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Emerald Cruises

About Emerald Cruises

Founded in 2013 as Emerald Waterways, Emerald Cruises is an award-winning travel operator specialising in deluxe river cruises and luxury yacht cruising.

Our fleet of Star-Ships have been custom-built to sail Europe’s Rhine, Main, Moselle, Danube, Rhȏne, Douro and Volga rivers, as well as the Mekong in Southeast Asia, with each one home to a range of stylish innovations. Unpack once in our contemporary suites and staterooms, enjoy delicious cuisine in our elegant dining venues, relax on our spacious Sun Deck and enjoy the river breeze from our indoor heated pool with retractable roof, which transforms into an evening cinema*.


Emerald Azzurra, our ocean cruising superyacht, has been designed to dock in the smaller ports of the Mediterranean, the Adriatic coast, the Red Sea and the Black Sea, providing unique access to extraordinary destinations that other yachts of its type cannot. With a maximum capacity of just 100 guests, every inch of Emerald Azzurra has been designed with your comfort and enjoyment in mind. Cruise in luxury, where state-of-the-art amenities and refined finishing touches elevate your experience of the world's oceans. Unwind in our opulent dining and lounge spaces, relax in our stunning on board infinity-style pool and enjoy our unique swim platform which provides simple and safe access to the sea.


Whether you’re travelling by river or ocean, Emerald Cruises will always dock in the heart of the destinations we visit, be it on the banks of the Danube with the backdrop of Budapest’s breathtaking Parliament Building, in Ho Chi Minh City with its vibrant culture right on your doorstep, or in coastal cities such as Dubrovnik, Mykonos, Sorrento, Venice and Istanbul.


And, wherever you travel, you’ll benefit from our promise of exceptional EmeraldVALUE, entitling you to included excursions, handpicked by our journey planners, as well as our special EmeraldPLUS experiences and EmeraldACTIVE guided bike tours^ hikes and activities. Not only that, exquisite on board dining, complimentary drinks with lunch and dinner, transfers to and from the vessel and tips have been taken care of so all you have to do is enjoy the journey of a lifetime.

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Why Choose Emerald Cruises

EmeraldDISCOVERY

Our collection of itineraries each offer the perfect platform for new experiences to ensure you see the very best of each destination.


With our included excursions and specially selected EmeraldPLUS experiences, you will enjoy unique encounters and embark on guided tours of wonderful towns and cities.

In addition, for the more active guest, our included EmeraldACTIVE excursions consist of guided bike rides and hikes for an alternative perspective on a location. You will also have the opportunity to explore each destination further by booking one of our optional DiscoverMORE^ excursions and experiences.


We’ve ensured you’ll have plenty of time to dedicate to independent exploration. We want you to feel free to personalise your time onshore, with the opportunity to disembark the yacht for unguided city visits, relaxing beach days and evenings out. Of course, your tour manager will always be available to point you in the right direction and inspire you with regards to a destination’s hotspots.

Discover on your own

We’ve ensured you’ll have plenty of time to dedicate to independent exploration. We want you to feel free to personalise your time onshore, with the opportunity to disembark the yacht for unguided city visits, relaxing beach days and evenings out. Of course, your tour manager will always be available to point you in the right direction and inspire you with regards to a destination’s hotspots.

^Available at additional cost.

EmeraldPLUS

These extra-special experiences aim to take you to the heart of local culture and promise to be a highlight of your trip. You can look forward to:


  • Klapa performance in the cellar of Diocletian’s Palace in Split
  • Guided tour of Sorrento with gelato presentation and tasting
  • Concert at the Apollo Theatre in Ermoupolis
  • Guided tour of Petra with lunch
  • The Great Pyramids of Giza and felucca cruise on the Nile

Included excursions

Specially designed for guests seeking a more active experience, enjoy seeing a destination from another perspective as part of a guided bike ride or hike. You can look forward to:


  • Guided hike of Kotor’s city walls
  • Guided bike tour of Çanakkale
  • Hiking tour of Cephalonia Island
  • Hiking tour of the Sorrento coast
  • Guided bike tour of Istanbul

EmeraldACTIVE

Insightful and diverse, every one of our wonderful itineraries boasts a selection of included excursions, handpicked by our journey planners. You can look forward to:


  • Guided walking tour of Corfu Town
  • Tour of Bonifacio with tasting
  • Guided tour of ANZAC Cove and Gallipoli Peninsula
  • Naama Bay and glass bottom boat trip in Sharm el-Sheikh
  • Danube Delta safari in Sulina

DiscoverMORE

For guests who wish to see and do even more, these optional excursions are available at an additional cost and enable you to further immerse yourself in an area’s history and culture. You can look forward to:


  • Guided walking tour of Mykonos town with wine tasting
  • Discover the Tomb of Mausolus in Bodrum
  • A Bedouin experience in Hurghada
  • Kayaking tour of Tigullian Bay in Portofino
  • Snorkelling at Ras Mohammad National Park in Sharm el-Sheikh

Rewards Programmes

EmeraldDISCOVERY

Our collection of itineraries each offer the perfect platform for new experiences to ensure you see the very best of each destination.


With our included excursions and specially selected EmeraldPLUS experiences, you will enjoy unique encounters and embark on guided tours of wonderful towns and cities.

In addition, for the more active guest, our included EmeraldACTIVE excursions consist of guided bike rides and hikes for an alternative perspective on a location. You will also have the opportunity to explore each destination further by booking one of our optional DiscoverMORE^ excursions and experiences.


We’ve ensured you’ll have plenty of time to dedicate to independent exploration. We want you to feel free to personalise your time onshore, with the opportunity to disembark the yacht for unguided city visits, relaxing beach days and evenings out. Of course, your tour manager will always be available to point you in the right direction and inspire you with regards to a destination’s hotspots.

Discover on your own

We’ve ensured you’ll have plenty of time to dedicate to independent exploration. We want you to feel free to personalise your time onshore, with the opportunity to disembark the yacht for unguided city visits, relaxing beach days and evenings out. Of course, your tour manager will always be available to point you in the right direction and inspire you with regards to a destination’s hotspots.

^Available at additional cost.

EmeraldPLUS

These extra-special experiences aim to take you to the heart of local culture and promise to be a highlight of your trip. You can look forward to:


  • Klapa performance in the cellar of Diocletian’s Palace in Split
  • Guided tour of Sorrento with gelato presentation and tasting
  • Concert at the Apollo Theatre in Ermoupolis
  • Guided tour of Petra with lunch
  • The Great Pyramids of Giza and felucca cruise on the Nile

Included excursions

Specially designed for guests seeking a more active experience, enjoy seeing a destination from another perspective as part of a guided bike ride or hike. You can look forward to:


  • Guided hike of Kotor’s city walls
  • Guided bike tour of Çanakkale
  • Hiking tour of Cephalonia Island
  • Hiking tour of the Sorrento coast
  • Guided bike tour of Istanbul

EmeraldACTIVE

Insightful and diverse, every one of our wonderful itineraries boasts a selection of included excursions, handpicked by our journey planners. You can look forward to:


  • Guided walking tour of Corfu Town
  • Tour of Bonifacio with tasting
  • Guided tour of ANZAC Cove and Gallipoli Peninsula
  • Naama Bay and glass bottom boat trip in Sharm el-Sheikh
  • Danube Delta safari in Sulina

DiscoverMORE

For guests who wish to see and do even more, these optional excursions are available at an additional cost and enable you to further immerse yourself in an area’s history and culture. You can look forward to:


  • Guided walking tour of Mykonos town with wine tasting
  • Discover the Tomb of Mausolus in Bodrum
  • A Bedouin experience in Hurghada
  • Kayaking tour of Tigullian Bay in Portofino
  • Snorkelling at Ras Mohammad National Park in Sharm el-Sheikh

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