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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. You'll visit historic cities, culture-rich towns and world-famous wine regions. Every river in Emerald Waterways' exciting range of itineraries offers a unique experience

Emerald Waterways river cruises are available on the following rivers:

  • Danube
  • Rhine
  • Main 
  • Rhône
  • Douro
  • Mekong

River cruises with Emerald Waterways are planned to perfection, so you can relax as everything is taken care of. You'll enjoy gourmet dining experiences, fully-inclusive drinks and exceptional service throughout your cruise.

Every Emerald Waterways river cruise includes:

  • Premium river cruise experience
  • Flights from Heathrow and selected regional airports
  • Complimentary wine, beer and soft drinks to accompany lunch and dinner
  • Unlimited tea and coffee
  • A shore excursion on almost every cruise day
  • On-board pool and cinema
  • Free Wi-Fi on-board your ship

The line's voyages range from eight to 15 days in length and are designed to take you to not just the much-loved tourist landmarks to be found along such historic rivers as the Danube and Rhine but to uncover the authentic history of each town and region, thanks to a range of special experiences. Emerald Waterways is a line which understands that enriching destinations are only part of the river cruise experience, which is why its custom-built ships offer a host of innovations and a number of river cruising firsts, such as a heated on-deck swimming pool with a retractable roof which hosts a cinema by night and 'open air' panoramic windows in suite accommodations.

Award-winning River Cruises

Emerald Waterways has been named as 'Best Value for Money' at Cruise Critic's 2017 Editor's Picks awards, due to the line's reputation for providing innovative and exciting river cruise holidays for amazing prices. This prestigious title comes just a year after the line receive the award for 'Best River Cruise Line' in both the Cruise International Awards and the Silver Travel Awards. So book your Emerald Waterways river cruise today and see for yourself why this award-winning river cruise line is so renowned for the premium river cruising experience it offers.


Emerald Waterways shipEmerald Waterways understands that different travellers have different needs, which is why the line offers a wide choice of cabins and suites to suit different passenger's requirements and budgets. From an Owner's Suite to an Emerald Stateroom, whichever type of accommodation you choose, you'll enjoy a host of facilities and features. Just think of your ship as a floating hotel and your cabin your stylishly-appointed and spacious hotel room.

As well as your constant personal view of the river, you'll have an en-suite bathroom, comfortable bed, climate control, complimentary Wi-Fi and a flat-screen TV. There are four types of stateroom available on Emerald Waterways' vessels. Emerald staterooms offer a generous 162sq ft of space, picture windows and all the comforts of a modern hotel room, while Panorama Balcony Suites boast the line's all-new indoor balcony design and 180 sq ft of space in which to relax. Emerald Grand Balcony Suites offer a host of additional comforts as well as 210 sq ft, while the first word in river cruising luxury is the Owner's One-bedroom Suite, offering a separate lounge area and 315 sq ft of space.


Emerald Waterways bar

With Emerald Waterways, dining is always a memorable experience, as your voyage is bookended by both a Welcome Dinner and a Farewell Dinner, the perfect showcase for the talents of the line's expert chefs. Of course, 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 Europe.

Each day starts with a mouth-watering breakfast buffet offering a range of hot and cold dishes; an experience which continues into lunch when a range of continental dishes are on offer. In the evenings, it's a four-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 or enjoying a café-style lunch of soup or sandwiches.


As well as the stylish dining areas and accommodations, the ships in the Emerald Waterways fleet 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, however, 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, while there's an opportunity for some much-needed pampering in the Massage Therapy Room.


Best Value for Money

2017 Cruise Critic Editors' Picks

Gold Trusted Service Award

2017 Feefo

Best Value for Money

2016 Cruise Critic Editors' Picks

Best River Cruise Line

2016 Cruise International Awards

Best River Cruise Line

2016 Silver Travel Awards

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