Europe's New Cruise Line, Emerald Waterways, Officially Launches Business

Europe’s newest river cruise line has officially launched its website,, and turned on its reservation phones today (travel agent reservations line, 888-778-6689) as it begins to take bookings for its 2014 inaugural season. Aimed at both experienced travelers and the younger demographic, Emerald Waterways is offering eight-to 15-day sailings beginning in April, 2014 at fares that start at $2,142. And to celebrate the launch, the company is offering up to $500 per person savings in airfare costs when Emerald Waterways books the flight and the cruise is booked by Oct. 31, 2013.

Emerald Waterways is the first new European river cruise company to set sail in more than six years and its new ships will offer such amenities as a heated swimming pool, a movie theater, two restaurants and a new type of cabin design that replaces the French Balcony, common to most ships, with an indoor balcony complete with decked area and an open-air system. As well as an onboard hairdresser, massage therapy room and fitness area. Emerald Star and Emerald Sky will each carry 182 guests in 72 suites and 20 staterooms, including two built for solo occupancy.

All fares include: all transfers to and from the ships; all onboard (and most on shore) meals; a choice of two dining venues; unlimited tea and coffee; wine, beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner; bottled water in the cabins; continental breakfast, pre-dinner canapés and after-dinner sweet treats served in the top suites; WiFi onboard the ship, at least one included shore excursion almost every cruise day; visits to UNESCO World Heritage Sites, and more.

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