Emerald Azzurra, the first superyacht from Emerald Cruises, will cruise from Doha, Qatar, starting in January 2023.

The partnership with Qatar Tourism will see the ship operate seven-night itineraries.

Ports of call will include Sir Bani Yas Island, Abu Dhabi; Khasab, Oman; Fujairah, UAE; Zighy Bay, Oman, and Dubai.

Pre and post cruise tours will be available, including a three-day package to explore the sites and culture of Qatar. Highlights include the National Museum of Qatar and the Souq Waqif.

Emerald Azzurra is scheduled to depart on its maiden voyage in March 2022.

Emerald Azzurra superyacht
Emerald Azzurra is the first superyacht from Emerald Cruises

Qatar Tourism chief operating officer Berthold Trenkel said: “In line with the national strategy, Qatar National Vision 2030, we are 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.

“Qatar has an incredible range of hotels, restaurants, activities and cultural landmarks which can be enjoyed pre and post the cruise, allowing guests the freedom to explore Qatar at their leisure.

“We welcome travellers from around the world to experience our beautiful country and the best of the Middle East, all in one easily accessible place.”

Scenic Group COO Rob Voss added: “We are delighted to be taking our new superyacht, Emerald Azzurra, to Qatar’s vibrant city of Doha next winter.

“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. It will be magical.”

Qatar’s cruise plans

Qatar has unveiled plans to grow its cruise sector and will soon launch a new Grand Cruise Terminal located in central Doha, near the Museum of Islamic Art and Souq Waqif.

The terminal will have the capacity to host two mega ships and will offer various attractions, including an aquarium and art gallery.

The region’s cruise season runs from October through to April, with numerous cruise lines making calls.

Qatar is also preparing to host the 2022 FIFA World Cup, starting in November.

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