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Emerald Waterways



Emerald Waterways updates the classic European river cruise with modern luxury. Their fleet of Star-Ships includes an extensive range of upscale facilities including boutique hotel décor and an innovative pool that transforms into a cinema for evening entertainment. Ships are specifically designed to mirror the flow of the water with their glass-heavy design, helping you make the most of the view!


Popular Routes

The cruise line’s roster of routes starts in Europe, where you’ll have the chance to make your way down all the continent’s most beautiful waterways including the Danube, Rhine, Rhone, and Moselle. Explore Renaissance-era cities and traditional villages; or venture out into the countryside on a culinary excursion. You can also journey into the heart of Russia with a cruise down the Volga, allowing you to admire the glorious architecture of St Petersburg and Moscow from the water. Further afield, enjoy cruises through Vietnam, Cambodia and Myanmar with their rich culture and amazing food.


Emerald Star

Emerald Waterways 10 Out Of 10

Emerald Star

By: Hewitt, Hull on 14th May 2016

Regarding the "Emerald Star" one word -beautifull!- spotlessly clean, spacious cabin, food excellent, good choice of menu breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Excellent Cruise With Spectacular Scenery

Emerald Radiance

By Brine, Aylesford on 9th August 2018

Our cabin was spacious and the wardrobe configuration much improved from our Danube cruise. Wine and soft drinks are included with all meals. The crew were all excellent...

Emerald Waterways Ships

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Emerald Destiny

Emerald Destiny

Emerald Destiny is the newest ship introduced to the Star-Ships fleet which is built to the same high standards as her sisters...

Emerald Destiny Cruises

Emerald Liberté

Emerald Liberté is built specifically for the region of Southern France so you can set sail down the river in the style...

Emerald Radiance

Emerald Radiance

Emerald Radiance places focus on the outside, with passengers able to enjoy a drink on the Sun Deck and much more in open air...

Emerald Radiance Cruises
Emerald Dawn

Emerald Dawn

Emerald Dawn boasts luxurious staterooms that offer exceptional comfort so you can cruise down the most famous rivers in style...

Emerald Dawn Cruises

Irrawaddy Explorer

Irrawaddy Explorer is a smaller ship that allows passengers to easily engage with one another to create a community feeling...

Irrawaddy Explorer Cruises
Emerald Sun

Emerald Sun

Emerald Sun has everything you'll ever need when on your river cruise, from fantastic dining options to contemporary design...

Emerald Sun Cruises

Emerald Sky

Emerald Sky ensures your trip will be luxurious and comfortable as you glide through the most beautiful places in Europe...

Emerald Sky Cruises
Emerald Star

Emerald Star

Emerald Star is a welcoming ship with spacious areas to lounge and relax in. Not to forget the spectacular suites on offer...

Emerald Star Cruises
Emerald Waterways Mekong Navigator

Mekong Navigator

Beautiful scenery, extraordinary facilities and a superb crew. The Mekong Navigator is the only way to sail the Mekong River...

Mekong Navigator Cruises
Adriatic Princess

Adriatic Princess

The Adriatic Princess is perfect for exploring the waters of the Adriatic Sea, especially those who are keen to get into the sea!

Adriatic Princess Cruises
Adriatic Pearl

Adriatic Pearl

The oldest ship in the fleet, Adriatic Pearl had a refurbishment in 2017 to maintain its luxurious feel for passengers to enjoy...

Adriatic Pearl Cruises


Do I need to pay gratuity fees?

There’s no need to worry about unexpected service charges at the end of your cruising experience, as tipping is included in the initial price of your fare. The fare also includes all the little details like airport taxes, transfer costs and port charges so that you won’t have any surprises.


What's the dress code onboard?

The dress code for dinner and entertainment is Smart Casual. This means you can wear what’s comfortably chic, including dresses or open-neck shirts with slacks along with your smartest shoes! Men can choose to wear jackets and ties but it’s optional. In the daytime, opt for a similar standard of smart casual resort wear. Do you love dressing up? You’ll have the chance to pull out all the stops for the welcome dinner and Captain’s reception if that’s what you wish. However, because it’s a river cruise you’ll see more cocktail dresses than evening gowns onboard!


We have over 130 expert cruise consultants to help you book the perfect cruise. Many have first hand experience of Emerald Waterways and you can find some of their best tips and advice below.

Lesley Millward

Emerald Sun

Great welcome when you arrive with hot towels and a drink. Cabins are really well appointed with one of the best showers i have had on board a ship.


Dining Options

You’ll start your day with a full buffet breakfast onboard an Emerald Waterways Star-Ship, with plenty of fresh hot and cold options to fuel a full day of adventures and sightseeing. All meals are included in the fare, including lunch and the five-course a la carte dinners. Expect impeccable service thanks to the high guest-to-crew ratio and complimentary beverages. When the sun’s out, dining extends to the Sun Deck where you can mix and mingle with fellow passengers over an impromptu BBQ; or dine on lighter meals whilst admiring the view from The Terrace. The Reflections Restaurant is the ship’s main dining room, showcasing continental cuisine with a regional twist. Meals are paired with local wines carefully chosen by the cruise line’s sommelier.


Drinks Packages

This luxurious cruise line offers complimentary beverages as a standard part of the service, so you’ll be able to take your pick from a full menu of beer, wine and soft drinks with your lunch and dinner. Puzzled at the choice? Simply ask your service team for pairing recommendations to explore the range of regional flavours onboard. From single malt scotch to sparkling wine, there’s plenty to pick and choose from. Beverage service extends to hot drinks as well, including specialty coffees and teas. You’ll find drink stations throughout the ship, so you’ll never have to venture too far!


Entertainment and Excursions

An Emerald Waterways cruise is a lively, engaging experience, and this river cruise line offers a more extensive entertainment programme than many of its competitors. Led by the Cruise Directors, the activity selection includes interactive quizzes, traditional performances, and shows featuring the talented crew.

Visit the Horizon Bar & Lounge to get the party started, with its light-strewn interior that transforms into a trendy bar in the evenings. Settle down in the plush sofas and chairs to enjoy good conversation or a pre-dinner drink. Every evening, the Cruise Director will welcome passengers in for an informative discussion about the next day’s ports of call, including handy travel tips. After dinner, there’s a full calendar of live music, dancing, and cultural performances. From pianists to brass bands or Hungarian dancing, you’ll get a taste of each region’s culture to finish off the day.



  • Pool to Cinema Experience

Emerald Waterways’ fleet is high-tech and modern, and one of its most innovative features is the indoor heated pool. In the evenings, this transforms into a covered cinema as the floor rises up and a screen lowers down. A selection of both classic and modern films is shown throughout the cruise.


  • Live Concerts

The cinema also hosts a series of concerts from some of the globe’s most famous musicians, with musical styles ranging from classical to jazz and pop standards. These are shown on the big screen, allowing you to get comfortable and enjoy a world class performance in comfort.


  • Excursions

You’ll be visiting a different port nearly every day of your cruise, taking you into the heart of medieval towns and exquisite villages. Excursions are designed to let you make the most of what’s onshore, led by expert guides every step of the way. EmeraldACTIVE excursions let you stretch your legs with hiking or cycling, while the EmeraldPLUS range of activities gives you a local’s view of day-to-day life.


Activities and Amenities

An Emerald Waterways cruise is like a floating boutique hotel, with all the luxury and style one would expect. This starts in the cabins, which feature en-suite bathrooms fully stocked with luxe toiletries. Beds are made with crisp linens, and you’ll have a flat screen HDTV, Wi-Fi and infotainment system to help you relax.

Public areas include a bevy of recreational facilities on offer, starting with the indoor heated pool with a retractable roof to make the most of the weather. This transforms into the evening cinema as mentioned above. The Sun Deck is a hub of activity, with a seating area to watch the world go by as well as a walking track for more active pursuits. Play a round of golf on the putting green or visit the fitness centre to keep up your exercise routine on the go. The hair salon and wellness area offer a range of beauty and wellness treatments to leave you feeling relaxed and stress-free.

Emerald Waterways News


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