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Emerald River Cruises

1,128 Reviews
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About Emerald River Cruises

Emerald Cruises, part of the Scenic Group of cruise brands, launched in 2014. The line offers value-for-money river cruises while managing to include a lot in the fare. On board Emerald Cruise’s 9 river ships you’ll find a more active vibe compared to other river ships.

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Emerald Liberte
Emerald Liberte (Photo: Emerald Waterways)

12 Night
Paris To Nice & Sensations Of Lyon And Provence

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Emerald Liberte
Emerald Liberte (Photo: Emerald Waterways)

10 Night
Sensations Of Lyon & Provence With Nice

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Emerald Sun
Emerald Sun

14 Night
Splendours Of Europe

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Emerald Liberte
Emerald Liberte (Photo: Emerald Waterways)

12 Night
Nice To Paris & Sensations Of Lyon And Provence

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Emerald Waterways

7 Night
Danube Explorer

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7 Night
Tulips & The Rhine

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10 Night
Jewels Of The Rhine & Copenhagen

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12 Night
Wonders Of Vietnam, Cambodia & The Mekong - 7 Or 9...

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17 Night
Splendours Of Europe & Prague

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Splendours Of Europe

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20 Night
Prague To Paris & Splendours Of Europe

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10 Night
Zurich - Lucerne & Jewels Of The Rhine

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Danube Explorer

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10 Night
Danube Delights & Classic Prague

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12 Night
Lisbon To Madrid With Secrets Of The Douro

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Emerald River Cruises Tips, Activities, and Overview

Who goes on Emerald River Cruises cruise ships?

Emerald Cruises serves the typical European river cruise passenger -- generally well-traveled cruise veterans in the 55-plus bracket. However, the line's contemporary, boutique-style ships also attract first-time river cruisers, including passengers in their 40s, who enjoy the active shore excursions on offer. Around half of the passengers come from the U.K., with the rest coming from Australia, New Zealand, the U.S and Canada.

Do I have to dress up on a Emerald River Cruises cruise?

Not really. Ships have a relaxed, easygoing vibe. There is no special dress code and there are no formal nights. For dinner, smart-casual attire is recommended. Jeans can be worn in the restaurant in the evening, but shorts and flip-flops are not appropriate.

Many passengers dress up for the captain's welcome dinner and/or farewell dinner, but mostly opting for smarter casual rather than full-on cocktail dresses and suits.

Is everything free on Emerald River Cruises cruises?

Mostly. Cruise fares include most shore excursions, all meals, wine with lunch and dinner, Wi-Fi and gratuities. Extra costs are bar drinks, optional shore excursions, beauty treatments and massages, and retail shop purchases.

What are Emerald River Cruises’s most popular activities?

Shore excursions are the most popular activities for Emerald's passengers, with the EmeraldPLUS (tours that focus on local customs) and EmeraldACTIVE options particular favorites. Onboard, cruisers love hanging out in the dual-purpose area at the back of the ship that transforms from an indoor, heated pool with retractable roof during the day to a cinema at night.

Why go with Emerald River Cruises?

  • High level of inclusions including gratuities
  • Heated pool/cinema is a standout feature
  • Modern fleet

Best for: Fun-loving, active and value-driven cruisers

Not for: Early-to-bed, traditional or luxury cruisers

Emerald River Cruises Cruiser Reviews

Cruise from hell!

At the end of our trip we found a letter on our bed saying that we were being given some sort of refund for all the delays, excursion cancellations and changes of $180 dollars which is another insult on top of all the rest that went south.On both ships we found the towels and bathrobes to be old and flimsy.Read More
fifiloulou

many10+ Cruises

Age 72s

Absolutely Fabulous

We were restricted to €1000 per cabin (fair enough at that discount) but yes that’s €2000 towards our next Emerald cruise!Firstly we were on Emerald Sky not destiny, ship swapped because of the Danube flooding the previous week.Read More
Peter B26

many10+ Cruises

Age 74s

Not quite 5 star.

Included excursions were good although limited in choice and most guides were pleasant and knowledgeable.Generally the cruise was very good, with good service, good food and good wine.Read More
Scotken

many10+ Cruises

Age 74s

First river cruise, likely to be last with Emerald

Rest of crew very good, friendly and attentive in all departments.No maps available for excursions, been told not to print them out (cost cutting/eco friendly).Read More
Sarah E

many10+ Cruises

Age 50s

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