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Emerald Waterways River Cruises

Explore the world’s most beautiful rivers

An Emerald Waterways river cruise takes you on an unforgettable journey across some of the world’s most enchanting rivers. From culture-rich cities to world-famous wine regions, Emerald Waterways represents a new chapter in the world of river cruising.

Our deluxe fleet of revolutionary Star-Ships promise contemporary comfort and unique on-board innovations, while our generous fully-inclusive offering combines affordability with great dining, exceptional service and immersive itineraries across Europe and Asia. 

We take great pride in ensuring every journey is perfectly planned, and each guest enjoys a relaxing and insightful river cruise experience, whether you’re sailing on-board our award-winning fleet or exploring a nearby town for the day. 

From the Danube, which dissects 10 European countries and nearly as many ancient capitals, to the mystic and mysterious Mekong, which glides through the beauty of Cambodia and Vietnam; every river explored by Emerald Waterways offers a unique experience.

Which rivers do Emerald Waterways explore?

  • Danube
  • Rhine
  • Main 
  • Rhône
  • Douro
  • Mekong


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New Ships and New Routes


Our most exciting year to date, 2017 will see three new river cruise ships added to the Emerald Waterways fleet. The purpose-built ships will be taking to the waters of Europe for the very first time, exploring even more of the continent’s most wonderful regions. 

Intimate and elegant, Emerald Radiance will be navigating the beautiful Portuguese countryside. Winding through the Douro wine region, Emerald Radiance boasts a carefully-appointed open-air Sun Deck, complete with Serenity Pool and a sunbathing area.

Emerald Liberté will be taking guests on our Sensations of Southern France itinerary, from the world’s culinary capital, Lyon, to the medieval marvel, Avignon. Her skilled team of chefs and sommeliers will ensure the food and wine served on-board are befitting of a journey through the Provence region of France.

And finally, Emerald Destiny will be joining our existing fleet, exploring the culture-rich waters of the Danube, Rhine and Main.


The Emerald Waterways Experience

With return flights, transfers, all on-board meals, complimentary drinks, tips and much more included in the price of an Emerald Waterways river cruise, we’ve taken care of everything. Our attentive team of crew, sommeliers and personal butlers are available day and night to ensure every minute on-board the Emerald Waterways fleet is as enriching, enjoyable and relaxing as possible.

Every Emerald Waterways river cruise benefits from the knowledgeable presence of one of our highly skilled Cruise Directors. These regional experts are always on hand to share their near-limitless repertoire, acting as on-board tour guide, storyteller, and problem-solver.

Helping you explore the authentic culture and history of the regions visited, every Emerald Waterways river cruise features at least one EmeraldPLUS excursion. These expert-led experiences take you to the places out of reach of the ordinary visitor, into the very heart of the destinations visited.   


Life on board an Emerald Waterways river cruise


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Star Ships

Take a sneak peak at what life is like on board an award-winning Emerald Waterways Star-Ship.

Some of our Favourites

2018 river cruises

Christmas Savings

Secrets of the Douro

8 days
Porto > Porto
Terraced vineyards rise from riverbanks and Baroque villages remain a marvellous reminder of the past. Experience Roman Salamanca for its vibrant nightlife, and try Porto’s famous fortified wine.
from £1,745 £1,545
Christmas Savings

Danube Delights Christmas Markets

8 days
Budapest > Munich
An unforgettable cruise down the iconic Danube & through the heart of old Europe. Walking tours, invitations into the homes of locals & sightseeing excursions showcase the magnificence of yesteryear.
from £1,895 £1,495
Christmas Savings

Highlights of the Netherlands & the Beauty of Belgium

8 days
Amsterdam > Amsterdam
Let the Dutch charm sweep you up on an itinerary full of vibrancy and tradition. From 79 multicoloured acres of tulips at Keukenhof Gardens, to Zaanse Schans, artistic Antwerp and quirky Amsterdam.
from £2,095 £1,495

Sensations of Southern France

8 days
Marseille > Lyon
Romance, spectacular historic landmarks & Roman influence, celebrate France’s past & present on this sensory journey through renowned vineyards & world-class restaurants along the Saône & Rhône rivers
from £2,120 £1,895
Christmas Savings

Jewels of the Rhine

8 days
Amsterdam > Basel
Architecture, history and natural beauty are ever-present on this wonderful journey down the Rhine, beginning in the Dutch capital and sweeping up Cologne, Koblenz and the Black Forest on its route.
from £2,195 £1,795
Christmas Savings

The Majestic Rhine

8 days
Frankfurt > Basel
Journey through Germany on this 8-day Rhine river cruise, brand new for 2018
from £2,195 £1,795
Christmas Savings

The Classic Rhine

8 days
Amsterdam > Frankfurt
Starting in the Dutch capital, enjoy guided bike tours and museum visits before sailing the beauty of the Rhine on this brand new river cruise for 2018
from £2,195 £1,695
Christmas Savings

The Charms of Holland & Belgium

8 days
Amsterdam > Amsterdam
Get to know Holland and Belgium's past and present with this exciting itinerary visiting vibrant capital cities, UNESCO World Heritage listed windmills, battle grounds and magnificent architecture.
from £2,195 £1,795
Christmas Savings

Danube Explorer

8 days
Budapest > Passau
Walk the cobblestone streets of Medieval cities, explore Austria’s wine-growing region and marvel at the fusion of old and new in musical Vienna and eclectic Budapest.
from £2,295 £1,695
Christmas Savings

Legends of the Moselle Rhine and Main

8 days
Nuremberg > Frankfurt
UNESCO World Heritage-listed locations and picturesque towns make up this historically-rich itinerary, while vineyards and natural beauty create stunning riverbank backdrops.
from £2,395 £1,995

Secrets of the Douro & Lisbon

11 days
Porto > Lisbon
Embark on a journey of rising riverbank vineyards, Baroque villages and vibrant nightlife ending with a three-night stay in the lively Portuguese capital Lisbon.
from £2,520
Christmas Savings

Enchantment of Eastern Europe

9 days
Budapest > Bucharest
As the final stretch of the Danube weaves its way through the depths of eastern Europe, meet locals for lunch in their home, enjoy tours of Osijek & Belgrade & marvel at the beauty of the Iron Gate.
from £2,595 £1,995
Christmas Savings

Classic Prague & Danube Delights

11 days
Prague > Budapest
Extend your journey with a three-night stay in the Czech capital, before your journey towards Budapest invites the beauty of Bavaria, lunch with a Slovakian family and magnificent Vienna.
from £2,995 £2,595
Christmas Savings

Sensations of Southern France & Nice

11 days
Lyon > Nice
Set sail on the Rhône & Saône, celebrating France’s past & present through awe-inspiring historic landmarks and traditional fare before ending in Nice for a three-night stay, visiting Monte Carlo.
from £3,145 £2,745
Christmas Savings

Christmas Markets of Europe

15 days
Amsterdam > Budapest
from £3,295 £2,895

"Never having done a river cruise before, we found it most enjoyable!"

Mr & Mrs Romeo

"The cool way to cruise in Europe." 

Jane Knight, The Times Travel Editor

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It's all included in the price
Your choice
of airport

Return economy flights from London Heathrow, Manchester, Birmingham, Glasgow or Edinburgh, seamless transfers to and from your ship and even our No Fly option on selected cruises.

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Excursions almost every day

Look forward to an excursion or guided tour on almost every day, our English-speaking guides will bring your destination to life.

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All meals included

Our experienced onboard chefs ensure that every dining experience showcases a combination of regional cuisine and seasonal produce. From a heartly buffet breakfast, to a five-course a la carte menu, it's all included in the price of your cruise.

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Drinks with lunch and dinner
Extra-special EmeraldPLUS excursions
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