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Emerald River Cruises

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Emerald Sun

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 Sun

20 Night
Prague To Paris & Splendours Of Europe

174 Reviews
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Emerald Dawn

7 Night
Christmas Markets Of Rhine-main

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Emerald Radiance

9 Night
Madrid & Secrets Of The Douro

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Emerald Radiance

7 Night
Secrets Of The Douro

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Emerald Waterways

7 Night
Sensations Of Lyon & Provence

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20 Night
Prague To Paris & Splendours Of Europe

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7 Night
Sensations Of Lyon & Provence

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17 Night
Prague & Splendours Of Europe

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Prague & Splendours Of Europe

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7 Night
Christmas Markets On The Rhine

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Rhine-main Discovery

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4 Night
Christmas Time On The Danube

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Danube Explorer

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9 Night
Madrid & Secrets Of The Douro

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Jewels Of The Rhine

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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

Awesome Danube experience

The menu highlighting the region we were visiting each day was a nice option.The fruit plate for dessert instead of a rich dessert was a nice alternative.Read More
Cathy and Peter

6-10 Cruises

Age 67s

Great River Cruising

Loved the fact that it catered for the quite active (with bikes & extra hikes) as well as the less able (with slow walking tour options) & was a 'no young children' cruise.Every day there was a tour of some sort (bus, walking & often both), but there were also extra optional tours available.Read More
H Emerald

2-5 Cruises

Age 66s

Cruising Mekong

We absolutely loved our cruise.They really made the cruise.Read More
AnneDerek1.

6-10 Cruises

Age 62s

May I have a diet coke please

We love river cruising but will be more diligent at looking at pasdenger capacity in the future, as 200 people was alot and given the shouting at dinner times, it actually seemed like alot more.The cruise director was superb ( Patricia) and the reception staff very accommodating.Read More
Ollie100

6-10 Cruises

Age 63s

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