Emerald Waterways has begun building its first ocean-going vessel – a 50-cabin yacht for coastal cruising around the Red Sea, Adriatic and Mediterranean.
The 110m-long, 100-guest, Emerald Azzurra will launch in July 2021 offering 47 itineraries as the first vessel sailing as the river line’s newly formed Emerald Yacht Cruises brand.
Yacht Cruises will now sit alongside Waterways under the company’s new masterbrand, Emerald Cruises.
Azzurra, currently being built in Vietnam’s Ha Long city, is on sale from today (1 February) and bookable through to December 2022.
The yacht’s sailings will explore destinations such as Israel, Jordan, Egypt, Montenegro, Italy, Cyprus, Turkey and Spain – offering guests “an intimate, boutique yacht cruising experience”.
Guests will experience popular ports and “major highlights” in each region, while also having the opportunity to access smaller, “off the beaten track” calls only reached by small yachts.
Onboard, Azzurra will feature three different bars and restaurants and 88% of its cabins will have balconies.
Mirroring Emerald Waterways’ river experience, the cruise fare for Emerald Yacht Cruises includes return flights, transfers, tipping and gratuities, meals at breakfast, lunch and dinner with complimentary wine, beer and soft drinks at lunch and dinner, as well as excursions.