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Emerald Waterways

As the newest river cruise line to launch in Europe, Emerald Waterways offers unique onboard innovations and contemporary comfort for an exclusive river cruise experience. First launched in 2014, Emerald Waterways commands 5 ships in total and offers sailings covering the majority Europe and exciting Asian destination including Vietnam and Cambodia. Emerald Waterways combine affordability with great dining, exceptional services and interesting itineraries to bring you a relaxing and insightful river cruise journey.

Emerald Waterways focus on traversing the European waterways of the Rhine, Main, Danube, Saone and Rhone rivers. There is particular attention put into creating a truly unique and innovation atmosphere and experience on board each of their five vessels. Also offering itineraries along the Mekong River, Emerald Waterways can navigate you through some of the world’s most treasured landmarks, including many UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

2020 River Cruise Sale

Emerald Waterways are offering generous savings of up to £1,200 per person across their collection of 2020 European river cruises in The Ultimate River Cruise Sale - book before 29th February 2020**.

2021 On Sale Now

Book now and enjoy 2021 European river cruises at 2020 prices with generous savings of up to £500 per couple. Plus, enjoy €200 on board spending money per couple, when you book before 30th April 2020*.

Strictly Star Savings

You are invited on an exclusive river cruise in April 2020 with the much-loved Strictly Come Dancing stars Anton du Beke and Erin Boag. Secure your place today and enjoy half price balcony suite upgrades, plus guaranteed savings of £500 per person^.

Terms and conditions apply, see more details.


Each Emerald Waterways ship has a choice of four suite and stateroom grades on board. Each room offers a spacious retreat with a wide collection of features and amenities included. Every room comes with a fully equipped en suite including a shower and selection of luxury toiletries. The cabins themselves features complimentary bottled water, Wi-Fi, a safe for your valuables, on-demand entertain courtesy of a flat screen TV and a luscious queen sized hotel style bed perfectly positioned for you to enjoy the views outside.


At the very centre of life on board an Emerald Waterways ship is the gastronomy. Each meal is designed to provide you with an exceptional new experience, using the very best of local ingredients from each destination.  The food is perfectly complimented by the two dining areas on board, a contemporary indoor restaurant and outdoor dining terrace.

The Reflections Restaurant is located on the Vista deck of each vessel and is the main restaurant on board. Here you will find an elegant space accommodating tables of up to eight people for breakfast lunch and dinner, with panoramic views of the scenery and river outside.

The Terrace offers the chance for some alfresco dining. The decked area is at the front of the ship and provides a spectacular view of the scenery. Peaceful and intimate the terrace is the perfect place to enjoy a healthy breakfast and lunch or to unwind with a glass of wine.


Not content with including all the delectable onboard meals and drinking options in the price of your trip, each Emerald Waterways river cruise ship also boasts a wealth of facilities and amenities to cater for your every need.

Onboard spaces include a dual-purpose area at the aft of the ship, which transforms from an indoor pool during the day, to a cinema at night. This is a state of the art feature which is unique to Emerald Waterways river cruises. Each of the ships also boasts a sundeck, for relaxed sunbathing and lounging, a well-stocked fitness room with high-quality gym equipment and a wellness area to help you pamper yourself as you sail the European waterways.


Excursions with Emerald Waterways have been specially crafted to introduce you to some of the world’s most amazing sights, and to top it all off they are all included in the price of your cruise. With a different port of call on almost every day of your cruise, each excursion is led by an experienced and knowledgeable guide, to introduce you to the very heart of each city as well as a personal headset to make sure you don’t miss a word.

Enjoy a picturesque drive along the grandiose streets of Vienna, walk the fairy-tale streets of Passau or enjoy a coach tour through Budapest with a stop at the Royal Palace of Buda. If you prefer to forge your own path, you’re of course free to roam solo and indulge your interests throughout Europe’s most awe-inspiring regions.



Recommended Blogs

Emerald To Bring Harmony To The Mekong

31st July 2018
With the announcement of the brand new Emerald Harmony, Emerald Waterways is set to have their own ship at their disposal for sailing the waters of Vietnam and Cambodia.

A New Dawn (And Sun) For Emerald Waterways

1st September 2015
Emerald Waterways have launched two more Star Ships to join Emerald Star and Emerald Sky in the current fleet.

2021 Brings New Itineraries, Excursions And A New Ship For Emerald

21st January 2020
Emerald Waterways has announced the latest ship to join its ever-growing Star-Ship fleet, along with new itineraries and shore excursions for 2021.


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