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Emerald River Cruises

1,110 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 Star

10 Night
Danube Delights & Classic Prague

129 Reviews
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Emerald Harmony

12 Night
Wonders Of Vietnam, Cambodia & The Mekong

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Emerald Radiance

10 Night
Lisbon & Secrets Of The Douro

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Emerald Radiance

7 Night
Secrets Of The Douro

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Emerald Waterways

10 Night
Classic Prague & Danube Delights

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10 Night
Classic Prague & Danube Delights

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7 Night
Christmas Markets On The Rhine

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Christmas Markets On The Rhine

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6 Night
Prague & Christmas Time On The Danube

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Rhine-main Discovery

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Danube Delights

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Danube Delights

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Rhine-main Discovery

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7 Night
Christmas Markets Of Rhine-main

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Jewels Of The Rhine & Glacier Express

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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

Staff can’t do enough for us!

Another guide steered me away from buying souvenirs that were less expensive elsewhere.The tour guide was able to help us find a jeweler that sold 19 carat gold filigree.Read More
Travelling Mamma

2-5 Cruises

Age 64s

Excellent on-board service

One night was a singer and piano, who was very good.One disappointment was the evening entertainment.Read More
Emerald102023

2-5 Cruises

Age 60s

First time river cruise

We didn’t get a drinks package as we don’t drink too much but it probably is worth it if you do like a drink or two We had to change ships to the Destiny due to the low river levels halfway through, so the Destiny is a little older ship, but the transfer was flawless but we did lose time on the river as we had to be bused to our destination which was unfortunate it couldn’t be helped because of the water situation but the transfer was flawless.The extra excursions are worth it and you don’t need to prebook some of these as there is always availability and they are explained more in depth when you board the ship.Read More
Kerkow

2-5 Cruises

Age 50s

Emerald and Scenic are a great choice

Stayed in a Grand balcony suite which came with a separate balcony area plus perks like laundry, Nespresso machine and room service The cruise was good until we hit low water at Regensburg and had to move ships.Did Budapest to Amsterdam originally scheduled on the Dawn but due to low water we were moved to the Sky.Read More
K from Canada

2-5 Cruises

Age 50s

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