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Launched in 2014, Emerald Waterways caters to the four-star-plus market by using state-of-the-art ships, top quality service and a nearly all-inclusive pricing plan. The company’s approach is designed to minimize guests’ concerns about daily budgets or mounting costs.
It’s amazing what’s included!
Emerald Waterways has set a new standard in European river cruising:
All airport transfers to and from your ship on the day of embarkation and disembarkation
Spacious accommodation onboard Europe’s newest river cruise fleet
Spectacular ship innovations like an onboard pool and cinema, and an innovative open-air system in all cabins on the Vista and Horizon decks
All onboard meals and a collection of excellent highlight dinners at Reflections Restaurant
The option to enjoy a light breakfast and lunch alfresco on The Terrace
Onboard bicycles which can be reserved in port for individual excursions or join organized bike tours in selected ports
Complimentary wine, beer and soft drinks to accompany lunch and dinner
Tea and coffee available at all times throughout your cruise
Bottled water restocked daily in your cabin
An included shore excursion in every port
Extra special included excursions with EmeraldPLUS
Visits to many UNESCO World Heritage Sites
The option to have continental breakfast served in the Owner’s One-bedroom and Grand Balcony Suites
Pre-dinner canapes and after-dinner sweet treats served in the Owner’s One-bedroom and Grand Balcony Suites
First-class service from an English speaking crew
Knowledgeable local guides at each destination with included headsets for easy listening
Complimentary WiFi onboard the ship
All port charges
PLUS we take care of all tips, saving you up to $675 per couple on 15 day cruises
On an Emerald Waterways river cruise, guests can expect great dining experiences from start to finish.
Emerald’s deluxe ships boast a uniquely engineered heated swimming pool complete with retractable roof – creating a brilliant onboard oasis for guests to relax, whatever the weather. And on select evenings, the pool area inventively transforms into a cinema showing a collection of films.
Take a tour of the cabins onboard.
Emerald Waterways river cruises use an innovative open-air system
Superior Service, Exceptional People
It’s easy to see why Emerald Waterways® was awarded the “Best New River Ships” designation in Cruise Critic’s 2014 Editors’ Picks Awards for the Emerald Star and Emerald Sky “Star-Ships.” Sailing immersive itineraries in France, Europe and Southeast Asia Emerald Waterways combines affordability with great dining and exceptional service. They take pride in ensuring every journey is perfectly planned, and each guest enjoys a relaxing, exciting and insightful river cruise experience, whether they are sailing aboard our award-winning fleet or exploring a nearby town for the day.
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Sticker-shock is often the reaction to a European river cruise price quote. That is, until it’s made clear all that is included in the price. But, while most river cruise lines tout their inclusiveness, there are differences that should be considered to determine the best value for you.
Here is a breakdown of inclusions for the most popular river cruise lines:
According to Ama, “Your inclusive vacation provides incredible, value from the champagne breakfast and free-flowing hand-selected European wines with lunch and dinner to a fleet of bicycles, free Internet access, included sightseeing excursions and live cultural entertainment onboard.”
The port charges, gratuities, and bar tab are extra. A variety of shore excursions are included in the price and a selection of excursions are offered at an additional cost.
A-Rosa Cruises bills itself as “Truly All-Inclusive” with complimentary beverages including wine, beer, and spirits all day long, pre-paid onboard gratuities, complimentary shore tours, complimentary use of bicycles, complimentary transfers, prepaid port taxes and fees, and free WiFi. Note that gratuities for the guides and drivers on shore excursions are not included. In 2015, transfers will not be included and there will be a shore excursion allowance included in the cost. Once the allowance is reached, there will be an additional charge.
Avalon’s slogan is “INCLUDED…is the name of the game.” Expect “Special touches, like regional wines and beer at every onboard dinner selected by a professional sommelier-included. Each à la carte meal includes a variety of options for each course. Plus, enjoy complimentary sparkling wine and juices with breakfast, soft drinks with lunch. Complimentary Wi-Fi access-included. The most shore excursions, led by Certified Local Guides-included. VIP entrance into the must-see sites-included. Unique Local Favoritessm designed to bring your destination to life-included. We even provide Nordic walking sticks for active guests looking for an extra spring in their step. Port charges and gratuities are not included in the price. Continue reading River Cruising ~ What’s included?