Emerald Cruises has unveiled its 2023 Europe river cruise collection, which includes a new, 11-day Grand Danube river cruise sailing from Passau to Belgrade. Guests sailing in 2023 will also be able to enjoy new city-stay extensions in Copenhagen, Munich (including during Oktoberfest), and Seville, as well as a three-night exploration of Zermatt and Zurich that includes a journey on the Glacier Express train from Zermatt to Chur.
Guests booking 2023 European river cruises qualify for airfare and suite upgrade savings, and early payment discounts. Booking on itineraries of 15 days or more will include free, round trip airfare to Europe; booking of eight to 15-day sailings (excluding those on the Douro River) will include US$295 round trip air per person; all Douro river cruises in Portugal will include US$395 round trip air per person, and bookings of five-day sailings will include US$495 round trip air per person. Guests will also save US$250 per person on a suite upgrade on 15-day sailings, while those booking shorter sailings will receive US$150 per person off their upgrade. Finally, all guests paying for their sailing in full twelve months in advance of departure will receive an additional Super Earlybird savings of 10 percent off per couple. This offer is good through March 31, 2022.
New additions to the 2023 program include:
11-Day The Great Danube river cruise
Travelers can discover the culture at the heart of European capitals and small towns with excursions to up to seven UNESCO World Heritage-listed sites included on the new 11-Day Grand Danube Itinerary. Sailing from Passau to Belgrade, this new itinerary offers a delight for the senses, with hikes and bike rides offset by wine tastings that celebrate centuries of tradition and various cultures along the Danube. Highlights include a vineyard hike with tasting in Weissenkirchen, a guided bike tour in the Wachau Valley and a visit to Serbia’s second city, Novi Sad, for a panoramic ride and wine tasting at Sremski Karlovci. See our story, My Favorite River Cruises Of 2016: Eastern Europe On Emerald Sky
Prices for the 11-day river cruise start from $6,445 per person.
More city stay extensions
For those wishing to extend their journey and immerse themselves in the culture of a new city, Emerald Cruises offers city stay extensions as well as a range of more inclusive touring options. New additions to the city stay extension program for 2023 include Copenhagen, Munich and Oktoberfest, and Seville. Alternatively, a journey through the central Swiss Alps with the new three-day Swiss Glacier Express program is available for guests sailing on Emerald Cruises’ Jewels of the Rhine itinerary.
New ports of call on best-selling eight-day Danube Delights river cruise
Journey from Regensburg to Budapest on this insightful itinerary which crosses into four countries New to 2023, explore the untapped beauty of market town Engelhartszell with a visit to its monastery and church, before discovering the charm of the historic city of Krems – renowned for its excellence in wine production.
Prices for the eight-day river cruise start from $4,245 per person.
To help travellers with peace of mind, all bookings made by March 31st come with the line’s Flexible Booking Policy allowing guests to defer travel plans and transfer to an alternate departure date or itinerary up to 60 days prior to departure with no Emerald Cruises fees.