The Emerald Cruises' Story

Founded in 2013, and first sailing as Emerald Waterways in 2024, Emerald Cruises is an award-winning travel operator specialising in deluxe river cruises and luxury yacht cruises. Just one year later, in 2014, the first Star-Ship, Emerald Sky, set sail.

Our extensive fleet of Star-Ships are custom-built to sail Europe’s iconic Rhine, Main, Moselle, Danube, Rhȏne, Saône and Douro rivers, as well as the majestic Mekong River in Southeast Asia, with each ship featuring a range of stylish innovations.

Unwind in your contemporary suite or stateroom, sample the finest cuisine in our elegant dining venues, relax on our spacious Sun Deck, and enjoy the river breeze from our indoor pool with retractable roof that transforms into an evening cinema*.

In March 2022, our groundbreaking luxury yacht Emerald Azzurra welcomed her first guests, followed by her twin sister Emerald Sakara a year later. The yachts have been specially designed to provide unique access to the fascinating ports and harbours that only small yachts can reach. The yachts feature an open-air infinity pool, a wellness deck with a spa and gym, and a marina platform with a variety of water toys. 

Whether you’re travelling by river or sea, your luxury vessel will dock in the heart of amazing destinations.

This year, we celebrate 10 incredible years of Emerald Cruises since the first sailing of our Star-Ships.

 

* Emerald Radiance in Portugal features a spa-style serenity pool and Emerald Harmony in Southeast Asia has an outdoor pool in lieu of an evening cinema

 

2014 - 2015


April 2014
- Our first Star-Ship, Emerald Sky, is christened in Amsterdam. Global style icon, Twiggy, is announced as her Godmother.

August 2014 - Emerald Star joins the fleet, expertly designed to navigate the Rhine, Main, Danube and Moselle Rivers.

August 2015 - One year later, we celebrate a double christening as Emerald Sun and Emerald Dawn join our Europe fleet.

Emerald star-ship sailing past a castle on a large hill Emerald star-ship sailing past a castle on a large hill

2017 - 2019


April 2017
- Our growth continues as we introduce our fifth, sixth and seventh Star-Ships to the fleet. We also announce two new destinations sailing along the Rhone, Saone and Douro.

April 2019 - We become the first river cruise line to introduce Activity Managers on board our European Star-Ships.

September 2019 - We introduce our first self-built Star-Ship Emerald Harmony, sailing along the Mekong through Vietnam and Cambodia.

Emerald Harmony sailing past villages along the Mekong Emerald Harmony sailing past villages along the Mekong

2020 - 2023


January 2020
- We announce the commencement of building our ninth Star-Ship, Emerald Luna.

March 2022 - Emerald Azzurra, the first of the ground-breaking luxury yachts, welcomes her first guests on board.

August 2023 - We launch the second luxury yacht Emerald Sakara, nearly identical to her sister yacht. The twin yachts will sail the Mediterranean, Adriatic, Caribbean, Seychelles & Indian Ocean and the Red Sea.

A yacht ship anchored by the Amalfi coast with a pink sunset reflecting from the water A yacht ship anchored by the Amalfi coast with a pink sunset reflecting from the water

April 2024

In 2024, we celebrate 10 years of Emerald Cruises. Our journey began with the Emerald Sky christening in Amsterdam. We have now grown to eight Star-Ships sailing the waterways of Europe, one Star-Ship sailing the mighty Mekong River, and two luxury yachts sailing the world's ocean.

The back of a yacht with an infinity pool on the top deck The back of a yacht with an infinity pool on the top deck

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