Emerald Cruises’ first oceangoing superyacht welcomes guests on board for inaugural sailing - Cruise International

Emerald Cruises’ first oceangoing superyacht welcomes guests on board for inaugural sailing

By Claire Benktander | 15 Mar 2022

Emerald Azzurra

Emerald Azzurra

Emerald Azzurra, Emerald Cruises’ first ever oceangoing yacht, set sail on its maiden voyage this weekend.

Departing from Aqaba in Jordan, Emerald Azzurra will now sail its much-anticipated The Best of the Red Sea itinerary before repositioning to the Mediterranean and Adriatic Coast for the summer season.

Over two years in the making, Emerald Azzurra marks a milestone for the business as the cruise line’s first ocean-going vessel. Carrying just 100 guests in 50 deluxe staterooms and suites – of which over 80% feature a balcony – the new yacht is now sailing the eight-day Best of the Red Sea itinerary.

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Emerald Azzurra, Emerald Waterways

Guests will call at the Egyptian resort towns of Hurghada and Sharm el-Sheikh, as well as Eilat in Israel, before returning to Aqaba for an included guided tour of UNESCO World Heritage-listed Petra on 18 March 2022.

Offering a luxurious small ship cruising experience to ports and harbours only accessible to small yachts, the custom-built vessel features modern luxuriously appointed suites and a variety of public areas including a Wellness Centre, which comes complete with a spa, gym and infrared sauna for the ultimate indulgence, and Sky Deck, providing panoramic views and a Spa Pool. Guests will also enjoy a stunning infinity style pool on the Pool Deck.


“Every once in a while, a new yacht comes along in the industry and changes things. Emerald Azzurra is exactly that yacht,” said David Winterton, Global Director of Brand and Marketing at Emerald Cruises.

“The level of luxury afforded to each guest, coupled with a diverse sailing programme featuring sailings through the Adriatic Coast, the Mediterranean, and the Red Sea for its inaugural season, is truly groundbreaking.

“We can’t wait to welcome more guests and trade partners on board.”

Emerald Azzurra will be officially welcomed to the brand’s award-winning fleet in Venice before the ship repositions to the Mediterranean and the crystal-clear waters of the Adriatic Coast for the 2022 summer season.

The new yacht will be joined by sister yacht Emerald Sakara in February 2023, with itineraries to the Seychelles, Black Sea and Middle East.

For more information and to book, visit www.emeraldcruises.co.uk.

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