Is River Cruising for Me?


Many customers would imagine river ships to be outdated, perhaps even old school, however, modern river cruises as well as being clean and relaxing also offer a high level of comfort and contemporary style.

One of the differences between ocean cruise ships and river cruise ships is the level of intimacy. River cruises are much smaller, offering around 50-100 cabins, which means you really get to know the other passengers. This is a perfect opportunity to socialise with people from all over the world as many nationalities choose to sail on river cruises.

River cruises offer the perfect amount of relaxation if you want to sit back and enjoy the amazing sights. The service onboard is very attentive, therefore you will not have to worry about anything during your trip. If you wish, you can hop off at various destinations and explore the local cities and towns. After all, it is extremely easy to do as you are right in the middle of each destination.

Onboard the Emerald Star

“Relaxing & Contemporary” are the words that Jill Hurst, (one of our river cruise experts) used to describe her experience onboard Emerald Star, the 135 metres long river cruise ship which has sailed through beautiful European landscapes.

Her experience onboard was very positive, especially the attentive customer service. Many tours are free; however, you can also purchase some yourself. Either way, the staff are extremely well informed and will advise you depending on your needs. There also many activities to do on the ship and one example would be clock painting which Jill has attended.

We would recommend river cruising for customers that are looking for a relaxing and quiet journey, who wish to wake up in the centre of new amazing European cities every day. If you enjoy attentive and personal service, river cruising is definitely for you as the staff will be more than happy to help with any enquiries you might have.

Onboard the Emerald Star, the top deck is perfect for relaxing and sunbathing as it offers a nice open space which even has a bar where skilled bartenders will make drinks of your choice. It is also perfect for sightseeing as you get a full view of the landscape around you.

The Panorama Balcony suite is a perfect mix of comfort and elegant décor. It is great for relaxing while taking in picturesque landscapes as it has an indoor balcony design, complete with decking area, table and chairs. If you wish, you can touch a button and the floor to ceiling windows drop down to unveil the amazing views.

On an Emerald Waterways river cruise ship, you also don’t have to worry about extra costs as tipping, gratuities, flights, transfers and complimentary wine, beer and soft drinks are included with your meals too!

You also receive free WIFI, making posting amazing pictures of your experience even easier.

What itinerary should I choose?

Visit the worlds most treasured destinations, including South East Asia to Europe. Europe offers many culture-rich cities and towns, enriched by extensive history. From medieval castles to enriching vineyards, many great places can be visited on a river cruise ship. It is all about the destinations that you want to visit and our advisors would be more than happy to advise you on the specific regions that you are interested in.

It is not a surprise that European river cruises are very popular. There are many amazing sights to see on the Danube, Duoro, Seine, Main, Moselle and Rhine rivers. The Danube river passes through many amazing cities including Budapest and Vienna. It is perfect for guests interested in architecture and history as you will be able to immerse yourself in the local culture and take in the amazing city sights. If you are looking for a southern European river cruise, The Duoro river cruise is perfect for those wishing to explore vineyards, green hills and breathtaking Portuguese cities.

We also offer a variety of worldwide destination river cruises with Uniworld, Scenic and APT. They are perfect for travellers looking to explore China, Russia, Myanmar & India. There are many different itineraries to choose from and we recommend calling us on 0800 953 4716 and we will be able to suggest the perfect worldwide River Cruise based on your needs.

Browse our river cruise itineraries.

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Life Onboard Emerald Waterways


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Claire has worked in the travel industry since leaving college in 1994. One of this blog's most regular contributors, Claire covers cruise news and industry trends.

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