Emerald Waterways Expands While Cutting Fares in 2016
PHOTO: Emerald Waterways is introducing its fifth "Star-Ship" in 2016. Pictured above is the Emerald Sky. (Courtesy of Emerald Waterways)
Next year, Emerald Waterways is expanding into Southeast Asia, introducing a new ship and adding two new Europe itineraries — all while cutting fares by up to 21 percent.
Emerald Waterways lowered fares on all Europe itineraries. For solo travelers, the savings are even higher, up to 40 percent off 2015 pricing. As an example, the popular eight-day “Danube Delights” itinerary starts at $2,095 per person, based on double occupancy.
Emerald will operate 10 European itineraries in 2016, including the new “Paris & Legends of Moselle, Rhine and Main” and “Enchanting Forest, Mountains & Rivers” sailings.
The 14-day “Paris & Legends” itinerary begins with two days in Paris and travels to Prague for two full days there. The cruise sails from Trier to Nuremberg through Southern Germany. Pricing starts at $3,735 for the cruise and hotel stays in Paris and Prague. The eight-day cruise is sold separately, with fares starting at $2,395.
The 13-day “Enchanting Forests, Mountains & Rivers” itinerary includes two days on land in Munich and Budapest and a cruise from Passau to Budapest on the Danube. The itinerary also includes an overnight in Vienna. Fares start at $2,445 for the eight-day cruise only and $3,855 for the cruise and hotel stays.
Emerald’s first foray into Asia includes 16-day Mekong River cruises through Vietnam and Cambodia. The 68-passenger Mekong Navigator has a lounge, sun deck, spa, fitness room and library, as well as spacious suites. Each suite has a minibar, bottled water daily, flat-screen TV with on-demand movies, Internet access, a safe and air conditioning. Many have floor-to-ceiling windows and either French or full balconies. The Mekong trips in the early spring and fall are priced from $4,995.
Emerald Waterways will launch the “Star-Ship” Emerald Belle in June 2016. The 182-passenger vessel has 72 suites and 20 staterooms, including two built for solo occupancy. The ship will have a heated swimming pool with a retractable glass roof, the main dining room, The Terrace for breakfast and lunch, hairdresser, massage therapy room and fitness area.
Suites will have an indoor balcony system. With a push of a button, guests can lower the upper half of the floor-to-ceiling window to let in fresh air. Top suites have a separate balcony accessed through glass folding doors.
Launched in 2014, Emerald Waterways caters to the four-star-plus market with a nearly all-inclusive pricing plan. The cruise fare includes all transfers; all onboard (and some on-shore) meals; unlimited tea and coffee; wine, beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner; bottled water in the cabins; continental breakfast, pre-dinner canapés and after-dinner sweet treats served in the top suites; Wi-Fi onboard the ship; most shore excursions; bicycles to use for independent touring, and all gratuities.
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