Our Awards


Back in 2014, our custom-built Star-Ships were voted 'Best New River Ships' in the 2014 Cruise Critic Editors' Picks awards, an award that was shortly followed by us also being crowned 'Best For Value' in the 2015 Cruise Critic Editors' Picks awards!

We've picked up two more awards in the 2016 Silver Travel Awards where we were crowned 'Best River Cruise Line' and retained the award for 'Best for Value' in the 2016 and 2017 in the Cruise Critic Editors’ Picks Awards!

It's incredible to be recognised for our efforts in on-board innovation and offering our innovative product at a reasonable price to our guests. It's all part of our continued dedication to bringing the highlights of ocean cruising to the intimacy of the river.


2017 Cruise Critic Editors' Picks - Best Value For Money

For the 3rd year running, the world's leading cruise review site, US based Cruise Critic have voted Emerald Waterways as Best Value For Money, River Cruise 2017.

To receive such recognition highlights just how important it is to our guests that we continue to combine our award-winning Star-Ships with hand-crafted itineraries at affordable prices.

David Winterton, Global Brand Curator for Emerald Waterways was overjoyed, "Christmas really has come early, it's a real honour to have received such an award for a 3rd successive year, so thank you to all who voted. It's great to know that our guests appreciate our promise of exceptional EmeraldVALUE".

2017 Cruise Critic Editors' Picks - Best Value For Money


2017 Scottish Passenger Agents' Association award

We're delighted to announce that we've won the 2017 Scottish Passenger Agents' Association award for River Cruise Company of the Year.

We strive to ensure the highest levels of service throughout the entire Emerald Waterways experience, to be continuously recognised for this commitment is exceptionally rewarding.

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2016 Cruise Critic Editors' Picks - Best Value For Money

We are proud to announce that for the second year running, the world's leading cruise review site, Cruise Critic, has crowned us 'Best For value' 2016!

We are overjoyed with the recognition we have received highlighting how we offer an innovative product in terms of both our award-winning Star-Ships and hand-crafted itineraries for a reasonable price and look forward to building upon this in our future years of sailing.

2016 Cruise Critic Editors' Picks - Best Value For Money


Cruise International Awards 2016 - Best River Cruise Line - Highly Commended

We are proud to announce that, for the second year running, we have won the Highly Commended award for ‘Best River Cruise Line’ at the Cruise International Awards 2016.

Our luxurious Star-Ships combine innovation and relaxation to help our guests experience the very best of Europe’s most spectacular rivers.

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2015 Cruise Critic Editors' Picks - Best Value For Money

Cruise Critic, the world's leading cruise reviews site and online community announced today, 5th October 2015, that Emerald Waterways has been awarded "Best for Value" in this years awards.

We are overjoyed with the recognition we have received highlighting how we offer an innovative product for a reasonable price and look forward to building upon this in our future years of sailing.

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2015 Cruise International Awards - Best River Cruise Line - Highly Commended

Not only did we win the Highly Commended award for 'Best New River Ship', we are also delighted to announce that we also picked up the Highly Commended award for 'Best River Cruise Line' at this year’s Cruise International Awards 2015.

2015 Cruise International Awards


2015 Cruise International Awards - Best New Ship - Highly Commended

We are delighted to have won the Highly Commended award for 'Best New River Ship' which was won by the Emerald Dawn at this year’s Cruise International Awards 2015.

Our guests can enjoy innovative features such as our open air balconies, as well as the heated pool which converts into a cinema by night!

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2014 Cruise Critic Editors' Picks - Best New River Ship

We were delighted to receive the award for Best New River Ship in the prestigious 2014 Cruise Critic Awards.

We are proud that our new Emerald Star and Emerald Sky Star-Ships have been recognised for their modern and innovative features, especially our indoor swimming pool which converts into a cinema area by night.

2014 Cruise Critic Editors' Picks