Emerald Waterways is a division of Australian company Scenic Tours, was launched in 2014, with two river cruise ships: Emerald Star and Emerald Sky. Since then, two more river ships have debuted and three more are set to be delivered in 2017.
How Many Passengers: From 112 to 182 passengers.
Personality: Comfortable, modern, and luxurious. The line only recently launched in 2014; the ships are very new and are therefore built for today’s traveler.
Fellow Passengers: Half of the guests come from Australia and New Zealand, and most of the rest come from North America and Europe. The typical river cruisers will be the majority of fellow guests – older, well traveled couples.
Cabins: From 105 to 315 square feet. Most rooms have balconies, and these ship are unique because they feature something most river cruise ships do not: single staterooms. Each ship only has a couple of these rooms, but they’re the perfect option for a well-traveled solo guest.
Dining Experience: Breakfast and lunch are buffet-style, and can even feature a make-it-yourself sandwich station. Guests can enjoy these meals out on the deck if the weather is nice, and also indulge in some delicious barbecue with various items inspired by the ship’s location. Dinner is a five-course affair in the dining room.
Amenities: Emerald’s river ships feature an indoor heated pool with a retractable roof that transforms to a cinema at night, a piano lounge, local entertainers, mini golf, and a jogging track. There are also complimentary bicycles that guests can use while in port.
Best For: Well-traveled guests, older couples, English-speaking passengers. While not a budget river cruise line, their rates are very affordable.
Included Alcohol: Wine, spirits, and beer is included with lunch and dinner.
Where They Go: Danube, Main, Rhine, Rhône, Douro, and Mekong Rivers.
Contributor: Sarah Bretz