Emerald Cruises’ first superyacht to offer ex-Doha sailings

Emerald Cruises’ first superyacht is to be based in Doha from January 2023 after the line agreed a partnership deal with Qatar Tourism.

The 100-passenger Emerald Azzurra will operate seven-night itineraries out of Doha, with stops at Sir Bani Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, and Fujairah, all United Arab Emirates; and Khasab in Oman.

Pre and post-cruise tours are available where guests can choose a three-day Qatar package. Highlights include the National Museum of Qatar and Souq Waqif, where passengers can buy souvenirs and spices.

The new Grand Cruise Terminal in Doha is located near the Souq Waqif.

A trip to the desert, where travellers can ride on a camel or drive a vehicle on sand dunes, is also available within the package.

Chief operating officer of Qatar Tourism, Berthold Trenkel, said: “In line with the national strategy, Qatar National Vision 2030, we’re expanding our tourism value proposition and are excited to welcome travellers from around the world to experience the best of Qatari hospitality both on sea and land.

“The new itineraries launching with Emerald Cruises are another step towards achieving this vision.”

Rob Voss, chief operating officer, Emerald’s parent Scenic Group, added: “In partnership with Qatar Tourism our guests will experience first-hand and in luxury yachting style, the immersive beauty and hospitality the Gulf region and specifically Qatar has to offer.”

Passengers on Emerald Azzurra (pictured) can visit an observation deck and lounge, a wellness area, an infinity pool and marina platform which hosts several marina toys including sea bobs and paddleboards.

The superyacht’s maiden voyage is now scheduled to depart next month after its debut was delayed.

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