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Emerald Waterways Offers a Sneak Preview of its “Star-Ships”

Emerald Waterways, the first new river cruise company in 6 years, offers a sneak preview of its “Star-Ships”

Airfare Savings of up to $500 per Person Offered for Bookings by November 30, 201

Emerald Waterways will launch new “Star Ships” in April 2014.

In August it was announced that Emerald Waterways would become Europe’s newest deluxe river cruise company, introducing travelers to the next generation of river cruising. Today the company is pleased to share video footage of construction on its two new “Star-Ships” – the Emerald Sky and Emerald Star. The 60-second clip of the Emerald Sky at various stages of development, including its water launch a few weeks ago, is available at Emerald Waterways Update. The company is offering up to $500 (US & CAD) per person savings in airfare costs when Emerald Waterways books the flight and the cruise is booked by November 30, 2013.

The next step in the construction phase is fitting the ships’ deluxe interiors, including a revolutionary 24-square-meter swimming pool that converts into a cinema; the luxury Owner’s One Bedroom Suites; and The Terrace, where guests can enjoy alfresco dining at its best. In the video, images of these features are artists’ renderings – but the company is on track to debut its ships on the Rhine, Maine, Danube and Moselle rivers in April 2014.

Each new “Star-Ship” will carry 182 guests in 72 suites and 20 staterooms, including two cabins built especially for solo occupancy. They’ll feature a new type of cabin design that replaces the run-of-the-mill French balcony,common to most ships, with an indoor balcony complete with decked area and an ingenious open-air system. This system allows guests to push a button so that the upper half of the floor-to-ceiling panoramic window drops down to allow an open-air opportunity; top suites separate the balcony from the cabin with sliding doors.

Emerald Waterways is the first new European river cruise company to set sail in more than six years, and it has already received a warm reception. Demand for 2014 bookings has been so high, in fact, that the company is well on its way to selling out its cruises. Emerald Waterways is aiming at both experienced travelers and the younger demographic, which is looking for strong value and great pricing. Eight- to 15-day itineraries are offered at fares starting at just $2,255 per person, double.

What sets Emerald Waterways apart from other major lines on the rivers are its ship amenities and fare inclusions. Basic fares include all transfers to and from the ships; all onboard (and most on-shore) meals; a choice of two dining venues; unlimited tea and coffee; wine, beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner; bottled water in cabins; Wi-Fi onboard the ship; and at least one included shore excursion almost every cruise day.

As part of the Scenic Tours Group, Emerald Waterways is backed by the award-winning expertise of the world’s leading luxury river cruise operator. Trips on Emerald Waterways can be booked via the company’s website , its consumer reservations line, 855-222-3214; and its travel agent reservations line, 888-778-6689.

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