Emerald Cruises’ latest Star-Ship vessel has launched with an eight-day Holland and Belgium in Bloom river cruise.
The 180-passenger Emerald Luna’s maiden voyage comes as the line marks its eighth year of operations.
Emerald’s ninth Star-Ship has a three-tier atrium and a heated swimming pool that transforms into a cinema.
Luna will be officially christened in Amsterdam on July 21 and joins sister ships Emerald Sun, Emerald Sky, Emerald Star, Emerald Dawn and Emerald Destiny.
The fleet offers sailings on the Rhine, Main, Moselle and Danube rivers in Europe.
Emerald Cruises’ river fleet also includes the 132-passenger Emerald Liberté sailing the Rhône and Saône in France, 112-passenger Emerald Radiance on the Douro in Portugal, and 84-passenger Emerald Harmony sailing the Mekong in Vietnam and Cambodia.
David Winterton, global director of brand and marketing, said: “Emerald Luna marks a new, exciting addition to our growing fleet.
“While bookings remain strong for this spring and summer and with Europe continuing to be a popular destination for both new-to-cruise and loyal guests, the launch of Emerald Luna allows more opportunity for our trusted agent partners to sell experiences on Europe’s rivers.”