Emerald Waterways

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Review of Emerald Waterways

Emerald Waterways is an affordable river cruise line company established in 2014 as a division of the Australian cruise and tour operator Scenic Tours. The parent company Scenic Tours offers everything from 5-star luxury riverboat cruises to land tours and coach travel excursions in Australia. The Scenic's river cruise brand is known on the Australian market as "Evergreen Waterways".

The Emerald cruise line debuted with 2 innovative top-luxury river ships - Sky and Star. In 2015, a second pair of sister-ships joined the fleet - Dawn and Sun. A 5th boat was scheduled for launch in 2016 (Emerald Belle), but a construction yard fire accident postponed the launch for 2017. The boat's name was also changed to "Destiny", joining the 2017 inaugurated Liberte and Radiance.

Overall, Emerald Waterways has raised the bar within the budget river cruising market. The company is positioned somewhere between the 3- and 4-star lines. It competes with established brands like Avalon Waterways and Viking Cruises by boasting less expensive fares and innovative design touches. 

The following YouTube video provides information regarding the Emerald river cruise ships' accommodations (types, furniture, amenities, floorplan features. 

One of the new river cruise companies, Emerald Waterways targets the European inland waterways cruising market exclusively. The line operates the following Scenic Tours company-owned riverboats:

Emerald Waterways ships have some of the best crew to guest ratios on the European riverboats. One of the best innovations for the fleet is the dual-purpose area - the line's signature "pool cinema" complex) located Deck 3 aft on the "star ships". The area transforms from a heated indoor pool (with retractable roof) at day time into a cinema at night - an unique river cruise ship feature. The second impressive feature is the Emerald's balcony stateroom that transforms into a conservatory with a button-touch.

The rest of the innovations are fairly standard on newbuilds in the modern era of European river cruising. Among those are the private balconies for the majority of cabins, good-sized suites and open-air alternative dining spots. The alfresco dining area at bow of the ships provides informal alternative dining options for breakfast and lunch, but most meals are served in the Reflections Restaurant - the riverboat's main dining room.

Next YouTube video is about the line's river cruising experience. It provides information on onboard activities and amenities, along with the boats' best deckplan features.

Emerald Waterways cruise deals inclusions

Emerald Waterways river cruise tour deals are inclusive of:

  • some flights (depending on market and special offers)
  • all transfers (to and from the ship)
  • guided sightseeing / shore excursions, also city tours
  • gourmet dining, all meals onboard (and some ashore)
  • (top suite cabins only) pre-dinner canapes, after-dinner sweet treats
  • unlimited tea and coffee
  • bottled water (in all cabins / replenished daily)
  • free drinks (wine,  beer, sof drinks, espresso, cappuccino) with every meal
  • complimentary bicycle
  • free Internet / WiFi access
  • live onboard entertainment
  • all onboard and excursion gratuities
  • impeccable service.

Itinerary of Emerald Waterways

Vacation travelers wishing to explore Southeast Asia while experiencing a level of luxury style should check out the new Mekong River cruise itineraries of Emerald Waterways.

  • A signature 16-day itinerary on the purpose-built Mekong Navigator riverboat explores Vietnam and Cambodia along the Mekong River.
  • In addition to the 16-day river cruise tour from Hanoi to Siem Reap, Emerald Waterways offers an 8-day "Magnificent Mekong", 12-day "Mekong Discovery" and 19-day "Vietnam & Cambodia Explorer" B2B itineraries.
  • Owned by the Austria-based company Lueftner Cruises, this luxurious ship is often charted by large European river cruise companies, including Uniworld, Emerald Waterways, Haimark Travel, Vantage Deluxe World Travel, Saga.

In 2017, Emerald Waterways promoted the company's new 2018 itineraries with free or reduced air on all 2017 European river cruises.

  • Customers booking Balcony Suites on all 2017 European river cruise tour itineraries received free roundtrip airfare from major airports in the USA and Canada.
  • Customers booking standard cabins on all European itineraries were eligible for a reduced airfare rate of USD 795 per person.
  • Customers wishing to book their flights independently received USD 1,000 air credit in lieu of flights.
  • This promo offer was on new bookings made by March 31, 2017.

Note: You can see the CruiseMapper's list of all river cruise ships and riverboats in the "itinerary" section of our River Cruises hub. All river passenger shipping line companies and their fleets are listed there.