Founded in 2013 as Emerald Waterways, Emerald Cruises is an award-winning travel operator specialising in deluxe river cruises and luxury yacht cruising.
Our fleet of Star-Ships have been custom-built to sail Europe’s Rhine, Main, Moselle, Danube, Rh?ne, Douro and Volga rivers, as well as the Mekong in Southeast Asia, with each one home to a range of stylish innovations. Unpack once in our contemporary suites and staterooms, enjoy delicious cuisine in our elegant dining venues, relax on our spacious Sun Deck and enjoy the river breeze from our indoor heated pool with retractable roof, which transforms into an evening cinema*.
Emerald Azzurra, our ocean cruising superyacht, has been designed to dock in the smaller ports of the Mediterranean, the Adriatic coast, the Red Sea and the Black Sea, providing unique access to extraordinary destinations that other yachts of its type cannot. With a maximum capacity of just 100 guests, every inch of Emerald Azzurra has been designed with your comfort and enjoyment in mind. Cruise in luxury, where state-of-the-art amenities and refined finishing touches elevate your experience of the world's oceans. Unwind in our opulent dining and lounge spaces, relax in our stunning on board infinity-style pool and enjoy our unique swim platform which provides simple and safe access to the sea.
Whether you’re travelling by river or ocean, Emerald Cruises will always dock in the heart of the destinations we visit, be it on the banks of the Danube with the backdrop of Budapest’s breathtaking Parliament Building, in Ho Chi Minh City with its vibrant culture right on your doorstep, or in coastal cities such as Dubrovnik, Mykonos, Sorrento, Venice and Istanbul.
And, wherever you travel, you’ll benefit from our promise of exceptional EmeraldVALUE, entitling you to included excursions, handpicked by our journey planners, as well as our special EmeraldPLUS experiences and EmeraldACTIVE guided bike tours^ hikes and activities. Not only that, exquisite on board dining, complimentary drinks with lunch and dinner, transfers to and from the vessel and tips have been taken care of so all you have to do is enjoy the journey of a lifetime.
Our commitment to a sustainable future
Emerald Cruises’ Cherish the Planet ethos is our commitment to creating positive changes through sustainable practices and rich community partnerships. Built in accordance with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, our sustainability agenda reinforces a commitment to environmentally responsible tourism and protecting the locations we operate in.
We aim to leave as small a footprint as possible while proudly forming positive and enriching associations with the communities we visit.
1. Leave No Waste
As we constantly look at new ways to reduce our waste print, we are proud to announce that in 2023 we will have eliminated all guest single-use plastic on board all Emerald Cruises vessels around the world, both river & ocean. This will be achieved by removing plastic drink bottles and straws, offering complimentary refillable bottles to guests and filtered water stations across our ships and introducing refillable toiletries in our suites featuring premium spa brands.
2. Rebalancing CO2 Emissions
We are committed to designing and operating our ships efficiently and sustainably to reduce the impact of fuel consumption on the environment. We have partnered with an accredited independent third party organisation to calculate the average carbon footprint of our guests on each of the journeys we operate globally. This data will be used to set tangible targets for reducing our carbon footprint.
3. Sourcing Sustainably
As we cruise through Europe, Asia, Oceania, and the Americas, fresh produce is sourced from the local markets and the on board herb garden (available on selected ships). Our goal is to source sustainably every step of the way, to support the communities we visit, and to avoid the extensive carbon footprint of food storage and transportation. Everyone at Emerald Cruises is committed to the Cherish the Planet ethos guidelines to procure, contract, and source all levels of suppliers and partners sustainably.
4. Growing with Communities
We are committed to meaningful and respectful cultural interactions with the communities we visit. In consultation with local leaders and third-party organisations, we have developed and implemented sustainably aligned guidelines to include at least one Cherish the Planet experience in each itinerary we offer. Our goal is to ensure local businesses benefit from our guests visiting their region, as we work together towards a sustainable future.
5. Grow from Within - Value Diversity
The people at Emerald Cruises are at the very core of what makes our journeys truly memorable. We value diversity and currently employ over 50 nationalities from across the globe. We believe it is a strength to have different perspectives and that it helps us find the best solutions and services for our guests. We treat all crew and employees equally, regardless of their gender, sexual orientation, age, race, or religion.
6. Advocate Health, Safety & Security
We have created an engaging workplace that supports the wellbeing of our staff, prioritising health and safety. To ensure every staff member is fully immersed in our Cherish the Planet ethos, we provide extensive and continuous training to support their wellbeing and to promote health and safety as a priority.
Southeast Asia Star-Ship