Founded in 2013, and first setting sail as Emerald Waterways in 2014, Emerald Cruises is an award-winning travel operator specialising in deluxe river cruises and luxury yacht cruising.

Our extensive fleet of Star-Ships are custom-built to sail Europe’s iconic Rhine, Main, Moselle, Danube, Rhȏne, and Douro rivers, as well as the majestic Mekong River in Southeast Asia, with each vessel hosting a range of stylish innovations.

Unwind in your contemporary suite or stateroom, sample the finest 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 groundbreaking luxury yacht, and her twin sister, Emerald Sakara, have been designed to dock in the smaller ports of the Mediterranean, the Adriatic coast, the Caribbean, Central America, the Red Sea and the Seychelles providing unique access to extraordinary destinations that other vessels simply cannot reach.

With a maximum capacity of just 100 guests, every inch of our ocean-faring yachts 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 Aqua Pool, and enjoy our unique Marina Platform, which provides simple and safe access to the sea.

Whether you’re travelling by river or ocean, your luxury vessel will dock in the heart of the amazing destinations we visit, be it the banks of the Danube with the backdrop of Budapest’s breathtaking Parliament Building, 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 generous inclusions, 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, flights, transfers to and from your vessel, and all gratuities are taken care of, so all you have to do is relax and enjoy yourself.

* Emerald Radiance in Portugal features a spa-style serenity pool and Emerald Harmony in Southeast Asia has an outdoor pool in lieu of an evening cinema
**EmeraldACTIVE not available on Southeast Asia river cruises
^ Emerald Radiance in Portugal and Emerald Harmony in Southeast Asia do not have on board bikes

The Emerald Cruises story

In 2024, we celebrate 10 years of Emerald Cruises by introducing the next generation of superyachts: Emerald Kaia, launching in early 2026. Our journey began with the Emerald Sky christening in Amsterdam. We have now grown to eight Star-Ships sailing the waterways of Europe, one Star-Ship sailing the mighty Mekong River, and three luxury yachts sailing the world's ocean.

The back of a yacht with an infinity pool on the top deck The back of a yacht with an infinity pool on the top deck

Cherish the Planet

Emerald Cruises' Cherish the Planet initiative is more than sustainability, it's a commitment to creating positive change, from sustainability practices to rich community partnerships. We aim to leave as small a footprint as possible.

Learn how Scenic Group is approaching sustainability within the fleet and how we travel with our inaugural Impact Report.
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Yacht destinations

Unwind on an award-winning luxury yacht as you sail the world’s oceans in style.

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