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Cruises with Emerald Waterways

Emerald Waterways is an Australian-owned river cruise company whose modern, elegant and airy ships reflect its stylish, youthful ethos. With all cruises being all-inclusive, and an emphasis on good value for money, as well as friendly, professional service, Emerald will take you on a stress-free voyage down the rivers of historic Europe and beyond.

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Emerald Waterways: Life on-board

  • Total cruises 135
  • Fleet: 8 Ships
  • Destinations: 2
On an Emerald cruise the focus is firmly on relaxation and enjoyment. From shore excursions that you can enjoy at your own pace to afternoons and evenings spent winding down onboard, there's no better way to voyage.

Shore Excursions

Emerald’s guests will have plenty of time to relax and unwind onboard after another exciting day exploring offshore on a guided excursion. Emerald Star-Ships have dedicated Wellness and Fitness Areas to cater to all your pampering needs where you can relax with a massage, visit the hairdresser or work out in the fitness room. However, the star of the show is the fantastic swimming pool with a retractable roof, the perfect place to kick off the morning or cool off after a busy day. What's more, the Sun Deck has a walking and jogging track, and there’s also a mini putting green.

For something a little more educational, many itineraries also include an onboard EU lecture, and every evening the cruise director gives a talk about the next day’s port of call. You can also find this information in the nightly newsletter or listen to a commentary about historic areas you are passing through via headphones.

Dining

Dining onboard is a memorable affair, with all Emerald cruises starting with a welcome dinner where you can mingle with your fellow passengers, and end with a farewell dinner where you can swap contact details with new friends.

The main restaurant onboard the Star-Ships is Reflections, where you can enjoy breakfast and lunch, followed by a delicious four course dinner in a relaxed, casual environment with no need to book a table. When the weather’s nice, The Terrace, at the bow of the ships, is a lovely place to enjoy a casual meal or cup of coffee and a snack.

Dining facilities vary on the A-ROSA Stella and Mekong Navigator, but the relaxed, informal Emerald atmosphere remains similar.

Entertainment

Once evening arrives, Emerald passengers enjoy their pre or post dinner drink while they take in the passing views and listen to some live piano music in the stylish Horizon Lounge. There are also occasional trivia nights, local entertainment and, on one evening per cruise, a staff talent show is followed by a disco.

For something more relaxed, there’s also the chance to unwind with a drink and some popcorn as you watch a classic or recent Hollywood release in the cinema that’s cleverly transformed from the daytime pool area when night falls.

Recreation

Emerald’s guests will have plenty of time to relax and unwind onboard after another exciting day exploring offshore on a guided excursion. Emerald Star-Ships have dedicated Wellness and Fitness Areas to cater to all your pampering needs where you can relax with a massage, visit the hairdresser or work out in the fitness room. However, the star of the show is the fantastic swimming pool with a retractable roof, the perfect place to kick off the morning or cool off after a busy day. What's more, the Sun Deck has a walking and jogging track, and there’s also a mini putting green.

For something a little more educational, many itineraries also include an onboard EU lecture, and every evening the cruise director gives a talk about the next day’s port of call. You can also find this information in the nightly newsletter or listen to a commentary about historic areas you are passing through via headphones.

Emerald Waterways Ships

Boasting a fleet of modern ships, guests onboard an Emerald Waterways river cruise can enjoy innovative features throughout their voyage, including swimming pools, a retractable roof and even a cinema.

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Emerald Waterways Destinations

Onboard their elegant ships, with itineraries lasting between 8 and 21 days, Emerald Waterways' guests will have the chance to discover some of the world's most beautiful rivers, everywhere from Europe to Asia.

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Emerald Waterways Covid-19 safety measures

  • Before Cruising

    Prior to cruising, all guests must have completed a health evaluation survey, and before departure will be briefed on health and safety protocols.

  • Onboard

    Once onboard, measures included more frequent cleaning of suites and public spaces, as well as hand sanitiser dispensers in public areas, suites and corridors.

  • Ashore

    Strict hygiene standards continue on shore excursions, with hand sanitiser provided on transport and activities complying to destination specific guidelines.

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