On-Board features

Find out more about our Star-Ships

Proving the journey is every bit as important as the destination, every member of the Emerald Waterways fleet is blessed with an incredible selection of amenities and features. Designed to ensure every moment spent navigating the rivers of Europe and Asia with Emerald Waterways is incredibly comfortable, relaxing and enjoyable; the ships’ features and flourishes have been selected to perfectly complement the journey. From luxury restaurants and bar areas to health-giving spa and fitness facilities; our award-winning Star-Ships have been designed to complement the journeys and lifestyles of our guests. Determined to ensure our guests never feel restricted during their time with Emerald Waterways, all staterooms, suites and public areas of the ship have been designed to maximise comfort.  

Relax on our sun deck

The top deck of our Star-Ships boasts the Sun Deck*. A panoramic rooftop space, home to a walking track, putting green and games area, as well as deck chairs and sun-loungers, perfect for warmer climates.

Why not challenge your new-found companions to a spot of putting or noughts and crosses, accompanied by the sensational backdrop of each magnificent river bank village, town or city?

Feel the breeze as you navigate your way through the heart of Europe’s most spectacular towns and cities. Raise a toast with new friends and watch as areas of outstanding natural beauty pass by.

Those travelling on Emerald Radiance through Portugal’s Douro region, can look forward to doing so from the outdoor heated Serenity Pool, a truly indulgent way to experience some of the country’s highlights.

An on-board heated pool

One of the ways we look to bring the highlights of an ocean cruise to the intimacy of Europe’s rivers is with our on-board heated pool. Located on the Horizon Deck on the majority of our vessels, this sanctuary of calm features floor-to-ceiling surrounding windows and a retractable roof, welcoming in a cool river breeze on hotter days. Enjoy endless views of the picturesque landscape as you take a dip, or choose to relax on comfortable lounge chairs on the decking area while you read a book.

One of the ship’s most impressive features is that the pool transforms into a cinema at night. An innovative function which sees the floor rise through the pool’s surface as a large screen is lowered.

The Emerald Radiance Star-Ship, sailing Portugal’s Douro region, features a heated Serenity Pool on the Sun Deck, to make the most of the beautiful Portuguese sun as you sail.

Contemporary suites & staterooms

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 grades. In all suites, the traditional French balcony has been substituted for our ingenious all-weather system, transforming your balcony into the perfect place for you to enjoy the endless river views, regardless of the weather. Our staterooms offer a picture window, perfect for admiring the views.

All suites and staterooms boast a wealth of sumptuous features, from luxurious toiletries and a revitalising shower in your spacious en-suite bathroom, to a queen size* or twin hotel-style bed, draped with luxurious linens. Not forgetting, a flat screen HDTV and infotainment system, free Wi-Fi to keep you connected with loved ones, and a bottle of water, replenished daily. We also provide trekking poles to assist on guided walking tours and hikes.

Cultural shows & entertainment

Band performing on Cruise
As the host on-board, our Cruise Directors strive to ensure there’s never a dull moment during an Emerald Waterways river cruise. With this in mind, a fantastic range of entertaining activities are available for you to enjoy.

Thanks to the unique design of our Star-Ships, we are able to host a unique event program throughout your cruise. In the Horizon Bar & Lounge, immerse yourself in ancient folklores, passed from one generation to another for hundreds of years, during an authentic show. Or, let the music of a nation sweep you off your feet as a local band takes to the floor in their traditional attire. Alternatively, catch that film you never got round to seeing during movie nights in the cinema.