Best for: Anyone looking for a culture-focused river cruise at a moderate price point
Sails: The Danube River, the Main River, the Rhine River
At a Glance: Emerald Waterways made its debut in 2014 with the introduction of its first two vessels, Emerald Sky and Emerald Star. Emerald Sun and Emerald Dawn joined its sister ships in 2015, and in 2017 the fleet is almost doubling in size with the addition of Emerald Liberté, Emerald Destiny, and Emerald Radiance. The look of Emerald’s ships is fresh and modern with fun touches like a pool that converts into a cinema; don’t be surprised to see a slightly younger crowd than on some other river cruise lines.