Subscribe today
Get Cruise Critic in your inbox

Swiss Emerald Review

Home > Cruise Ship Reviews > Tauck > Swiss Emerald Review
100% of cruisers loved it
  • First ship custom-built for Tauck
  • Atmosphere is unpretentious but elegant
  • Modern touches, such as onboard Wi-Fi access

Show the Lowest Price
Departure Month
Please select at least one vendor.

Swiss Emerald Overview

Swiss Emerald is the first ship custom built for the Tauck river fleet. The ship launched in 2006.

In a nice modern touch, there's onboard Wi-Fi access throughout the ship. Swiss Emerald also features a wellness room with sauna, steam room, spa and 24-hour Jacuzzi. Moreover, the ship boasts 14 300-square-ft. suites, with floor-to-ceiling windows, marble bath with full tub, and walk-in closets.

The onboard atmosphere is that of a country club -- not too formal, but with an unpretentious elegance.

Dinner is an open-seating affair (vegetarian meals available), and wine is included at no extra cost. Onshore dining excursions -- for example, a private dinner and musical performance in Palais Pallavicini in Vienna -- are also part of the experience and included in the fare.

Evening entertainment is tasteful, with piano music, lectures on the history and culture of the places the riverboat visits, and special local performances -- folkloric dancing for one -- rounding out the offerings.

Of course, the passing scenery has to be included in the entertainment options, and passengers can take in some of the lovely views from the Sun Deck, one of the main social gathering points. The Sun Deck also features a Whirlpool.

Swiss Emerald offers a choice of several different European sailings, focusing on the Danube, Rhine and Main Rivers, the three huge European waterways that wind through the Netherlands, Germany, Austria, Slovakia, Hungary, Croatia, Serbia, Bulgaria and Romania. All shore excursions are included in the cost of the cruise, with a choice of sightseeing opportunities in many cities.

Swiss Emerald Member Reviews 2 Reviews
   Casual Elegance with Tauck
June 2011
My first river cruise, but have traveled a lot with Tauck, so I had the Tauck high quality/service expectations going into it, and they were met. They have a quality crew partner in Scylla and to the casual observer they seemed to work well ...continue

   No Whine on the Rhine
September 2009
We just returned from a 13 day river cruise of the Rhine and Moselle. Tauck exceeded our expectations in many ways. Classy is a word that best describes the attention to detail that this tour provided. e.g, On our visit to the American Cemetery in ...continue

1 - 2 of 2 Reviews


Show the Lowest Price
Departure Month
Please select at least one vendor.
Sponsored Listings:
Explore This Ship
Ship Stats
Crew: 29
Launched: 2006
Decks: 3
Passengers: 118
Registry: Swiss
CDC Score: Not yet inspected
Join the Forums
Get answers from real cruisers on the forums

Join the Roll Call
Make friends, share tours
About UsAdvertisingEditorial DisclaimerPress
PrivacySite MapStoreSubscribe

Thank You For Signing Up!

Please Note: To ensure delivery of your free e-letters, please add to your address book.

We're committed to protecting your privacy and will not rent or sell your e-mail address. By proceeding, you agree to our Privacy Policy and Terms of Use.