Introducing Emerald Waterways

Scenic Tours have recently announced the launch of a brand new premium river cruise line, Emerald Waterways. This will launch properly at the beginning of next year and will see two new ships being brought into fruition – Emerald Star, which is expected in February, and Emerald Sky which is due in April.

Emerald Sky

Emerald Waterways are planning itineraries on the Rhine, Danube, Mosel and Main rivers and there will be both 7 and 14 night cruises.

Emerald Waterways is set to be within the four-star range of cruises and will include a whole host of innovative and modern design touches, as well as an attractive almost all-inclusive price which always seems to appeal to passengers. Included in this almost all-inclusive pricing will be soft drinks, wine and beer with meals, transfers, shore excursions and gratuities.

Emerald Star and Emerald Sky are set to be identical sister ships and will feature an open air alternative dining area, most of the staterooms will have balconies and there will be larger one bedroom suites on board.

Panoramic Balcony

At the aft of the ship there will be an indoor, heated swimming pool with a retractable roof for sunny days which, at night, will transform into a state of the art cinema for all passengers to enjoy. This is a first for this kind of feature on board a river cruise ship and is set to be a hit with guests.

Indoor Pool

Chris Townson, Managing Director for Scenic Tours and Emerald Waterways, has stated that the line is aiming to pull in a younger cruise passenger in the same way as ocean based cruises have been doing so successfully in recent years.Townson said ‘we believe we can attract a younger demographic too, with value for money as the emphasis’.

The question is however, will lower prices be enough to attract younger passengers to river cruising, a specific type of cruising which is synonymous with a far older market? River Cruises are unable to offer many of the flashy, modern features that ocean liners are equipped with these days. Modern ocean liners boast ice rinks, surf simulators, zip lines, rock climbing walls and so much more whereas river cruise ships will never have the space on board to accommodate features such as these.

Undeniably, innovative features such as the indoor pool area being able to change into a cinema in the evenings is a step in the right direction with regards to adding features that will appeal to younger passengers however, I believe more will have to be done before the average age of river cruise passengers lowers significantly.

Indoor Cinema

If this sounds like the type of river cruising that would appeal to you then it is advisable to book early as these ships are sure to fill up fast.

Images courtesy of Scenic Tours

So River Cruisers, what do you think of Emerald Waterways new innovations?


14 comments on “Introducing Emerald Waterways

  1. Anne Dawson on said:

    The addition of decent swimming pools and cinema, definitely make this cruise line very appealing, we would be very interested in these cruises.

  2. Maureen Myers on said:

    The new ships look splendid, look forward to your Itineraries.

  3. George Gibson on said:

    Sounds good!! Loooking forward to hearing more.

  4. Jenny Graham on said:

    Looks fabulous – I’d be interested in receiving itineraries, can’t wait to board!

    Bring on cruises for singles with low or no supplements……

  5. Olly Tolhurst on said:

    I welcome these innovative changes though not sure river cruisers would suit young children. Will they be for adults only?

  6. Johanna Cruttenden on said:

    We have been planning a cruise with friends from America and they were told to go for Viking Cruises.

    But since reading about your new launch, we’ll be keeping a close watch on more info, certainly if the price is better.

  7. Thanks for all of your comments.

    If you need any more information or pricing please use the Quick Quote Form.

  8. Hi there,

    What about the job opportunities on a ship like this?

    Warm regards,


  9. Judith Eggleston on said:

    Am currently looking for a Baltic cruise but can’t find anyone to share with.

    I would pay the single fare and can go last minute as only need a couple of days notice.

    If you can come up with a last minute offer I would be pleased to hear from you.


  10. Hi Tilen

    You would need to enquire with the cruise line itself.

  11. Judith we will e-mail you.

  12. Felix Apap on said:

    After I tried large cruises three times now I am very happy to hear about this new ship and cruises.I look forward for more details.

  13. Felix you can request more information by clicking on the Quick Quote form at the top of the site.

  14. Nicola Naylor on said:

    Make sure you read and understand the TERMS AND CONDITIONS for anything to do with Scenic Tours…..all 2 A4 pages….you’ll need a magnifying glass as opposed to their glossy magazines that are in big bold letters.

    A Tour company is only as good as their management of “disruptions”. I’d go APT.