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A day on board an Emerald Cruises river cruise


To sail the stunning rivers of Europe or Southeast Asia is a dream adventure for many of us. The alluring destinations are captivating, delightful, and full of treasures to uncover. But it’s not just where you’re going that matters to Emerald Cruises—it’s how you get there.

While traversing the waterways, you’ll have plenty of time to relax on board your Star-Ship while we leisurely sail you to the next exciting destination. And to make sure you have everything you need to enjoy your time on the water, we provide an array of amenities to help you unwind in style.

One aspect of your cruise that’s sure to stand out is the amount of space and freedom you’ll enjoy. Emerald Cruises specialize in the small cruise experience, meaning we keep guest numbers measured to ensure everyone on board receives an intimate, high level of service.

Many of our guests enjoy the surroundings of their Star-Ship so much that they decide to spend the entire day on board. With that in mind, we’ve detailed how to best while away the hours when you spend a day on board an Emerald Cruises river cruise.

Your morning on board

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Emerald cruises passengers playing gold on deck of star ship
Wake up to the most beautiful vistas you could imagine. A number of suite grades on our Star-Ships come with floor-to-ceiling windows and an innovative open-air balcony system, offering you unparalleled views of the stunning landscape. With each moment that passes, the scene will change as you gently sail along the river.

If you can, tear yourself away from the amazing views for a moment or two, and head up to The Terrace to enjoy your breakfast. The magnificent scenery will be waiting for you when you arrive, alongside an array of food choices from a mouth-watering cooked breakfast to fresh fruit and cereal.

Or, if you find yourself too cozy to move, you can enjoy a continental breakfast in bed when you opt to stay in a Grand Balcony Suite, Riverview Suite^, or our highly sought-after Owner’s One-Bedroom Suite.

After tucking into a breakfast of your choosing, it’s time to revel in everything our Star-Ships have to offer. Take it leisurely to start, with a trip to the Sun Deck. While there, you can bask in the morning sunshine, stretch your legs along the walking track, or take part in a quick round of golf with your fellow guests on the putting green.

If being on the water has given you other ideas, though, why not head down to the indoor heated pool* for a lap or two and give all your muscles a good workout? Alternatively, make your way to the gym where you’ll have access to weight machines, treadmills, and exercise bikes.

^Only available on Emerald Radiance which sails the Douro River
*On Emerald Radiance sailing the Douro, you’ll instead find the outdoor Serenity Pool on the Sun Deck. On Emerald Harmony sailing the Mekong, you’ll find the outdoor pool on the Pool Deck.

Enjoying your afternoon

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Emerald cruises star ship luxury treatment room
After a morning of gentle exercise, you’ll want to spend your afternoon lazing peacefully. But first, why not head for a well-earned lunch? You’ll find a selection of sumptuous options to fill you up, from sandwiches and light bites in the Horizon Bar & Lounge to a menu boasting a plethora of freshly-prepared meals in the Reflections Restaurant. Complimentary drinks are also available during lunch, so you can enjoy your favourite beers, wines, soft drinks, or hot beverages while you sate your appetite.

After lunch, there’s nothing better than a relaxing afternoon on board. Grab a drink and head to the Sun Deck a enjoy the light breeze and sunshine. The Sun Deck is also the perfect place to unwind with a good book, or if you’re looking to enjoy some company, strike up a conversation on your trip so far with your fellow guests. And if you’re sailing the Mekong in Southeast Asia, the Lotus Lounge is a delightful space to sit back and relax.

To experience true relaxation, a visit to the Spa & Wellness Area is a must. For an additional cost, you can enjoy a feeling of utter serenity at the hands of an expert masseuse. At the end of your session, you’ll feel completely zen.

A relaxing evening on board your Star-Ship

Emerald Cruises guests dining in on board restaraunt
Enjoying a cocktail on board an emerald cruises star ship
When the sun starts to set, you’ll notice an even greater sense of ambience on board your Star-Ship. Before you sample the culinary delights of your evening meal, why not make dinner an occasion to remember and have your special outfit laundered^? 

Once you’re ready to head to dinner, the Reflections Restaurant calls. Each evening, our top chefs prepare a range of delectable meals using fresh, locally sourced ingredients to create dishes inspired by the destinations you’re sailing through. Or, if you prefer home favourites, you’ll be treated to a selection of dishes more suited to your tastes. As with lunch, complimentary beer, wine, and soft drinks are available to enjoy with your meal.

On certain nights and on select itineraries, local performers will come on board to provide entertainment for the evening. The Hungarian folklore shows featured on our Danube river cruises in particular are not to be missed, and always prove to be popular with our guests. And on our Southeast Asia river cruises, a Lion Dance is sure to impress.

You’ll also find other entertainment options on board. On a Europe river cruise, at night, the innovative indoor pool seamlessly transforms into a marvelous cinema*, where you can lose yourself for a couple of hours watching the latest films or old favourites. In the Horizon Bar & Lounge, you’ll be treated to a regular quiz, and it’s also the perfect place to grab a nightcap before bed.

After such a packed day, the comforting surroundings of your suite or stateroom will feel like heaven. Sink peacefully into bed and let a cozy night’s sleep gently drift over you. Don’t forget to take advantage of your pillow menu if you’re staying in a Grand Balcony Suite, Riverview Suite (on Emerald Radiance), or an Owner’s One-Bedroom Suite.

^Available at an extra cost. When staying in specific suite grades, a number of items can be laundered per day at no extra cost.
*Emerald Radiance on the Douro and Emerald Harmony on the Mekong do not have an indoor pool area. Movies can instead be enjoyed under the stars.

How will you enjoy your day on board?

Emerald Cruises star ship out for sail
Choice is a beautiful thing, and you’ll have plenty of options on how to spend your day when you join Emerald Cruises on an exemplary river cruise. Many of our guests opt to spend at least one full day on board their Star-Ship during their cruise, as the surrounds offer complete peace and relaxation, but we know the destinations as just as important when it comes to enjoying the small ship cruising experience.

To learn more about our fleet of award-winning Star-Ships and the stunning locations they sail to, download or order your free river cruise brochure for further details.