Saturday,  February 29, 2020  12:58 am

Yacht club: Emerald Azzura to sail in 2021


Yacht club: Emerald Azzura to sail in 2021

Emerald Waterways will be adding intimate yacht cruising to its growing portfolio of river cruises when the 100-guest super yacht – Emerald Azzurra – launches in July 2021. 

Emerald Azzurra will be the first vessel launched under the new Emerald Yacht Cruises brand, part of the newly formed Emerald Cruises portfolio, and 2021-2022 itineraries in the Adriatic, Mediterranean, and Red Seas are available for booking now, with early bird pricing available to clients.

The 360-foot long Emerald Azzurra has been custom-designed to cruise the waters of the Adriatic Coast, the Red Sea and the Mediterranean, offering guests an intimate, boutique yachting experience. The yacht will call on multiple ports in Greece, Italy, Croatia, Montenegro, France, Turkey, Cyprus, Malta, Spain, Israel, Jordan and Egypt. As well as exploring the major highlights in these regions, guests will also have unique access to the smaller ports and harbors only accessible by small yachts, giving them the freedom to explore the authentic local towns and villages off the beaten tourist track.

Emerald's newest yacht

As the newest yacht in its class sailing these waters, Emerald Azzurra’s spacious balcony staterooms and suites, which start at more than 285 ft², have been designed with a modern feel and upscale amenities. Unlike other ships in this class, 88 per cent of the cabins feature balconies from which to admire the breath-taking views. 

In the true style of a super yacht, the ship features a marina platform from which guests can take part in a variety of activities including paddle boarding and snorkeling. EmeraldAzzurra will also feature three tenders and two zodiacs for shore landings. Additionally, the ship features an onboard wellness centre complete with gym and spa.

 A few highlights of the Emerald Azzurra’s program include the following itineraries:

  • The eight-day Cyprus, Turkey and Greece Delights in the Aegean Sea—which will also be the ship’s inaugural sailing, departs from Limassol, Cyprus and calls on Paphos (also in Cyprus) Fethiye, Bodrum, Kusadasi (all Turkey), Mykonos and Santorini, before arriving in Athens (all Greece) for the flight home.
  • The eight-day French & Italian Rivieras with Corsica itinerary in the Mediterranean departs from Citavecchia (Rome) and visits Porto Ercole (Italy), Bonifacio, Calvi (both Corsica), Portoferraio, Portofino (both Italy), and Menton before disembarking in Nice (both France).
  • The 12-day Ancient World Wonders itinerary departs from Limassol (Cyprus) and calls at Haifa (Tel Aviv, Israel), Ashdod (Jerusalem, Israel), Alexandria, Port Said and Sharm el-Sheik (all Egypt) before ending in Aqaba (Jordan).

The onboard experience

In keeping with the brands’ inclusive pricing structure, sailing on the Emerald Azzurra will include fine á la carte dining at dinner; breakfast and lunch buffets stocked with fresh, locally sourced ingredients; complimentary sommelier-paired wine, beer or soft drinks with lunch and dinner; all on-board gratuities; transfers to and from the airport; port charges and all taxes. 

On shore, guests will enjoy included EmeraldPLUS cultural experiences, a range of included EmeraldACTIVE excursions, and can book DiscoverMORE optional excursions to tailor their cruise.

For more information, visit www.emeraldyachtcruises.com.


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