European River Cruises

Emerald Cruises is the home of exceptional value river cruising

Europe’s enchanting network of rivers sweep through culture-rich cities, towns as old as time, and regions of unparalleled beauty. A river cruise in Europe provides the most captivating journey through the history of this diverse continent.

From the fairy-tale Rhine region, blessed with its collection of medieval castles, to the sun-drenched vineyards of the Douro, many of Europe’s most beautiful places can be explored on-board a luxury river cruise.

With expert-led guided tours, exclusive excursions and delicious dining, an Emerald Cruises river cruise is like no other.

  • Cruise the mighty Danube, the historical Rhine, the beautiful Rhône or the peaceful Douro
  • Immerse yourself in local culture with our EmeraldPLUS and EmeraldACTIVE experiences
  • Well-appointed suites and spacious public spaces make an Emerald Cruises Star-Ship the perfect base for a European river cruise

You can sail with Emerald Waterways on these magnificent rivers in Europe - Danube, Rhine, Main, Rhône and Douro.

We also have some fantastic offers for 2021/2022 Europe river cruising.


Discovering the Rivers of Europe in style

With itineraries ranging in length from eight to 23 days, our river cruises along the Rhine, Main, Danube, Douro and Rhône offer an insight into the history of each magnificent waterway.

What were once integral trade routes are now gateways to cultural enlightenment, to be navigated in style on-board an award-winning Emerald Cruises Star-Ship.


The Rhine is a reminder of the historical region’s diverse and eventful past, while the Main explores the states of Bavaria and is the primary transportation route for Frankfurt’s industrial region.


As Europe’s second-longest river, the Danube stretches through 10 countries, flowing through breathtaking landscapes that boast architectural masterpieces and cultural landmarks.

Douro & Rhone

The Douro snakes its way from Spain, through Portugal, its banks lined with quaint villages and world-famous vineyards, while the Rhône, France’s second-longest river, has served as an important trade route through centuries of change and revolution.

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Life on board

At Emerald Waterways, we are absolutely dedicated to ensuring that every aspect of your stay aboard our fleet of Star-Ships goes above and beyond expectations.

Our fleet of Star-Ships perfectly marry modern design with deluxe comfort for all guests. From our indoor Heated Pools, to your lovingly appointed cabins, every inch of our ships has been carefully designed with comfort and enjoyment in mind.

On board you’ll have full access to a Wellness Area, complete with a hairdresser and fully equipped fitness centre, Sun Deck with seating area and walking track, Putting Green, Evening Cinema, Indoor Heated Pool with retractable roof on most ships and of course spacious staterooms and suites to rest in sheer comfort at the end of the day.

And throughout your stay, our ships are complemented by our highly-trained, skilled and attentive crew, dedicated to ensuring your Emerald Cruises river cruise is unforgettable.

Join us for a river cruise in 2021 or 2022 and take advantage of amazing Earlybird offers. Luxury, space and views - they're all included.

Delve Deeper into the Culture and Beauty of Europe

A river cruise with Emerald Cruises will provide you with a truly unforgettable experience as you sail through the picturesque countryside.

Each and every one of our river cruise itineraries has been lovingly crafted to take you on a journey of discovery through the cities and regions we visit. Our guided tours and exclusive excursions help you truly immerse yourself in some of Europe’s most captivating cultural centres.

Local English-speaking experts are on-hand to share their regional knowledge; from the Renaissance cities dotted along the Danube, to the peaceful villages gazing over the Rhône, you’ll be treated to a wealth of local insight, leaving you enriched and charmed.

Adding even more value to an Emerald Cruises river cruise through Europe, every itinerary includes at least one EmeraldPLUS opportunity. EmeraldPLUS is our exclusive excursion programme, helping you delve further into local culture - from dining at a local family’s home in Bratislava to enjoying the musical stylings of a traditional Rhine Valley musical troupe.

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