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Royal Emerald

We are delighted to have chartered the MS Royal Emerald for a series of river cruises along Europe’s main waterways in 2018 and 2019. This elegant vessel was built in 2008 and offers a range of luxurious and comfortable suites, the majority with outdoor balconies. The vessel accommodates a maximum of 171 passengers, providing a friendly and welcoming atmosphere on board. With its expansive Sun Deck there is ample opportunity to watch the world gently pass by as you relax on board your floating hotel.

  • Restaurant
  • Open Air Lounge
    Open Air Lounge
  • Bar
  • Category 6 - Royal Panorama Suite
    Category 6 - Royal Panorama Suite
  • Category 2 - Balcony Suite
    Category 2 - Balcony Suite
  • Category 5 - Diamond Deck
    Category 5 - Diamond Deck
  • Your Suite

    There are six grades of cabin categories:

    Royal Panorama Suites (Category 6: 336 & 337) are situated at the aft of the Diamond Deck and at 325 square feet are the largest on board. Enjoy panoramic views of the passing scenery from the private, full length balcony and through the floor to ceiling windows which stretch across two walls of the cabin.

    Royal Balcony Suites (Category 5: 314-317) are situated on the Diamond Deck and measure 300 to 315 square feet and offer an outdoor balcony, lounge area and an oversized bathroom.

    Junior Balcony Suites (Category 4: 201-202 & 301-302) are situated on the Diamond and Sapphire Decks and measure 250 square feet. All have a private, full length balcony and stylish ensuite bathroom featuring a large vanity basin and spacious shower.

    Deluxe Balcony Suites (Category 3: 303-312 and 203-212) are situated in prime locations on the Diamond and Sapphire Decks and measure 225 square feet. These suites offer a full length outdoor balcony, ensuite bathroom and are tastefully designed.

    Balcony Suites (Cat 2: 318-335 and 214-235) are located on Diamond and Sapphire Decks and measure 205 square feet. They feature a full length outdoor balcony, ensuite bathroom and comfortable facilities.

    Standard Suites (Cat 1: 100-112, 114-115 & 117) are located on the Jewel Deck and measure 160 square feet, and offer a spacious and clever layout to maximise your comfort. Windows in these cabins are picture windows, elevated to standing-height view and there is no balcony.

  • Your Space

    Spread over four decks, the onboard facilities include the Crystal Dining Room which is situated on the Sapphire Deck and serves delicious fare in a comfortable setting with open seating throughout. The Panorama Lounge & Bar is situated on the Diamond Deck and is a convivial social space with large floor-to-ceiling panoramic windows which create a bright and airy ambience. On the spacious Sun Deck there is plenty of deck furniture where you can relax in the shade or enjoy the pleasant weather. There is also a Walking Track for those who wish to keep fit. To add to your comfort, the ship also offers a gift shop, a lift between the Sapphire and Diamond Decks and a Wellness Area on Jewel Deck.

  • Your Dining

    Meals are always taken in an open seating arrangement to allow you to meet and mingle with your fellow travellers. Breakfast and lunch are served buffet style and feature hot and cold dishes whereas dinner is served at your table. The cuisine is a selection of regional specialties and international dishes. House wine/beer and soft drinks are included with lunch and dinner. There is also a 24 hour tea & coffee station. A complimentary bottle of water is placed in all cabins and replenished each day and small water bottles are provided to take with you on shore excursions.

  • Life Onboard

    The vessel offers luxury and elegance in smart and refined surroundings, ensuring a welcoming and informal atmosphere on board. The friendly crew of 48 will do their utmost to ensure your stay is enjoyable, informative and agreeable throughout. A daily briefing by the Cruise Director will offer information on the next day’s activities and English-speaking local guides provide insider knowledge into the local culture, horticulture, architecture, and history.

  • Ship Directory

    {MEDIA GALLERY DEFAULT}Please find below further details pertaining to the vessel or click on the booklet to download. 

    We are delighted you have chosen the MS Royal Emerald for your upcoming river voyage. Built in 2008, the MS Royal Emerald is an elegant river vessel accommodating up to 171 guests in spacious suites, the majority of which feature balconies. The vessel has been designed for luxury and comfort with stylishly furnished suites, a delightful restaurant and a bright and airy bar area with large floor-to ceiling panoramic windows.

    The atmosphere on board is relaxed and informal so that once you embark you will feel immediately at home. The ship’s experienced staff are friendly and welcoming, and you will enjoy impeccable service on board.


    All cabins and public rooms have air conditioning.


    An alarm will be sounded in the event of emergency. Please follow the instructions provided on board for what to do should an emergency occur.


    Our planned schedule may have to be changed at short notice due to weather conditions, technical reasons or decisions by the local harbour masters. Should there be any alterations, the Captain or Cruise Director will inform you of the changes.


    The Daily Programme specifies the ship’s arrival and departure times in the ports visited each day. When participating in shore excursions, the tour guides will ensure that you return to the ship in time for departure. Should you decide to explore on your own, please return to the ship no later than the ALL ABOARD time indicated on that day’s Daily Programme.


    During your time on board various announcements will be made by the ship’s crew and the Cruise Director. Please listen out for these announcements as they will be of importance or interest. You will be able to hear these announcements on the ship’s Sun Deck, in your cabin and in public areas.


    Wine, beer and soft drinks at lunch and dinner are included in your holiday price. For other drinks consumed throughout your journey you will receive a final bill to settle at the end of the voyage. Complimentary tea and coffee are available 24 hours a day from the self-service drinks station in the Panorama Lounge. Complimentary bottles of mineral water will be placed in your cabin daily and near reception to take with you on the excursion. Tap water on board is filtered and suitable for drinking.


    There is a small shop selling a selection of souvenirs and postcards, located near to reception on the Diamond Deck.


    All of the 86 suites are equipped with air conditioning/heating, closets, drawers, a safe, hairdryer, Samsung HD TV, bathrobes, slippers and a mini bar that is replenished as and when required. The beds can be configured as twin or double and the perfectly appointed bathrooms feature the very latest shower and wet-room technology, as well as a selection of L’Occitane toiletries. Closets vary in size by cabin category but have plentiful hangers, shelf and drawer space. Suites in Categories 2 to 6 feature private balconies fitted with the pioneering sun lounge screen (a glass enclosed seating area, which can be transformed into a balcony at the push of a button). Category 1 Standard Suites have elevated picture windows (no balcony) and more compact bathrooms. All suites have complimentary access to a high speed Wi-Fi system.


    The ship has six grades of suite categories:

    Category 1: Standard Suites are located on the Jewel Deck and measure 160 square feet. They have an ensuite bathroom (with shower) and are cleverly designed to give a spacious feel and maximum comfort. Windows in these cabins are picture windows, elevated to standing-height view (no balcony).

    Category 2: Balcony Suites are located on the Diamond and Sapphire Decks and measure 205 square feet. These suites also feature a full length outdoor balcony, ensuite bathroom (with shower) and comfortable facilities.

    Category 3: Deluxe Balcony Suites are situated in prime locations on the Diamond and Sapphire Decks and measure 225 square feet. These suites offer a full length outdoor balcony, ensuite bathroom (with shower) and are tastefully designed.

    Category 4: Junior Balcony Suites are situated on the Diamond and Sapphire Decks and measure 250 square feet. They all have a private full length balcony and stylish ensuite bathrooms, featuring a high-sided bathtub, shower, and large vanity basin.

    Category 5: Royal Balcony Suites are situated on the Diamond Deck and measure 300-315 square feet and offer an outdoor balcony, lounge area and an oversized bathroom with shower and bathtub.

    Category 6: Royal Panorama Suites are situated at the aft of the Diamond Deck and, at 325 square feet, are the largest on the ship. Enjoy panoramic views of the passing scenery through the floor to ceiling windows across two walls of the cabin, as well as an outside balcony. There is also sitting area with a sofa and an ensuite bathroom with a larger shower.


    The vessel is equipped with a direct-dial mobile (GSM) communications system. You can be contacted on board on this number: Tel + 49 152 2290 6939 (subject to charge).


    Throughout your cruise you will be accompanied by a Noble Caledonia Cruise Director and Tour Managers who will be happy to assist you with any queries or requests.


    The currency on board the ship is the Euro. All passengers will have their own ship account, which allows you to sign a chit for all purchases and services throughout your cruise. You may then settle your bill by Visa, Mastercard, Maestro or cash (Euros only) at the end of the cruise. Personal cheques are not accepted. Regrettably, the ship is not able to offer a money changing service on board.


    A Daily Programme, detailing the following day’s arrangements as well as any specific information about the day’s activities is produced on board and delivered to your cabin each evening.


    The ship is not designed for those with severe mobility restrictions or wheelchair dependent passengers. Cabin bathrooms have thresholds which must be stepped over. There is a lift for passenger use between Sapphire and Diamond Decks.


    Your Cruise Director will provide you with disembarkation information prior to the end of your cruise.


    There is no doctor on board. Should you be in need of medical assistance, please contact a member of the crew or your Cruise Director. In case of an emergency during the night please use the emergency call button in your cabin. Because the ship sails close to the shore, medical personnel can be summoned aboard quickly. Passengers requiring special medication are advised to bring a supply with them. Should you need to restock your medication, please advise your Cruise Director or a member of the crew as soon as possible.


    During the day, comfortable and casual attire is appropriate. The evenings are smart casual (e.g. shirt and trousers for gentlemen and a skirt and blouse for ladies). There will be Welcome and Farewell Dinners, and you may like to bring something a little dressier for these events, for example, a jacket and tie for gentlemen, and a dress/trouser suit and blouse for ladies.


    Voltage is 220V and sockets accept European-style two round pin plugs. We recommend that you bring an international adaptor. For safety reasons, the use of electrical irons or other devices such as kettles, are not permitted on board.


    Embarkation is approximately 16.00 hours, unless advised otherwise. The official embarkation time will be advised in your final documentation. The official disembarkation time is between 8.30-09.00 hours, however your Cruise Director will provide detailed information prior to the end of the cruise. This will include departure transfer information.


    In the unlikely event of an emergency during your cruise please remain calm and follow the instructions of the crew. Please carefully review the safety instructions on the inside of your cabin door after embarkation. Please note that the ship is a non-smoking environment and smoking is only permitted outside on the Sun Deck.


    A deck plan displaying your closest (and all other) emergency exits can be found on the wardrobe in your cabin next to your cabin door. Emergency exits are marked in green and fire extinguishers fitted in all corridors. Should you detect fire or smoke please alert the reception desk immediately and await instructions from the crew.


    A number of crew are fully trained and certified to provide First Aid. Should you require further medical attention, please contact the Hotel Manager or Cruise Director immediately. Further medical assistance can be sought from one of the hospitals along the river in the event of emergency.


    A small fitness centre is located on the Jewel Deck. A variety of exercise equipment is available.


    A small selection of games and books is available in the Panorama Lounge. We kindly ask that these items be returned after you are finished using them.


    Gratuities have been included in your holiday price.


    There is no hairdresser available.


    The excellent housekeeping staff attend to your cabin twice daily.


    Each guest will receive their own cabin key. Before leaving the ship we kindly ask all passengers to swap the cabin key with a shore pass which will be provided to you by the ship’s reception desk. After your return to the ship, please return your shore pass back to reception in exchange for your cabin key.


    A laundry service is available on board. Laundry bags and a price list can be found in the closet of your cabin. Once you have filled out the laundry form, please include it in the bag and place it on your bed in the morning before you go to breakfast. Laundered items will be returned next day. Dry cleaning services are not available on board.


    There is no library on board but a small selection of reference books can be found in the spacious Panorama Lounge.


    There is a lift for passenger use between the Sapphire Deck and Diamond Deck.


    Before you disembark the ship please check your cabin to ensure that you do not leave anything behind. If you discover you have left any items behind, please contact Noble Caledonia within 21 days of disembarking. If we are able to recover your item(s) we will contact you to arrange delivery or collection, and any costs incurred will be at your own expense.


    The restaurant is located on the Sapphire Deck and all meal times are open seating. All meals on board are prepared by European chefs and consist of European-style food which has been tailored to international palates.

    The following meals are served during the cruise: • Early Riser • Buffet Breakfast & Lunch • Afternoon Tea • Served multiple-course dinner • Late night snack Tea and coffee are served with all meals. House wine, beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner are included in your holiday price.

    Special dietary requests such as gluten free, vegetarian, low salt and low cholesterol diets should be made to Noble Caledonia (in writing) in advance. However, we recommend that you contact your Cruise Director once on board to reconfirm such requests. We regret that the ship is unable to guarantee special requests and is not equipped to prepare or serve kosher or halal cuisine.


    Docking space is allocated by the local river authorities. Views from cabins may occasionally be restricted. On occasion other river cruise vessels may dock alongside the ship. This may restrict cabin views, and you may find that embarking and disembarking necessitates walking through another ship’s reception area, and/or for their passengers to do the same.


    Select articles from online news sources are downloaded via satellite each day, printed out and placed in the Panorama Lounge. We kindly ask that you return these photocopied news articles once you have read them so other guests may enjoy them as well.


    The Panorama Bar & Lounge is located on the Diamond Deck and is open from 10.00 hours until at least midnight. Relax in comfort and enjoy a choice of drinks from the bar. Listen to the onboard musician playing background music on the ship’s piano.


    There is an additional lounge towards the forward end of the ship on the Diamond Deck. Here you will find a covered deck area available with armchairs and tables for relaxation.


    The ship offers a cash-free system during your cruise and all purchases are charged to your onboard account. The day before your cruise ends you will receive an itemised invoice for any onboard charges incurred. Please review the invoice carefully before settling your bill.


    Please note that although the reception staff may be happy to post letters and postcards on your behalf, they may not be able to do so straightaway or indeed at the port of call at which you make such a request. Please also note that some postal services are unreliable and that any letters or postcards that you ask to be delivered on your behalf may be delayed or even lost en-route.


    A questionnaire will be provided to all passengers towards the end of their sailing. We would be grateful if you would complete this and hand in to the Cruise Director before disembarking.


    The ship provides guests with individual Quietvox Systems to use on shore excursions for the duration of the cruise. This device enables you to clearly hear the guide’s commentary so you can enjoy each tour to the fullest. The audio device can be found in your cabin in a charger unit on the desk. Please make sure to always re-insert the device once you return to your room to ensure it is fully charged for the next day.


    Reception can be contacted 24 hours a day, except when the crew members on night watch duty are doing their intermittent safety rounds between 22.00 and 06.00 hours.


    Should you ever feel unwell and unable to attend meal times at the restaurant, please advise a member of the crew who will arrange for you to be served in your cabin. Room service is otherwise not available.


    Your cabin is equipped with a small safe for your personal use. We recommend placing valuables in the safe whenever you are away from your room. Please remember to remove all items from the safe and leave the safe open before disembarking.


    In accordance with international law, the Captain has full control over the ship and every person on board must obey his lawful commands.


    Smoking inside the ship is a severe fire hazard and is only permitted on the Sun Deck. For the safety and comfort of all guests on board, your cooperation in observing the no-smoking policy is greatly appreciated.


    There are loungers and armchairs available on the Sun Deck. The Sun Deck area may be closed in the evenings, and when sailing through sections of the river where bridges are low, to ensure your safety. Please also note that the Sun Deck and its steps may become slippery if the weather is cool or dew forms.


    To make an internal call please dial the corresponding cabin number. To make an external call, please contact the reception desk.


    A selection of L’Occitane toiletries are provided including shampoo, conditioner, shower gel, soap, manicure set and shower cap.


    Towels are available within your cabin’s bathroom. The ship aims to be an eco-friendly river cruise line. For this reason, towels are not automatically changed every day. Please place used towels on the floor of the bathroom if you wish to have them replaced with fresh ones. Please note towels left hanging on the towel rack will not be changed.


    We urge you to leave valuable jewellery at home. Neither the ship nor Noble Caledonia is responsible for any valuables left in the cabins. Please beware of pickpockets when ashore.


    Visitors are not permitted aboard the vessel without the prior consent of the ship’s Cruise Director. Please provide as much notice as possible to Noble Caledonia or the ship’s senior staff once on board so that the necessary arrangements can be made. The ship’s operators reserve the right to deny boarding to any visitors.


    Complimentary wireless internet access is available throughout the ship. Please note that internet access is not guaranteed and may be unavailable when the ship sails through rural areas, locks or areas with weak coverage


    The above information is accurate and correct to the best of our knowledge at the time of publishing. Noble Caledonia accepts no responsibility for any errors or omissions and none of the facilities or features of the vessel described herein which are not specifically described in our advertisements and on your holiday invoice as being included in your holiday price will be deemed to be included in your holiday package. If you would like further information about the vessel or about any of your holiday arrangements, please do not hesitate to contact us.

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