Just announced! Twiggy as Godmother to our ‘Star-Ships’We’re extremely excited to announce that on the 9th of April, our first ‘Star-Ships’ – Emerald Sky and Emerald Star – will be christened by none other than British style icon, Twiggy. Think ‘Twiggy’ and words like iconic, trendsetter, chic and stylish spring to mind – the exact words we had in mind when we carefully sculpted our ships. So there really was no one better to appoint as Godmother of our revolutionary vessels, than the world’s first supermodel who set the benchmark for those who followed.
Ahead of the christening in Amsterdam, we visited our ships in their final stage of production and were extremely impressed by their incredibly sleek, stylish and innovative interior. Perfectly accessorised with cutting-edge features and contemporary décor, like Twiggy, our ships will set the standard for future generations. And we’re delighted that Twiggy will be on the front row as their striking designs are unveiled.
Introducing the next generation of river cruisingFor the first time in six years, a new river cruise company is taking to Europe’s rivers. In 2014, Emerald Waterways is making 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-Class 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 offer a new kind of indoor balcony, complete with a decked area and our ingenious open-air system. In 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.
Uncompromising quality, fantastic valueWith Emerald Waterways, you’ll enjoy the unique combination of a deluxe European river cruise experience and incredible value for money. As well as including all your meals, onshore excursions, a special selection of EmeraldPLUS experiences, travel and transfers in the price of your holiday, we also take care of all tipping – saving you up to £440 per couple. Plus, on average our staterooms and suites are larger, yet less expensive than most other operators’.
River cruises built with experienceAs part of the Scenic Tours Group, we benefit from the expertise of the world’s leading luxury river cruise operator. This means that when you book your holiday with Emerald Waterways, you can rest assured that we have the knowledge and experience to create the most amazing river cruises in Europe, designed to ensure you take home wonderful memories. And for your complete peace of mind, all our holidays are fully bonded and licenced by ATOL and ABTOT – meaning your money is 100% safe.
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With the launch of the new Emerald Waterways, the lines between ocean and river cruising are really starting to blur. I love the idea of a pool that becomes a cinema and a dining room that has multiple service stations. Even more exciting, I reckon there are more great innovations to come.
Jane Archer, Telegraph Travel Cruise Expert