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How to Sail in Style: Emerald Cruises’ New Superyacht

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Sep 17, 2021

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From private terraces to small ports and harbors, Emerald Azzurra is the boutique experience at sea of your dreams.

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If you think you know what to expect when it comes to ocean travel, think again. Emerald Azzurra—the highly anticipated superyacht from Emerald Cruises (recognized for its award-winning river cruises)—is reimagining the yacht cruising world by combining personalized service, innovative design, and luxury amenities, including a spa, gym, expansive suites, and fresh, Mediterranean-inspired dining. On this one-of-a-kind vessel, it’s possible to experience everything the luxurious yet laid-back yachting lifestyle offers without owning a ship yourself.

Built to access fascinating ports and harbors that only smaller vessels can reach, Emerald Azzurra will set sail in the Mediterranean, Adriatic, and Red Seas for its inaugural season in January 2022. And, with just 100 guests on board, each traveler can look forward to an intimate experience with carefully curated programming. Here’s an early look at the new yacht’s exclusive offerings. 

Enjoy modern luxury at sea

Reminiscent of what you might find at an elegant resort or hotel, this ocean liner boasts unparalleled service from a knowledgeable crew, fine dining and beverage options, and a range of other first-class amenities such as complimentary Wi-Fi, spa, and a Sky Bar with expansive views of the horizon. Complemented by once-in-a-lifetime excursions at each destination, don’t be surprised if you want to move in.

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Dig into fresh, Mediterranean-inspired cuisine. Crafted by a master chef, each meal at Reflections Restaurant features locally sourced dishes and sommelier-paired wine, beer, and soft drinks. With multiple spots for dining, head to the back of the restaurant to soak in the ocean breeze from the large alfresco terrace or have a nightcap in the plush Horizon Bar & Lounge.

Unwind at sea. Equipped with a gym, spa, sauna, and hairdresser, guests on the yacht won’t have to leave their wellness routines at home. Indulge in a massage or facial, take a dip in the infinity pool, or get a few coaching tips from the dedicated fitness guide.

Dive into adventure. During each cruise there’s plenty of opportunity to experience the ocean through catered water sports and other activities that bring you closer to the natural world. Board a Zodiac to search for marine life, snorkel above a coral reef, and kayak your way through a sunny cove.

Easy ocean access. Getting in and out of the water couldn’t be simpler thanks to a marina platform built specially for swim stops and watersports. Think paddle boarding around Croatia’s mysterious sea grottos and snorkeling through the vibrant color reefs of Rhodes—all more convenient than ever.

Explore coastal gems. The excitement doesn’t end on land. Emerald Azzurra’s touring options are handpicked by expert journey designers to include off-the-beaten path shore excursions. From the French Riviera to the Croatian Coast to the Greek Islands and Turkey, meet locals from ancient communities, set out on a guided tour of historic landmarks and cultural highlights, and venture into bustling port cities and quaint seaside villages.

Emerald Azzurra Terrace Suite

Discover your home away from home

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Spacious and accommodating, Emerald Azzurra was created with guests’ comfort in mind, while its sleek, contemporary aesthetic recalls the most lavish superyachts. Throughout your voyage, you’ll find an abundance of thoughtful, innovative details that place this ship in a design category that’s all its own.

Posh accommodations. Forget claustrophobic portholes—this craft’s entry-level cabins feature picture frame windows and 88 percent have a balcony or terrace. Choose from a variety of stylish suites and staterooms with pillow menus, Egyptian cotton linens, and individual climate control.

Generously sized dining areas. With more than twice the average dining space per guest than on other yachts of its size, Emerald Azzurra provides ample room to enjoy your meal in privacy or with newfound friends. Don’t forget to grab a cocktail at the Sky Bar while you watch the stunning Mediterranean sunset.

Infinity pool. Take a few laps in the sparkling infinity pool located at the yacht’s aft and soak up stunning views of the coastline or the blue horizon. When you need some shade, the pool’s lounge area and cafe will be on standby with a refreshing drink.

Emerald Azzurra Sky Deck

Experience the (super) yacht life

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Sometimes the best things come in “small” packages. Stretching an impressive 360 feet in length, Emerald Azzurra is larger than your typical yacht, but it’s also petite enough to offer distinct advantages from big cruises. With no more than 100 guests on board and spacious public decks, each trip feels like a private escape. Find a secluded spot to read a book in the Observation Lounge, kick back on the Terrace and enjoy unimpeded views of the landscapes, or sip your favorite cocktail on the Pool Deck.

The new yacht’s custom size also allows it to reach quaint ports and harbors that are typically only accessible by chartering a small boat, providing guests the opportunity to explore some of the most jaw-dropping coastal destinations that aren’t available to most travelers. Whether you’re island hopping in Croatia, admiring Cycladic architecture on the secret Greek hideaway of Amorgos, or sampling the sights and sounds of the Italian Riviera, you’ll be able to get the most out of each location you visit.

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