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Emerald Waterways Named “Best Value for Money” in River Cruise Category By Cruise Critic For Third Consecutive Year

Book by December 31, 2017 and Receive Choice of Free and Reduced Air,  Complimentary Onboard Amenities, Tours



Boston and Vancouver, BC, December 2017 – Three times is definitely a charm for Emerald Waterways. The Australian river cruise line has been named “Best Value for Money” in the river cruise category for the third consecutive year by industry leader Cruise Critic in their annual 2017 Editors’ Picks Awards. The Cruise Critic Editors’ Picks Awards are chosen by the publication’s international team of editors, based on the lines and ships they feel best represent excellence in each category. Emerald Waterways has received an award from Cruise Critic every year since the line launched in 2014 when they won the “Best New River Ships” designation for their innovative Emerald Star and Emerald Sky Star-Ships


Emerald’ Waterways’ three-time win in this category is reflective of the generous list of inclusions received by guests, including complimentary shore excursions in every port, free transfers to and from the airport, prepaid gratuities and complimentary beverages (including wine and beer at lunch and dinner) offered at a competitive price point. Value is also illustrated by the river cruise line’s sleek, contemporary ship design and high level of service, which often draw comparisons to upscale boutique hotels. Other innovations Emerald Waterways was lauded for include an indoor pool, which cleverly transforms into a movie theater at night on most ships, and floor-to-ceiling windows in most cabins that drop down halfway with the push of a button to create an interior balcony


“Our goal is to offer guests a river cruise experience that is both indulgent and affordable,” said Glen Moroney, founder and managing director of the Scenic Group, the parent company for Emerald Waterways. “We’re thrilled that our efforts to raise the standards on European river ships has been recognized by an important industry leader like Cruise Critic.”


Emerald Waterways offers a wide variety of river cruise itineraries ranging from eight to 15 days on the Rhine, Main and Danube rivers in central Europe, as well as on the Rhône and Saône rivers through Southern France and on the Douro river in Portugal. Emerald Waterways also offers sailings on the Mekong river in Southeast Asia.


To highlight the line’s exceptional value and commitment to personalized service, Emerald Waterways is offering a “Choose Your Savings” promotion, which allows guests the opportunity to choose from three options that will increase the value of their river cruise package. Guests booking with this promotion can choose from: 1) discounted airfare plus a premium onboard drink package and a free Discover More land tour; 2) up to $1250 per person off the cost of the sailing; or 3) up to free airfare from 25 designated hubs. The “Choose Your Savings” offer is good on 2018 sailings when booked by December 31, 2017.


Scenic Luxury Cruises & Tours 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.


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.