River Cruise Emerald Waterways launches seventh vessel By Michelle Baran / October 11, 2017 Share 1 -- Emerald Waterways launched its third and final vessel for 2017, the Emerald Liberte, during a christening ceremony that took place in Lyon, France earlier this month. The 138-passenger Emerald Liberte is the company's first vessel in France, where it will sail the Rhone and Saone rivers in the south. The ship features Emerald Waterways' trademark contemporary style, as well as a pool that turns into a cinema at night. There are drop-down glass balcony windows in all of the staterooms. Emerald Liberte's christening follows the launch of Emerald Radiance in Porto, Portugal in June, and the unveiling of the Emerald Destiny in Vienna in May, bringing to seven the number of vessels in the Emerald Waterways fleet since the company launched in 2014. This year, Emerald Waterways has welcomed more than 17,000 passengers on its river cruise ships, which the company refers to as "star ships."Emerald Liberte cruises through the Provence and Burgundy regions of France on eight-day itineraries the depart either from Lyon or Arles between April and October. The itinerary includes stops in Chalon-Sur-Sane, Beaune, Macon, Tournon, Arles and Avignon, where guests are also treated to an onboard, Provenal-style dinner hosted by Top Chef France finalist, Fabien Morreale. Eight-day sailings start at $2,995 per person, based on double occupancy.