Emerald Waterways Adds New Star-Ship

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Views of the Emerald Luna. (Photo courtesy of Emerald Waterways.)

As the 2021 river cruise season opens for bookings, Emerald Waterways has announced they will be adding a new Star-Ship to their fleet: Emerald Luna. When she debuts in Spring 2021, Emerald Luna will become the line’s sixth Star-Ship to sail the Rhine, Main and Danube rivers, bringing the total Emerald Waterways river fleet to nine.

Built to the same specifications as the line’s other RMD ships, Luna will feature Emerald Waterways’ signature indoor pool that converts to a cinema at night as well as their innovative all-weather indoor balconies with floor-to-ceiling windows.

“We are thrilled to welcome Luna to the Emerald Waterways family,” said Lisa Norton, v.p. of brand management for Emerald Waterways, North America in press material. “The U.S. has been seeing an increased demand for capacity on these popular rivers, and we look forward to being able to offer our unique brand of river cruising to a wider audience.”

In addition to the new ship, Emerald Waterways will also add a new itinerary to their 2021 season—a 10-day sailing through Holland and Belgium, titled Springtime Delights. Sailing round trip out of Amsterdam in April, the itinerary will include stops in lesser-explored ports such as Maastricht, Holland’s oldest fortified city, and Haarlem, the heart of the Dutch flower growing industry. And because April is the height of tulip season in Holland—the itinerary will include a visit to the iconic Keukenhof Gardens, which features more than seven million multicolored flower bulbs. Emerald Waterways’ 2021 European river cruise pre-release brochure is available for download now.

Guests booking any 2021 European sailing between January 21 and April 30, 2020 will receive up to free round trip air and drinks package depending on the length and cabin category they choose. Those interested in a sailing of 15 days or longer will receive free, round trip air and a complimentary premium drinks package for booking in a Category C cabin and above, or $295 round trip air and complimentary drinks package for Category D, E, and F cabins. Guests looking to book shorter sailings between eight and 14 days will receive free round trip air for booking Category C cabins and above, and $295 round trip air for Category D, E and F cabins.

Cruise fares include all transfers; all port charges; all onboard (and some on-shore) meals; unlimited specialty tea and coffee, wine, beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner; bottled water in the cabins replenished daily; continental breakfast, pre-dinner canapes and after-dinner sweet treats served in the top suites; complimentary WiFi onboard the ship; most shore excursions as well as all onboard and excursion gratuities. On touring days, hotel accommodations, internal flights, and transfers are also included.

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