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Emerald Waterways’ custom-built Star-Ships were voted ‘Best New River Ships’ in the 2014 Cruise Critic Editors’ Picks awards, which has been followed up by awards in 2016 and 2017. After only a few years of gracing the rivers of Europe, it’s incredible to be recognised for our efforts in on-board innovation. It’s all part of our continued dedication to bringing the highlights of ocean cruising to the intimacy of the river.

Awards

2018 Magellan Awards Gold Winner – Overall River Cruising
2018 Magellan Awards Gold Winner – Overall River Cruising

We are delighted to have won Gold in the 2018 Travel Weekly Magellan Awards for Overall River Cruising. The Travel Weekly Magellan Awards honors the best in travel and salutes the outstanding travel professionals behind it all.

2018 Magellan Awards Silver Winner – Cruise Elements – Contemporary Ship-Pool Design
2018 Magellan Awards Silver Winner – Cruise Elements – Contemporary Ship-Pool Design

We are delighted to have won Silver in the 2018 Travel Weekly Magellan Awards for Cruise Elements – Contemporary Ship-Pool Design. The Travel Weekly Magellan Awards honors the best in travel and salutes the outstanding travel professionals behind it all.

2017 Magellan Awards Silver Winner – Cruise Elements – Best Pool Design
2017 Magellan Awards Silver Winner – Cruise Elements – Best Pool Design

We are delighted to have won Silver in the 2017 Travel Weekly Magellan Awards for Cruise Elements – Best Pool Design. The Travel Weekly Magellan Awards honors the best in travel and salutes the outstanding travel professionals behind it all.

2017 Magellan Awards  Silver Winner – Best Overall Contemporary Ship
2017 Magellan Awards Silver Winner – Best Overall Contemporary Ship

We are delighted to have won Silver in the 2017 Travel Weekly Magellan Awards for Best Overall Contemporary Ship. The Travel Weekly Magellan Awards honors the best in travel and salutes the outstanding travel professionals behind it all.

2017 Cruise Critic Award - Best Value for Money, River Cruise
2017 Cruise Critic Award – Best Value for Money, River Cruise

Emerald keeps top-notch service, inclusions, enrichment and cuisine. Rooms are compact but comfortable, with sliding glass walls that open to the fresh air. Gratuities, Wi-Fi, transfers, bottled water, use of bikes, drinks at lunch and dinner, port charges and new active excursions are wrapped in the fare. Staff exceed expectations with unexpected touches.

2016 – 2017 Daytime Emmy® Awards – Outstanding Travel Program Host
2016 – 2017 Daytime Emmy® Awards – Outstanding Travel Program Host

We are extremely proud to have collected the award of Outstanding Travel Program Host in this year Daytime Emmy® Awards. Emmys are considered the television equivalent to the Academy Awards (for film), Grammy Awards (for music) and Tony Awards (for theatre).

Winner | Silver Travel Awards - Best River Cruise Line 2016
2016 Silver Travel Awards – Best River Cruise Line

We are over the moon to have won the award for Best River Cruise Line in the 2016 Silver Travel Awards. River cruise lovers around the country casted their votes for us and we are delighted that our hard work in bringing innovation and exceptional value for money to Europe's rivers has been recognized yet again!

Berlitz - New kid on the block - Emerald Waterways set sights on top spot
2016 Berlitz – New Kid on the Block

After just two full seasons, numerous industry awards, Emerald Waterways is again turning heads with one of the highest collective ratings in the just-released 2016/2017 Berlitz River Cruising in Europe Guide. Coming in as the second highest ranked river cruise line (based on collective ship ratings), Emerald Waterways surpassed the more established river cruise lines such as Viking, Avalon and Uniworld.

David Winterton, brand manager for Emerald Waterways, said: “We’re honoured with the recognition we’ve received from both our guests and the travel media and this is testament to the efforts made by our hard-working employees. We all continue to push for excellence with new innovative ships and new destinations, improving the experience for our guests with even better service, amenities and excursion experiences.”

With high ratings in all five of the review criteria (Hardware, Accommodation, Cuisine, Service and Misc.), the reviews point out many of the Star-Ship’s wonderful facilities, from the cabin’s design to the on-board indoor-outdoor pool and movie theatre. It also recognises that Emerald Waterways offers a greater number of active excursions than most, is named with three others as an industry driver when it comes to creativity in ship design, and as only one of just few lines that offer healthy choice selections at meals.

2016 Cruise Critic Editors' Picks - Best Value For Money
2016 Cruise Critic Editors' Picks – Best Value For Money

"With these awards we highlight the top lines and cruise ships sailing today and aim to help travelers narrow down their choices when selecting a cruise," said Colleen McDaniel, Cruise Critic's senior executive editor. Emerald Waterways received best value for money.

2015 Cruise International Awards - Best New Ship - Highly Commended
2015 Cruise International Awards – Best New Ship – Highly Commended

We are delighted to have won the Highly Commended award for 'Best New River Ship' which was won by the Emerald Dawn in this years' Cruise International Awards 2015. Our guests can enjoy innovative features such as our open air balcony's and a heated swimming pool which converts into a cinema by night!

2015 Cruise Critic Editors' Picks - Best Value For Money
2015 Cruise Critic Editors' Picks – Best Value For Money

Cruise Critic, the world's leading cruise reviews site and online community announced today, 5th October 2015, that Emerald Waterways has been awarded "Best for Value" in this years awards. We are overjoyed with the recognition we have received highlighting how we offer an innovative product for a reasonable price and look forward to building upon this in our future years of sailing.

2015 Cruise International Awards - Best River Cruise Line - Highly Commended
2015 Cruise International Awards – Best River Cruise Line – Highly Commended

Not only did we win the Highly Commended award for 'Best New River Ship', we are also delighted to announce that we also picked up the Highly Commended award for 'Best River Cruise Line' in this years Cruise International Awards 2015.

TTG Travel Awards - Best River Cruise Line
2015 TTG Travel Awards – Best River Cruise Line

We are extremely proud to have collected the award of 'Best River Cruise Line' in this year’s TTG awards. This award was won based on the votes of agents all over the country and emphasises the hard word that goes on in order to provide our guests' with the exceptional river cruise they deserve.

2014 CRUISE CRITIC AWARD WINNER - BEST NEW RIVER SHIP
2014 Cruise Critic Award Winner – Best New River Ship

We are pleased to announce Emerald Waterways, Europe’s first new river cruise company in six years, has been awarded the “Best New River Ships” designation in Cruise Critic’s 2014 Editors’ Picks Awards for our Emerald Star and Emerald Sky 'Star-Ships.' The Cruise Critic Editors' Picks Awards are chosen by Cruise Critic's international team of editors, based on the lines and ships they feel best represent excellence in each of the designated categories.

“We put a lot of thought into designing and building innovative, deluxe river ships that create an unparalleled experience for our guests,” said Glen Moroney, founder and managing director of the Scenic Group, the parent company for Emerald Waterways. “We’re very proud and pleased that our never-ending efforts to raise the standards on European river ships has been recognized by Cruise Critic as they share a similar benchmark amongst the cruise review and information publications.”

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