This last week we had a presentation with our representative with Emerald Waterways which was truly enlightening!
As per their website: Exceptional. Amazing. Unique.
“Expect more from your deluxe river cruise with Emerald Waterways. Our award-winning river cruise fleet and inspiring itineraries reveal the stunning scenery and fascinating culture of Europe and Asia as you’ve never experienced them. Enjoy the Emerald difference. Our innovative river cruise ships offer you panoramic views of the stunning scenery, and feature contemporary boutique hotel styling, deluxe in-suite comfort, gourmet dining options and exceptional service, all included in the price.”
This week we learned about their new ship, the Emerald Harmony that is being built right now for release in 2019 in Asia. It will only have 42 cabins, so 84 guests (doesn’t that sound lovely as an idea for hosting a gathering or an event!) and 40 crew, so your ratio is amazing! There are 5 decks, an observation deck, a library, a fitness room & spa services. There are 3 dining experiences: the Reflections restaurant, Horizon bar & lounge, and the new Lotus Lounge.
Now about the cabins, of which the majority are suites, and a few staterooms. They are 30 sq. ft larger than any others (on their European ships). Besides the entire ship being contemporary style, it makes these rooms seem even more spacious and inviting!
The Emerald Harmony will include:
- Spacious Accommodations on board one of Asia’s most innovative cruise ships
- Sailing directly from Ho Chi Minh City (no one else in the industry can do this!)
- All on board meals with complimentary wine, beer and soft drinks to accompany lunch and dinner
- State-of-the-art coffee machine to enjoy lattes or cappuccinos
- Complimentary self-service laundry facilities (bring your own detergent though)
- Complimentary WIFI (even on some of their coaches on the land tours)
They have 13 and 21 days Itineraries outlined, with optional extensions & Stopovers pre and post cruise!
Here’s an example of part of one of these itineraries:
And here is a snapshot of their 21 day itinerary for 2019 on the Emerald Harmony:
Of note, the majority if the daily tours are in the morning (which often take you away from the tourist areas), which leaves you with free time to explore on your own, at your own pace. You have the best of both worlds: be taken care of & enjoy a tour with a local expert, AND have time to yourself to experience the culture and make memories.
There are bicycles on the European ships for you to enjoy at your leisure. Each ship also has a stunning pool – & while in Asia you will definitely want to take advantage of it so bring your suit!
Then there is always some evening entertainment, and a 4 course dinner with local wines. The meals always have regional choices and North American choices. The breakfast and lunches are buffet style.
The demographic for Emerald Waterways is 50% Australian / New Zealand, 30% Canadian and 10 % American – so plan to enjoy the company of some Aussies – they know how to have a good time!
Other differences that Emerald Waterways provides is that tipping is ALWAYS included in the price, and your final payment is not due until 90 days prior to departure. As well, transfers are always included, even if you don’t book your flight with them – now that’s service!!
If you choose to book your flight with your package, they have some amazing deals here too when booking early. As with most river cruise lines it’s best to book EARLY to get the best deals, the best selection, and simply the fact that they do sell out!
**** Our EXCLUSIVE Deal for YOU, available until August 23rd ****
Fly FREE on any 12+ day itineraries while supplies last!
$125 pp USD onboard credit
$75 pp CAD saving off the cost of the cruise
So, if Asia’s on your bucket list, if you have a honeymoon to plan (unpack ONCE is a dream detail!), or you want to take your special interest group on the adventure of a lifetime where you can bond over shared experiences – contact ME, Erika Lange – Travel Professional.
And stay tuned, next time we will be discussing their Croatian yacht adventures!