Emerald Waterways has taken delivery of three new Star Ships - Destiny, Liberte and Radiance - bringing its total fleet seven. The 186-passenger Emerald Destiny was christened on May 9 in Vienna by Godmother Colleen Christie, a Canadian broadcaster. Destiny is the river cruise line's fifth ship to sail through Europe on the Rhine, Main and Danube rivers.
Emerald Liberte was custom-built to sail France's Rhone and Saone as part of the new Sensations of Southern France itinerary, from Lyon to Avignon. The Emerald Radiance, sailing round trip from Porto, sails the Secrets of the Duoro itinerary.
Since the launch of its first Star-Ships, Sky and Star, which were christened in Amsterdam three years ago by fashion icon Twiggy, the line has seen substantial growth within the river cruise market.
Scenic Luxury Cruises & Tours' Family of Brands has grown over its 30-year history to include all-inclusive escorted tours; two award-winning cruise lines - Scenic and Emerald Waterways - and in 2018, the World's First Discovery Yacht - Scenic Eclipse. Emerald Waterways' seven Star-Ships offer cruises in Europe, the Mekong, and Russia, while Scenic’s 15 Space-Ships offer all-inclusive, five-star river cruises in the same destinations as well as the Irrawaddy River in Myanmar.
Scenic and Emerald Waterways recently launched a deposit protection plan, protecting travelers against trip planning difficulties that may arise. The plan works in conjunction with the duo's preexisting River Cruise Travel Guarantee which automatically covers every guest on the commencement of their cruise for any delays or cancellations due to weather, natural disasters, mechanical breakdowns or labor strikes.