Rivers of Dreams: 5 Reasons to Sail Europe’s Waterways

Find out why an intimate, small-ship river cruise may be your best travel experience yet.

A floating boutique hotel – glide through fairytale landscapes in contemporary comfort aboard Emerald Cruises’ Star-Ships


Something experienced river cruisers know as they sail on Emerald Cruises’ modern and intimate ships. They are big on experiences. They also know award-winning Emerald Cruises are small ship experts who bring exceptional value together with a hearty splash of fun. With their New Year Sale on for Canadian travellers, now’s the perfect time to book your river adventure for 2022 and 2023.

Need more reasons to get in on postcard-perfect vistas, storied destinations, and like-minded travellers? 

Here’s five to start: 

1) An intimate experience: small on crowds, big on space

Personal space became paramount to our health and wellbeing due to COVID, and Emerald Cruises’ innovative Star-Ships were built to provide ample space for guests. In your spacious suite, generous public spaces or roomy dining areas, you’ll always feel comfortable. 

Find a space to call your own – Emerald Cruises’ Star-Ships have plenty of room for you


And breathe easy – clean air is filtered in from the fresh river breeze, rather than recycled. Within your suite, air from outside the ship is channelled directly to your suite and released directly to the outside.

Just one of many fine details considered by Emerald Cruises.

2) Live it up, don’t line up: less queuing, more doing

Onshore excursions and activities also embrace the small-group spirit or offer the option to explore on your own. Not only is this safer, but you’ll spend less time waiting to see fascinating sights and more time delving into their handcrafted experiences. Bonus: it’s all included. Looking to get your heart pumping, slow it down, or a bit of both? Emerald Cruises has an option for you.

Craft your own story – adventures await on Europe’s picturesque riverbanks


3) Get a bigger bucket list: less commuting, more countries

With no oceans to cross, river cruises show you captivating new destinations each day, and you only need to unpack once. Imagine – five countries, four colourful capitals, three beloved rivers and dining on delicious locally inspired cuisine on board. Emerald Cruises’ most popular itinerary for Canadians new to river cruising is their 15-day Splendours of Europe sailing all the way from Amsterdam to Budapest. Different European locales pique your interest? View their complete collection of European itineraries, designed with you in mind.

4) Have it all: spend less, get more

As winner of Cruise Critic’s Editor’s Choice for “Best River Cruise for Value” five years in a row, Emerald Cruises excels at optimizing value for your money – all your gratuities are included. With so many inclusions, you can focus on enjoying your experience. From airport transfers and delicious meals paired with wine, beer and soft drinks to insightful excursions and on board activities, Emerald Cruises has it all.

Guests love the active options and mingling with like-minded travellers. Embark on hikes to castles, walks to beer gardens, or a guided bike tour, passing ancient ruins and vineyards along the way.

Room to breathe – enjoy a fresh river breeze on your all-weather balcony or with Emerald Cruises’ innovative air circulation system


5) You deserve a promotion: even more for less

What better way to welcome the new year than with a promotion? And of course, that New Year’s resolution for new adventures. Emerald Cruises has you covered for both with their New Year Sale. Until March 31st, save up to 30% on 2022 sailings and enjoy up to fly free on 2023 European itineraries with their ultimate cruise sale.

Emerald Cruises also knows fully well plans are subject to change as we navigate through the pandemic. That’s why they also offer Flexible Booking Policies and complimentary a Deposit Protection Plan. They even include a complimentary PCR test on your return to Canada. Their detailed FAQ page will prepare you to cruise along Europe’s enchanted waterways in confidence.

Ready to find your perfect getaway? Explore Emerald Cruises’ complete collection by clicking here to download your 2022 or 2023 brochure at or contact them for details on current pricing at 1-833-427-5628.