Custom-built to provide the most exhilarating and authentic experiences cruising through France, the Emerald Liberté skilfully navigates the rivers Rhône & Saône. The standards of service, attention to food, and knowledge of wine you’d expect in France will be sewn into the very essence of the Emerald Liberté – providing on-board experience comparable with world class boutique hotels.
Unlike any other on Europe's waters, our ships boast a heated pool* complete with retractable roof and bar which cleverly transforms into a cinema in the evening.
Emerald Waterways welcomes disabled guests but wishes all guests to understand that limitations could exist on-board and during shore excursions. The lifts on the ships service three out of four decks, with access to the Sun Deck only possible using stairs. Under appropriate circumstances guests are welcome to use collapsible wheelchairs on-board. Many tours are conducted from coaches,so guests need to be able to climb up and down the stairs to board. Some shore excursions may require movement over cobblestones or up and down stairs;accordingly, guests with limited mobility will require the services of a responsible companion to be travelling with them, since crew availability is limited. If you have any medical, physical or other special needs, please contact the travel advisors for further information and have a look at the deck plan to gain an understanding of the layout of any particular ship. On occasion they will be required to dock next to other ships, which may mean accessing the shore via the Sun Deck, requiring you to ascend and descend stairs.
We recommend casual and comfortable clothing - for sightseeing and walking tours you’ll need comfortable shoes. For the winter months, you’ll need a warm coat, gloves and water-resistant footwear. Dinner is an informal affair; relaxed evening wear is perfect. On certain evenings such as the Welcome and Farewell Dinners, you might like to dress up.
Travellers who are less than 21 years old on the departure date must be accompanied by and share a cabin/room with an adult aged 21 or over. Children under 12 years of age are not accepted. This is a condition of carriers and cruise operators.
Owner's One-bedroom Suites boast their very own bedroom which closes off from the rest of their cabin; a separate lounge area; and a fantastic outdoor balcony complete with open-air system, allowing you to enjoy the views of your surroundings whatever the weather.
Each of the Grand balcony Suites boasts a number of fantastic inclusions, such as an in-suite Nespresso machine - an added home comfort that means you can relax with a hot beverage at any time, day or night. They also offer a spacious outdoor balcony, allowing you to make the most of your cruise's beautiful landscapes and take in the fresh air.
They've put every effort into designing staterooms and suites, selecting the most elegant décor and furnishings to create haven for you to relax in as your sail through the most picturesque landscapes. But with the Emerald Panorama Balcony Suite, They've gone one step further and created a completely new type of cabin that's unique to European river cruising.
All Emerald Staterooms feature picture windows and the same high quality facilities as all other cabins. Plus, they're bigger than other standard staterooms.
The Emerald Liberte offers two Emerald Single Staterooms featuring picture windows and the same high quality facilities as all other cabins. With their deluxe single bed, they provide excellent value for money for single guests.
First setting sail in 2017, Emerald Liberté sails both the Rhine & Saone. You can expect a stylish and spacious ship, designed to ensure the most comfortable journey. What you may not have expected is a custom-built ship, built to offer more space per guest than most other operators and to incorporate many spectacular ship innovations, unique to river cruising.
Enjoy the indoor heated pool with retractable roof during the day, providing the perfect relaxing oasis. By night, the area transforms into a cosy cinema showcasing a selection of classic and contemporary films.
The hugely popular Horizon Bar and Lounge has been added to the Emerald Liberté, providing a wonderful after-dinner retreat. Partake in your favourite digestif from the well-stocked bar whilst enjoying the local entertainment performing their native art forms – bestowing an authentic taste of French culture upon proceedings.
The top deck of the Emerald Liberté is blessed with a large area to sit back and relax, enjoy a barbecue with new friends or sink a few balls on the putting green.
The Horizon Bar & Lounge is the social heartbeat of our Star-Ships. Surprisingly spacious and exceedingly modern, this contemporary and comfortable haven is one of the most popular areas of our vessels day or night.
There's a fully stocked bar with attentive bartenders, help-yourself to a selection of coffees from out high-tech coffee-machine, or try one of our speciality teas, and take a seat in our plush and spacious sofas and chairs. In the day it's a place to catch up with new friends and unwind.
Each evening before dinner, your Cruise Director welcomes you to the Horizon Bar and Lounge for an informal yet fascinating talk on your forthcoming ports of call. With tips on what you'll see and things to look out for, this is an ideal opportunity to plan for the day ahead. When the evening arrives, we have a medley of entertainment planned especially for you.
After another delicious dinner in our Reflections Restaurant, head up to the Horizon Bar and Lounge to listen to your resident pianist play. Relax with your favourite cocktail and catch up with your new found friends.
On select evenings guests are invited to watch local performances in the traditional style. From a Bavarian band to Hungarian dancing, there's no finer way to celebrate the native culture than in the comfort of familiar surroundings.
The Horizon Bar & Lounge also plays host to challenging quizzes and our popular crew show. This jovial event happens at the end of every cruise after the Farewell Dinner.
Lights, camera, action - grab your popcorn and take your seat in our evening cinema
Make your way to the back of the ship where our indoor heated pool is situated. When the evening arrives this oasis of calm is transformed into a hub of entertainment.
Watch in awe as the floor rises through the pool's surface and a screen is lowered from above. In a matter of minutes the area is converted from a swimming pool into a cosy cinema where a selection of classic and contemporary films are shown throughout your cruise.
Legendary concerts and an intimate place to unwind and relax
On selected evenings the cinema will play host to a variety of iconic concerts performed by some of the world's most significant musicians. Popular music, classical and jazz are just some of the genres you can expect to see on the big screen.
New for 2017, our live music showcase is just another was to ensure you enjoy an unforgettable river cruise. We're always looking for exciting and unexpected ways to entertain our guests and we're sure that you will love our collection of fun and inspirational performances.