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Organising group travel can be complicated and stressful, especially if you’re planning on visiting multiple destinations. A European river cruise is a great choice for such a trip, and at Emerald Waterways, we’ve made it our mission to make travelling in a group as simple and affordable as possible.


Here, we look at 10 reasons why Lyon remains the culinary capital of the world some 80 years since Curnonsky’s ringing endorsement – from its heartening bouchons and inspired specialities, to its legacy of churning out history’s finest chefs and gastronomes.


Here, we talk to Reservations Specialist, Sophie Pearson, about life at Emerald Waterways, and pick her brain for advice for first-time river cruisers.


At Emerald Waterways, we are thrilled to announce that Emerald Liberté, the third in our trio of new Star-Ships for 2017, was christened on Sunday 1st October in Lyon, France – marking the launch of our first dedicated French river ship.


Serenaded by the magical Douro, Porto is Portugal’s second city only in size - it rightfully stakes its claim as one of Europe’s  most desirable, unique and atmospheric destinations. Steeped in history, Porto was classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1996 and proudly illustrates a history spanning as far back as the 4th century BC through its rich collection of diverse, awe-inspiring monuments.

Providing a healthy challenge, Porto’s rolling landscape and climbing streets provide the perfect opportunity to see this quintessential urban paradise from a variety of perspectives – best served with a dash of Port, your Emerald Waterways Cruise Experts have mapped out the perfect itinerary to uncover this truly spectacular destination.


Divided by the majestic Danube, the city of Budapest is one of the great river-cruise destinations - the first or final call on a tour of some of Europe's most historic cities. Indeed, few rivers take in riches like the Danube. The Hungarian capital, which comprises the once-divided regions of Buda to the west and Pest to the east, remains a dual city defined by its great waterway - many of its most famous sites lined up alongside it. Passengers on Emerald Waterways, when moored opposite the neo-Gothic turrets and arches of the Hungarian Parliament have the elevated Bud Palace, once home to the kings of the Ottoman and Habsburg dynasties, and the beautiful, lush green Margaret Island already in view. It's a city worth getting up early and staying out late for: deciding between its cafés, bars and architectural delights, while learning of its fascinating past, is a difficult but not impossible task - here's how you could do it!


Romance, history and world-class cuisine combine on our wonderful 8-day Sensations of Southern France itinerary, sailing between Lyon and Arles. A celebration of quintessential France, we’re proud to announce that we’ve enlisted the culinary expertise of Fabien Morreale, finalist in the French TV show Top Chef. Fabien has created a wonderful menu, showcasing the most delicious produce from the Burgundy and Provence regions, to be enjoyed on-board our Emerald Liberté Star-Ship at our Provençal evening, as part of our EmeraldPLUS program. We thought we’d get to know the man behind the menu.


We chat to Aftersales Consultant, Tiarn Manney, about life at Emerald Waterways. She discusses her favourite aspects of working for the company, and her love of the travel industry.


Creating an award-winning collection of river cruises which enrich and inspire takes time, dedication, and expertise. That’s why, over the past four years, we’ve devoted ourselves to finding the best people to help make our unforgettable river cruise experiences a reality.

From the expert Journey Planners who handcraft each of our stimulating itineraries; the dedicated service personnel who work tirelessly to provide for our guests, on and off the ship; and the booking operatives responsible for helping to plan your perfect holiday – Emerald Waterways has a talented team of individuals, solely dedicated to providing exceptional experiences for our guests. 


A good tipple is even better when it’s accompanied by the requisite toasting. Across the world, the traditions of countries and cultures are an indication of personality and temperament – join us as we showcase five far-flung libations (along with their traditional methods of drinking) that you can sample during some of Emerald’s finest itineraries. 

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