Why river cruising is the best value European holiday

When you book an Evergreen river cruise, you will cruise with our sister brand, Emerald Waterways, whose award-winning Star-Ships offer the perfect combination of luxury and great inclusions. With all meals on board, complimentary drinks with lunch and dinner, tips and much more taken care of in the price of an Emerald Waterways river cruise, find out why river cruising is the best value way to explore Europe.

Spacious onboard accommodation

Our suites and staterooms are chic, modern sanctuaries, something you would expect from that of a world-class hotel. Inspired by innovation and contemporary design, we have five suite and stateroom choices. In all suites, the traditional French balcony has been substituted for our ingenious all-weather system, transforming your balcony into the perfect place to enjoy the endless river views, regardless of the weather, while our staterooms offer a picture window, perfect for admiring the views.
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All meals on board

From a hearty buffet breakfast to a five-course à la carte menu, sitting down to another delicious meal will soon become one of the highlights of your cruise. We believe that great service plays an important role in the dining experience, which is why all of our team members have been carefully selected for their experience and expertise. And with one of the very best guest to crew ratios on Europe’s rivers, you can expect customer care at its finest.

EmeraldPLUS experiences

An Emerald Waterways exclusive, our EmeraldPLUS program offers unique and exclusive experiences where guests are welcomed into the lives of locals. These programs offer a unique opportunity to immerse yourself  in local cultures and have been chosen to provide you with a better understanding of the areas you visit. 
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Evergreen Cruises & Tours and Emerald Waterways are proud to feature EmeraldACTIVE, a range of on board and onshore activities to suit the more active guest. If you love to explore during bicycle rides and walking excursions, or simply enjoy keeping fit, then look out for them on your chosen itinerary.

Daily shore excursions and guided tours

With a different port of call almost every day of your cruise, Emerald Waterways has organised a series of inspiring days ashore – taking you to the very heart of the beautiful towns and cities we visit. From UNESCO World Heritage-listed sites and fairy tale castles, to grand cathedrals and cosmopolitan cities, our days spent ashore are expertly designed to showcase the best of what every region has to offer

Complimentary wine and beer with lunch and dinner

Complimentary drinks are part of the Evergreen river cruising experience with beer, wine and soft drinks included with every lunch and dinner on-board. Our experienced and friendly team on-board are always more than happy to use their expertise to advise you on your drinks choices. Allow them to suggest pairings to best suit your cuisine. Whether you’ve got an eye for top-notch single malt or a penchant for a particular bottle of fizz, our extensive drinks menu consists of both old favourites and rarer names that will undoubtedly tempt you.

On-board heated pool, cinema and bikes

Make your way to the back of our Star-Ships and you'll discover our most innovative feature, the likes of which you won't find anywhere else on Europe's rivers. Our indoor heated pool features a retractable roof, which will welcome the cool river breeze during those warmer days on the water. On-board our ships sailing the Rhine, Main, Danube and Rhone rivers, the indoor heated pool area transforms into a cinema* at night where we'll show a selection of classic and contemporary films and iconic concerts from some of the world's most famous musicians. On the Douro River, the open-air pool on board Emerald Radiance can be found on the top deck.

All on-board tips and gratuities

Completely removing the risk of an awkward silence at the end of a delectable meal, or upon receipt of a bottle of crisp Champagne to your suite; Evergreen have already taken care of on-board tipping. Not only that, all port charges, taxes and transfer costs are included.

Start planning your European river cruise

Discover Europe's magnificent waterways with Evergreen and start planning your 2021 holiday today. Order your free 2021 Europe river cruising and tours brochure now.

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