Innovation in river cruising

Europe’s newest fleet in river cruising is Emerald Waterways. A division of the highly successful Scenic Tours Group, these innovative and stylistic ships will bring a whole new element to the competitive market of River Cruising.

Their “fleet” is currently comprised of two ships. The Emerald Star launched February 2014 and will be followed by the Emerald Sky in April. Sister ships offering guest capacity of 182 people.

Sure to be a great hit is the heated swimming pool with retractable roof, bar and gelati station! A perfect venue regardless of weather to relax and view the passing scenery. On selected evenings this same area is creatively transformed into a private cinema offering viewings of classic films and recent releases.

New ships mean the newest technologies and design for the cabins. Emerald has put a whole new twist on the term “French balcony”. Their Panorama Balcony suite have innovative open-air system windows which drop down the full width of the cabin allowing for full panoramic views and air circulation. The embodiment of luxury and indulgence are their 315 sq.ft. one Bedroom Owner’s Suites. Deluxe walk-in closets, spacious two sink bathrooms and included in-suite mini bars are just a few of the features.

Standard inclusions for all accommodations are flat screen TV, complimentary WIFI, individual climate control and bottle water re-stocked daily.

While aboard ship you will enjoy a buffet style breakfast and lunch in the Reflections dining room or you can opt to dine al fresco in the Terrace Lounge located in the ship’s bow. Evenings offer delectable four course dinner options. Complimentary wine, beer and soft drinks are available during lunch and dinner. Coffee and tea is always available free of charge.

Unlike Scenic Tours which offers up to five different excursions in each port of call, Emerald Waterways includes one standard tour in each city thus allowing you the free time to explore at your own leisure and pursue your own personal interests. A bonus to the included touring are Emerald’s “PLUS” offerings. Unique experiences which allow you to immerse yourself in local culture such as the home-hosted afternoon tea with a local Slovakian family excursion.

Itineraries range from 8 to 15 day journeys. Emerald Waterway’s close affiliation with Scenic River Cruises guarantees the knowledge and experience of the staff and you can rest assured that you are in good hands.

Although Emerald Waterways offers the newest ships and some of the largest suites in the market they also offer their product at some of the most economical pricing. Current availability shows their 8 Day Nuremberg to Budapest July 19th sailing in a Panoramic Balcony suite at $3355CADpp. 15 Day Amsterdam to Budapest Sept 20th - $5810CADpp.

Emerald Waterways – elegance – innovation and economy! Limited availability for their 2014 season. Call your river cruise specialist for more information.

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