Construction begins on the fifth innovative Emerald Waterways’ ‘Star-Ship’, the Emerald Belle

One of Emerald Waterways’ innovative ‘Star-Ships’, Emerald Sky

Emerald Waterways has just announced that the latest instalment in its innovative ‘Star-Ships’ series, Emerald Belle, is now being built in the Den Breejen Shipyard, the Netherlands.

As the newest addition to Europe’s newest river cruise line’s ever-expanding fleet, it will have the same cutting-edge features that have earned Emerald its stellar reputation, plus further enhancements still to be announced.

‘Star-Ships’ pride themselves on standing out from other cruise ships, designed to impress and inspire with attention to detail, and bring the high standard of ocean cruising to Europe’s rivers.

An Emerald Waterways pool with retractable sun deck

Emerald Belle will no doubt maintain the cruise line’s sleek and contemporary aesthetic, with highlights including a heated pool with retractable roof that transforms into a cinema at night. There will also be a plush bar and spacious Reflections Restaurant offering a range of dining opportunities, though you will also be able to dine al-fresco on The Terrace. There will be a range of cabins to choose from, plus a gym and Wellness Area on board the new Emerald Belle vessel.

David Winterton, Emerald Waterways’ Brand Manager, says: “Because we’re so new – yet already so established – we’re able to create an on-board experience that other operators can’t replicate. Starting with a blank canvas has given us the opportunity to be innovative and more conscious of our guests’ experiences. For example, rather than cram as many people on as we can, we’ve limited our cabins to just 92. It’s these sort of gestures that make our ships more comfortable and welcoming. And extra space really is just the start.”

The Emerald Belle is planned for delivery in April 2016. Prior to this, the Emerald Sun and Emerald Dawn – the third and fourth ships to be added to Emerald’s fleet – are due to launch and make their inaugural sailings on the rivers of Europe in April and May 2015, as Emerald introduces more and more ground-breaking ‘Star-Ships’ to cope with increasing popularity.


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