Emerald Cruises expands superyacht fleet

Emerald Sakara to debut in the Seychelles in February 2023

Emerald Cruises has confirmed it is launching a second luxury superyacht.

Work on the new Emerald Sakara, a sister ship to Emerald Azzurra, is already underway and earmarked for debut in early 2023. The 110-metre yacht will begin operation in a new destination for Emerald Cruises – the Seychelles in the Indian Ocean.

Following her maiden series of four voyages in the Seychelles, Emerald Sakara will join Emerald Azzurra in the Mediterranean, Adriatic, Red and Black Seas.

Emerald Sakara’s inaugural voyage on 23 February 2023 will be an eight-day Tropical Charms of the Seychelles itinerary, exploring Port Victoria (Mahé Island), Sainte-Anne Island, Cousin Island, Praslin Island, Grande-Soeur Island, Curieuse Island, La Digue Island and Aride Island.

Bookings have opened today priced from $5,140 per person twin share.

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Like her sister-ship, Emerald Sakara is being constructed at Ha Long City (Vietnam), with the hull steel already cut. Nearly 90% of cabins on Emerald Sakara feature balconies, while there is more space per guest in the Reflections Restaurant and Horizon Bar & Lounge, than similar vessels of her size.

Emerald Sakara in the Seychelles, from early 2023

Emerald Cruises says the additional capacity is required to keep up with strong demand for the brand’s ocean-going itineraries. Demand was so high for Emerald Azzurra‘s Black Sea sailings released earlier this year that the program sold out within two weeks of being released, despite the global pandemic.

Inaugural voyage for Emerald Sakara, departing 23 February 2023

Amenities will include an infinity pool, a spa, gym and marina platform from where guests can take paddleboards, snorkel or use other marina toys.

The all-inclusive pricing covers onboard meals, complimentary wines, beers and soft drinks at lunch and dinner plus a number of included excursions and onboard activities. Airport transfers, port charges and taxes, Wi-Fi, and onboard gratuities are also included.

David Winterton, Global Director of Brand & Marketing, Emerald Cruises said the brand has received overwhelming interest since launching the superyacht concept.

“The yacht’s name is Sanskrit for the idea of ‘thoughts becoming things,’ and refers to the philosophy that positive thoughts can manifest into reality. We love this idea, which underscores Emerald Cruises’ brand promise of bringing our guests’ luxury yacht cruise dreams to life while offering exceptional value,” Winterton said.

Angus Crichton, Director of Sales, Marketing & Product for Emerald Cruises said there had been a strong response from Australian and New Zealand guests for Azzurra, and expects the same response for Sakara.

“[Our audience] have embraced our unique superyacht cruising concept. The extra capacity and new destinations the second ship offers, are certain to be welcomed by our travel agent partners and their clients,” he said.

Emerald Sakara will be the 11th vessel in the Emerald Cruises fleet – joining nine river cruising Star-Ships and the brand’s debut ocean-going superyacht Emerald Azzurra, which is due to commence sailing on 28 January 2022.

For details on the inaugural itineraries in Seychelles, click here.

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