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Emerald Waterways River Cruises

A river cruise with Emerald Waterways will take you on a magical journey along some of the world's most fascinating rivers. Each river cruise is planned to perfection, so you can relax as everything is taken care of.

Emerald Waterways are very generous with the extras which are included as standard in each river cruise. Guests will enjoy return flights from a selection of UK airports, including complimentary transfers between the airport and the ship. You can also expect to enjoy an extensive selection of included dining and drinking options. The on-board chefs carefully design their menus to suit the itinerary of each cruise, using fresh local ingredients that are gathered along the way. Complimentary wine, beer and soft drinks are available with lunch and dinner, as well as free tea and coffee all day. Tips are also included in the price of your cruise.

Each river cruise with Emerald Waterways also includes fascinating excursions on which you’ll visit much more than the ports of each destination. Expert guides will help you to experience the very heart of local culture as you head off the beaten track to visit stunning sights almost every day.

Emerald Waterways’ custom-built ships offer a host of innovations and a number of river cruising firsts. These include the heated on-deck swimming pool with a retractable roof which hosts a cinema by night as well as 'open air' panoramic windows in suite accommodations.

What's Included

plane Return flights from the UK Return flights from the UK
overseas transfers Overseas transfers Overseas transfers
food All dining on-board All dining on-board
wine beer soft drinks Wine beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner on-board Wine beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner on-board
complimentry tea and coffee Complimentary tea and coffee all day every day Complimentary tea and coffee all day every day
bottled water Bottled water in every stateroom replenished daily Bottled water in every stateroom replenished daily
itineraries Choice of shore excursions in every port of call Choice of shore excursions in every port of call
bicycles Bicycles that you can use to explore on your own Bicycles that you can use to explore on your own
wifi Internet access and Wi-Fi Internet access and Wi-Fi
on-board entertainment All on-board entertainment All on-board entertainment
gratuities Gratuities on-board Gratuities on-board
port charges taxes All port charges and taxes All port charges and taxes


Emerald Waterways understands that different travellers have different needs, which is why the line offers a choice of four different types of suites and staterooms to suit passenger's requirements and budgets.

Each stylish retreat offers a range of facilities and features - just like a floating hotel room which offers your own personal view of the river. 

Each suite or staterooms comes with an en-suite bathroom with a selection of luxury toiletries, a queen size or twin hotel style bed and a flat-screen HD TV which features a selection of films as well as TV channels. You’ll also enjoy complimentary bottled water which is restocked daily, a safe and free Wi Fi. 

Emerald Dawn Owners Suite

Emerald Grand Balcony Suite

Emerald Adriatic Princess Stateroom


Dining is always a memorable experience on-board Emerald Waterways river cruises, with your voyage bookended by both a Welcome Dinner and a Farewell Dinner. High-quality dining is a constant throughout your voyage, on which you'll enjoy a range of delectable dishes expertly prepared to reflect the many delightful tastes of the destinations you visit.

Each day starts with a mouth-watering breakfast buffet; an experience which continues into lunch when a range of continental dishes are on offer. In the evenings, it's a five-course dinner menu daily, giving you the opportunity to enjoy an authentic taste of each region. On fine days, the Terrace is the perfect place to dine al fresco, whether that's greeting the sunrise with a coffee and a continental breakfast, enjoying a café-style lunch of soup or sandwiches or sampling smoked delights from the barbecue.


Complimentary drinks are included with lunch and dinner and Emerald Waterways’ team of attentive staff will always be on-hand to help you choose a drink to suit your chosen meal. Each evening you can enjoy a selection of wines which are sourced from local vineyards and hand-selected by the on-board sommelier to accompany each of the dishes on offer.

There’s also an extensive drinks menu which consists of premium tipples and rarer-label wines and spirits if the mood takes you (for an extra charge).


The beauty of a river cruise is exploring a different port of call almost every day. Each itinerary is carefully planned to ensure that each ship visits only the most interesting ports of call along each river, so that you can experience the very best bits of each country you visit.

Emerald Waterways have carefully planned a series of exciting days ashore which takes you not only to the heart of the towns and cities you visit, but also off the tourist trail to discover hidden gems and interesting local cultures. Whether you’re enjoying a walking tour of a new town, or viewing an ancient city from the windows of a luxury coach, English-speaking guides will bring your journey to life with their informative commentary. Each guest will be provided with a personal headset to make sure that you don’t miss anything.

Starting Your River Cruise

Each river cruise includes return flights from a choice of up to 16 UK airports as well as luxury transfers to and from the ship. This removes much of the stress of travelling, as all you have to do is arrive at the airport on time.

If you prefer not to fly, you can travel by Eurostar at no extra cost on selected cruises. 

Emerald Waterways Itineraries


Roundtrip Amsterdam

2 sailing dates April 2020
7 Nights From Amsterdam, to Amsterdam
Emerald Waterways logo FROM £1659pp

Jewels of the Rhine - Basel to Amsterdam

8 sailing dates May 2020 to October 2020
7 Nights From Basel, Switzerland to , Amsterdam
Emerald Waterways logo FROM £1759pp

Amsterdam to Budapest

12 sailing dates April 2020 to October 2020
14 Nights From Amsterdam, to Hungary , Budapest
Emerald Waterways logo FROM £2929pp

Emerald Waterways Ships

Emerald Waterways offers a boutique river voyage experience on each of the vessels in its fleet. Emerald Waterways 'Star-Ships' and are custom-built to offer the maximum amount of space possible for each guest. They offer such innovations as a state-of-the-art heated pool and cinema area and a host of hotel-style amenities and comforts to help ensure the most enjoyable river cruising experience possible. Floor-to-ceiling windows ensure panoramic views of the passing scenery from most areas of the ship, while the terrace areas on each vessel allow passengers to greet the morning, take in the air and relax with a drink on a warm summer's evening.


  • Emerald Dawn – Danube, Rhine and Main
  • Emerald Destiny – Danube, Rhine and Main
  • Emerald Harmony – Mekong
  • Emerald Liberte – Rhone and Saone
  • Emerald Radiance – Douro
  • Emerald Sky – Danube, Rhine and Main 
  • Emerald Star– Danube, Rhine and Main
  • Emerald Sun– Danube, Rhine and Main 

Worldwide Ships

  • Irawaddy Explorer – Irawaddy
  • Mekong Navigator – Mekong
  • MS Hamees – Nile

What to expect on-board

Each ship in the Emerald Waterways fleet of Star-Ships offer a host of fantastic facilities and amenities to help make your time on-board as enriching and enjoyable as possible.

The standout feature on the majority of vessels is the innovative heated swimming pool, which comes with a retractable roof so guests can enjoy a few leisurely lengths of the pool, no matter what the weather. After a swim, why not reward yourself with a refreshing drink from the bar or an ice-cool treat from the gelati station? In the evenings, the pool area transforms into a cinema which screens a number of recent releases as well as some much-loved classics - a first in river cruising.

The Sky Bar is the perfect place to unwind with a drink come evening and reflect on your experiences with fellow travellers, while the putting green and giant chess set allow for some fun and engaging on-board experiences. If keeping fit on holiday is important to you, then you'll be delighted to know that all ships in the fleet are equipped with a fitness area as well as a walking track, and there's also opportunity for pampering in the massage therapy room.

Emerald Waterways Awards

  • Best Value for Money
    • 2017 Cruise Critic Editor's Picks
  • Gold Trusted Service Award
    • 2017 Feefo
  • Best Value for Money
    • 2016 Cruise Critic Editor's Picks
  • Best River Cruise Line
    • 2016 Cruise International Awards
  • Best River Cruise Line
    • 2016 Silver Travel Awards

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