Emerald Cruises took to the ocean in 2022 with their incredible new yacht, Emerald Azzurra. This super yacht is custom-designed to allow closer access to the ports and harbours in itineraries, places only small yachts can reach. You’ll sail crystalline waters between stunning island groups, uncover the mysteries of the Holy Land and be immersed in the rich history of both the East and Western Mediterranean. You’ll visit the exciting ports of the Adriatic coastline and wonder at the archaeological feats along the Red Sea.
A brand-new sister ship, Emerald Sakara, will be identical in its design and join Azzurra in sailing the Mediterranean, Adriatic, Red Sea, and Black Sea. Like her sister superyacht, Emerald Sakara will boast balconies on 88% of cabins, and more space per guest than similar vessels of her size. Guests will enjoy world-class cuisine in the Reflections Restaurant and Horizon Bar & Lounge. Sakara will also feature a large infinity pool, spa, gym, and marina platform, with a variety of marina toys available, such as paddleboards and snorkelling equipment. All guests will enjoy all-inclusive pricing which includes all meals, complimentary wines, beers and soft drinks at lunch and dinner, plus a number of included excursions and on board activities.
Gary Buchanan has sailed the Seven Seas during his 33-year career as an award-winning specialist cruise writer. Author of four books about cruising, he regularly contributes to prestigious newspapers such as The Telegraph and magazines including American Express Departures. He is a pundit on all things cruise and is looking forward to enhancing the content library for Panache Cruises.
“Custom-designed to access captivating ports and anchorages only accessible to super-yachts, Azzurra is ideal for those with wanderlust who enthuse about exploring the hidden gems of the Adriatic Coast, Mediterranean and Red Sea. Less cruise ship, more private idyll, with 98 friends along for the voyage, this much anticipated addition to the rarefied world of cruising is like a perfectly balanced wine – understated and elegant.”
Items from the shop, drinks outside of what is listed above, and treatments in the spa are all payable onboard.
Your journey through the Mediterranean will be reflected in the meals served in the Reflections Restaurant onboard. A serene space, you’ll be treated to fine a la carte dining in the evening and sumptuous buffets for breakfast and lunch during the day. The ingredients are fresh and locally sourced, crafted with ultimate care by experienced chefs. They are served with carefully sommelier-paired complimentary wines or beer and soft drinks if you prefer.
After dining, feel free to head to the back of the restaurant where there is an al fresco terrace to enjoy a drink from the Horizon Bar & Lounge.
Throughout the day, teas, coffees and water is included and other drinks are payable whilst onboard.
A range of suites and staterooms awaits you on your yacht cruise, offering you a sanctuary of serenity. They are all uniquely designed to be a private haven and offer modern and spacious surroundings. All of them include:
Individual suite and stateroom categories are as follows:
Onboard, you’ll find a Wellness Centre where you can treat yourself to one of many spa experiences they offer. From facials to massages and even hair styling, you can emerge feeling refreshed and revitalised. Please note, these services carry an extra charge.
With regards fitness onboard, Emerald Azzurra has a well-equipped gym area for those who wish to keep on top of their fitness regime. There is also an in-house fitness guide who leads a full range of classes for you to take part on. You’ll be able to work your whole body whilst onboard and also find your centre with more holistic classes.
There is also a range of marina toys available to use if you wish to me active in the water. Snorkelling gear, paddleboards and flotations aides will all enable you to use the ocean as your workout area. If you prefer to swim in a pool, then you can do that too as there is one onboard, complete with glass screen for you to admire the views.
If you want a little more activity whilst onshore, you’ll be able to take part in EmeraldACTIVE excursions, details below.
The beauty of yacht cruising is that the smaller ships are able to get to destinations larger ships can’t reach. This is helped even further by the Zodiac take with the yacht as this can get to even smaller ports. Exploration is at the heart of an Emerald Yacht cruise so there is much to help you do this.
Explore at your leisure with the EmeraldPLUS programme. This provides you with exclusive and unique encounters that will give you memories to last a lifetime. These are all included within the price of your cruise meaning you get to really enjoy the places you visit without needing to spend more. Handpicked by Emerald’s expert Journey Designers, you’ll meet people from ancient communities, you’ll take part in insightful activities and you’ll take guided tours on some of the most well-known and prestigious areas in the world. There is a range of options available for your tours and you can choose the ones to suit you best. Some are gentle and informative but if you’re looking for something more energetic and a different perspective on a destination, choose an EmeraldACTIVE excursion instead. Including hikes and guided bike rides, these are for the guests who enjoy pushing themselves a little harder to get a little more out of their voyage.
You will have the option to take an expert-led excursion by Zodiac boat too, to get closer to the destinations on your itinerary. You’ll enjoy mini-expeditions in search of the water’s native inhabitants and return home with fascinating stories to tell.
There will also be plenty of time for you to disembark your yacht and explore the local city and enjoy an evening out
Light entertainment will be offered to guests free of charge onboard, and will include a range of performances. Other activities include access to the gym, pool and wellness centre, and also the range of marina toys available to get closer to the marine life on your trip.
If you would like a little more out of your cruise, and you want to experience a more independent exploration, Emerald are offering DiscoverMORE optional excursions. These do carry an additional charge but are perfect if you wish to explore more during your time onshore.
These more immersive experiences allow you to get to the heart of the local culture, will afford an understanding of the rich heritage and will take you beyond the boundaries of normal travel encounters. It’s the perfect way to get more out of your luxury yacht cruise.
Emerald has a clear focus on long-term sustainability for the environment around them and has employed a range of initiatives in order to facilitate that. This is evident in the technology they use onboard all the ships across their fleet (including the river ships). It includes: