A New Cruising Icon

Twiggy, British style icon and world's first supermodel, and Emerald Waterways founder and managing director Glen Moroney have launched Europe's newest river cruise company and christened one of its new 'Star Ships', the Emerald Sky. With more amenities and state-of-the-art features than offered by other lines, this innovative Star Ship is set to revolutionise European river cruising.

The new vessel carries 182 guests in 72 suites and 20 staterooms, including two specifically built for solo occupancy. Unique items include an onboard heated swimming pool with a retractable roof, which transforms into a movie theater in the evening; two restaurants – Reflections, the main dining room, and The Terrace, which serves breakfast and lunch; and 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. With the simple push of a button, 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. In addition, there's an onboard hairdresser, massage therapy room, and fitness area.

Strong value continues with the fare inclusions: all transfers to and from the ships; all onboard (and some on-shore) meals; unlimited tea and coffee; wine, beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner; bottled water in the cabins; continental breakfast, pre-dinner canapés, and after-dinner sweet treats served in the top suites; WiFi onboard the ship; at least one included shore excursion almost every cruise day; visits to many UNESCO World Heritage Sites; and more – including all gratuities.

Five itineraries are being offered by Emerald Waterways in 2014, including the Danube Delights, an eight-day adventure between Nuremberg and Budapest; the Classic Prague & Danube Delights, an 11-day itinerary that adds three days in Prague to the eight-day Nuremberg to Budapest sailing; and the Splendors of Europe, which allows guests to spend 15 days exploring many of Europe's top sights between Amsterdam and Budapest. Emerald Waterways is part of the Scenic Tours Group.

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