Evergreen Tours, known and branded in some parts of the world as Emerald Waterways, offers amazing European river cruise holidays on their fleet of long, sleek river boats. Their high standard of ships, inclusive and competitive fares and exciting itineraries have made them a popular choice amongst river cruisers. Read more
A fairly homogenous family of Evergreen river cruise ships means that passengers know what they can expect when they embark. They carry 182 guests apiece and have a striking, uncluttered and modern design which makes the amazing scenery outside the star of the show. The atmosphere onboard is relaxed and multicultural, with English as the primary language. One of the best features of the fleet are the top deck heated swimming pools with retractable roofs, which transforms into a cinema in the evenings.
Popular with the Australian contingent of Europe river cruisers is the Emerald Star, which was reviewed by Cruise Sale Finder's own Sam in 2015. The rest have similarly lovely "Emerald" names, from the Emerald Dawn to the Emerald Sun.
The Reflections Restaurant is the spot for eating on any Emerald, complemented by the al fresco The Terrace for casual breakfasts and lunches. The food is top-notch, with plenty of that European flair. Dinner in the restaurant is a particularly wonderful experience, unhurried and consisting of four great courses and fantastic service.
Wine and beer served with dinner are included in the cruise fare, and are otherwise available for purchase in the Horizon Bar and Lounge and the bar by the pool.
The focus for a river cruise is always on the land which is never far away - and the nature of these holidays is that you have plenty of opportunity to get off the ship and explore. Many excursions are included in the cruise fare: Emerald Active biking and hiking tours are complimentary, as are Emerald PLUS experiences in select destinations, which are designed to delve deep into the culture of the places visited. There are also Discover More optional tours which cost extra.
You will also find there's plenty to do on the ship. Pre-dinner briefings from the Cruise Director provide information on the destinations, and the Horizon Bar and Lounge makes a great place to socialize and relax. There is also a pool which becomes a cinema in the evenings, mini golf, a small gym and a walking path around the ship to help passengers stay a little bit active.
Europe is crisscrossed by fabulous waterways, and Evergreen can take you on a journey along many of them. They have multi-country itineraries on the Rhine, Main and Danube Rivers, and others which include just France or Portugal.
The cities and towns you can see along the way vary hugely. Port highlights for the various Europe river cruise itineraries include Amsterdam, various wonderful and historic German cities such as Nuremberg, gorgeous Vienna and grand Budapest, foodie wonderland Lyon and the sunny French Riviera.
Ready for a European adventure? Take a tour around this page and you might just find the Evergreen adventure you need. For all other types of cruises and especially cruises from Australia, explore the rest of Cruise Sale Finder.