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Emerald River Cruises

1,119 Reviews
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 River Cruises

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Emerald Radiance

10 Night
Lisbon & Secrets Of The Douro

128 Reviews
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Emerald Sun

14 Night
Splendours Of Europe

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Emerald Dawn

6 Night
Prague & Christmas Time On The Danube

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Emerald Dawn

7 Night
Jewels Of The Rhine

170 Reviews
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Emerald Waterways

7 Night
Delights Of The Danube

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12 Night
Lisbon To Madrid With Secrets Of The Douro

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9 Night
Meandering Majestic Mekong Cruise

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Rhine-main Discovery

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Tulips & The Rhine

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Jewels Of The Rhine

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Jewels Of The Rhine & Lucerne - Zurich

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9 Night
Amsterdam & Jewels Of The Rhine

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Meandering Majestic Mekong Cruise

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7 Night
Jewels Of The Rhine

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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

What a amazing experience

Every member of the crew were excellent there was nothing I can say wasn’t done well or anything they missed we were treated so well nothing was too much trouble.Lovely drinks served by amazing waiters nothing was too much trouble.Read More
Claire salter

First Time Cruiser

Age 51s

Very Enjoyable Duoro/Portugal Cruise!

The crew and staff were excellent, with us particularly enjoying Ricardo.We enjoyed our especially on the Top Deck, with excellent service by the bar staff.Read More
KevScratch

6-10 Cruises

Age 75s

Fascinating trip on the Lower Danube

The guest dressing gowns were taken away to be laundered for the next passengers on the penultimate day, which was another little niggle.Local guides were most informative, coaches were a little cramped for leg room space.Read More
Artful Girl

6-10 Cruises

Age 71s

Loved it!

We got the panorama balcony room, and of course it was small, but we expected that.Of course it was the quality of the crew that really made the difference.Read More
Bkat

First Time Cruiser

Age 56s

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