A beautiful Couple on a romantic Emerald Waterways cruise balcony suite

4 Benefits of Booking a Balcony Suite on Your European River Cruise

One of the beauties of river cruising through Europe is witnessing the changing landscapes from the comfort of your ship. Experiencing the fairytale castles, rolling vineyards and charming towns for the very first time, before you set foot on shore, is a magical moment.

We believe the journey is just as important as the destination, which is why our Star-Ships are elegantly designed to offer unrivalled comfort and plenty of spacious areas to soak up the views of Europe. As well as contemporary public spaces and facilities, your suite or stateroom will become your own private haven.

Whether it’s your first time river cruising or you’re a seasoned cruiser, choosing the right suite for you is a decision you shouldn’t overlook. The privacy, cosiness and amenities afforded by your suite or stateroom can make all the difference to your overall river cruise experience. When you choose a balcony suite, you can delight in a number of additional benefits. Here are four reasons why to book a balcony suite for your next European river cruise.

1. Elevated Views & More Natural Light

There is nothing quite like waking up to a serene river landscape just beyond your bedroom window. Or what could be more special than watching the sunset across a charming night sky with your loved one? When you choose a balcony suite, you can enjoy panoramic views of the passing scenery in the privacy and peace of your own suite. Rather than heading upstairs to the Sun Deck, relax in the comfortable surrounds of your suite any time of the day – and, rest assured, there will always be an exciting and new destination to spot on the horizon.
The prestigious upper level Horizon Deck of our Star-Ships boasts our biggest suites: our Owner’s One Bedroom Suites, Grand Balcony Suites, selected Emerald Panorama Balcony Suites, and our Riverview Suite (for those travelling along the Douro on Emerald Radiance). When you book a suite on this deck, you can relish elevated views from a full-length balcony. 
At the touch of a button, the top half of your balcony window will drop down. This innovative design transforms your room into an indoor balcony with wooden decking and seating. Welcome the refreshing river breeze, breathe in the smells of freshly baked bread from a local market, and listen out for the sounds of Europe coming to life around you. The floor-to-ceiling windows also allow your suite to be bathed in natural light, which will make it feel even more spacious, especially if you are travelling during the winter months. 

2. More Space

Emerald Waterways Emerald Owner's One Bedroom Suite
Our Star-Ships are designed to allow you to feel as at home as possible. All of our suites and staterooms boast a wealth of amenities that you’d expect from a luxury hotel, with plush finishing touches that offer unrivalled comfort. If you are looking for additional space to unwind and put your feet up, our balcony suites are the perfect choice.

Our Emerald Panorama Balcony Suites range from 15m² to 17m² with plenty of space to unpack and enjoy your suite to the full. Situated on the Vista and Horizon Decks, Emerald Panorama Balcony Suites feature our revolutionary indoor balcony design, complete with decking area, table and chairs, providing an entirely new space for you to enjoy the landscapes you pass. The Grand Balcony Suites on the Horizon Deck measure a spacious 19m², with a slightly enlarged balcony space than Emerald Panorama Balcony Suites.

Those staying in our superior Owner’s One Bedroom Suites or Riverview Suites (on Emerald Radiance only) can unwind in a 26m² space, complete with a separate lounge and bedroom area. Unpack your suitcase in your exclusive walk-in wardrobe and unwind on your innovative outdoor private balcony.

3. Additional Benefits

As well as elevated views of the beautiful scenery and additional space, you will also receive additional benefits when booking a balcony suite. When you choose a Grand Balcony Suite, you will be treated to a number of little extras that will make your journey all the more comfortable. Take a look at our extensive pillow menu to ensure you have the perfect night’s sleep after an insightful day of exploring on shore. You can also savour delicious complimentary coffees from your in-suite Nespresso™ machine, which can be enjoyed with your pre-dinner canapés and post-dinner sweet treats, delivered straight to your door. And, prepare for a special occasion with a daily two-item laundry service, as standard.

When you stay in the Owner’s One Bedroom Suite or Riverview Suite (only available on Emerald Radiance), you can look forward to all of the same additional benefits and more. Relax on your private balcony with a drink from the complimentary mini-bar, restocked daily; take advantage of a daily four-item laundry service; stay in touch with loved ones while you’re away with access to your own personal iPad; and receive an exclusive invitation to dinner at the Captain’s Table.

4. Accelerated Loyalty Status

As a way of saying thank you for travelling with us, we’ve designed our EmeraldEXPLORER loyalty club. Upon returning from your first trip with us, you will automatically become a Silver member, enjoying a wide range of loyalty club benefits. The structure of our EmeraldEXPLORER loyalty club recognises not only your time spent with us, but how much you spend too.
By booking a balcony suite, you can earn up to 50% more points per day on all river cruises through Europe and along the Mekong River in Southeast Asia. What’s more, you’ll have access to additional pre-travel benefits, on board rewards, and exclusive member-only savings and offers that increase in value as you progress between the three tiers (Silver, Gold and Diamond).
Emerald Waterways canapes on the balcony

Choosing the Perfect Suite for You

When it comes to booking your perfect river cruise through Europe, choosing the right suite or stateroom for you is just as important as picking the destination. There are a number of things to consider, including how much space is important to you, what amenities you desire, and how much you would like to spend. Whichever cabin category you choose, you can expect contemporary interiors, plush toiletries, luscious linens, and a flatscreen TV and infotainment system as standard. Learn more about our complete choice of suites and staterooms online and select the right one for you when you book online today.
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