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Emerald Liberté Christening Cruise

Emerald Liberté Christening Celebration Cruise

Departs 30th September 2017 from Lyon to Avignon

8-Day cruise from £1,795 per person

This is your chance to join a very special river cruise through France’s pastoral south whilst being part of our christening celebration of the latest Star-Ship to join our fleet, Emerald Liberté. Romantic landscapes, quaint villages and spectacular historical landmarks are your back-drop as you sail the glorious Saône and Rhône rivers. 

The christening service itself will take place in Lyon and will encompass entertainment, the blessing of Emerald Liberté and of course the ceremonial breaking of Champagne against the ship's bow, followed by an exclusive cocktail reception for our on-board guests along with local, regional and international dignitaries.

Explore France’s second-largest city, Lyon, perusing the city’s historic landmarks before the formal christening of Emerald Liberté. Sail onwards to the centre of Burgundy’s wine region, Chalon-sur-Saône, and its 15th-century architecture. In Macon, walk the heritage trail from Old St. Vincent to the General Hospital, trying local wines as you go, before seeing Tournon’s 16th-century castles and Roman ruins at the foot of the Massif Central.

Enjoy wine tasting with local wines and a cheese and olive tasting on-board. Stroll the cobbled streets of Avignon and browse the shops before enjoying a guided walk of the gothic hallways of the Palais de Papes. The final stop, on this delightful itinerary is Arles, the capital of Provence. Visit the 2000-year-old amphitheatre and visit a local olive mill, before visiting a lavender distillery to learn about its history.

  • Save up to £1,400 per couple when booked by 30 November 2016;
  • All tipping and gratuities are included in the cost of your cruise;
  • Be part of the official Emerald Liberté christening celebrations in Lyon, including an exclusive cocktail reception;
  •  Return travel from the UK from London, Manchester, Birmingham, Glasgow and Edinburgh. Other regional departures available from  £49 per person return - call for details; 
  • 7 nights in a Stateroom or Suite of your choice, all with a river view 


Cruise Departure Date and Prices

  Riviera Deck Vista Deck Horizon Deck
2017 Departures Emerald Stateroom (E) Emerald Stateroom (D) Emerald Single Stateroom (ES) Emerald Panorama Balcony Suite (C) Emerald Panorama Balcony Suite (B) Emerald Panorama Balcony Suite (A) Emerald Panorama Balcony Suite (R) Emerald Panorama Balcony Suite (P) Grand Balcony Suite (S) Owner's One Bedroom Suite (SA)
September 30 £1,795 SOLD OUT SOLD OUT £2,295 SOLD OUT £2,595 £2,595 £2,695 £3,095 £3,995


The Cruise Itinerary 

Day 1 UK > Lyon (D) (Click to expand)
Day 2 Lyon (B,L,D) (Click to expand)
Day 3 Chalon-sur-Saône > Beaune (B,L,D) (Click to expand)
Day 4 Macon (B,L,D) (Click to expand)
Day 5 Tournon (B,L,D) (Click to expand)
Day 6 Avignon (B,L,D) (Click to expand)
Day 7 Avignon > Arles (B,L,D) (Click to expand)
Day 8 Arles > UK (B) (Click to expand)


Provencal dinner on-board hosted by a local chef – Gain an insight into some of France’s most authentic flavours during a special Provencal dinner on-board. By welcoming a well-known local chef onto the ship to cook, this is your chance to dine on authentic French cuisine whilst relishing the award-winning comfort of your Star-Ship.

Palais des Papes – Join us for an included guided walk inside the rambling maze of gothic hallways and rooms and discover the medieval Palais des Popes, the former Papal residence and one of Avignon’s crowning jewels.

Hospices de Beaune – During your time in Beaune, you are invited to visit the Hospices de Beaune, one of the finest examples of French fifteenthcentury architecture. Marvel at the multi-coloured roofs of this former hospital, now a museum, which has become one of the symbols of Burgundy.


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