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Star Winners of 'Best New River Ships'

Comfortable, modern, and stylish, Emerald Waterways state-of-the-art Star Ships first hit Europe’s waterways in 2014 and have been making waves in the river cruise industry ever since.  With state-of-the-art features such as an onboard cinema and a heated pool with retractable sunroof as well as more space per cabin than almost any other operator, it’s clear to see why Emerald Waterways’ ships have been making such a splash.  Both the Emerald Star and the Emerald Sky were designed from scratch with the passenger in mind in order to offer the best cruise experience possible.  

Experience the real deal, on one of Europe’s newest, best designed, most advanced river cruise fleets. Voted Best River Line For The Value by the discerning experts at Cruise Critic Editors' Picks 2015, Emerald Waterways’ ships and river cruises are praised for their striking design, innovative highlights and contemporary approach, setting your trip with us apart from any other river cruise.

Form perfectly meets function in our fleet of sleek, sophisticated Star Ships. Like a perfectly cut gem, every detail and contemporary feature of an Emerald Waterways ship is designed to enhance your boutique hotel on board experience.


“Smartly priced and inclusive enough to appeal to first-time or younger cruisers as well as seasoned travelers, Emerald's new ships have an easygoing vibe and casual elegance.” – Cruise Critic         

Awards

2014 CRUISE CRITIC AWARD WINNER - BEST NEW RIVER SHIP
2014 CRUISE CRITIC AWARD WINNER - BEST NEW RIVER SHIP

We are pleased to announce Emerald Waterways, Europe’s first new river cruise company in six years, has been awarded the “Best New River Ships” designation in Cruise Critic’s 2014 Editors’ Picks Awards for our Emerald Star and Emerald Sky 'Star-Ships.' The Cruise Critic Editors' Picks Awards are chosen by Cruise Critic's international team of editors, based on the lines and ships they feel best represent excellence in each of the designated categories.

“We put a lot of thought into designing and building innovative, deluxe river ships that create an unparalleled experience for our guests,” said Glen Moroney, founder and managing director of the Scenic Group, the parent company for Emerald Waterways. “We’re very proud and pleased that our never-ending efforts to raise the standards on European river ships has been recognized by Cruise Critic as they share a similar benchmark amongst the cruise review and information publications.”

Winner | Silver Travel Awards - Best River Cruise Line 2016
Silver Travel Awards - Best River Cruise Line 2016

We are over the moon to have won the award for Best River Cruise Line in the 2016 Silver Travel Awards. River cruise lovers around the country casted their votes for us and we are delighted that our hard work in bringing innovation and exceptional value for money to Europe's rivers has been recognised yet again!

Berlitz - New kid on the block - Emerald Waterways set sights on top spot
Berlitz - New kid on the block - Emerald Waterways set sights on top spot

After just two full seasons, numerous industry awards, Emerald Waterways is again turning heads with one of the highest collective ratings in the just-released 2016/2017 Berlitz River Cruising in Europe Guide. Coming in as the second highest ranked river cruise line (based on collective ship ratings), Emerald Waterways surpassed the more established river cruise lines such as Viking, Avalon and Uniworld.

David Winterton, brand manager for Emerald Waterways, said: “We’re honoured with the recognition we’ve received from both our guests and the travel media and this is testament to the efforts made by our hard-working employees. We all continue to push for excellence with new innovative ships and new destinations, improving the experience for our guests with even better service, amenities and excursion experiences.”

With high ratings in all five of the review criteria (Hardware, Accommodation, Cuisine, Service and Misc.), the reviews point out many of the Star-Ship’s wonderful facilities, from the cabin’s design to the on-board indoor-outdoor pool and movie theatre. It also recognises that Emerald Waterways offers a greater number of active excursions than most, is named with three others as an industry driver when it comes to creativity in ship design, and as only one of just few lines that offer healthy choice selections at meals.

TTG Travel Awards - Best River Cruise Line 2015
TTG Travel Awards - Best River Cruise Line 2015

We are extremely proud to have collected the award of 'Best River Cruise Line' in this year’s TTG awards. This award was won based on the votes of agents all over the country and emphasises the hard word that goes on in order to provide our guests' with the exceptional river cruise they deserve.

2015 Cruise Critic Editors' Picks - Best Value For Money
2015 Cruise Critic Editors' Picks - Best Value For Money

Cruise Critic, the world's leading cruise reviews site and online community announced today, 5th October 2015, that Emerald Waterways has been awarded "Best for Value" in this years awards. We are overjoyed with the recognition we have received highlighting how we offer an innovative product for a reasonable price and look forward to building upon this in our future years of sailing.

2015 Cruise International Awards - Best River Cruise Line - Highly Commended
2015 Cruise International Awards - Best River Cruise Line - Highly Commended

Not only did we win the Highly Commended award for 'Best New River Ship', we are also delighted to announce that we also picked up the Highly Commended award for 'Best River Cruise Line' in this years Cruise International Awards 2015.

2015 Cruise International Awards - Best New Ship - Highly Commended
2015 Cruise International Awards - Best New Ship - Highly Commended

We are delighted to have won the Highly Commended award for 'Best New River Ship' which was won by the Emerald Dawn in this years' Cruise International Awards 2015. Our guests can enjoy innovative features such as our open air balcony's and a heated swimming pool which converts into a cinema by night!

2016 Cruise Critic Editor's Pick

Cruise Critic, the world's leading cruise reviews site and online community announced today, 5th October 2015, that Emerald Waterways has been awarded "Best for Value" in this years awards. We are overjoyed with the recognition we have received highlighting how we offer an innovative product for a reasonable price and look forward to building upon this in our future years of sailing.

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