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Emerald Sky
4.5 / 5.0
172 reviews

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About

Passengers
182

Crew
46

Passenger to Crew
3.96:1

Launched
2014

Shore Excursions
112
Sails To
Europe
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Jeannine Williamson
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Emerald Sky Overview

Emerald Sky is the first of a fleet of "Star Ships" ships launched by Emerald Waterways, a European river cruise line that made its debut as part of Australian-owned parent company Scenic Tours, which also boasts all-inclusive brand, Scenic Cruises.

It marks an exciting departure from existing vessels, with an exceptionally bright, modern look and a unique new-to-river feature: a swimming pool with a retractable roof that transforms into a cinema at night. The three airy passenger decks pack in plenty of other facilities, including a hair salon, gym, massage room and bikes that passengers can use to explore independently. Some initial issues with the ship -- such as an extremely steep staircase onboard -- were fixed in the months following its launch.

Between March and November, Sky sails on three Rhine-Main-Danube itineraries that range in duration from eight to 15 days.

This fresh-looking line has broken the traditional mold of river cruising and will appeal to people looking for moderately priced cruises, as well as younger cruisers and first-time passengers dipping a toe into this burgeoning sector of the cruise market.

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Top Emerald Sky Itineraries

Emerald Sky
danube explorer

Passau, Cesky Krumlov, Melk, Vienna, Bratislava, Budapest, Budapest

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Fellow Passengers

More than 50 percent of passengers are from Australia, where the line has its roots and is part of the well-established Scenic Tours brand. Expect the rest of the passengers to hail from the U.K., U.S. and Canada. While Emerald Waterways says it's not deliberately targeting a younger demographic, the line could well find a niche with cruisers in their 40s and 50s, which is below the average river cruise age group.


Emerald Sky Dress Code

The ship has a relaxed, easygoing vibe. There is no special dress code, and there are none of the formal nights you get on ocean cruises. For dinner, smart casual attire is recommended. Jeans can be worn in the restaurant in the evening, but shorts and flip-flops are not appropriate. Many passengers up the sartorial ante for the captain's welcome dinner and/or farewell dinner, albeit this still errs on the side of smart casual, rather than full-on cocktail dresses and suits.


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Emerald Sky Ratings

CategoryEditorMember
Cabins4.04.6
Dining5.04.3
Entertainment4.03.9
Public Rooms4.04.6
Fitness Recreation4.03.9
Family1.0N/A
Enrichment3.04.2
Service5.04.7
Value For Money5.04.2

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Where does Emerald Sky sail from?

Emerald Sky departs from Prague, Budapest, Amsterdam, Frankfurt and Paris

How much does it cost to go on Emerald Sky?

Cruises on Emerald Sky start from £1,895 per person.

Awards and Recognition

Emerald Sky Member Reviews

LorenR
Sail Date: Aug 2019
After some research we chose Emerald Waterways, and Emerald Sky as our river ship. I consider myself a seasoned ocean cruiser and was anxious to see what river cruising would be like.... Read More
suffolkcruiser60
Sail Date: Sep 2019
The only downside was that the low levels of the Danube meant that halfway through our cruise, we had to pack up and be bussed upstream from the Emerald Sky to the Emerald Dawn, but it was handled with... Read More
ataboy874
Sail Date: Aug 2019
Thanks again to the crew of Emerald Sky.... See you again soon!... Read More
WandlerB
Sail Date: Aug 2019
Thank you to the staff on the Emerald Sky for such a wonderful experience. It was sad to leave on the last day as you meet so many wonderful people.... Read More

Emerald Waterways Fleet

Emerald Star
4.0 / 5.0
Editor Rating

127 reviews

The 182-passenger Emerald Star is affordable, comfortable and friendly with simple, yet modern decor and pricing that includes excursions in every port.

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Emerald Sky

A moderately priced river cruise ship with three passenger decks that pack in plenty of facilities including a hair salon, gym, massage room and a swimming pool.

Emerald Dawn

The 182-passenger Emerald Dawn offers a contemporary decor, heated swimming pool with a retractable roof and cabins from singles to suites.

Emerald Sun

Emerald Sun is a 182-passenger, 443-foot long ship, with 92 cabins from singles to suites, and a heated pool with retractable roof.

Emerald Destiny

Emerald Destiny -- one of Emerald Waterways' signature Star Ships  -- navigates the Danube, Moselle, Rhine and Main Rivers.

Emerald Liberte

Emerald Liberte is the fifth vessel in the line's Star-Ship fleet but it's 82 feet shorter and carries a maximum 138 instead of 182 passengers.

Emerald Radiance
4.5 / 5.0
Editor Rating


With 112 passengers, Emerald Radiance sails the Douro with plenty of amenities and Portuguese hospitality

 

Emerald Harmony
4.0 / 5.0
Editor Rating

A slice of Europe on the Mekong, Emerald Harmony brings thoughtful, contemporary sailing to an adventurous region of the world.

MS Lastavica

Emerald Waterways expands its small-ship cruises on the Dalmatian Coast in 2020 with this yacht-style vessel capable of carrying 36 passengers.

MS Swallow

The first of two new vessels to sail Croatia's Dalmatian Coast for Emerald Waterways, 36-passenger MS Swallow debuts in 2019. 

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