Emerald Cruises’ first oceangoing luxury yacht, Emerald Azzurra, departed on its inaugural sailing at the weekend (12 March).
The ship sailed from Aqaba, Jordan, for the eight-day Best of the Red Sea itinerary.
It will call at the Egyptian resort towns of Hurghada and Sharm el-Sheikh, as well as Eilat in Israel, before returning to Aqaba.
Emerald Cruises global director of brand and marketing 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.”
Emerald Azzurra: ‘The next generation yacht’
Emerald added that Azzurra’s maiden voyage was a “milestone for the business” as it represented the launch of its first ocean-going vessel.
The ship has capacity for 100 guests and features 50 staterooms and suites, with more than 80 per cent including a balcony.
Public areas include a wellness centre, which comes complete with a spa, gym and infrared sauna, and the Sky Deck, providing panoramic views and a spa pool.
Emerald Azzurra will be officially welcomed to the fleet in Venice before repositioning to the Mediterranean and the Adriatic Coast for the 2022 summer season.
The new yacht will be joined by sister ship Emerald Sakara in February 2023, with itineraries to the Seychelles, Black Sea and Middle East, on sale now.
Speaking in February 2022 when Azzurra was delivered to the line, Scenic Group founder and chairman Glen Moroney added: “This yacht represents the next generation of yacht cruising, taking guests to new destinations with on-board luxury amenities that are unlike any other small-ship experience.”