Emerald Yacht Cruises has today rolled out its complete portfolio of ocean itineraries onboard its first custom built 100 guest ocean-going super yacht – Emerald Azzurra.
To celebrate the announcement, Emerald Yacht Cruises is offering guests a ‘Super Earlybird’ limited time offer with savings of up to 30 per cent on selected cabins and itineraries, plus a complimentary deposit protection plan and the reassurance of a flexible booking policy.
The inaugural sailing of new super yacht Emerald Azzurra will be the eight-day Best of the Red Sea itinerary, starting from £3,625 per person for an Oceanview Stateroom, or take advantage of the Super Earlybird savings on a Balcony Suite from £3,837 per person (departing 28 January 2022). The eight-day round-trip sails from Jordan’s stunning coastal city, Aqaba, and includes insightful visits to Nuweibah, Hurghada, Safaga and Sharm el-Sheikh in Egypt, then travelling to Eilat in Israel, before heading back to ancient Aqaba. Highlights include the chance to discover the history of St. Catherine’s Monastery, an Eastern Orthodox monastery located on the Sinai Peninsula, a glass-bottom boat trip in the natural Naama bay in Sharm el-Sheikh, and the opportunity to add on a guided visit and eco-experience of Kibbutz Lotan and Neot Smadar which offer beautiful landscapes in Israel’s Eliat*.
The eight-day Greek Island and Turkish Coastline cruise, starting from £3,835 per person for an Oceanview Stateroom, or take advantage of Super Earlybird savings on a Balcony Suite from £4,791 per person (departing 7 May 2022). Sail the azure waters of the southeastern Aegean Sea, stopping off to explore a number of the stunning Greek, Dodecanese and surrounding islands. From Rhodes, Amorgos and Mykonos, to Bodrum and Kuşadasi in Turkey. Guests can hike to the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Monastery of St. John and cave of the apocalypse in the Aegean island of Patmos, and join a sightseeing bike tour of Kusadasi on Turkey’s western coast. Also, through its DiscoverMORE* optional excursions, guests can add on a farmers market visit followed by a cooking class to learn how to make Bodrum’s delicious local delicacies in Turkey, or a guided scuba diving experience in the crystal clear waters whilst in Rhodes.
Over the past 10 years, the small ship cruising sector on both oceans and rivers has seen steady growth among travellers looking for smaller, more intimate settings, personalised service and experiential tours. The new itineraries are an ideal choice for guests looking for that small ship experience, with Emerald Azzurra carrying just 100 guests in 50 deluxe suites and staterooms on sailings in the Mediterranean, Adriatic and Red Seas, showcasing smaller ports that are not over touristed. Emerald Azzurra’s innovative design will feature nearly double the dining space per guest as the competition in this category, and 88 per cent of suites and staterooms will have balconies or terraces.
Every sailing with Emerald Yacht Cruises provides guests with access to its EmeraldDISCOVERY programme, which offers guests itineraries and excursions with the chance to delve deeper into each destination. For example, its extra-special included EmeraldPLUS excursions take guests to the heart of local culture, including an exclusive concert in a local church in Croatia, to a Mussel cooking demonstration and tasting in a local restaurant in Albania, to having the chance to meet open-minded locals in Istanbul, Turkey.
Prices include return flights, transfers, the cruises as stated, all tipping and gratuities, all on board meals and selected drinks**, included excursions and experiences with knowledgeable local guides.