A blissful tropical climate softened by Atlantic trade winds, pinkish-white, sugar-soft beaches, fabulous scuba diving, and laid-back catamaran cruises… These are just some of the fabulous experiences to be savoured in one of the Caribbean’s most popular and welcoming destinations - Barbados.
Just launched, Emerald Cruises' first oceangoing yacht, Emerald Azzurra, offers an exclusive, intimate experience for just 100 guests. This stunning ship is designed to allow access to ports and harbours that only small yachts can reach, with the Mediterranean and Adriatic, the Seychelles and the Middle East among its exciting itineraries.
Diversifying Emerald Cruises' fleet of river ships sailing largely in Europe, the new yacht is a game-changer in the cruise industry, with balconies for 88% of the 50 staterooms and suites, an infinity pool, a spa complete with an infrared sauna, a well-equipped gym, two onboard restaurants and three bars and entertainment venues, including the Sky Deck and the Observation Lounge.
Perhaps most exciting of all the marina platform from where you can cast off exploring in your water sports boat (with marina toys – a water trampoline, floating platforms, SUP paddleboards and snorkelling equipment – available in selected ports), and the collection of e-bikes that guests can take out exploring when in port.
Itineraries offer an array of new experiences in the form of included excursions and specially selected EmeraldPLUS outings, together comprising guided tours and unique encounters hand-picked by Emerald Cruises' Journey Planners. Some itineraries also include EmeraldACTIVE excursions for guests who like to be a bit sporty, including guided bike rides and hikes, and the opportunity to book DiscoverMORE excursions to get even deeper under the skin of your chosen destinations.
But there’s also lots of scope for independent exploration for those who want it, including unguided city visits, beach days and evenings out – with insider recommendations from the crew yours for the asking.
Emerald Azzurra’s suites and staterooms are private havens with queen or twin hotel-style beds with the finest Egyptian cotton linen, high-end toiletries, bathrobes and slippers, flatscreen TVs, daily complimentary water, WiFi and more. Some also come with a pillow menu, a welcome bottle of champagne and fruit platter, a daily restocked full mini-bar, a coffee maker, room service, daily laundry and other perks. The largest and most prestigious suites are the Owner’s Suites at the front of the pool deck, with the most dazzling views of the unfolding landscapes.
9-Day Gems of the Arabian Peninsula: Dec 2022 and Jan 2023
This new trip flies you from the UK to the Qatari capital of Doha, where you’ll board your impressive vessel and sail to stunning Sir Baniyas Island for a blissfully indulgent day at the beach. In Abu Dhabi, you’ll tour the art-filled, Jean Nouvel designed Louvre and the impressive Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque before heading off to explore the compelling Omani port city of Khasab - and perhaps also sneak in some beach time there.
You’ll also visit Fujairah and see the oldest mosque in the Emirates, enjoy the turquoise waters of Zighy Bay against the mountainous backdrop of the Musandam Peninsula, and finish up with a guided tour of ever-evolving Dubai and an exclusive EmeraldPLUS Emirati cultural experience.
Five excursions are included in your package, as are return Economy flights from London (or regional airports by request), airport transfers, a one-night stay in Doha, WiFi and tips. You can also choose to extend your stay with a pre- or post-cruise extension (or both!), with options including a 3-night Doha city break including a guided city tour and a Qatari cultural experience, and a 3-night stay in Dubai.
Emerald Cruises are currently offering a 35% saving on the price of the cruise element of this itinerary. Also added on is a free premium drinks package.
For more information or to book your Emerald Azzurra cruise around the Arabian Peninsula, call your Travel Counsellor today.
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