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Looking for a river cruise with Emerald Cruises in 2023, 2024 or 2025?

If you’re searching for the perfect Emerald Cruise, then you’re in luck – you’ll find everything you need on this page.

When it comes to deluxe river cruising, it’s hard to look beyond Emerald Cruises.

Thanks to their exquisite and luxurious state-of-the-art fleet, amazing variety of destinations and itineraries, and truly incredible attention to detail, each Emerald Cruises excursion is an unforgettable experience.

True specialists in river cruising, Emerald Cruises has got the river cruise experience down to a fine art, with incredible cruises on some of Europe’s finest rivers on offer, as well as further afield into the Middle East and into Southeast Asia, so if that’s exactly what you’re looking for, then you’re in the right place.

Horizon-expanding excursions, delectable dining and first-class service every step of the way.

When you book a river cruise aboard Emerald Cruises, you can relax, safe in the knowledge that everything you need will be catered for.

With all meals, excursions and gratuities taken care of, as well as your drinks with lunch and dinner, you can focus on enjoying yourself and having a fantastic experience, leaving Emerald Cruises’ expert team to deliver their meticulously planned itinerary, with a fantastic blend of eye-opening excursions, and moments of pure relaxation and luxury.

Their fleet of Star-Ships are fast becoming notorious in the world of cruising, thanks to their perfect fusion of style, comfort and luxury, while their chartered ships offer tradition and authenticity, with all the opulence and contemporary style you need.

Why should you book Emerald Cruises with Panache?

Panache Cruises is a name synonymous with luxury cruising, such is our wealth of experience in organising luxury cruises for our valued customers.

Led by James Cole – one of the most recognised names in the industry – we’re true cruise connoisseurs, and we’ll bend over backwards to ensure that your cruise is one that you’ll never forget.

When you book Emerald Cruises through Panache, you can rest assured that we’ll be with you every step of the way, from your initial enquiry, until you arrive home, and unlike other companies out there, you’ll have a dedicated point of contact you can speak to, without having to talk to a computer first.

Simply put, for ease, simplicity, and a team that will leave no stone unturned, allow the Panache team to book your next Emerald Cruises holiday.

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What's included with Emerald Cruises?

A voyage with Emerald Cruises includes all the elements you need to enjoy yourself. Delectable dining options and horizon-expanding excursions are all provided with a first-class service. All of this is included:


Fresh, local ingredients are used in preparing the meals that are served in all of your ship’s restaurants that carry no extra charge

Complementary drinks

Wine, beer and soft drinks are included with your meals and tea, coffee and water


A range of guided trips are available in all ports to allow you to see the destinations you visit on your terms.


From regional UK airports



Programme of activities to keep your fitness levels where they need to be, both onshore and onboard


These are included for all crew so you don’t need to worry about additional charges or carrying cash onboard


Is included whilst onboard


Up to 4 items per day for Owners Suite guests


Personal headset for use on tours and excursions

Drinks (other than those included with meals), certain treatments, and items in the shops will carry an extra charge whilst onboard.

Things to do onboard

Dining and drinks onboard

Thoughtfully crafted menus by expert chefs can be enjoyed at all the dining venues across the ships. Made to suit the voyage you’re travelling, fresh local ingredients are used from the countries and ports you visit.

Restaurants on the ships include:

  • The Terrace – this decked area at the front of your ship provides a delightful retreat where you can enjoy snacks and drinks. You’ll be able to enjoy the stunning views from this vantage point too.
  • Flavours of Asia – when travelling as far afield as Southeast Asia, you want to ensure you try authentic cuisine and that’s exactly what you will get in Flavours of Asia. Evoking the sensory experience you’ll find when you visit the countries themselves, this culinary tour of the region will pick out local flavours and delicacies to tantalise you from pho bowls to white rose dumplings. Produce is sources locally with inspiration taken from each country. Dishes will be fresh, authentic and delicious.
  • Reflections Restaurant – with open seating allowing for relaxed, social dining, you will savour a delightful range of Asian-inspired dishes and more traditional cuisine to end your day on a high.
  • Lotus Lounge – found of Emerald Harmony, dark wooden tones and a muted colour palette promote relaxation throughout. Based on the Vista Deck you’ll be able to enjoy nibbles and drinks with a view.

Complimentary wines and beer are included with your meals onboard, as are water, teas and coffees throughout the day. Of an evening, a sommelier will curate wines from local and regional vineyards to give you a taste of the places you see, paired with the meals you’re served.

Onboard Accommodation

Having the perfect sanctuary to retreat to is important to ensure you can recharge your batteries whilst on your holiday. That’s why Emerald Cruises offers four grades of suites and staterooms for you to choose from. Each one features an en suite with revitalising shower and luxury toiletries. A queen-size or twin beds with luxuriant linens, individual climate control, a flatscreen HDTV and infotainment system (including many films). You’ll also enjoy water in-suite (restocked daily), WiFi, a safe and more.

  • Single Stateroom – 117 sq ft
    • Picture window
  • Stateroom – 162 sq ft to 256 sq ft
    • Good-sized picture window
  • Panorama Balcony – 180 sq ft to 273 sq ft
    • Floor to ceiling window which lowers to halfway at the touch of a button
  • Grand Balcony Suite – 210 sq ft to 398 sq ft
    • Balcony with remote control
    • Complimentary bathrobes and slippers
    • Nespresso™ machine
    • Pillow menu
  • Owners One-Bedroom Suite – 315 sq ft to 452 sq ft
    • Private terrace, some with Jacuzzi
    • Fully stocked mini bar
    • Space to enjoy your breakfast in-suite
    • Pillow menu
    • Walk-in wardrobe
    • Exclusive invitation to the Captain’s Table
    • Up to 4 items per day laundered
    • Nespresso™ machine
    • Complimentary bathrobes and slippers
    • iPad for use onboard

The larger staterooms and suites are found on voyages sailing in Southeast Asia.

Spa, Health and Wellness

A heated pool can be found on all ships for a refreshing swim to keep you active. There is also a walking track to keep you moving, as well as a putting green if that’s how you want to get your exercise in!

Spa and fitness facilities are also included on the ships so you can work up a sweat in the gym or indulge in a treatment at the spa. Complimentary bicycles are also available for use by guests when in the ports.

The range of choice on offer when it comes to dining means you’ll be able to select the healthy option too to ensure your healthy-living plans stay on track.

EmeraldACTIVE is a carefully planned programme tailored to suit those who wish for a little more on their river cruise. Whether you’re onboard or ashore, you’ll be able to partake in things such as a guided hike, canoeing, or even fitness classes such as Pilates and aqua aerobics whilst onboard. There is a dedicated Activity Manager on all of the ships sailing Europe so look out for the activities you can enjoy – there is at least one included on all cruise itineraries.

Excursions, Entertainment and Activities

Tours and excursions are included on almost every day of your Emerald Cruises voyage. You’ll have the opportunity to explore local cultures and all trips are led by experienced and knowledgeable guides. By foot or by coach, you’ll be able to follow the tours with a personal headset to amplify your English-speaking guide.

EmeraldPLUS offers a deeper immersion into the places you visit. These extra-special excursions and events are designed to give you memorable experiences that go beyond the norm. Rare insights, hidden gems and even beloved tourist hotspots are all included. For example, have coffee and cake in the home of a local Slovakian family, enjoy a Bavarian band performance, or take a canal boat tour in Strasbourg.

At night, the pool turns into a cinema! This innovative function sees the floor rise through the pool’s surface and a screen lowered from above! On selected evenings, you’ll see the cinema host iconic concerts performed by famous musicians from popular music to classical and jazz.

The putting green, activity area with a variety of games and sun deck are all great ways to pass the time whilst onboard.

The Horizon Lounge is where you will find the entertainment on selected evenings. Offering an authentic experience, you’ll be more immersed in the culture of the places you are seeing on your trip. Ancient folklores passed through the generations will interest you and you’ll enjoy music from local bands in traditional dress.

Enrichment Programmes

In addition to EmeraldACTIVE and EmeraldPLUS, the DiscoverMORE will bring you even closer to the wonders of Europe and Southeast Asia. These experiences allow you to get to the heart of local life and see more of the country’s rich history and cultural tapestry. They go beyond normal travel encounters and include highlights such as a Viennese Evening Concert, a Jewish Heritage Tour, castle or brewery visits, UNESCO world heritage sites, Asian cookery classes, seaplane flights, bird sanctuary visits and so much more besides.

These very special excursions are available at an additional cost.


Emerald Cruises improves their sustainability across a broad range of areas, which even extends to the art they feature onboard. In order to minimise their impact on the world around them, they have adopted a variety of environmental and sustainability initiatives including:

  • Optimal electricity production with efficient power management systems and optimised generators
  • LED lighting is used throughout to reduce electrical consumption
  • Advanced HVAC (heating ventilation and air-conditioning) control systems are in place
  • High-glazed glass is used throughout to reduce heat transfer and provide natural lighting, thus reducing energy usage
  • Water purification systems are used so waste water will not pollute
  • Noise and vibration reduction techniques have been implemented

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