MS Royal Emerald | 5 Star Luxury for Less with Teeming River Cruises

Each stateroom provides the ultimate private sanctuary on the river. Like any 5-star hotel, each spacious stateroom provides a comfortable retreat with the finest linens to sink into after a full day of exploring. Each has a fully equipped bathroom with a shower, bath & body products, magnifying mirror, flat-panel televisions, wireless internet access, hairdryer, plush bathrobes, and spacious built-in closets. Furthermore, a safe deposit box, individual thermostat for air conditioning and heating, flat-screen TV with satellite are at your disposal. A mini-bar and personal safe are also included in every stateroom.


All of the 84 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.

Closets vary in size by cabin category but have plentiful hangers, shelf and drawer space. Suites (except for Standard Suites) 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). Standard Suites have elevated picture windows (no balcony) and more compact bathrooms. All suites have complimentary access to a high-speed Wi-Fi system.

Panorama Suites – Diamond Deck – 325 sq ft 2 rooms
Rooms 336 and 337
Highest accommodation level
Large Windows Including ‘Sun Lounge’
At 325ft², this suite is the largest on the ship. At the rear of the Diamond Deck, enjoy panoramic views of the breathtaking passing scenery through floor to ceiling windows across two walls of the cabin.

Royal Balcony Suites – Diamond Deck – 300-315 sq ft – 4 rooms
Rooms 314 – 317
Outdoor Balcony
Lounge Area
Oversized Bathroom

Junior Balcony Suites – Diamond and Sapphire Deck – 250 sq ft – 4 rooms
Rooms 201 – 202 and 301 – 302
Private, Full-Length Balcony
Ensuite Bathroom

Deluxe Balcony Suites – Diamond and Sapphire Deck – 225 sq ft – 20 rooms
Rooms 203 – 212 and 303 – 312
Full-Length Outdoor Balcony
Ensuite Bathroom
*Cabin 224 is a Single Occupancy Cabin and is priced as such.

Balcony Suites – Diamond and Sapphire Deck – 205 sq ft – 40 rooms
Rooms 214 – 235 and 318 – 335
Full-Length Outdoor Balcony
Ensuite Bathroom

Standard Suites – Jewel Deck – 160 sq ft – 16 rooms
Rooms 100 – 112, 114, 115, and 117
Picture windows – standing height view
No Balcony

This ship is embarking upon the following cruises:

Staterooms & Suites

Panorama Suites - Only 2 of these rear corner units are available, 325 sq ft

Royal Balcony Suites - 300 to 315 square feet with outdoor balcony

Junior Balcony Suites - 250 square feet with private full length balcony

Deluxe Balcony Suites - 225 square feet with full length outdoor balcony

Balcony Suites - 205 square feet with full length outdoor balcony

Standard Suites - 160 square feet with picture windows

Deck Plans

Name: MS Royal Emerald (formerly Scenic Emerald)
Length (LOA) 135 m / 443 ft
Beam (Width) 11.5 m / 36 ft
Draft: 1.7 m / 5.58 feet
Gross Tonnage 2720 gt
Owner: BL Cruise Invest AG
Builder Den Breejen Shipyard (Hardinxveld-Giessendam, Holland)
ENI: 04806790
MMSI: 248234000
Call Sign: 9HA2275
Flag: Switzerland [CH]
AIS Vessel Type: Passenger
Built: 2008  Renovation Fall/Winter 2018
Passengers: 171
Crew: 42
Passenger Cabins: 86
Decks with Cabins: 3
Speed recorded (Max / Average) 9.7 / 8.3 knots

Ship Amenities

The Royal Emerald measures 443 feet in length and carries 171 guests and a crew of 42. Unlike some river cruise ships, Royal Emerald offers full, step-out balconies for nearly all staterooms in place of more traditional French balcony staterooms. There are two main categories of staterooms: full balcony staterooms and standard Oceanview staterooms featuring a window that cannot open. Categories are further differentiated by their relative position on the ship and their square footage.

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 ambiance that allows for spectacular views of the passing scenery; a distinguishing feature of river cruising. 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.

Meals are always taken in an open seating arrangement to allow you to meet and mingle with your fellow travelers. 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. There is also a 24-hour tea & coffee station. Tap water on board is filtered and suitable for drinking. There is a lift for passenger use between Sapphire and Diamond Decks.

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Ship Plan