Emerald Star, Emerald Sky, Emerald Sun and Emerald Dawn
Twiggy as Godmother to our first ‘Star-Ship’, Emerald Sky
On the 9th of April, our first ‘Star-Ship’ – Emerald Sky – was 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.
Guests at the christening in Amsterdam were extremely impressed by the incredibly sleek, stylish and innovative interior of Emerald Sky. 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 was on the front row as their striking designs were unveiled.
Europe’s newest fleet
On an Emerald Waterways river cruise, you can expect stylish and spacious ships, designed to ensure the most comfortable journey. What you wouldn’t have expected is a brand new fleet, custom-built to offer more space per guest than most other operators and to incorporate many spectacular ship innovations, unique to river cruising.
Your retreat on the river
From our staterooms to our one-bedroom suites, we offer a great range of cabins to choose from. And as some of the first guests to ever travel on our brand new ships, you’ll enjoy our cabins at their absolute best. Compared to others on the river, our Emerald Staterooms are amongst the largest of their kind – offering more space and greater value for money. At the other end of the scale, our Owner’s One-bedroom Suites boast a separate bedroom, spacious lounge and walk-in wardrobe. Plus, theses suites include a number of unexpected extras too, like a complimentary mini-bar restocked daily with beer, wine and soft drinks – and the option to have a continental breakfast served to your suite for you to enjoy on your spacious balcony, or in the lounge for a more intimate setting.
Bringing the highlights of ocean cruising to the world of river cruising
At Emerald Waterways, we don’t want to meet your expectations; we aim to create spectacular surprises that you wouldn’t ever expect from a boutique river cruise ship. That’s why our new deluxe ships boast a heated swimming pool complete with retractable roof and a bar – creating a brilliant onboard oasis for you to relax in, whatever the weather. On selected evenings, the pool area inventively transforms into a cinema showing a collection of classic films and recent releases – taking onboard entertainment in a completely new direction.
Exceptional spaces to enhance your experience
The moment you step onboard your ship, you’ll be met with an overwhelming sense of light and space. The Horizon Bar and Lounge features floor-to-ceiling windows, designed to create the most amazing airy atmosphere. And if you walk through the lounge you’ll fnd The Terrace looking out onto the river – the perfect place to relax in the gentle breeze while reading a book. Lined with the most comfortable lounge chairs, the Sun Deck offers amazing 360° views of the ever-changing scenery.
Making a splash in the world of river cruising doesn’t require discovering a new river or creating a new route; it calls for innovation in ship design. And Emerald Waterways has come up with a gem: a large heated swimming pool, surrounded by laze-inducing loungers, with its own bar, and, above all – in every sense of the word – a retractable roof, making this an inviting oasis whatever the weather. Even more imaginatively, retractable flooring and a giant, drop-down screen can transform this entire area into a cinema for evening entertainment. New thinking extends into eating and drinking areas, as well, with an open-air Terrace at the bow, for al fresco dining, and a pop-up Sky Bar on the Sun Deck. Cabins, too, have had a makeover, with push-button, drop-down windows in Balcony and Owner’s Suites; and super-sleek, soothing décor in all.
Pat Richardson, Travel Writer and River Cruise Specialist
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
Emerald Star, Emerald Sky, Emerald Sun and Emerald Dawn
At Emerald Waterways, we’re pleased to offer you a brand new, custom-built fleet to travel on as you cruise Europe’s rivers – so new in fact, that our ship building programme was only be completed in April 2014, meaning you’ll be amongst the first ever guests to enjoy them at their best.
All meals are included in our holidays and you’ll have two great dining venues to choose from. The Horizon Bar and Lounge, which features fantastic floor-to-ceiling windows, is a relaxing place to enjoy a drink in complete comfort. Or retreat to the Sun Deck and you’ll be able to enjoy 360° views of the ever-changing landscape.
As well as boasting a heated swimming pool during the day and a cinema in the evenings, our ships also include a mini-golf putting green – a brilliant addition to the collection of onboard entertainment available.
Important information: This is a draft deck plan, layout and facilities are subject to change prior to delivery of the ships. Cabin 202 has disabled facilities.
Emerald Star, Emerald Sky, Emerald Sun and Emerald Dawn
The best thing about building a brand new fleet is being able to tailor the design of our staterooms and suites, and handpick the most elegant décor and furnishings. And because we understand that all of our guests have different requirements, we offer a range of cabins to choose from. No matter which cabin you opt for, you’ll enjoy a river view; your own ensuite bathroom; hotel-style bed; flat screen TV and infotainment system; individual climate control; access to complimentary WiFi; bottled water restocked daily at no extra cost; and plenty of space and storage. But what makes our cabins really stand out is that they’re incredible value for money; while on average, they’re larger than most other operators’, we don’t charge more for the extra space – in fact we charge you less.
Important information: The cabin plans, layout and facilities are subject to change prior to delivery of the ships.
Our Owner’s One-bedroom Suites have a bedroom which closes off from the rest of the cabin and a separate lounge area. They also include special features, like a spacious bathroom, a walk-in wardrobe, iPad, a complimentary Nespresso machine and a complimentary mini-bar restocked daily with wine, beer and soft drinks. You can order a continental breakfast, pre-dinner canapés and after-dinner sweet treats to enjoy in your suite’s lounge or outdoors on your balcony too.
Your suite includes: Outdoor private balcony with open-air system | Separate bedroom and lounge area | Large bathroom with two basins, shower, indulgent toiletries, hair dryer, bathrobes and slippers | Walk-in wardrobe | Complimentary in-suite mini-bar, restocked daily with wine, beer and soft drinks | Complimentary bottled water, restocked daily | Complimentary Nespresso machine | Complimentary WiFi | Use of an iPad | Queen-size hotel-style bed | Pillow menu | Telephone | Safe for your valuables | Individual climate control | Flat screen TV and infotainment system | Continental breakfast, pre-dinner canapés and after-dinner sweet treats served in your suite | Four items of laundry a day | Invite to dinner at the Captain’s Table
Emerald Grand Balcony Suite
Category: S Size: 19.5m2 / 210ft2
Each of our Grand Balcony Suites boasts a number of fantastic inclusions, such as an in-suite Nespresso machine – an added home comfort that means that you can relax with a hot beverage at any time, day or night. You’ll also have the option to order a delicious continental breakfast to enjoy on the balcony. And for the perfect start and finish to your evening meal, you can enjoy pre-dinner canapés and after dinner sweet treats courtesy of your exclusive room service, which is included in the price of your suite.
Included in your suite: Outdoor private balcony with open-air system | Bathroom with shower, indulgent toiletries, hair dryer, bathrobes and slippers | In-suite mini-bar available at own expense | Complimentary bottled water, restocked daily | Complimentary Nespresso machine | Complimentary WiFi | Queen-size hotel-style bed | Pillow menu | Telephone | Safe for your valuables | Individual climate control | Flat screen TV and infotainment system | Continental breakfast, pre-dinner canapés and after-dinner sweet treats served in your suite | Two items of laundry a day
Emerald Panorama Balcony Suite
Category: C, B, A, R, P Size: 16.7m2 / 180ft2
The Emerald Panorama Balcony Suite is a completely new type of cabin that’s unique to European river cruising. These spectacular suites boast a revolutionary indoor balcony design, complete with decking area, table and chairs – generating an entirely new space for you to enjoy the landscapes you pass. With the touch of a button, the upper part of the cabin’s floor-to-ceiling window drops down to unveil uninterrupted views of the stunning scenery to bring the outdoors in.
Included in your suite: Indoor balcony with open-air system | Bathroom with shower, indulgent toiletries and hair dryer | Complimentary bathrobes and slippers | Complimentary bottled water, restocked daily | Complimentary WiFi | Queen-size hotel-style bed | Telephone | Safe for your valuables | Individual climate control | Flat screen TV and infotainment system | Mini-fridge
Category: E, D Size: 15m2 / 162ft2
All Emerald Staterooms feature picture windows and the same high quality facilities as all other cabins. Plus, they’re bigger than other standard staterooms, providing excellent value for money.
Included in your stateroom: Picture window (approximately 1500mm L X 340mm H) | Bathroom with shower, indulgent toiletries and hair dryer | Complimentary bathrobes and slippers | Complimentary bottled water, restocked daily | Complimentary WiFi | Queen-size hotel-style bed | Safe for your valuables | Individual climate control | Flat screen TV and infotainment system | Mini-fridge
Category: ES Size: 12.2m2 / 130ft2
Each ship also offers two Emerald Single Staterooms featuring picture windows and the same high quality facilities as all other cabins. With their deluxe oversize single beds, they provide excellent value for money for single guests.
Included in your stateroom: Picture window (approximately 1500mm L X 340mm H) | Bathroom with shower, indulgent toiletries and hair dryer | Complimentary bathrobes and slippers | Complimentary bottled water, restocked daily | Complimentary WiFi | Oversize single bed | Telephone | Safe for your valuables | Individual climate control | Flat screen TV and infotainment system | Mini-fridge
360° Virtual Tour
With more amenities and state-of-the-art features than any other river cruise line, our innovative ‘Star-Ships’ are making heads turn by setting a new standard in river ship design. Our ships boast an abundance of features never before seen on river cruise ships, like an amazing 24-foot high atrium, a pool with a retractable roof, an evening cinema, wellness area and more. From the glistening glass staircase to the low-hanging chandeliers, the spacious and contemporary cabins to the chic bar, every little detail has an incredibly modern feel to it.
But don't just take our word for it, why not take a 360° tour of Emerald Sky and see for yourself all that our 'Star-Ships' have to offer. You can explore a number of dining areas, including the relaxed Reflections Restaurant, The Terrace which is perfect for al fresco dining and the Sun Deck, a great setting for barbecues.
To start your 360° tour of the spectacular Emerald Sky click here.
Exclusively chartered by Emerald Waterways, A-ROSA river cruise ships are designed to be your home away from home. After a day spent exploring the delights of the destinations you visit along France’s waterways, you’ll return to relax in plenty of space and complete comfort - whether that’s sinking into a soft armchair or enjoying the fresh air from your balcony.
Watch the sun rise in the morning, or dusk fall in the evening and enjoy a cool drink as the river’s picturesque landscapes glide by. Perfect your technique on the putting green. Take a dip in the swimming pool’s sparkling waters. Or simply lie back and relax on your sun lounger. However you choose to spend your time on the Sun Deck, you’ll quickly realise that river cruising really is the most enjoyable way to travel.
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