Emerald Azzurra luxury yacht christened in Venice - Cruise International

Emerald Azzurra luxury yacht christened in Venice

By Katie McGonagle | 1 Jun 2022

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Christening of Emerald Azzurra, with Rosie Cairns of ROL and Glen Moroney (right), founder of Scenic Group. Picture: Osvaldo Di Pietrantonio

Emerald Cruises has officially named its first ocean-going vessel at a ceremony in Venice


The cruise line’s first luxury superyacht, Emerald Azzurra, has been christened at a small ceremony in Venice, Italy.

The 100-passenger vessel is sailing its maiden season in the Med and Adriatic, after it first launched with a departure from Aqaba in Jordan earlier this year.

Godmother Sarah Wikevand, joint managing director of cruise agency ROL (Reader Offers Ltd), was unable to attend, but the christening duties were carried out by fellow joint managing director Rosie Cairns.

David Winterton, global director of brand and marketing at Emerald Cruises, said: “The team at Reader Offers Ltd are true advocates for the cruising market and their dedication reflects our own commitment to growing the popularity of luxury yacht cruising.

“As one of Emerald Cruises’ top performing agents for both river and yacht cruising, ROL has been instrumental in the success of launching Emerald Cruises’ first ocean-going luxury yacht, Emerald Azzurra.

“We are truly honoured that Sarah has agreed to join a number of global travel industry professionals to serve as an Emerald Cruises godmother.”

The 110-metre-long superyacht features a Bombay Sapphire gin bar where music is played each evening, a spa using Espa products and treatments plus an infrared sauna, and an infinity pool and hot tub. There is also an observation deck where sunrise yoga is held and a watersports marina where guests can go swimming, kayaking, paddleboarding and relax on an inflatable water trampoline.

Emerald Azzurra exterior Venice

Emerald Azzurra is operating a series of eight to 25-night itineraries in the Med and Adriatic, with savings on offer including up to 35% off and a free Premium Drinks Package on bookings of its Gems of the Arabian Peninsula voyage departing in December 2022 and January 2023, with prices from £3,827 per person.

It is set to be followed by a sister yacht, Emerald Sakara, next year, offering sailings in the Seychelles, Med and Adriatic.


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