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Emerald Waterways

Emerald Waterways operates a fleet of 7 modern river cruise ships on the rivers in Europe, and I give details below for the ships in each cruising area. Click on the following link for details of their cruises on the Mekong.

Rivers Rhine, Main, Danube & Moselle

  • Emerald Star
  • Emerald Sky
  • Emerald Dawn
  • Emerald Sun
  • Emerald Destiny 

These ships  are 135 metres in length, and have 72 suites and 20 staterooms (including 2 singles) across 10 categories. The 182 guests are looked after by 47 members of crew.

Rivers Rhone & Saone

At just 110 metres in length, there are just 54 suites and 16 staterooms (including 2 singles) across 10 categories. There are 43 crew members to look after the 138 guests.

Douro River

Built for the Douro River, she is just 89 metres long, and has only 46 suites and 10 staterooms across 10 categories. The 112 guests have 37 members of crew to look after them.

Take a look at my video which I took on Emerald Sky in 2015, and then scroll down the page for more information.


The ships offer a number of great features including: –

  • A heated swimming pool with a retractable roof, which transforms to a cinema for the evenings (except Emerald Radiance, which has a Serenity Pool on the Sun Deck)
  • In addition to Reflections, which is the main restaurant, The Terrace serves light breakfast and lunch al Fresco
  • Some of the suites have an ‘indoor balcony’, and with the touch of a button, the upper half of the floor to ceiling window lowers down to give you a balcony.

The money you pay for your Emerald Waterways river cruise includes so much. Just look at the following list of benefits: –

  • Return flights from London, Manchester, Birmingham, Glasgow and Edinburgh, subject to availability. You can fly from other regional airports for a supplement, again subject to availability.
  • On some departures there is the option to travel by Eurostar for a supplement
  • Transfers between the airport and ship
  • All meals, as well as wine, beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner
  • Tea and coffee available at all times throughout the cruise
  • Bottled water restocked daily in your stateroom or suite
  • A shore excursion on most days, including visits to many UNESCO World Heritage Sites, including EmeraldPLUS excursions such as a home-hosted afternoon tea with a local Slovakian family
  • Pre-paid gratuities on the ship
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi onboard the ship
  • Complimentary on-board bicycles
  • All port charges, airport taxes and transfer costs

All suites and staterooms have complimentary toiletries, hair dryer, bathrobes & slippers, telephone, safe and flat screen infotainment centre. Category SA and S suites also offer a number of additional facilities, including such things as a Nespresso machine, a pillow menu, plus Continental breakfast, pre-dinner canapés & after dinner sweet treats served in your suite.

A sample dinner menu in the Reflections Restaurant would be Tiger Prawn Cocktail or Escarole Lettuce and Aged-Cheddar Salad, Spinach and Egg Royale Double Consommé or Mushroom Cappuccino Soup, Roast Rump Beef Fillet of John Dory with Swiss Chard Flan or Spinach and Feta Cheese Parcel, and finally White and Dark Chocolate Mousse, Yoghurt and Lime Terrine or Lemon Ice Cream.

Examples of the some of the itineraries are shown below: –

  • 8 days / 7 nights Danube Delights – cruise from Nuremberg to Budapest
  • 11 days / 10 nights Classic Prague & Danube Delights – 3 nights hotel in Prague, followed by 7 night cruise to Budapest
  • 15 days / 14 nights Splendours of Europe – cruise from Amsterdam to Budapest
  • 8 days / 7 nights Rhine -Main Discovery – cruise from Amsterdam to Nuremberg
  • 8 days / 7 nights Jewels of the Rhine – cruise from Amsterdam to Basel
  • 10 days / 9 nights Enchantment of Eastern Europe – 7 night cruise from Budapest to Bucharest, then 2 nights hotel in Bucharest
  • 8 days / 7 nights Highlights of the Netherlands & the Beauty of Belgium – round trip cruise from Amsterdam
  • 8 days / 7 nights Sensations of Southern France – cruise from Lyon to Avignon
  • 8 days / 7 nights Secrets of the Douro – Porto to Porto round trip

I have also made the following short video as part of my series of ‘60 Second Cruise Ship Videos


For more information call GoCruise with Ian on 01455821770 or 08002922850.

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(page updated June 2016)