About boating holidays

A boating holiday is all about freedom!

If you want to relax and really take in the local culture, an Emerald Star holiday is the perfect way to travel. As the captain of your own boat, you decide where to stop & what to see.

It's so easy that no license or experience are required. Whether you're looking for a relaxing time for the family, a romantic trip as a couple or an active break with friends, we promise to give you a wonderful holiday to remember!

Find your dream canal boat holiday with Emerald Star.

About Emerald Star

As the largest operator of self-drive boating holidays along the romantic rivers and picturesque waterways of nine different countries in Europe & Canada, more than 102,000 people enjoyed boating holidays with Emerald Star last year.

With 36 different departure bases to choose from, travellers can cruise in their own time and taste their way at leisure through 200+ suggested routes, from 3 to 21 nights in one-way such return trips.

Our fleet of 900 cruisers and 30+ models from 2 to 12 persons ensures there’s a perfect boat to suit every budget, party size and vacation style. All boats are fully equipped for a relaxing life on board, with stylish décor, comfy furnishings, a scenic sundeck and light and airy interiors all hallmarks of Emerald Star’s fleet.

Facts and figures

Fleet of 900 boats accross 24 departure bases in France, 13 in Europe & 1 in Canada

No qualifications or specific skills required

More than 15,000 weeks made with us in 2016 in which 10,000 in France

#1 for customer service: before, during & after the holiday - Feefo trusted service award 2017!

Around 400 employees in peak season

A global distribution via direct channels (websites & call center) such a network of 400+ partners (Travel agents & Tourist operator)

Emerald Star also offers you to become a boat owner via the Boat Ownership Programme.

News & Press Releases

Our Latest News

New for 2018 - CANADA


Opening in May 2018, our new Canadian destination allows visitors to discover the beauty of the Rideau Canal. Our guests will be able to cruise effortlessly on a breathtaking chain of lakes, rivers and canals that winds 202km from Ottawa to Kingston - whilst taking in spellbinding nature, quaint towns and vibrant cities along their way.

Discover Canada

New for 2018 - HORIZON 5

Horizon 5

2018 will see the arrival of Horizon 5 – all built to the same high-standard of the original Horizon, but sleeping up to 12 people. Perfect for larger groups, with 5 ensuite cabins, and with the same comfort and premier features as the rest of the Horizon range.

Discover the Horizon 5

Discover the Horizon fleet

Media Library

Horizon 5 top-deck

Please find below a range of selected pictures that you can use for your press articles & reportages about our Emerald Star holidays (copyright "Emerald Star"). Don’t hesitate to contact us to get more HD quality images.




Watch our latest videos & don’t hesitate to visit our YouTube channel to learn more about specific destinations & boats.

Please also contact us if you want to receive them in high definition or get assets to create your own video.

New to Boating

Canal du Midi

Horizon - 360°

Ownership Programme

What the press says

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