Emerald Waterways vs Elite Luxury Kenya - Tour Companies Compared

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Rating Breakdown
Overall — 5
Value — 4.9
Guide — 4.9
Activities — 4.9
Lodging — 4.9
Transportation — 4.9
Meals — 4.9
Overall — 0
Value — 0.0
Guide — 0.0
Activities — 0.0
Lodging — 0.0
Transportation — 0.0
Meals — 0.0
Recent Reviews

Awesome!!! Best river cruise!

5.0 January 2017
PFB
Recommends
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
We just completed a 15 day Amsterdam to Budapest cruise and it was really great. Our ship was spotless...with all the chrome and glass you can only imagine the amount of polishing to keep fingerprint free. Also, the baked Alaska was as good as any 5 star ocean cruise (probably as good as 6 star but I've never sailed on a 6 star ship). I highly recommend Emerald if you are thinking about a river cruise. By the way we were docked directly across from the Parliament building and the views at night were spectacular.
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Tour Emerald Waterways Company Reviews

Will Absolutely go again!

5.0 January 2017
R
Recommends
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
Absolutely outstanding and fun crew on the Sun from Amsterdam to Budapest in mid-october! Very clean and comfortable ship and rooms. Cruise Director Patricia did a great job keeping us all informed of activities and details. Hotel Director Robert obviously loves his job as well as his staff, since they all always made us feel welcome. All the staff did a great job.
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Tour Emerald Waterways Company Reviews

Would highly recommend

5.0 August 2015
J
Recommends
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
Had an excellent 15 day cruise Amsterdam-Budapest on Emerald Sun May 30-June 13, 2015. The staff, the food, the cabin, the amenities on board exceeded expectations. The tours covered the right amount of history and important landmarks and highlights at each city/town. And we had enough free time at each port. Simona, our Cruise Director is extremely good at her job. Very personable, hardworking and engaging. She represents Emerald Waterways very well. Even though this boat was only launched in April 2015 , everything ran smoothly from the guests' perspective and the staff seemed to get along extremely well having only worked together for a short time. They all worked extremely hard at keeping all the guests happy. Would highly recommend Emerald Waterways.
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Tour Emerald Waterways Company Reviews

Tours 6 Trips 5 Trips
Average Trip Price Per Day $ 226 $ 442
Operator Type River Cruise Line Group Tour Operator
Size Local Specialist Local Specialist
Trip Types
  • Group Tours
  • Small Ship & Expedition Cruises
  • River Cruises
  • Group Tours
  • Small Ship & Expedition Cruises
Service Level Luxury Luxury
Regions
  • Europe
  • Africa
Known For
  • 50+
  • 18 - 35
  • Scuba Diving
  • Adventure
  • Safari
  • Trekking & Camping
  • Luxury
Headquarters Boston, Massachusetts, USA Nairobi, Kenya
Year Established 2013 N/A
Solo Friendly N/A N/A
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      About Emerald Waterways

      Debuting in 2014, Emerald Waterways, sister company to Scenic Tours is already making a splash with its value-minded deluxe river cruises in Europe and Southeast Asia.

      What Makes Them Stand Out?

      With a new deluxe fleet, Emerald Waterways provides customers with stylish and spacious rooms and contemporary comfort. Unique on-board innovations include a glassed in heated swimming pool, which converts into a cinema, and outdoor dining spaces. They are value-conscious and strive to make the river cruise experience accessible to everyone. Cruises are all-inclusive taking the headache out of scheduling add-ons, extras, and transport. 

      Who Travels With Them?

      Travelers who enjoy a relaxing, insightful river cruise experience will love going on an Emerald Waterways River Cruise. Their prices are mid range, and typically cruises are enjoyed by an upper age range, though young professionals and families may enjoy them as well.

      Where Do They Operate?

      Emerald Waterways runs cruises in Europe and Southeast Asia, specifically the Rhine, Main, Danube, Saône, Rhône and Mekong rivers. Journeys range from 8 to 17 days. 

      Why Travel With Them?

      Emerald Waterways promises to provide an affordable, leisurely escape with all inclusive benefits including meals, travel transfers, and onshore experiences. They have multiple deck side viewing and dining areas, friendly staff, and fun onboard entertainment. Their many itineraries aim to provide an immersive experience sailing past stunning architecture, quaint villages and towns, and historical landmarks. 

      About Elite Luxury Kenya

      Also called “Kenya Safaris” this company is very locally minded, offering boutique travel experiences including honeymoon, and fully customized travel.

      What Makes Them Stand Out?

      Elite Luxury Kenya provides a travel experience in Kenya that will introduce travelers to another side of the African safari. No frills, yet comfortable, the travel options seem to distinctly be designed to showcase traveling beyond the safari. Though this is not to say safari’s are not a focus. Rather for them, a safari holiday with them means you’ll get a very diverse tour in terms of activities, excursions, and accommodations.

      Who Travels With Them?

      Those seeking an affordable Kenya, Tanzania, and / or Uganda experience. Their tours are private and completely customizable. As a smaller company travelers may find that accommodations are less luxury in feel than an established luxury safari brand, however you will be very comfortable and well taken care of. And if local touches are important to you, these will make your trip especially enjoyable.

      Where Do They Operate?

      Despite what the name suggests, Elite Luxury Kenya also provides tours in Tanzania and Uganda. Part of their mission is to introduce travelers to Kenya and these other destinations beyond the typical safari. To that end you may enjoy a beach holiday, gorilla trek, or hike up Mount Kenya.

      Why Travel With Them?

      Kenya based and small, traveling with them is a way to support local business and in return have a fully local experience. You will get a sense of the “real” Kenya, while also experiencing all the classic safari moments.

      Tours are led by local knowledgeable guides, and your trip is designed by experts for a personalized touch - this helps ensure your trip to Kenya fulfills everything you want to see.


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