Emerald Cruises Experience

Each day of your cruise holds new adventures and experiences. Learn about the different cultures and traditions of the regions, take daily shore excursions, escorted by local, English-speaking guides and enjoy live performances by local musicians or dancers. Each of our carefully curated itineraries is filled with the must-see sights and hidden gems in each port of call. From UNESCO World Heritage Sites, to optional excursions, activities, experiences and tours, each Mayflower river cruise is packed with a variety of planned guided tours and activities to choose from. Enjoy panoramic city and small group walking tours with local, English-speaking guides. Don’t miss a word as you listen on your personal headset while your guide provides local history, cultural insights and tells fascinating stories in each destination.


Gain a deeper understanding of each destination you visit on authentic excursions which seek to avoid tourist hotspots. From learning about culture from locals to an enchanting stroll through the multi-colored acres of tulips at Keukenhof Gardens in the Netherlands, each EmeraldPLUS excursion is designed to educate and enhance your travel experience.


Our range of outdoor activities suit the more active guests. You’ll also find poles in your suite or stateroom, to aid on walks, if necessary. Embark on a guided bike* tour of the rolling vineyards of the Wachau Valley, a kayaking experience on Portugal’s Douro River and enjoy daily yoga sessions, water-aerobics in the pool, and walks on the open-air track, all coordinated by the onboard Activity Manager.


To immerse you further in local history and culture, take advantage of the optional DiscoverMORE special excursions (at an additional expense). These outings include classical concerts, special guided tours, UNESCO World Heritage Site visits, and more.

*Bicycles are subject to availability, on a first come, first serve basis. Bicycles are not available on MS Emerald Radiance.

Personal Service & Onboard Amenities

Let our operations team and onboard staff take care of the details of your holiday. We will coordinate transfers to and from the airport to your hotel or river vessel and all shore excursions. While on holiday, check with our knowledgeable staff for suggestions to make the most of your free time in each port of call.

Captain & Crew

With a wealth of knowledge and experience, our Captain is on hand to ensure a safe and steady river cruise onboard our award-winning Star-Ships. From your first morning coffee, to your nightcap at the end of each day’s exploration, our wonderful team will ensure you wish for nothing during your time onboard. All you need to do is relax and let us take care of you. It’s the little things like remembering your favorite after-dinner drink, or how you like your breakfast omelette that make all the difference.

Cruise Director & Hotel Manager

As your personal encyclopedia, storyteller and translator, your cruise director is always on hand to answer any questions and share their experiences, to make sure you make the most of your journey on Europe’s waterways. From the moment you step foot in Reflections Restaurant for breakfast, to the moment you lay down for a restful night’s sleep in your own private haven, the hotel manager willensure a smooth running of the day’s schedule onboard your Star-Ship.

Activity Manager & Wellness Coach

Overseeing the much-loved EmeraldACTIVE program, your activity manager and wellness coach will be there for all your wellness needs. Join them for a morning of yoga on the Sun Deck or take advantage of our indoor pool* with an aqua aerobics class. Venture out to explore during a guided hike and bike ride, before returning to your Star-Ship where the team will host an evening of entertainment.
*Emerald Radiance on the Douro River does not have an indoor pool, instead there is a spa-style Serenity Pool on the Sun Deck.

Our Culinary Experts

Our chefs are experts in their field, bringing you a delicious selection of dining options for breakfast and lunch, plus indulge in an evening ala carte menu. Enjoy freshly prepared seasonal cuisine inspired by the destinations you are traveling through, as well as a selection of home favorites. Our restaurant and bar team are happy to ensure that any dietary requirements are met, and are trained to the highest level, offering a service that is second to none.