tailored to suit your company's individual requirements. Extra special included excursions with EmeraldPLUS, can also be added to your shore excursion program, providing a customised cruise unique to your team.  Whatever your MICE requirements, Emerald Waterways have the knowledge and the experience to create the most amazing river cruise, designed to ensure your next meeting or conference is one your team or clients will remember for years to come.

Superior service, exceptional people

At Emerald Waterways, we’ve selected the best people to ensure that you enjoy every moment of your vacation – because with the best people comes the best service. As part of the Scenic Tours Group, we’re backed by the invaluable expertise and knowledge of the world’s leading luxury river cruise operator. So when you book a river cruise with us, you can rest assured that we have the know-how to not only meet your expectations, but exceed them.

At your service

Throughout your cruise, you’ll notice how each member of the crew maintains the perfect balance of friendly and professional, as they ensure every aspect of your time onboard your ship runs smoothly. And with one of the very best crew to guest ratios on Europe’s rivers, there’s always someone available to answer any questions and look after any requests.

Enhancing your experience

It takes a number of very special qualities to be an Emerald Waterways Cruise Director; like a unique passion for Europe’s diverse history and culture and of course, a love for travel. Your Cruise Director is your personal encyclopedia, storyteller, historian, interpreter and problem solver all in one. What’s more, they’ll provide expert commentary throughout your cruise, sharing with you interesting facts and fascinating insights into your destination.

The best way to explore

We want you to experience Europe to its fullest, including all its famous highlights and all its best kept secrets, which is why at each of our destinations you’ll be taken on guided explorations by English speaking and highly knowledgeable local guides. As you stroll through the cobbled walkways, narrow alleys, and bustling streets of Europe’s spectacular towns and cities – and among the many iconic sites and historic landmarks – your guide will take you on a unique journey into the local culture and expertly talk you through the exciting history behind each destination.
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