Emerald Sky Review

Editor Rating:  4.5
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Emerald Sky Ratings

  • Category
    Member
    Editor
  • Dining
    4.3
    5.0
  • Public Rooms
    4.7
    4.0
  • Cabins
    4.7
    4.0
  • Entertainment
    3.8
    4.0
  • Spa & Fitness
    3.8
    4.0
  • Family & Children
    1.0
  • Shore Excursions
    4.4
    4.0
  • Enrichment
    4.2
    3.0
  • Service
    4.8
    5.0
  • Value-for-Money
    4.3
    5.0
Editor Rating
4.5
Member Rating
Why Choose Emerald Sky?
  • Modern take on river cruising
  • Excellent onboard facilities, including a pool
  • Good choice for budget-conscious cruisers

Emerald Sky Overview

By Jeannine Williamson, Cruise Critic Contributor

Emerald Sky is the first of four 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 new ship -- such as an extremely steep staircase onboard -- have been 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.

Emerald Sky 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.

Emerald Sky Gratuity

All gratuities and tips on Emerald Waterways' river cruises and shore excursions are included. Passengers who wish to show gratitude for exceptional service are welcome to do so at the reception desk at the end of the cruise. The onboard currency is the euro.

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By Jeannine Williamson, Cruise Critic Contributor

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cruise force
Member Since 2017
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Excellent Cruise, good value for money. Service on board was very good and the dining room staff were excellent as was the food which was of very good quality and variety. The cabins were clean and comfortable and the steward was very ... Read more
LorraineJ
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Sailed four weeks ago
My husband and I wanted to see Eastern Europe. Our stay at the Sheraton in Bucharest was good also the tour of the City. The Sky Emerald was a very well designed ship very contemporary design with clean lines, which we loved, however ... Read more
deanna and eric drake
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Our cabin was excellent. The cruise director was excellent; he was very helpful when we had a problem and sorted it out very quickly to our entire satisfaction. We enjoyed the contrast between busy cities, Belgrade and Bucharest, and ... Read more
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