Our Exceptional EmeraldVALUE

It's all included

Our promise of exceptional EmeraldVALUE means that whether you are travelling on board one of our stylish river Star-Ships or our ocean luxury yachts, all you have to think about is enjoying your holiday. From a delectable selection of dining options to horizon-expanding included excursions and a first-class service, every Emerald Cruises holiday is generously stocked with extras.

On board you will find a wealth of amenities, from spectacular pools and well-equipped gyms, to generously appointed staterooms and suites fitting of a boutique hotel. Our team of chefs lovingly design their menus with your destination in mind, using fresh local ingredients to treat your senses to a culinary adventure. In addition, a selection of dining options are also included with complimentary wine, beer and soft drinks served with lunch and dinner. Tea and coffee are also available all day, every day. Your bottled water is restocked daily and on board Wi-Fi is also included, along with transfers and port charges.

Our river and yacht cruises are the perfect platform for new experiences, and our horizon-expanding excursions are another inclusion on your journey, opening you up to more than just the ports of these beautiful destinations. We will transport you to the heart of local life, looking into the soul of what makes people tick. We achieve this by including awe-inspiring excursions and events, conducted by knowledgeable local guides, our extra-special EmeraldPLUS experiences and our EmeraldACTIVE program.

Immerse yourself further with EmeraldPLUS

Our EmeraldPLUS program is a collection of unique excursions, each designed to help you see the destinations we visit in a different light and offering you truly memorable experiences that go beyond that of the ordinary traveller.

Seeking out rare sights and hidden gems you may not have discovered without the guidance of a local expert, these extra-special excursions take you to the heart of local culture, providing a fascinating insight into authentic customs and traditions during exclusive social events with residents, tours of significant landmarks, and on board performances and workshops. We believe it’s these special touches that make a holiday with Emerald Cruises truly unforgettable, offering moments of joy, wonder and discovery that you’ll treasure for a lifetime.

To inspire a little wanderlust, we’ve handpicked our favourite EmeraldPLUS experiences across our European river cruises, our Southeast Asia collection and luxury yacht cruising itineraries.

Home-hosted coffee and cake with a local Slovakian family

In Bratislava, we invite you to the home of a local family where you’ll enjoy home-hosted coffee and cake while listening to wonderful stories about the traditions and folklore of the region. This intimate encounter is your chance to immerse yourself further and discover more about life in the Slovakian capital, hearing firsthand how the Danube has helped shape the unique culture and way of life on the fringes of Eastern Europe.

You can enjoy this immersive encounter on our Danube Delights with Prague, Danube Delights and Splendours of Europe river cruise itineraries.

A Bavarian band performance

Bringing the culture to you, we invite a traditional Bavarian band on board to entertain you with their classic oompah sounds. A unique and wonderful experience, the band will perform traditional Bavarian music in authentic dress, something that will live on with you long after the river cruise has ended. Bavarian music is as fun as it is steeped in tradition, so you can expect a thoroughly Germanic evening of entertainment. This exclusive event will take place in the Horizon Bar & Lounge, whose dancefloor and entertainment area are purpose-built for this type of event. So, sit back, relax, and get in the spirit of things.

Enjoy this extra-special performance on our Danube Delights with Prague, Danube Delights and Splendours of Europe river cruises.

Traditional Buddhist Monk blessing

Located north of Phnom Penh, Oudong was the former royal capital of Cambodia until it moved to Phnom Penh in 1866. Important remnants on the temple site include the burial sites of Khmer kings as well as religious artifacts dating back more than a hundred years. It’s here, in the main temple of the Oudong Monastery, where you’ll receive the rare privilege of a traditional Buddhist blessing from the temple’s resident monks.

Immerse yourself in local culture during this exclusive experience on our Grand Tour of Vietnam & Cambodia, Treasures & Temples of Vietnam & Cambodia and Wonders of Vietnam, Cambodia & the Mekong itineraries.

Enjoy a different perspective with EmeraldACTIVE

Designed for guests who like things to move at a slightly faster pace, our EmeraldACTIVE program offers an exciting way to see each destination from another perspective.

Head onshore and join guided hikes through vineyards, bike rides around pretty towns and villages, and even kayak or canoeing experiences in Portugal and France. Choose to join our on board activity manager for a yoga class or an aqua aerobics session in the pool. In addition, should you prefer to continue your own fitness regime, our on board gym is there for your every need.

Most of our European Star-Ships carry bicycles for you enjoy at your leisure, while each of our suites and staterooms is equipped with hiking poles to aid during guided hikes.

As a little inspiration, we have highlighted a selection of our favourite EmeraldACTIVE experiences from our river and yacht cruise collections.

Hiking tour of the Sorrento Coast

Overlooking the Bay of Naples, the rugged cliffs of the Sorrentine Peninsula jut out of the crystalline water, where olive and lemon groves thrive plentifully. One of Italy’s most charming towns beckons visitors and provides a breathtaking backdrop for your guided hike of its beautiful coastline.

Enjoy this hiking tour along the spectacular Sorrentine coast on our Sicily & the Gulf of Naples and Discover the Pearls of France & Italy itineraries.

A guided hike through the Black Forest region

Few places capture the spirit and romance of rural Germany like the Black Forest. With its chocolate-box villages and ancient folklore, this is a place which inspires stories and fairytales. Begin in Breisach where your Star-Ship will dock and embark on an active guided hike through the Black Forest region. You’ll venture through this magical area best known for its mystical woodlands, quiet hamlets, and dense pine forests as a local guide entertains with stories of regional folklore. It’s a wonderful introduction to his charming, iconic region of southern Germany.

Explore the Black Forest region on our Jewels of the Rhine and Tulips & the Rhine river cruise itineraries.

Hiking tour of Cephalonia Island

Cephalonia is the largest of the Ionian islands and arguably the most beautiful, so it is the perfect place for a hiking tour to uncover the heart of Greece. The island was also made famous when it featured in the Hollywood movie ‘Captain Corelli’s Mandolin’ so you may even spot a well-known site along the way and wonderfully preserved Venetian architecture gives the island its truly unique style.

See the sights of Cephalonia from a different perspective on our Treasures of Italy, Greece & Turkey, Discover the Highlights of the Mediterranean and Ionian Sea Adventure yacht cruise itineraries.

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