Why river cruising is the best value European holiday

With all on-board meals, complimentary drinks, tips and much more taken care of in the price of an Emerald Waterways river cruise, find out why river cruising is the best value way to explore Europe.

Spacious on-board accommodation

Our suites and staterooms are chic, modern sanctuaries, something you would expect from that of a world-class hotel. Inspired by innovation and contemporary design, we have five suite and stateroom choices. In all suites, the traditional French balcony has been substituted for our ingenious all-weather system, transforming your balcony into the perfect place for you to enjoy the endless river views, regardless of the weather, while our staterooms offer a picture window, perfect for admiring the views.
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All meals on-board

From a hearty buffet breakfast to a five-course à la carte menu, sitting down to another delicious meal will soon become one of the highlights of your cruise. We believe that great service plays an important role in the dining experience, which is why all of our team members have been carefully selected for their experience and expertise. And with one of the very best guest to crew ratios on Europe’s rivers, you can expect customer care at its finest.

Unique EmeraldPLUS cultural events

The EmeraldPLUS experience takes you right to the heart of the culture of each destination, helping you experience what day-to-day life is like for the locals. These authentic adventures seek to avoid typical tourist hotspots, so you can be sure that your experiences are unlike any others. This might come in the form of an invitation to afternoon tea with a Slovakian family in their home during your time in Bratislava, a traditional German cooking presentation in the Black Forest, or enjoy a relaxing glass top canal boat cruise for a unique view of Amsterdam in the Netherlands.
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Special EmeraldACTIVE experiences

Our range of on board and onshore activities suit the more active guest, so if you love to explore during bicycle rides and walking excursions, or simply enjoy keeping fit, then look out for them on your chosen itinerary. During your Emerald Waterways river cruise, you’ll have the opportunity to enjoy our EmeraldACTIVE programme of excursions, encouraging you to stretch your legs, find your centre and keep active. This may consist of guided hikes to centuries-old castles, cycle rides from one spectacular town to the next, and a canoeing excursion, inviting you to get even closer to the river.

Daily shore excursions and guided tours

With a different port call almost every day of your cruise; Emerald Waterways have organised a series of inspiring days ashore – taking you to the very heart of the beautiful towns and cities we visit. From UNESCO World Heritage-listed sites and fairy tale castles, to grandiose cathedrals and cosmopolitan cities, our days spent ashore are expertly designed to showcase the best of what every region has to offer.

Complimentary wine and beer with lunch and dinner

Complimentary drinks are part of the Emerald Waterways river cruising experience with free beer, wine and soft drinks with every lunch and dinner on-board. Our experienced and friendly team on-board are always more than happy to use their expertise to advise you on your drinks choices. Allow them to suggest pairings to best suit your cuisine as you take advantage of our complimentary drinks package. Whether you’ve got an eye for top-notch single malt or a penchant for a particular bottle of fizz, our extensive drinks menu consists of both old favourites and rarer names that will undoubtedly tempt you.

On-board heated pool, cinema and bikes

Make your way to the back of our Star-Ships and you'll discover our most innovative feature, the likes of which you won't find anywhere else on Europe's rivers. Our indoor heated pool features a retractable roof which will welcome the cool river breeze during those warmer days on the water. On-board our ships sailing the Rhine, Main, Danube and Rhone rivers, the indoor heated pool area transforms into a cinema* at night where we'll show a selection of classic and contemporary films and iconic concerts from some of the world's most famous musicians.

All on-board tips and gratuities

Completely removing the risk of an awkward silence at the end of a delectable meal, or upon receipt of a bottle of crisp Champagne to your suite; Emerald Waterways have already taken care of on-board tipping. Not only that, all port charges, taxes and transfer costs are included.

Start planning your European river cruise

Discover Europe's magnificent waterways on a boutique river cruise with Emerald Waterways, start planning your 2021/2022 holiday today. Order your free 2021 Europe river cruising brochure today.

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