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Sunday, September 1, 2013

New European River Cruise Line Launched!

After years of rumors a new European river cruise line has launched. Emerald Waterways will be sailing with two 182-passenger ships, the Emerald Star and Emerald Sky. They’ll sail eight- to 15-day cruises in Europe, starting April 15.

Each ship will have a heated swimming pool with a retractable roof; the space transforms into a movie theater in the evening. (NOTE-pools are rare on river cruises). Reflections will be the main dining room, and the Terrace will serve breakfast and lunch. Other features are an onboard hairdresser, massage room and fitness area. 

Emerald Waterways is offering four itineraries that sail the Danube, Rhine and Moselle rivers. Fares include all transfers to and from the ships; all meals onboard and most meals on shore; unlimited tea and coffee; wine, beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner; bottled water in the cabins; WiFi onboard the ship; shore excursions; gratuities; and port charges.

I’d look for some great deals on river cruises as companies will have to compete as more beds come on line. Keeping heads in bed often drive sales and promotions.

For more information and/or reservations contact your cruise sales consultant.