Emerald Waterways is set to launch a 180-passenger new-build river vessel in 2021.

The Star-Ship class vessel – called Emerald Luna – will come into service in spring next year and will offer “culturally immersive” itineraries along the Rhine, Main and Danube rivers.

Emerald Luna’s features will include an indoor heated pool which transforms into an evening cinema and a sun deck.

David Winterton, Emerald Waterways director of marketing and global brand curator, said: “We are delighted that the Emerald Waterways portfolio continues to grow.

“The new Star-Ship is to be built this year in order to increase capacity to accommodate the global demand for Rhine, Main and Danube itineraries.”


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Next year, the line will also offer a new itinerary through the Netherlands and an enhanced eight-day Legendary Rhine and Moselle itinerary.

Prices for the new 10-day Springtime Delights itinerary, departing on April 1, 2021, start from £2,545. Highlights of the sailing include a visit to Keukenhof Gardens, Amsterdam and a guided walking tour of Antwerp.

The line has added EmeraldPLUS and EmeraldACTIVE excursions to the Legendary Rhine and Moselle itinerary to enhance it.

EmeraldPLUS experiences are the line’s “collection of extra-special excursions and events” for passengers.

A guided hike to Neiderwalddenkmal monument in Germany is one of four EmeraldACTIVE excursions that have been added to the itinerary’s programme.

Prices for the improved Legendary Rhine and Moselle itinerary, departing on June 25, 2021, lead in from £2,195.

Emerald Luna and the new itinerary both feature in the new European Cruises 2021 brochure, featuring more than 18 sailings.