Two-year-old, four-star river cruise line Emerald Waterways in 2017
will add two new vessels to its growing fleet.
Launched in 2014 by Australian parent company
Scenic, Emerald offers a lower-cost alternative to existing river
cruise lines on the market, but without sacrificing sleek interior design and
inclusiveness. The line will launch its fifth vessel this year, the
182-passenger Emerald Belle, set to launch on Europe’s Rhine and Danube rivers this
In 2017, the two new Star-Ships, as Emerald
refers to its river cruise vessels, are slated to be the Emerald Liberte on
France’s Rhone and Saone rivers, and the Emerald Radiance on Portugal’s Douro
The ships will be smaller versions of the
previous Star-Ships in order to better navigate the rivers they will be sailing,
the company said. The Emerald Liberte will carry 138 passengers in 70 suites
and staterooms, and the Emerald Radiance will sail with 112 guests in 56 suites
and staterooms — both with a 3-to-1 guest-to-crew ratio.
The Emerald Radiance will have a pool on the
top deck, but unlike on existing Emerald ships that pool will not have the
ability to transform into a cinema. The Emerald Liberte will feature the
signature, heated swimming pool with a retractable glass roof that transforms
into a cinema in the evening. Additionally, a new category of stateroom will be
added on the Radiance, a 330-square-foot cabin with panoramic floor-to ceiling
windows on two sides of the stateroom.
A rendering of the Emerald Liberte, which will have Emerald's hallmark swimming pool that transforms into a cinema.
Both ships will feature two restaurants:
Reflections, the main dining room, and The Terrace for light breakfast and
lunch. There will also be an onboard hairdresser, massage therapy room and
fitness area, as well as bicycles for complimentary use by all guests.
The Portugal itinerary will include stops in
Porto, Regua and Vega de Terron and Salamanca in Spain. Highlights include
visiting the Roman ruins in Lamego, Portugal; seeing the pre-historic carvings
in the Coa Valley Museum; and dinner at a local wine estate. Four-day
extensions are offered to Lisbon and Madrid.
The south of France sailing will travel from
Lyon to Arles with stops in Chalon-Sur-Saone, Tournon and Avignon. Guests will
visit the Hospices de Beaune; the Roman amphitheater in Arles; and will have
the opportunity to experience the region’s wine and culinary offerings. A three-night
extension is available to Nice, which includes a tour of Monte Carlo and
Rates for the seven-night Douro sailings will
start at $2,195 per person, based on double occupancy, and the seven-night
Rhone and Saone sailings will start at $2,695 per person, based on double
occupancy. Both cruises will have 30 departure dates in 2017. A 15-day offering
combines both cruises with fares from $5,385 per person, based on double
The cruise fare includes all transfers to and
from the ship; all onboard (and some on-shore) meals; unlimited tea and coffee;
wine, beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner; bottled water in the cabins
replenished daily; continental breakfast; complimentary Wi-Fi onboard the ship;
a daily shore excursion; and all gratuities on and off the ship.