25 February 2014

CRUISE NEWS: New river-cruise line to launch

Artist's impression of the rooftop
swimming pool on Emerald Sky.
Photo: Emerald Waterways
Emerald Waterways

Last year, Cruise Captain was given a sneak peak at details for the Emerald Sky, the first ship launched by Emerald Waterways, which is itself a brand-new cruise line. Emerald Sky starts boarding passengers this April and will cruise the Rhine, Main, Danube and Moselle rivers on itineraries that range between eight and 15 days. It will be followed by twin ship Emerald Star.

The new cruise line will be known as Emerald Waterways in the USA but marketed in Australia under the already-known Evergreen Tours. Both companies are spin-offs of the much bigger and better-known Australian-owned river-cruise company Scenic Tours which (confusingly) is known in the USA as Scenic Cruises.


Artist's impression of the owner's suite
on Emerald Sky.
Photo: Emerald Waterways
You can see a rather corny promotional video on YouTube here, which provides a series of rather fake-looking artist’s impressions will at least give you some idea of what the new ship looks like.  According to the company, deluxe interiors will include a revolutionary 24-square-metre pool with a retractable roof, which transforms into a cinema at night, and an al fresco dining terrace for breakfasts and lunches. Some of the suites will feature the retractable glass walls that some passengers might known from Scenic Tours’ ships, which can drop down to create an indoor-outdoor space.
It looks as if Emerald Waterways is pitching itself at the four-star all-inclusive market for the somewhat more bugdet conscious; it claims that even the tipping will be included in the overall price. Keep your eye on this space, and we’ll see how well the new company sails.

If you have any further information about Emerald Sky or have booked a journey on this ship, why not let us know? Your comments are always appreciated.

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