Welcome to Budapest! You will be met and transferred from the airport to your Emerald Waterways luxury river cruise ship. After boarding, enjoy some time at your leisure to explore Budapest. This evening, join your fellow travellers with a traditional Hungarian welcome dinner. Later, enjoy a Hungarian folk dancing and music performance on board (D).
EmeraldPLUS: Traditional Hungarian Folklore Show & Budapest Evening Cruise
Budapest is Eastern Europe’s liveliest and most cosmopolitan city. Enjoy a guided tour of the city sights including the Hungarian Parliament Building, the Buda Castle and the Chain Bridge linking Buda and Pest or an exciting hike on the Buda Hill. This afternoon you depart for Bratislava (B, L, D).
EmeraldACTIVE: A guided active walk to Buda Hill
This morning we arrive at the city of Bratislava, capital of the Republic of Slovakia. Enjoy a sightseeing tour including the enchanting Old City with its Town Hall, Mirbach Palace and the Gothic Cathedral of St Martin (B, L, D).
EmeraldACTIVE: A guided hike to Bratislava Castle
EmeraldPLUS: Home Hosted Coffee and Cake with Slovakians
Welcome to Vienna, the capital of classical music. Today, you have a choice of either exploring Austria’s capital beginning with a drive along the magnificent Ringstrasse, where we will see the sights of the Vienna’s world-famous attractions such as the Opera House, Burgtheater, Town Hall, St. Stephen’s Cathedral and the Hofburg Imperial Palace. If you feel active, join the guided bike tour instead of the drive around and guided walk (B, L, D).
EmeraldACTIVE: Guided bike Tour
In the morning we arrive in Dürnstein, one of the most enchanting villages of the Wachau wine region. This is the site of the castle where Richard the Lionheart was imprisoned after returning from the crusades in the 12th century.
EmeraldACTIVE: Guided hike to Dürnstein Castle
EmeraldACTIVE: A guided biking tour along the Danube River from Dürnstein to Melk
Thereafter, you will drive through the picturesque landscape of this district to the 900–year old Benedictine Abbey of Melk, which features Austria’s finest Italian baroque architecture (B, L, D).
Cruise along the Danube this morning, in the afternoon we reach Passau. Cobblestone streets and graceful arcades welcome you in this beautiful city. On this afternoon’s walking tour, stroll through the old town’s narrow alleys and see the hilltop Oberhaus Fortress from the town below. Visit St. Stephen’s Cathedral, a wonderful example of Baroque architecture and home to Europe’s largest church organ with more than 17,000 pipes (B, L, D).
After breakfast, we arrive in magnificent Regensburg. On our guided walking tour, you will have the chance to see one of the oldest bridges crossing the Danube and see the city’s architectural highlights including the Old Town Hall (B, L, D).
EmeraldPLUS: Traditional Bavarian Band on board
After breakfast, you will be transferred by coach to Prague to continue your tour. Situated on the banks of the River Vltava in central Bohemia, Prague is rich in history and is home to some of the world’s most pristine collections of architecture. Included is a three night stay in Prague (B).
This morning we explore the sights of the Old Town Square on a guided walking tour. We see Mozart´s Theatre, Little Square and Astronomical Clock. We continue our tour and walk across the Charles Bridge spanning the River Vltava and full of portrait artists and small vendors, to board our coach to drive to the 1,000–year–old Prague Castle area. With our local guide we walk through Hradcany Square, for the spectacle of the Changing of the Guard. See the magnificent Loreta Monastery, and arrive at Hradcany Castle (B, D).
EmeraldPLUS: Local Dinner with Entertainment
Your Tour Director is on hand to help plan your day’s exploring. The baroque quarter of Mala Strana is a must see, as is Josefov, the Jewish quarter. You will no doubt return to the lively atmosphere around the Charles Bridge for another look (B).
After breakfast disembark the ship (B).
Located on the River Elbe, Prague is one of the most picturesque cities of Europe and certainly a must-cruise-through. Also known as the ‘city of a hundred spires’ due to its numerous Gothic churches, Prague is birthplace of literature geniuses Franz Kafka and Rainer Maria Rilke, making the city famous for its cultural life
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All Emerald Staterooms feature picture windows and the same high quality facilities as all other cabins. Plus, they’re bigger than other standard staterooms, providing excellent value for money. Included in your stateroom: Picture window (approximately 1500mm L X 340mm H) | Bathroom with shower, indulgent toiletries and hair dryer | Complimentary bathrobes and slippers | Complimentary bottled water, restocked daily | Complimentary WiFi | Queen-size hotel-style bed | Safe for your valuables | Individual climate control | Flat screen TV and infotainment system | Mini-fridge
Your Emerald Panorama Balcony Suite offers everything you could possibly need throughout your cruise, and more. You’ll be surrounded by elegant décor and opulent, comfortable furnishings, as you unwind in your home-away-from-home. Relax on your balcony as the stunning landscapes pass by, and transform it from an indoor to an outdoor space with ease, as the floor-to-ceiling window lowers to a halfway point at the touch of a button. Enjoy the river breeze from your comfortable chair, enjoying a good book or the unfolding vistas. Treat yourself to a drink from your suite’s minibar, or use it to keep your complimentary bottle of water chilled, or for any souvenirs that require it. When it’s time to retire to bed, you can look forward to the exceptional comfort of your queen-size or twin hotel-style bed, complete with luxurious linens. Treat yourself to an indulgent shower with luxury toiletries, to really prepare yourself for an excellent night’s sleep. Of course, keeping in touch with your loved ones is really easy. Every suite has its own telephone, as well as complimentary Wi-Fi being available throughout the Star-Ship.
Staying in the Emerald Grand Balcony Suite makes waking up and going to sleep a dream. Open your balcony, with the simple press of a button, to let in the river breeze on a lazy morning, as the unrivalled comfort of your queen-size or twin hotel-style bed, dressed with luxurious linens, encourages you to lie in that little bit longer. Wake up to the luxurious surrounds of your stylish bathroom, enjoying a revitalising shower, complete with sumptuous toiletries. Then, what could be better than having a continental breakfast brought to your door to enjoy on your own private balcony? Complimentary bathrobes and slippers make lounging comfortable, and your own in-suite Nespresso™ machine means you can sip a fresh coffee as you ponder your itinerary and what the day has to offer. Select your preferred pillow from our extensive menu and enjoy an exceptionally comfortable night’s sleep, or simply relax as you watch a film on your suite’s flat screen TV and infotainment system, during some down time. Individual climate control enables your room to stay at the right temperature to suit you, whether you’re sailing in the warmer summer months, or the cooler winter. And, stay in touch with family and friends using your in-suite telephone or make the most of complimentary Wi-Fi for contacting them by your preferred method.
Some of the most sumptuous suites on European waterways, our Owners One-Bedroom Suite has it all. A separate lounge and bedroom area allows the luxury of space, from which to enjoy your complimentary continental breakfast in the morning, a drink from your fully stocked minibar or after-dinner sweet treats before bed. Your queen-size or twin hotel-style bed will be draped in high quality linens, for the perfect night’s sleep, plus you’ll have the pleasure of selecting your preferred pillow from our extensive menu. Get comfortable for the night after a busy day exploring, and prepare for the next as you unwind with a film on your flat screen TV and infotainment system in true comfort. A walk-in wardrobe makes unpacking even more of a dream. A great space to keep all your belongings and outfits for special occasions, such as your exclusive dinner at the Captain’s Table. You’ll even have the option to have four items laundered a day to ensure that favourite dress or suit is in the best possible condition for your event. In the morning, enjoy the perfect wake-up call with a fresh coffee from your in-suite Nespresso™ machine. Sip it on the balcony, wrapped in the comfort of your Emerald Cruises bathrobe and slippers after a refreshing shower in your stylish in-suite bathroom, enhanced by luxurious toiletries. You’ll have so much to tell your loved ones back home, so we’ve made keeping in contact really easy. Not only will you have an in-suite telephone, but complimentary Wi-Fi throughout the Star-Ship and an iPad means you can choose your favourite method of communication, whenever the moment suits.
Blessed with a selection of wonderful amenities and features, the award-winning Star-Ship Emerald Star will guide you past some of Europe’s most beautiful stretches of countryside and through some of the continent's most vibrant and enchanting cities.
What’s on board: Daytime Pool & Bar, Evening Cinema, Fitness Area, Games Area, Golf Putting Green, Hair Salon, Horizon Bar & Lounge, Navigation Bridge, Reception, Reflections Restaurant, Retractable Glass Roof, Sky BBQ, Sun Deck, The Terrace, Walking Track, Wellness Area and much, much more.
Yes, Emerald Waterways does have a flexible cancellation policy. Guests can defer their travel plans and transfer to an alternative Emerald departure date or itinerary up to 60 days prior to departure. This policy is applicable across Emerald's 2022 European river cruises, 2022 & 2023 Southeast Asia river cruises, and their 2022 & 2023 Emerald Yacht cruises. A refund will be given in the form of a future cruise credit and will be valid for 24 months. Flexible booking and cancellation policy excludes Russia.
Please note third party cancellation fees may apply. Further Cruise line's terms & conditions will apply.
Yes, you will need to have both of your COVID-19 vaccinations with the last administered date at least 14 days prior to departure. Guests sailing on a 2021 departure will also be required to take a negative PCR test 72-hours prior to departing the UK.
Bathrobes and slippers are provided in all staterooms and suites as well as a mini fridge, air conditioning, toiletries, a hairdryer, a safe, double bed (or twin beds on request) with luscious linens, a phone and a wardrobe with coat hangers.
A complimentary mini-bar is provided in the Owner’s Suite, Owner’s One-Bedroom Suites and Riverview Suites, these are restocked daily with wine, beer and soft drinks.
The Terrace, Yacht Suite and Grand Balcony Suites also benefit from a mini-bar available at a supplement.
Provided in all European Emerald Cruises cabins are European plug sockets with a voltage of 220V, you will need to bring a European plug adaptor with you.
In Southeast Asia sailings the cabins are equipped with Universal plug sockets at a voltage of 220V.
Emerald Cruises do not provide adaptors.
Smoking is permitted in designated external areas. It is prohibited in inside areas including your stateroom.
English is spoken on board all Emerald Cruises Star-Ships.
The currency on board all Emerald Cruises Star-Ships is the Euro.
The currency varies depending on location, the Star-Ships reception will have a small amount of each currency on board, but they do advise bringing some with you.
The Euro is used in the following destinations: Belgium, Austria, France, Germany, Netherlands, Portugal and Slovakia.
Other destinations will have specific currencies:
Bulgaria: Bulgarian Lev | Cambodia: Cambodian Riel | Croatia: Croatian Kuna | Hungary: Hungarian Forint | Romania: Romanian Leu | Serbia: Serbian Dinar | Vietnam: Vietnamese Dong
On board the dress code is a relaxed and comfortable country club style, smart shoes, shirts, dresses etc. Feel free to dress up for dinner but its not compulsory.
When going ashore it is recommended that you take comfortable walking shoes and dress for the weather in comfortable clothing.
Yes, you may take alcohol on board, however it must be consumed in your stateroom, you will not be permitted to consume it in communal areas on board the ship.
A complimentary selection of wines, beers and soft drinks are served during lunch and dinner.
A selection of complimentary hot drinks, speciality teas and coffees are available in the Horizon Bar and Lounge throughout the day.
Yes, there are several drinks packages available at a supplement.
The Non-Alcoholic Package offers unlimited access to a range of soft drinks, juices and mocktails.
Extended Package offers a daily selection of wine by the glass, soft drinks and beers throughout the day.
Premium Package allows you to drink anything from the beverage menu, international beers, cocktails, wine and prosecco are available all day.
Yes, they offer vegetarian options and can cater to most dietary needs if given advanced notice. Please inform your ROL Cruise Specialist of any dietary needs.
In the Reflections Restaurant the dining times are as follows: Breakfast 7am – 9am | Lunch 12pm – 2pm | Dinner 7pm – 9pm. (Dining times may vary).
Included excursions are EmeraldPLUS and EmeraldACTIVE experiences and activities. A selection of DicvoerMORE excursions are available to book on board at a supplement.
Some excursions are conducted from coaches, guests must be able to walk up and down the steps.
Walking tours of towns and cities may not be suitable for guests with mobility issues.
Guests with limited mobility will need to be travelling with a companion to assist them as there is limited amount of crew members during shore excursions.
There are lifts providing access to three out of four decks on Emerald Cruises Star-Ships, the Sun Deck is reached via stairs.
Under appropriate circumstances guests are permitted to use a collapsible wheelchair on-board, please advise your ROL Cruise Specialist of any mobility issues in advance.
No, there are no shops on board, but reception will have a small supply of toiletries, gifts and souvenirs available at a supplement.
Yes, complimentary Wi-Fi is available throughout the ship, public spaces, staterooms and suites, however it cannot be guaranteed.
Each guest is permitted one piece of checked (hold) baggage with the width and height not exceeding 62” Inches/160cm and the weight not exceeding 20kg/44lbs.
Additional baggage may be permitted at a supplement.
Yes, as soon as you return you will be enrolled into the EmeraldEXPLORER loyalty club. This includes exclusive benefits, savings, advance notice of new itineraries and more. You will earn point every time you travel with Emerald Cruises and the more points you have the higher the tier, and more benefits.
Yes, the pool is open from 6am until 6pm every day and on selected evenings it will be transformed into a cinema.
The Emerald Radiance sailing on the Douro River has a serenity pool on the sun deck, it does not have a cinema or Riverview Lounge.
Pimm's Gift Set is for Ocean View cabins or above, based on one per booking, for UK mainland addresses only when booked by 8pm 10th July 2022.