Emerald Waterways has announced a new Provence sailing for 2017 named “Sensations of Southern France.” The eight-day voyage will take place aboard the company’s newly built Emerald Liberte, taking passengers from Lyon to Arles by way of the Rhone and Saone Rivers. Aboard the ship, guests will be treated to a Provencal style dinner by local chef and Top Chef France finalist Fabien Morreale.
While the itinerary offers plenty of opportunities to sample and enjoy local wines and foods, Chef Morreale is sure to be a draw factor for this particular itinerary. Morreale is from a small coastal town near Marseille where he owns two restaurants; La Garage and Le Gusto Café.
“Cooking with my grandmother is the basis of everything I know about food and it’s where I developed my palate. Guests will enjoy discovering the variety of products from the Valley of Les Baux-de-Provence used to create original and creative dishes,” said Morreale.
The Emerald Liberte will carry 138 guests in 70 suites and staterooms with a three-to-one guest/crew ratio. The ship has two restaurants, Reflections; the main dining room, and The Terrace; for light breakfast and lunch. All Emerald Waterways ships have an on board hairdresser, massage therapy room, fitness area and bicycles free for use by all guests.
Emerald Waterways kicked off 2017 with three new ships, nearly doubling the size of its fleet and expanding its river cruise offerings in Europe to include both France and Portugal. The three ships include: The previously mentioned Emerald Destiny, which will begin sailing the Rhine and Danube rivers in April; Emerald Liberte; set to start sailing the Rhone and Saone rivers in France in April; and Emerald Radiance, which will sail the Duoro river in Portugal in May.
While the Emerald Destiny will hold the same specifications as its sibling ships, Sun, Star, Dawn, and Sky, the Emerald Radiance will offer the new Riverview Suites cabin category, complete with drop-down windows and a separate bedroom and living area. The Emerald Liberte will have the same amenities as the Emerald Destiny aside from a smaller passenger capacity.