New small ships on the horizon...
Sometimes it feels like not a week goes by without the announcement of yet another new ship, and the last... Read more
Emerald's first yacht, the 100-guest Emerald Azzurra, is sure to turn heads with its striking profile and stylish decor, and will be joined by sister ship Emerald Sakara in 2023. The ships' intimate size will allow you to explore smaller ports and hidden coves in destinations including the Croatian coast and the Red Sea, and facilities include a watersports marina, infinity pool and wellness area.
Emerald Waterways launched on the rivers of Europe in 2014, and belong to the same group as Australian tour operator and luxury river cruise line Scenic. We would place the Emerald Waterways river product in the 'Premium' category, a rung below our preferred river operators (including Scenic), so it's not a cruise line we've tended to shout about before.
Emerald Yacht Cruises is a different proposition, however, filling a niche that is currently in great demand: small ships designed to cruise warm weather destinations such as the Dalmatian Coast and the Greek Islands. The 100-guest Emerald Azzurra and Emerald Sakara will be sleek and modern, with all except the lead-in staterooms featuring a private balcony, and itineraries have been designed to showcase smaller ports that the bigger ships can't reach.
It's important to point out that this is not an ultra-luxury product, and fares are not fully inclusive. The price includes your flights, transfers, meals, wine and beer with meals, complimentary WiFi, gratuities and included excursions in key ports; drinks outside of mealtimes and optional excursions are extra.
Emerald Azzurra's inaugural season is devoted to Europe and the Holy Land, with a particular focus on the Dalmatian Coast, the Aegean and the Red Sea.