Emerald Waterways River Cruises

Explore the world’s most beautiful rivers.

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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.

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

Our itineraries

Take your first step towards a journey of a lifetime with our unforgettable adventures to destinations full of cultural vibrancy, gastronomic delights, historical significance and beautiful, natural scenery.

Set sail to the enchanting landscapes of Avignon, Tournon and Lyon, with their cobbled streets, ancient Roman amphitheaters and 16th century castles on our 8 day Sensations of Southern France & Provence river cruise. For travelers looking to take in a range of varied and contrasting cultures, try our Splendours of Europe cruise, which is a 15-day adventure taking you from the cosmopolitan environment of Budapest to the enchanting, historic Bratislava. The journey continues as it ventures on a scenic tour of Vienna, Dürnstein, Passau and Nuremberg. Active travelers on board will be greeted by the sloping hills and vineyards of Wurzburg, before finishing off the trip with visits to Cologne and Amsterdam.

There’s an adventure for everyone with Emerald Waterways, and if the trips mentioned above interest you, browse the rest of our mostly all-inclusive, itineraries below, which include our Legends of the Moselle Rhine and Main cruise, as well as the Danube Explorer.

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