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Emerald River Cruises is a luxury river cruise company that offers unique and thoughtfully crafted itineraries across Europe and Southeast Asia. When it comes to choosing a river cruise company, it's important to consider the benefits that come with the experience. Emerald River Cruises provides guests with a multitude of benefits that set them apart from other companies in the industry.

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Emerald Ships

  • Emerald Dawn

    Emerald Dawn

    Emerald Dawn offers the most comfortable and luxurious passage on the Danube, Rhine and Main Rivers. Combining elegant and spacious public spaces with delightful suites and staterooms. Charming open-air spaces and large windows flanking every room on-board. Letting you enjoy all the beautiful panoramas as you gently float through some of the continent's most beautiful regions.

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  • Emerald Destiny

    Emerald Destiny

    Emerald Destiny will guide you through some of Europe's most magical stretches of water and help you explore many of the continent’s most arresting and enchanting cities.

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  • Emerald Harmony

    Emerald Harmony

    Emerald Harmony sailing on the magical Mekong river, was specifically designed to sail into the center of Ho Chi Minh City, allowing to be docked in the heart of this fantastic city. Boutique Star-Ship designed to fuse authentic Asian style with all the modern amenities of a world-class hotel. You'll enjoy incredible experiences and service that is second-to-none.

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  • Emerald Liberte

    Emerald Liberte

    Emerald Liberte will sail in the amazing culinary, cultural and historic destination of France. With no overnight sailing, relaxing itineraries and plenty of time to explore on your own, this is the perfect destination to river cruise. With all the amenities that you are used to making your experience on Emerald Liberte a complete package.

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  • Emerald Luna

    Emerald Luna

    Emerald Luna transports you on the Rhine, Main, Danube and Moselle rivers, this elegant river ship lets you see the highlights of the continent in complete style and comfort. Packed with innovative features that bring your river journey to life – it's your floating hotel and a front-row seat to the wonders of Europe.

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  • Emerald Radiance

    Emerald Radiance

    Emerald Radiance sails the Douro River from Spain into Northern Portugal. With all the luxuries and included excursions and unlike the other Emerald ships, the Emerald Radiance will feature an outdoor serenity pool located on the top of the deck for your swimming enjoyment.

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  • Emerald Sky

    Emerald Sky

    Emerald Sky is the first Star-Ship to be built and sailing the Danube, Rhine and Main rivers, Emerald Sky sets the standard for the stylish and contemporary ships.

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  • Emerald Star

    Emerald Star

    Emerald Star was the second Star-Ship to sail the waterways of Europe, with innovation and comfort at the centre.

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  • Emerald Sun

    Emerald Sun

    Step on to an award-winning Emerald Sun ship where the spacious Sun Deck offers panoramic views of the stunning scenery. Relax and enjoy insightful excursions in every port at no extra cost. No matter which river cruise you choose, you'll enjoy all the same great features.

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Explore Europe from a unique perspective with thoughtfully crafted itineraries. Emerald Cruises river cruises range from 8 to 17 days and visit many fascinating villages, towns, and cities. From the Danube to the Rhine to the Saône, travel to stunning locations and immerse yourself in each culture. Enjoy special activities that uncover more than the usual tourist attractions with EmeraldPLUS experiences.

Custom built Star-Ships offer more space per guest than most other vessels on Europe’s waterways. At over 440 feet long, which boast five types of contemporary cabins and unique onboard innovations, like a heated pool that turns into a cinema at night. Enjoy various cultural highlights from the intimacy of the river, and after a day of exploring the land, unwind in the Horizon Bar and Lounge. Bask in the beauty of the incredible scenery and architecture along the rivers’ banks, whether from the privacy of your suite or the openness of the Sun Deck.

As part of Emerald Cruises inclusive experience, all of your dining and highlight meals are included in the price of your cruise. From a delicious meal in the Reflections Restaurant to an alfresco breakfast or light lunch on the Terrace, you can delight in culinary diversity. The chefs prepare the dishes with great care and to the highest quality, inspired by the local cuisine and its ingredients. Quench your thirst with complimentary beer, wine, and soft drinks that are served with lunch and dinner or sip on a delightful cup of tea or coffee.

All of the ships offer a range of beautiful and spacious cabins for you to choose from, including the Emerald Panorama Balcony Suite – a new type of cabin designed and built by Emerald Cruises. To replace the standard French Balcony suites that are common on river cruise ships, Emerald Cruises has transformed the concept by creating a new type of indoor balcony. With a separate, decked area and an ingenious open-air system, you can interact with the outdoors with the touch of a button. The upper half of the cabin’s floor-to-ceiling window drops down to let in fresh air and allows you to connect with the landscape.

Emerald River Cruises Customer Reviews

Ratings based off 61 reviews about Emerald River Cruises - currently showing 5 reviews with comments only

Generally this was a very pleasant Emerald cruise. Just seemed a little off to what we've experienced on previous cruises with the same company.


Unfortunately because of the high water level in Rhine we got off the ship from Wazburg and continued the trip by land. Not as comfortable and convenient as when we were on the ship but the staff of Emerald gave the best accommodation they could get.


Great cruise. Congenial group. The weather cooperated. Food excellent. Service efficient and polite.

Reviewed on May 05, 2023

We had a great cruise with no issues whatsoever.


We had an outstanding trip down the Danube on Emerald Waterways. The food was amazing, the service was absolutely top-notch, the places we stopped (Passau, Linz and Cesky Krumlov, Vienna, Bratislava, and Budapest) were all wonderful in their own way. The options provided by Emerald (active vs. included, and the add-on activities) were just right. Our Cruise Director and the Activity Manager were very knowledgeable and attentive throughout our trip. As alway, Affordable Tours helped us book, and provided great follow-up care when we needed it. 

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