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Emerald Waterways

4.8 Excellent
This operator is an Active Member in good standing in the United States Tour Operator Association and part of the $1 million traveler insurance program
# of trips 6 Trips
Type Local Specialist
Service Level Luxury
Trip prices $ 1,295 - $ 4,115
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95.8333% Recommend
4.8 Excellent
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It's such a great way
I loved going into the pool in the mornings - it's such a great way to start the day off!
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It most enjoyable!
Never having done a river cruise before, we found it most enjoyable!
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All the staff were excellent, polite, helpful and cheerful.
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Great cruise!!
Sensations of Southern France was beautiful, educational and relaxing. Great cruise director, excursions were wonderful, nice extras like wine tasting, cheeses tasting, presentations by crew, cocktail party by the pool, attentive staff, gratuities included, regional food!!
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Love to sail with them again.
The staff was wonderful and so helpful.
would love to sail with them again.
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Was just Fantastic
We just returned from a 11 day cruise on Emerald Liberty from Lyon to Nice. We had the time of our life. The crew was fantastic and the cruise Director Jana was helpful getting our lost luggage to us. The food was great, the people you met and our vessel held 130 people. We met more people on this trip than our prior cruises on the big cruise lines. I’ll never go on a bigger ocean cruise after this. More personable and no long lines at all when you board, restaurants. It was just fantastic. We’ve already scheduled our 2019 going from Amsterdam to Budapest. Here we come....
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Editorial review of Emerald Waterways

Debuting in 2014, Emerald Waterways, sister company to Scenic Tours is already making a splash with its value-minded deluxe river cruises in Europe and Southeast Asia.

What Makes Them Stand Out?

With a new deluxe fleet, Emerald Waterways provides customers with stylish and spacious rooms and contemporary comfort. Unique on-board innovations include a glassed in heated swimming pool, which converts into a cinema, and outdoor dining spaces. They are value-conscious and strive to make the river cruise experience accessible to everyone. Cruises are all-inclusive taking the headache out of scheduling add-ons, extras, and transport. 

Who Travels With Them?

Travelers who enjoy a relaxing, insightful river cruise experience will love going on an Emerald Waterways River Cruise. Their prices are mid range, and typically cruises are enjoyed by an upper age range, though young professionals and families may enjoy them as well.

Where Do They Operate?

Emerald Waterways runs cruises in Europe and Southeast Asia, specifically the Rhine, Main, Danube, Saône, Rhône and Mekong rivers. Journeys range from 8 to 17 days. 

Why Travel With Them?

Emerald Waterways promises to provide an affordable, leisurely escape with all inclusive benefits including meals, travel transfers, and onshore experiences. They have multiple deck side viewing and dining areas, friendly staff, and fun onboard entertainment. Their many itineraries aim to provide an immersive experience sailing past stunning architecture, quaint villages and towns, and historical landmarks. 

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For the first time in six years, a new river cruise company is taking to Europe’s rivers. In 2014, Emerald Waterways made its debut and you’re invited to be among the very first guests to experience the next generation of European river cruising.

When it comes to exploring Europe, there’s nothing average about our itineraries. Our carefully crafted cruises range from 8 to 15 days, and take you to many of the most fantastic villages, towns and cities lining Europe’s Danube and Rhine rivers. And because we want you to fully appreciate the places you visit, we also include special experiences that uncover more than just the usual tourist attractions.

Launching a new fleet of custom-built Star Ships gave us a blank canvas to create a completely new design, and introduce an array of spectacular innovations you wouldn’t expect on a river cruise ship. To begin with, our ships boast an onboard heated swimming pool with retractable roof, which in the evening, transforms into a cinema.

And as an alternative to our main restaurant, Reflections, we offer alfresco dining on The Terrace at breakfast and lunch. Each of our ships offer a great range of cabins for you to choose from, including the Emerald Panorama Balcony Suite – a completely new type of cabin, designed by us. To replace the run-of-the-mill French Balcony that is commonplace on river cruise ships, we created a new kind of indoor balcony, complete with a decked area and our ingenious open-air system. With the touch of a button, the upper half of the cabin’s floor-to-ceiling window drops down to let in fresh air and provide full panoramic views of the landscape.

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