September 20, 2025 from Amsterdam aboard Emerald Star Ships -

Sailing September 20, 2025 from Amsterdam aboard Emerald Star Ships
Experience four countries on this picturesque Rhine River cruise. This amazing journey departs from the unique, historical, and cosmopolitan city of Amsterdam and ends with a two-night hotel stay in the vibrant city of Lucerne, nestled amid the breathtaking Swiss Alps on beautiful Lake Lucerne in Switzerland. As you make your way from Amsterdam aboard an Emerald Cruises Star Ship, you will visit many exceptional and memorable cities and towns as you sail along the Rhine such as Cologne, Koblenz, Ludwigshafen, Kehl, Breisach and Basel, with excursions to Heidelberg and Strasbourg. With the various cathedrals, castles, historic fortresses, the scenic Rhine Gorge, the sheer splendor and beauty of the scenery and of course, amazing food, you won’t be lacking for outstanding Instagram-worthy content and the most unforgettable memories.

Includes: 23 meals • Regional wines, beers & soft drinks with onboard lunch & dinner • Different types of excursions • Onboard wellness activities, games, classes & evening entertainment • WiFi onboard • Complimentary bottled water in your stateroom • Complimentary bicycles onboard for use ashore and so much more!
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Saturday, September 20, 2025 Depart the USA
Depart the USA on your overnight flight to Amsterdam, the Netherlands
Sunday, September 21, 2025, Amsterdam, the Netherlands
Welcome to Amsterdam, a fascinating 700-year-old city of picturesque canals, world class museums, and cafés. Flights should arrive by 4:00pm. You will be met and transferred from the airport to your luxurious Emerald Cruises Star-Ship. Become acquainted with the amenities of your ship, or begin exploring the city. This evening, join your fellow travelers for dinner onboard. Meal: D
Monday, September 22, 2025, Amsterdam
Experience the city on a canal cruise aboard a glass-top boat. Traverse the UNESCO World Heritage network of canals, passing Roman patrician and ornate merchant houses from the Dutch Golden Age. Alternatively, join a guided bike tour to Waterland, passing through quintessential Dutch landscapes of quaint villages and windmills. Tonight, enjoy a welcome reception and gala dinner. Meals: B, L, D EmeraldACTIVE: Guided bike tour to Waterland (instead of canal cruise)
Tuesday, September 23, 2025, Cologne, Germany
  • Cruise along the Rhine River to Cologne. The city is one of Germany’s oldest and famous for its magnificent gothic cathedral - a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Join your local guide for an included walking tour of the city, traversing quaint alleyways, seeing historic monuments, and touching on the historical charms of the Old Town. After the tour, the remainder of the day is at leisure. Enjoy local entertainment onboard this evening. Meals: B, L, D
Wednesday, September 24, 2025, Koblenz
Cruise to the 2000-year-old town of Koblenz, situated at the confluence of the Rhine and Moselle Rivers. Enjoy a walking tour of Koblenz seeing the German Corner where the 2 rivers meet, the Church of Our Lady, and visit the Ehrenbreitstein Fortress by cable car on the opposite side of the river. This fortress was part of the Prussian defense against the French in the 19th century and later used as a headquarters for the American military during WWII. This afternoon, sail through the spectacular UNESCO World Heritage Rhine Gorge. Pass countless medieval castles and vineyards lining the shores of this section of the river, with photo opportunities around every bend. See the infamous Lorelei statue and Pfalzgrafenstein Castle, built on an island in the middle of the river as a medieval toll station. Meals: B, L, D
DiscoverMORE: Moselle & Cochem (Reichsburg) Castle Visit (additional expense)
NOTE: You can choose either the included tour of Koblenz OR the DiscoverMORE option, as both tours operate at the same time.
Thursday, September 25, 2025, Ludwigshafen / Heidelberg
Continue sailing to the town of Ludwigshafen, docking site for Heidelberg. Travel by coach to Heidelberg for a guided visit of the castle ruins and a walk along the cobblestone lanes of the old town. This evening, attend a private concert as an activity. Meals: B, L, D
EmeraldACTIVE: Hike from Mount Königstuhl to Heidelberg
EmeraldPLUS: Private Evening Concert Performance
Friday, September 26, 2025, Kehl / Strasbourg, France
Once docked in Kehl, travel by coach across the river to Strasbourg, the capital of the Alsace region in France. Your guided walking tour includes the Grande Île - the historical city center and UNESCO World Heritage Site. Known for its medieval black and white timberframed buildings, old tanning houses, baroque sandstone buildings, canals and river locks, the city’s star attraction is the cathedral, dominating the main square. Enjoy free time this afternoon to continue exploring this charming town on your own. Tonight, local entertainment is provided onboard. Meals: B, L, D
Saturday, September 27, 2025, Breisach, Germany Freiburg
On today’s adventure, visit the city of Freiburg, considered the ‘capital of the Black Forest’. Aside from seeing the lovely sights, sample true Black Forest delicacies from the lively market in the city center near the main cathedral. Alternatively, join a guided bike tour in Breisach. Meals: B, L, D
EmeraldPLUS: Guided tour of Freiburg with tasting
EmeraldACTIVE: Guided bike tour in Breisach
Sunday, September 28, 2025, Basel, Switzerland – Lucerne
After breakfast, disembark the ship in Basel and begin your Swiss adventure. Depart by coach to Lucerne, a picturesque town surrounded by mountains and meadows. An included walking tour highlights the city’s landmark - the famous 14th-century Chapel Bridge. See the 17th-century Renaissance Town Hall and town squares, all set amongst the beautiful backdrop of the Swiss Alps. The remainder of the day is at leisure. Meal: B
Monday, September 29, 2025, Lucerne
Your last day is left free of planned activities. Explore on your own, or join the optional excursion to Mt. Pilatus – a mountain overlooking Lucerne that offers a unique alpine experience! This evening, get together for an included dinner at the hotel. Meals: B, D
DiscoverMORE: Mt. Pilatus (additional expense)
Tuesday, September 30, 2025, Lucerne / USA
Bid ‘auf wiedersehen’ to Europe and return home with memories of life enriching experiences from your European adventure and cruise along the Rhine River. Meal: B

Pricing is per person and includes all taxes and fees!


All Emerald Staterooms feature a window and a wealth of quality facilities. Plus, they’re bigger than the standard staterooms on the European rivers, proving excellent value for the money.

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These spectacular suites boast our revolutionary indoor balcony designs, complete with decking area, table, and chairs, generating an entirely new space for you to enjoy the landscapes you pass.

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Exceptional Inclusions
  • 23 Meals: 9 breakfasts, 6 lunches and 8 dinners
  • Airport transfers on tour dates when air is provided by Mayflower Cruises & Tours
  • Visit four countries
  • Seven-nights in a suite or stateroom of your choice onboard the vessel
  • First-class service by an English-speaking crew
  • Onboard Activity Manager will support all EmeraldACTIVE excursions and host daily onboard wellness activities, games, classes, and entertainment
  • All gratuities included
  • Shore excursions with English-speaking local guides
  • Visit UNESCO World Heritage Sites
  • Personal listening device for shore excursions
  • All meals included onboard
  • Variety of international cuisine
  • Complimentary regional wines, beer and soft drinks with onboard lunches and dinners
  • Complimentary bottled water in your stateroom
  • Complimentary WiFi onboard
  • Complimentary bicycles onboard for use ashore
  • All port charges included
  • Two-night hotel stay and touring in Lucerne

FREE AIRFARE from anywhere in the contiguous United States. Call for details


One of the exclusive benefits of traveling with is that we will match you with a roommate to make your trip more pleasurable and affordable. Our team aims to match you with a roommate of the same gender and age range and we encourage all single travelers to take advantage of this complimentary service.

When making your online reservation, simply choose “double” when you select your cabin, and then choose “yes” on the next page when we ask if you would like to take advantage of our roommate matching service. Not only does sharing a cabin allow you to meet a new travel companion in our group right away, but it also saves you money on the double occupancy cabin rate. Many of the roommates we pair up end up being great friends.

Please note: Our roommate matching service is subject to availability at the time of your reservation. We will aim to match ages as close as possible. Our roommate matching is strictly for non-smokers—this is for the comfort of all our roommate matches, and it relies on the honor system at booking and common courtesy while onboard. Even if you don’t consider yourself a regular smoker, if you do choose to smoke during the cruise, then you will not have the option of using our roommate matching on any future cruises.

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