Group adventures with Emerald Cruises

Discover the world’s rivers and coastlines together

Moments spent traversing the world’s most iconic rivers and coastlines are meant to be shared, and with Emerald Cruises you can trust that your group holiday will be packed full of special moments to be cherished with friends.
From the wonders of Europe, to the mystical lands of Southeast Asia and beyond, our immersive itineraries create the perfect selection of river and yacht group cruises to choose from, whether you’re a family celebrating a special occasion, a member of an association, a travel agent booking on behalf of a customer or a corporate group away on business.
 
On board guests will experience the finest service and enjoy a host of deluxe amenities on board our fleet of intimate stylish Star-Ships and our 100- guest capacity superyacht, Emerald Azzurra. Dine in groups at Reflections Restaurant on delicious locally-sourced cuisine prepared by our expert chefs, take a dip together in the on board pool and reserve the cinema area for a private evening event†. Plus, our beautifully appointed suites and staterooms are available to suit every budget of your group. Every element of your cruise can be tailored to your group’s needs, and we leave no stone unturned to ensure you an unforgettable group cruise holiday.

Call our Group Reservations Department at (857) 415-5752 or email usgroups@emeraldwaterways.com to reserve your group's spot.

What is a Group Cruise?

Our fleet of Star-Ships and our Superyacht are the perfect choice for small groups and for groups of as few as 10 and up to 180 passengers. Travelers are increasingly looking for small ship experiences for an intimate holiday that is fully customizable to their group’s needs. People who will benefit from our groups cruises include:
 
  • Couples and friends traveling together
  • Birthday, anniversary and wedding celebrations
  • Family reunions or families traveling together
  • Business meetings, conferences or as a company incentive
  • Affinity travel and special-interest groups
  • University alumni associations and other educational institution members
  • Travel clubs or other clubs of people who like to travel together
  • Travel agents or group leaders organizing travel for others

Reasons to make a group cruise booking

A group cruise booking with Emerald Cruises are remarkably easy to plan. There’s no need to agonize over where to go, what to eat and no need to arrange your own flights. Everything can be pre-arranged before your group step on board – and no matter how many destinations are on the itinerary, guests only need to unpack once. Other reasons to make a group cruise booking with Emerald Cruises are:
  • Planning a group cruise is easy - let our dedicated team handle the details
  • Exceptional EmeraldVALUE – so much is included
  • Fantastic on board facilities including a pool, wellness area and fitness area
  • Variety of included EmeraldPLUS and EmeraldACTIVE experiences for different abilities
  • Variety of gourmet meal options to suit all tastes and special diets are also catered for
  • Plenty of on board seated spaces for groups to relax and socialize
  • Free time to explore each destination independently
  • Group discounts on cruises; free group leader places and exclusive group bonus benefits
  • No payment headaches - each person can pay individually, or as a group
  • Customize it - we can arrange private shore excursions, cocktail hours or other events
  • Visit multiple destinations in one trip and keep everyone happy

Group Travel Benefits

River Cruise

Sail the world’s most iconic rivers on board our fleet of Emerald Star-Ships and enjoy our standard promotional offers plus our exclusive group cruise deals.
Free Place Offer
Travel with your group aboard an Emerald Star-Ship in Europe and South East Asia and benefit from our free place offer. Choose to travel the Rhine, Main, Danube, Moselle, Rhone and Mekong and one in every ten guests in your group will travel for free. Choose to travel the Douro and Volga rivers and one in every twelve guests in your group will travel for free. 
Group Bonus Benefit
In addition to our free place offer, each group member will receive one bonus benefit based on the length of the chosen departure. Benefits include; additional savings, complimentary on board credit, an unlimited premium drinks package and more. 

Yacht Cruise

Free Cabin Offer
Travel with your group aboard our spectacular superyacht, Emerald Azzurra, to qualify for our free cabin offer. Let our group travel experts know the size of your group and we will advise you of the number cabins or suites you will receive for free. The group size required to unlock the free cabin offer will vary based on the selected departure. The larger your group the more cabins or suites you’ll receive completely free of charge.

2022 Special Group Rates and Benefits

Book your 2022 group on some of our most popular itineraries, and your group will receive:

• 1 Tour Conductor Credit with as few as 9 full paying guests
• Up to $100 per person savings, or a free Extended Drink Package with our Emerald Group Value Program

PLUS, new for 2022, your group can combine their group benefits with any of our current special offers!

View our 2022 Group Travel Guide

2021 Special Group Rates and Benefits

Book your 2021 group on some of our most popular itineraries, and your group will receive:

•  1 Tour Conductor Credit for as few as 9 full paying guests
•  Up to $100 per person savings, or a free Extended Drinks Package, with our Emerald Group Value Program

Book by July 31, 2021

Call 857-415-5752 or email usgroups@emeraldwaterways.com today to secure your space today!

Peace of Mind

Group Leader Testimonials

"Our first experience on Emerald Cruises’ Danube Delights river cruise was so enjoyable we cannot wait for our next group cruise with them on the Jewels of the Rhine itinerary."

Ralph Zingarella, North Haven
"Inclusive pricing makes Emerald Cruises an easy sell for our group clients. With airport transfers, an excursion each day and wine & beer with lunch and dinner included makes for such a great value. My next river cruise group will definitely be with Emerald Cruises."

Debra & Tom Fitzgerald Fitzgerald Tours

Dedicated Support

Our Groups Team are on hand to guide and advise you through the process of booking and cruising with Emerald Cruises; from the initial enquiry and group cruise pricing to tailoring your on board experience. To get a quote or make a group cruise booking please call us on 0161 6022 957 or click below to email us.
Call our Group Reservations Department at (857) 415-5752 or email usgroups@emeraldwaterways.com to reserve your group's spot.

Charter Opportunities 

We are pleased to offer charter opportunities on board our fleet of Star-Ships throughout Europe. With a capacity range from 112 to 180 guests, you can experience our award- winning Star-Ships as well as have the freedom to create your own program for your group.

Charter one of our Emerald Waterways Star-Ships and impress your clients, friends or loved ones with our stylish accommodation, spectacular innovations, and our insightful EmeraldPLUS and EmeraldACTIVE excursions and activities.

You can find further details on our charter opportunities here, or contact our groups & charter team who will be delighted to help.
Emerald Azzurra
Terms and conditions: * Free place policy river cruise: The free place offer can be redeemed for every 10th guest booked on a river cruise excluding Douro and Volga river cruises where every 12th guest booked on a river cruise can redeem the free cabin offer. Free places are based on the lowest booked cabin category of each group and deducted from the total price of the holiday, less discounts. Value based on cruise element only. Charges will apply for port charges, taxes, sundries, flights, air tax and extensions. Free place will be applied as a discount so please advise at the time of taking the group if you would like to include place (s) / cabin (s) for hosts and the categories.  The free place can also be paid out as a commission or converted into a group discount if preferred, in which case the value is calculated based on lowest category booked within the group, based on cruise cabin base fare plus upgrade pricing, net of discounts and commissions. If the offer has a discount option, the value will be based off of the discount offer. For guests with a free place that are sharing a cabin with a full fare paying guest, the full fare paying guest will pay for their cabin as standard. Single supplements apply. Offer is combinable with the Group Bonus Benefits offer and standard promotional offers. Offer can be withdrawn at any time. †Please note our heated indoor pool and cinema is available on most Star-Ships, excluding Emerald Radiance where the indoor pool is replaced with a Serenity Pool on the Sun Deck and Emerald Harmony where the pool is outdoors on the Pool Deck.

Group Bonus Benefits Policy: All group members must have the same one (1) chosen bonus benefit. Bonus benefits available to your group will depend on the length of departure, based on cruise nights only. Group Bonus Benefits are not available on Emerald Azzurra Yacht Cruises. Offer is combinable with the Free Place Offer and standard promotional offers.


A $500 per person deposit is due at time of booking. Full payment required 90 days prior to departure. Applies to all sailings of 7 nights or more, except for Douro and Volga itineraries, which offer 1 Tour Conductor Credit for every 11 paying guests. These offers are available to residents of the 50 United States and Washington DC only. Other 2021 special offers cannot be combined with group bookings. Offer available to residents of the 50 United States and Washington DC only, and may be extended, canceled, or withdrawn at any time without notice. Visit www.emeraldwaterways.com for complete terms and conditions. Offer expires July 31, 2021.