New river cruise line Emerald Waterways is set to launch on Saturday 17 August.

The 4-star river cruise line, a more affordable version of Scenic Tours’ existing luxury cruise line, will launch its first ship Emerald Sky in April 2014, followed by a sister ship Emerald Star, in June.

The 182-passenger ships will include some innovative designs, including a swimming pool with retractable roof at the back of the ship, for year-round swimming, coupled with a gelati bar. The pool will then be covered at night and the space will be transformed into a cinema, screening a mixture of new releases and classics.

The ships will have contemporary design throughout and there are four categories of staterooms: a small number of Emerald Staterooms with picture windows; the Emerald Panorama Balcony Suite where, at the touch of a button, the upper half of the floor-to-ceiling window will drop down, giving uninterrupted views of the scenery; Emerald Grand Balcony Suite with outdoor balcony, iPod dock and complimentary, pre-dinner canapés and Nespresso machine; and the Owner’s One-bedroom Suite complete with lounge area.

Speaking at the celebrations of the launch of Emerald Waterways Simon Whittle, Marketing Manager, said:

“The introduction of shorter and cheaper itineraries, plus the contemporary design of the ships, is a step towards opening river cruising to a wider, and younger, audience.”

The ships will sail Danube, Main, Moselle and Rhine rivers and Dutch Waterways. The Danube Delights eight-day cruise, departing from Nuremberg regularly from June to November 2014, costs from £1,295pp (including a £500 reduction for bookings before 30 September) and includes flights, all meals, seven shore excursions, complimentary tea and coffee, bottled water in your stateroom restocked daily, wi-fi, all port charges, airport taxes and transfers, and all tips.

Cruises go on sale on Saturday 17 August.

To find out more go to emeraldwaterways.co.uk or call 0800 270 7017.

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