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Emerald Waterways

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ABOVE:  Emerald Star in Bernkastel-Kues, Germany. (See our Emerald Waterways cruise review.) INSET BELOW: A panoramic balcony, and a swimming pool with bar and gelato station.

photoEmerald Waterways is a river-cruise line from the Scenic Group that caters to both experienced cruisers and what the company describes as a "younger demographic."

The line's growing fleet of luxury vessels incorporates unique design features that should appeal to passengers who have cruised on oceangoing ships:

  • A swimming pool with a retractable roof that transforms into a movie theatre after dark.

  • Suites and cabins with"panorama balconies" that can be turned into recessed outdoor balconies at the touch of a button.

photoOther features include a terrace behind the bow where passengers can enjoy lunch or breakfast, a bar-lounge with floor-to-ceiling windows, a bar and gelato station by the pool, and a "Sky Bar" that occasionally pops up (weather permitting) on the large sun deck.

In 2020, Emerald Waterways offers itineraries on the Rhine, Main, Danube, Saône, Rhône, and Douro. Cruise tours with an additional land portion are also available.

The line also operates small-ship cruises along Croatia's Dalmatian Coast, featuring modern yachts with swim platforms. Cruise lengths range from seven to 15 nights.

Emerald's competitive fares include airport transfers, complimentary drinks at lunch and dinner, WiFi, shore excursions, bicycles for independent touring, and all tips (both on board and on shore excursions).

For a personal report, including a day-by-day photo diary, click our "Cruise review" link below.

Cruise line's Web site:

Emerald Waterways

Cruise review:

Emerald Star, Nuremberg to Trier

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