River Cruises

For guests looking for a more personalised experience, nothing compares to river cruising.

Welcome to the world of river cruising

Since 2014, Emerald Waterways has welcomed many thousands of guests from around the world to the magnificent waterways of Europe and now the award-winning cruise experience is available to book from New Zealand.

Our deluxe fleet of revolutionary Star-Ships promise contemporary comfort and unique on-board innovations, while our generous fully-inclusive offering combines affordability with great dining, exceptional service and immersive itineraries across Europe.

We take great pride in ensuring every journey is perfectly planned, and each guest enjoys a relaxing and insightful river cruise experience, whether you’re sailing on-board our award-winning fleet or exploring a nearby town for the day.

Which rivers do Emerald Waterways explore?

A cruise with Emerald Waterways will take you along many iconic rivers of Europe. These include the Danube, Rhine, Main, Rhône and Douro rivers. In 2019, we launched our first Star-Ship outside of Europe, the Emerald Harmony sails along the mighty Mekong River between Vietnam and Cambodia.

The Emerald Waterways Experience

Experience the best of river cruising with exceptional service, complimentary drinks and dining and on-shore activities, included in the price of your cruise.

With all on-board meals, complimentary drinks, tips and much more taken care of in the price of an Emerald Waterways river cruise, all you need to do is relax and enjoy the experience!

Our attentive team of crew are available day and night to ensure every minute on-board the Emerald Waterways fleet is as enriching and enjoyable as possible.

Every Emerald Waterways river cruise benefits from the knowledgeable presence of one of our highly skilled Cruise Directors. These regional experts are always on hand to share their near-limitless repertoire, acting as on-board tour guide, storyteller, and problem-solver.

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Helping you explore the authentic culture and history of the regions visited, every Emerald Waterways river cruise features at least one EmeraldPLUS excursion, alongside EmeraldACTIVE experiences.


These expert-led experiences take you to the places out of reach of the ordinary visitor, into the very heart of the destinations visited.

Some of our EmeraldPLUS experiences include an invitation to afternoon tea with a Slovakian family in Bratislava, an enchanting guided tour around the stunning Keukenhof Gardens in the Netherlands and a cheese and olive tasting on board your ship, as well as lunch at KOTO Restaurant in Hanoi.


We have created a range of exciting EmeraldACTIVE experiences with at least one excursion included in all of our cruise itineraries.

Enjoy a guided bike tour between Durnstein and Melk, take a guided nature walk through the Black Forest or a guided hike to Buda Hill in Budapest.

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Life on Board

Cutting a stylish and chic figure upon the rivers of Europe and Asia; Emerald Waterways’ fleet of Star-Ships perfectly marry modern design with deluxe comfort for all guests.

Our award-winning Star-Ships are innovative, imaginative and custom-built with you in mind - every one of our stylish vessels features a wealth of unique features and amenities to make your time on board unforgettable.

As soon as you step on board, you are met by tasteful, modern décor which continues throughout the ship. From the crisp, clean linens in every one of the cabins, to the stylishly finished à la carte restaurants; the Emerald Waterways fleet has more in common with upmarket boutique hotels than traditional water-faring vessels.

During the summer months, the open air terrace on the top decks of our Star-Ships provides a fantastic setting to watch as the jaw-dropping scenery unfolds around the vessel. With a cold drink in hand, there are few more spectacular ways to explore our continent further afield than perched atop a luxury river cruise ship.

Experience your river cruise in true comfort

At Emerald Waterways, we are absolutely dedicated to ensuring that every aspect of your stay aboard our fleet of Star-Ships goes above and beyond expectations.

Throughout the ship, we have added extra amenities and features to make sure your voyage is as comfortable and enjoyable as possible, from multi-sensory shower units to extensive drinks menus.

And throughout your stay, our ships are complemented by our highly-trained, skilled and attentive crew, dedicated to ensuring your Emerald Waterways river cruise is unforgettable.

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