Contemporary River Cruises 

Explore the world’s most beautiful rivers.


An Emerald Cruises river cruise takes you on an unforgettable journey across some of the world’s most enchanting rivers. From culture-rich cities to world-famous wine regions, Emerald Cruises represents a new chapter in the world of river cruising.

Our deluxe fleet of revolutionary Star-Ships promises contemporary comfort and unique on board innovations, while our generous offering combines affordability with great dining, exceptional service and immersive itineraries across Europe and Asia.

We take great pride in ensuring every journey is perfectly planned, and each guest enjoys a relaxing and insightful river cruise experience, whether you’re sailing on board our award-winning fleet or exploring a nearby town for the day.

From the Danube, which dissects 10 European countries and nearly as many ancient capitals, to the mystic and mysterious Mekong, which glides through the beauty of Cambodia and Vietnam; every river explored by Emerald Cruises offers a unique experience.

Which rivers do Emerald Cruises explore?

  • Danube
    The Danube journeys through the very heart of Europe, calling in at some of the world’s most elegant, vibrant and influential cities. Multiple capitals - including Budapest, Vienna, Bratislava and Belgrade – sit along the course of this beautiful waterway, providing Danube river cruise guests with an insight into the history of the continent.
  • Rhône
    Slowly flowing towards the Mediterranean Sea from beautiful old Lyon, the Rhône cuts a serene path through the heart of France. Medieval cities and Roman ruins line the waterway as it journeys south through ancient villages and prosperous towns.
  • Rhine
    With age-old castles and medieval towns flanking its river bank, the Rhine showcases the beautiful fairy-tale landscape of western Germany. Experience the history and ancient culture of this country with an Emerald Cruises river cruise, past sweeping countryside and the classic timber houses of the region.
  • Douro
    The Douro runs through one of Europe’s most beautiful stretches of countryside, flanked by vineyards under the warming Portuguese sun. Traditional wineries and charming villages break up the fields of green which typify the Douro region.
  • Main
    The Main River cuts a course through the pastoral landscapes of Bavaria, revealing a region laden with Germanic splendour and fascinating heritage. This 237-mile-long river connects the Danube to the Rhine, and its banks reveal much about the history of the continent.
  • Mekong
    The mystical Mekong winds through some of the most awe-inspiring stretches of Asia, through the cultural heart of Indochina, lifting the veil on over three millennia of proud history.

Our hand-crafted itineraries 

Our collection of insightful river cruise itineraries truly bring Europe and Southeast Asia to life – while allowing you to balance time spent on board and onshore perfectly.

We will introduce you to the chocolate box villages, vibrant towns and historic cities that line the majestic rivers of Europe and Southeast Asia, with new adventures waiting for you at each port of call.

2022 & 2023 Europe River Cruises

Explore Europe on one of over 20 remarkable itineraries. From our popular 8-day Danube and Rhine cruises to discovering Burgundy’s wine region on our Sensations of Lyon & Provence itinerary, or sailing Portugal’s picturesque Douro from Porto to Salamanca – we are sure you will find your perfect river cruise.

2022 & 2023 Southeast Asia River Cruises

With three sensational itineraries to choose from, we invite you to uncover the wonders of Southeast Asia. Each itinerary includes a 7-night Mekong river cruise on board Emerald Harmony, along with hotels specially chosen for both their quality and superb locations.


From our friendly reservations team, to our on board crew, our passion for river cruising and dedication to providing a high level of service ensures your every need will be met - all day, every day.

Your captain will safely guide your award-winning Star-Ship, as your crew ensure you are content with your morning coffee or favourite after-dinner aperitif. Your cruise director is your own personal encyclopaedia, who is always on hand to answer questions and share experiences, and our activity manager and wellness coach will be there for your morning yoga class on the Sun Deck, guided hike or evening’s entertainment.

Our chefs are true culinary experts, bringing local produce and regional flavours to a diverse menu, as well as a selection of home favourites, offering a service that’s second to none. And, of course, our hotel managers work tirelessly to ensure your Emerald Cruises experience exceeds your expectations.

What’s more, with our promise of exceptional EmeraldVALUE you’ll enjoy generous inclusions, such as transfers to and from your Star-Ship, excursions and experiences, delicious locally inspired cuisine with complimentary drinks served with lunch and dinner, and on board Wi-Fi. We even include gratuities so you really can relax knowing everything has been taken care of.


Designed to showcase the very best of Europe and Asia, you can look forward to an included excursion almost every day, handpicked by our expert journey planners and conducted in small groups at no extra cost.

UNESCO World Heritage-listed sites, fairytale castles and grandiose cathedrals intertwine visits to cosmopolitan cities and quaint riverbank towns, while the floating markets, ancient temples and vibrant cities of Vietnam and Cambodia exemplify how Southeast Asia embraces tradition and modernity simultaneously.

Our exclusive EmeraldPLUS program provides the opportunity to get right to the heart of local life on authentic adventures that seek to avoid typical tourist hotspots. Enjoy the hospitality of locals as they invite you into their homes, taste the wines of centuries-old Portuguese quintas as they open their doors exclusively to you, and enjoy traditional music performances and craft workshops on board. Not to mention, esteemed chef Fabien Morreale will host a special culinary evening celebrating Provençal cuisine, as we sail the Rhône.

Designed for the more active guest, our EmeraldACTIVE program consists of guided bike tours, hikes beyond city limits and even canoeing and kayaking excursions. Follow the path of the Danube or navigate the spectacular streets of Vienna on two wheels. Hike to Durnstein Castle for breathtaking views over the Wachau Valley or climb to the top of Buda Hill for breathtaking views of the Hungarian capital.

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