Extra-special excursions and events designed for you to see the destinations we visit in a different light.

Immerse yourself further with EmeraldPLUS

Our EmeraldPLUS programme is made up of extra-special excursions and experiences designed to help you see the destinations we visit in a different light, giving you 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 will take you to the heart of local culture, providing a fascinating insight into authentic customs and traditions during exclusive social events with residents and tours of significant landmarks, as well as 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 help 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. 


EmeraldPLUS on the rivers of Europe

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 whilst 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 first-hand 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, 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.

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A Black Forest gâteau demonstration and tasting

A world of ornate cuckoo clocks awaits, as you set off in search of the fairytales of the Black Forest region. In the forest trails that twist underneath a lush canopy of evergreens in a traditional Black Forest village you will enjoy a demonstration on how the gateau is made along with a tasting. Black Forest gâteau is made up of a chocolate sponge cake consisting of several layers with whipped cream and a cherry filling. Mark Twain famously wrote, “Here you can lose track of time in ten minutes and the world in twenty” about his time in the Black Forest region.

You can enjoy this unique experience on the following itineraries: Tulips & the Rhine, Jewels of the Rhine with Lucerne & Zurich and Jewels of the Rhine.

A Provençal dinner hosted by renowned local chef, Fabien Morreale

As well as a rich winemaking heritage, Provence is also home to some of the world’s favourite dishes and most respected chefs. Fabien Morreale, Top Chef finalist, will be joining us on board to host a once-in-a-lifetime dining experience celebrating authentic Provençal cuisine. Of course, the meal is the true highlight, so bring your appetite and look forward to indulging in fine French fare. Morreale has pieced together a menu of delectable classics to showcase the very best food of the region. 

Indulge in this exclusive dinner on our Sensations of Lyon & Provence river cruise along the Rhône.

Savour a rural Portuguese dinner at Quinta da Pacheca

After a day spent amid the spectacular Coa Valley of northern Portugal, it’s time for a special rural dinner at Quinta da Pacheca, one of the most celebrated ‘wine houses’ of the Douro Valley. The lands of the Douro are dotted with these charming homesteads, where port wine has been traditionally produced by generations of Portuguese farmers and producers.

Your evening begins with a tasting of the Douro’s iconic wines and ports, before a feast of freshly-prepared Portuguese fare offers a colourful and authentic taste of the region and its proud culinary traditions. With the beautiful Douro landscape as your backdrop, feel at peace amid the rural landscape as you savour some of the finest fare of the Iberian Peninsula.

Savour this wonderful culinary and cultural experience on our Secrets of the Douro river cruise.

A regional cheese and wine tasting on board

Whilst on board in Tournon, a regional wine-tasting will introduce you to a number of local specialties certain to get your taste-buds tingling.  Local wines are yours to savour as part of this memorable experience, which promises to be the perfect introduction to the legendary fare of the south of France.

Enjoy this wonderful experience on board Emerald Liberté on our Sensations of Lyon & Provence river cruise.

EmeraldPLUS in Southeast Asia

Traditional Buddhist Monk blessing

Located north of Phnom Penh, Oudong was the former royal capital of Cambodia up 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 artefacts 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. 

Lion Dance performance on board Emerald Harmony

Thought to bring good luck and fortune, and a symbol joy and happiness, Lion Dance is a form of traditional dance and plays an important role in Asian culture and mythology. On board Emerald Harmony, enjoy this traditional performance on the Sun Deck.  Vibrant bursts of colour light up the evening sky as you raise a glass and toast new-found friends.

Enjoy this colourful performance on board Emerald Harmony on our Grand Tour of Vietnam & Cambodia, Treasures & Temples of Vietnam & Cambodia and Wonders of Vietnam, Cambodia & the Mekong itineraries.

Lunch at KOTO Restaurant
Whilst in Hanoi, you will enjoy lunch at KOTO (Know One Teach One), a unique restaurant set up to train and educate disadvantaged children. KOTO’s aim is to end the cycle of poverty by empowering and helping local young people to forge a better future for themselves, their families, and their communities. 
Delve deeper into the life of locals during this extra-special lunch on our Grand Tour of Vietnam & Cambodia, Treasures & Temples of Vietnam & Cambodia and Wonders of Vietnam, Cambodia & the Mekong itineraries.

EmeraldPLUS along the Adriatic coast, the Mediterranean & the Red Sea

Guided tour of Sorrento with gelato tasting
Enjoy a guided walking tour to the historical centre of Sorrento. According to Greek legend, it was at Sorrento where Ulysses heard the tempting song of the Sirens, and the city remains irresistible today. While decidedly Italian, Sorrento was originally a Greek village and its strategic seaside location on a high plateau is classically Greek. After a short stroll around the small streets and alleys you will reach one of the favorite ice cream shops in Sorrento where, especially in the summer season, all the locals stop off to cool down with an excellent homemade gelato made with natural aromas, like lemon and orange typical of Sorrento. 
Explore the beautiful coastal town of Sorrento on the Highlights of Southern Italy itinerary.
An exclusive concert in a local church with a guitar duo
This excursion begins with a short boat ride to Prčanj a small peaceful town near Kotor. Enjoy an exclusive guitar recital by two well-known Montenegrin musicians, Darko Nikcevic and Srdjan Bulatovic, in the enchanting surroundings of a historical church of St. Tryphon in the centre of Kotor. The duo are internationally renowned guitar players from Montenegro, esteemed for their extraordinary perfection of the craft and exciting performances. Nikcevic and Bulatovic have wowed audiences in Carnegie Hall with their ability to blend Balkan rhythms and many other international influences which evoke the beauty of Mediterranean and Oriental mysticism.
Enjoy this exclusive performance on our Mediterranean Enchantment yacht cruise.
Mussel cooking demonstration
Arrive at the Hotel Livia where the beautiful surrounding estuary offers the perfect growing conditions for mussels. The hotel’s chef will demonstrate how to cook and prepare a delicious recipe which includes the famous mussels.
Indulge in this excursion on our Mediterranean Enchantment yacht cruise.