Emerald Azzurra embarks on first cruise

Emerald Cruises’ first ocean going superyacht embarked on its delayed maiden sailing at the weekend.

The 100-passenger Emerald Azzurra set sail from the Jordanian city of Aqaba, having originally been scheduled to enter service in January.

The vessel is operating in the Red Sea before being officially welcomed to the fleet in Venice ahead of cruises in the Mediterranean and Adriatic coast this summer.

Sister yacht Emerald Sakara is due to join the fleet in February 2023, with itineraries including the Seychelles and Middle East.

Global brand and marketing director David Winterton said: “Every once in a while a new yacht comes along in the industry and changes things. Emerald Azzurra is exactly that yacht.

“The level of luxury afforded to each guest, coupled with a diverse sailing programme featuring sailings through the Adriatic coast, the Mediterranean, and the Red Sea for its inaugural season, is truly groundbreaking.

“We can’t wait to welcome more guests and trade partners on board.”

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