Pop quiz: What happens when a river cruise line decides to conquer a larger body of water?
For Emerald Waterways, the amazing result is the Emerald Azzurra—an innovative, luxurious 100-guest super yacht scheduled to debut in July of 2021. It’s an exciting new venture for this cruise line, which has ruled the rivers of Europe since 2014, racking up awards and earning the loyalty of legions of guests.
Now, with its move to the seas, the company has created a sister brand—Emerald Yacht Cruises—and will launch the unique boutique yacht that’s custom-designed for its home in the Adriatic, Mediterranean, and Red seas.
Here’s why to book now.
Cabins with Room to Stretch
The magic of the Emerald Azzurra begins in its 50 luxurious staterooms and suites, which feature large picture windows and plenty of space. Suites begin at a generous 300 square feet, and almost 90% of the cabins boast balconies—allowing travelers to step outside and make the spectacular views more expansive.
Outdoor space is even more outsized in the Terrace, Yacht, and Ocean Suites, which feature large private terraces complete with relaxing chaise lounges. Expansive spaces even extend to the wardrobes, which in most cabins are walk-in size (so guests can feel free to overpack).
A Wealth of Amenities
The words “spacious” and “luxurious” also apply to the public areas of this 360-foot super yacht. Guests will discover lounges to enjoy drinks, quiet nooks to settle in with a book, and a gym and sauna, where they can grab a workout or a treatment before lounging poolside. And these pools really do come ready-made for lounging. On the Pool Deck, an infinity pool affords unimpeded views of crystalline waters and blue sky, while the adjacent lounge offers open spaces for sun lovers and covered areas for relaxing in the shade. And there’s an even more dramatic view from the Sky Deck, where the Spa Pool comes surrounded by comfy cushions.
To go play in the surrounding waters, guests will have only to head to the Marina Platform, where they can enjoy paddle boarding and snorkeling directly off the stern. While most stops will be in small ports and harbors, three tenders and two Zodiacs will be at the ready when needed for shore landings.
When it’s time to eat, guests will discover the same caliber of cuisine that has made Emerald Waterways a favorite of culinary-focused cruisers. Guests will dine in Reflections Restaurant, a dramatically designed space serving gourmet meals with fresh, locally sourced ingredients. And during lunch and dinner, everyone can take advantage of complimentary wine, beer, and sodas.
Where to Set Sail
The 2021–2022 itineraries for the Emerald Azzurra are just as exciting as the new ship, which will visit Greece and Turkey, the French and Italian Rivieras, and Egypt and Israel. Part of the ship’s appeal will be its ability to reach smaller harbors near off-the-beaten-path towns and villages where larger ships can’t go.
Highlights include the mountains in the Troodos Region of Cyprus, where guests can gaze at 10 painted churches and monasteries, all UNESCO World Heritage Sites. They can explore the charming Tuscan town of Porto Ecole and wander the narrow streets, staircases, and piazzas, perhaps stopping to talk to local fishermen. And the “Ancient Wonders” sailing will immerse guests in the fascinating local cultures of Sharm el-Sheik, Alexandria, and Haifa.
While an eight-day itinerary will include one or two shore excursions through the EmeraldPLUS cultural experiences and EmeraldACTIVE programs, journeys aboard the Emerald Azzurra will allow guests to explore on their own and tailor vacations to their specific interests. That’s why all itineraries will offer DiscoverMORE tours, aimed at getting guests outside port cities for a more expansive view of the region. No matter the itinerary, the launch of the Emerald Azzurra is an exciting moment—and your clients will want bragging rights.
Early-bird fares are available for a limited time! Book your clients now on a thrilling expedition aboard the Emerald Azzurra with Emerald Yacht Cruises.