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Emerald Waterways Celebrates Four Years of Innovation and Growth



Boston, MA and Vancouver, BC (August, 2017) – August 2017 marks four years since Emerald Waterways launched its first collection of unique river cruises through Europe’s picturesque waterways. Since then, the Australian river cruise brand known for attracting younger, more adventurous cruise travelers has experienced steady growth, expanding its fleet from two ships to seven, adding itineraries in Asia, France and Portugal, and continuing to up the ante on active excursions and unique onboard enrichment activities.


“We’re proud of how far we’ve come, and the recognition we’ve received in the industry in just four short
years,” said Lisa Norton, Vice President of Brand Management for the US. “There’s more to come as we listen to our guests and strive to meet and exceed their expectations.”


In just four short years, Emerald Waterways has received its fair share of accolades as well. In 2014, its first year on the rivers in Europe, Emerald was award “Best New River Ships” in Cruise Critic’s Editors’ Pick Awards for their Emerald Star and Emerald Sky “Star-Ships.” In 2015 and 2016, the line was again commended by Cruise Critic, winning “Best River Line for Value” two years in a row.


2018 heralds more growth for Emerald Waterways, including two fresh itineraries on the Rhine river, a new sailing through Holland and Belgium, and an expansion of the popular EmeraldACTIVE program, which encompass a variety of guided hikes and bike trips that allow guests a more active way to engage with the towns, cities and places they visit as part of Emerald Waterways’ range of river cruise itineraries.


Scenic Luxury Cruises & Tours’ Family of Brands has grown over its 30-year history to include award-winning, all-inclusive escorted tours that take participants to many of the world’s most fascinating destinations; two award-winning river cruise lines – Scenic and Emerald Waterways; and, in 2018, the World’s First Discovery Yacht – Scenic Eclipse. Emerald Waterways’ seven Star-Ships offer deluxe cruises in Europe and an exclusive charter on the MV Navigator for sailings in South East Asia, while Scenic’s 15 Space-Ships offer the only truly all-inclusive, five-star river cruises in the same destinations as well as the Irrawaddy River in Myanmar.


Additional information can be found by contacting your local travel agent; on Emerald Waterways’ website, in the U.S. and in Canada; or by calling the US consumer/travel agent reservations line (855-222-3214) or Canadian consumer/travel agent reservations line (855-444-0161).  Brochure orders may be placed on the website, or a digital downloadable version is available.