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We asked popular travel writers for their travel highlights


Since launching our first Star-Ship on the rivers of Europe in 2014, our deluxe river cruise offering has garnered fans across the globe. From the classic routes of the continent to the far-flung passageways of Southeast Asia, we’ve welcomed thousands of curious travellers on-board our luxury fleet – each keen to share in the joys of river travel.

Among those who’ve experienced our signature brand of river cruising are a selection of esteemed travel writers and journalists. Whether travelling independently or as part of one of our exclusive special guest cruises, it’s always a pleasure to host respected industry names – and is a testament to our award-winning quality and service.

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If you are interested in hearing their thoughts on our luxury cruise package, today we’re sharing the highlights of some of Emerald Waterways’ famous fans, and finding out what their travel plans are for 2018 and beyond.

Julie Peasgood – Actor, Presenter and Travel Writer

Award-winning author, travel writer and actor, Julie Peasgood, has become a familiar face at Emerald Waterways, both on-board our European fleet and as a regular contributor to travel features including River Cruises vs. Ocean Cruises and What to Pack for a River Cruise. Julie’s passion for refined global travel is evident from her columns and articles in the national press, and we always look forward to hearing where in the world she’s heading next.

Asked to list what she enjoys most about cruising with Emerald Waterways, Julie cited our expertly-crafted tours as the main draw, saying: “My favourite part of the Emerald Waterways cruise was the well-chosen itinerary; I will never forget the splendour of the Keukenhof Gardens, and the surprise night-time canal cruise in Amsterdam on our last night - it was magical!”

Julie is currently negotiating the mystical weave of the Mekong in Southeast Asia, and planning further voyages for later in the year.

Pat Richardson, Travel Writer and Founder of Perfectly Worded

Renowned travel writer and founder of Perfectly Worded, Pat Richardson, has enjoyed several European cruises with Emerald Waterways, and, like Julie, has also contributed to a number of our previous features. Pat is among the UK’s most celebrated travel columnists, regularly appearing in The Telegraph’s cruise supplements, and is also a regular judge for the British Guide of Travel Writers’ annual awards.

Like many of our guests, Pat is a great lover of our inspiring food and drink offering, as well as our carefully-planned dining areas, saying: “My favourite part of the day has to be lunchtime, when I take a drink out onto the open area at the prow of the ship before heading indoors to savour something from the excellent selection in the forward section of the main lounge – what a treat.”

Later in the year, Pat is setting out on an adventure on the great waterways of the southern US, including the Mississippi, Snake and Columbia rivers.

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Mike Ridley, Feature Writer and Journalist

Mike Ridley is a journalist and feature writer for The Sun newspaper, and recently enjoyed a European river cruise with Emerald Waterways. Scooping a number of journalism awards, Mike is known for his immersive and in-depth features, but always finds time for off-the-beaten-track travel.

Emerald Waterways’ Star-Ships are beloved for their intimacy and small guest numbers, which allow you to share the experience with like-minded fellow travellers. This aspect of river cruising is something Mike particularly enjoyed, saying: “Meeting and talking with the other guests as we wended our way along the beautiful Danube was one of the genuine highlights of the experience. Everyone was so friendly, including the crew, which makes for an even more rewarding journey.”

Gary Bembridge, Travel Writer

Esteemed travel writer and blogger, Gary Bembridge, is a friend of Emerald Waterways, and has previously travelled on-board our deluxe Star-Ship fleet on the rivers of Europe. Gary runs Tips for Travellers, a blog dedicated to helping you get more from your holiday. Here, Gary explains what he enjoyed the most about his experience of an Emerald Waterways river cruise:

“The design and comfort of the ship, combined with the friendliness and efficiency of the crew, make Emerald Waterways stand out from other European river cruise lines. The staff were particularly great, and took time to get to know you and your likes. For me, it all comes down to the ship and on-board experience and feeling, and Emerald Waterways provide a service that others simply can’t match.”

Looking ahead, Gary is heading to Alaska for the first time in May, a trip which has long been on his wish list.

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Jane Archer – Travel Feature Writer and Journalist

When it comes to getting the lowdown on the latest travel trends, Jane Archer is our go-to expert. With years of experience as a journalist for The Telegraph, Jane is one of the UK’s most well-respected travel writers, and has previously contributed to the Emerald Waterways site with her top tips for first-time river cruisers.

Jane has long been a fan of our river cruise offering, and particularly enjoys our range of inclusive extras, like complimentary drinks at mealtimes and the use of bikes to explore destinations along the river. Like many of our guests, Jane also enjoys the quality of our excursions, saying: “The onshore excursions are always fantastic on an Emerald Waterways river cruise, with something new to discover in every destination. Of course, the fact that they’re included makes the journey even sweeter.”

Carole Annett – Interiors Editor at Country & Town House

With an eye for refined living, Carole Annett, Interiors Editor at Country & Town House, recognises the luxury appeal of an Emerald Waterways river cruise. Carole recently enjoyed one of our signature itineraries in Europe, savouring the timeless appeal and tranquillity of drifting along the passageways of the continent.

There’s something innately pleasurable about watching the world go by, and a river cruise takes this to a whole other level, as Carole found on her recent European journey: “One of the highlights of the trip was sitting on the top deck bathed in sunshine with a glass of rosé wine to hand, watching the landscape meander by – it really doesn’t get much better than that.”

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We’d like to thank everyone for sharing their experiences of an Emerald Waterways river cruise, and look forward to hosting you again in the future.

Remember, if you’d like to join a familiar face on the waters of Europe, our special guest river cruises let you share the river with a variety of famous personalities, from Tim Wonnacott to Brendan Cole. For more information or to book, call 0808 301 4195 today.

David Winterton
David Winterton
David is the Emerald Waterways Global Brand Manager. When he isn't busy visiting our 7 Star-Ships as they cruise along some of Europe's most picturesque rivers, David ensures our brand is aligned in all our English speaking markets. David's favourite river has to be the Douro in Portugal due to it's fantastic scenery and of course its great Port and wine.