Emerald Yacht Cruises Launch

Emerald Azzurra Float Out

Emerald Cruises celebrates the float out of new super yacht Emerald Azzurra

The new ocean-going super yacht Emerald Azzurra from Emerald Cruises (www.emeraldyachtcruises.co.nz) was floated out for the first time this weekend at The Halong Shipbuilding Company in Vietnam, marking just over a year until guests will be able to set sail on the brand new super yacht. 
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Emerald Azzurra is the first custom-built ocean super yacht launched by Emerald Cruises, sister company to Evergreen Tours and Scenic Luxury Cruises and Tours. The ship will set sail on 28 January 2022 on the eight-day Best of the Red Sea itinerary and prices start from $4,778 per person* for an Oceanview Stateroom, or guests can take advantage of the Super Earlybird savings on a Balcony Stateroom from $5,903 per person* and save from $2,624 per couple*.
Once complete, Emerald Azzurra guests will enjoy a luxury small ship cruising experience, with the super yacht carrying just 100 guests in 50 deluxe suites and staterooms, with 88 per cent of cabins featuring a balcony. The yacht features an onboard wellness centre (including spa, gym & sauna), three tenders and a Zodiac for shore landings. Emerald Azzurra also features a marina platform to allow easy access to snorkelling, paddle boarding or swimming at one of the many locations.
As well as having access to small ports and harbours that large ships can’t access, guests will have the opportunity to taste local flavours and cocktails whilst taking in the views from one of the three stunning bars and restaurants.
Glen Moroney, Founder and Chairman of The Scenic Group (including Emerald Cruises) comments: 
“We are incredibly excited to see Emerald Azzurra successfully enter the water as the next stage of her build, the completion of the interior, commences. Once again Emerald Cruises is looking to the future and building a game changing vessel at a time when small-ship experiences are gaining in popularity. We can’t wait for past river cruise guests and new customers alike to join us on board our very own ocean-going yacht in 2022.”
Angus Crichton, Director Sales Marketing & Product, Emerald Cruises and Evergreen Tours said: 
“This significant milestone for Emerald Yacht Cruises takes us one step closer to welcoming guests on board our first super yacht, Emerald Azzurra. The luxurious small ship experience and exceptional value inclusions have been well received across the Australian and New Zealand markets, and our valued agent partners. With strong sales for 2022 and the launch of our limited Super Earlybird offers with savings up to 30%, now is the time to secure a Balcony Stateroom before they sell out.”
Super Earlybird savings of up to 30% on Emerald Azzurra are out now
To celebrate with its agent partners, clients and guests, Emerald Yacht Cruises is offering a limited time Super Earlybird offer with savings of up to 30 per cent on selected cabins and itineraries, plus a complimentary deposit protection plan and the reassurance of a flexible booking policy. The Super Earlybird offer is valid on new bookings made before 31 March, 2021* or until sold out. 
Prices include airport transfers, the cruises as stated, all tipping, gratuities, and all on board meals, as well as included excursions and experiences with expert local guides.
Examples of itineraries include: 
  • The 11-day Holy Land, Egypt & The Red Sea cruise, starting from $7,855 per person* (departing 26 December 2022) journeys from Limassol in Cyprus and calls at Haifa, Ashdod, Alexandria, sailing along the Suez Canal, as well as visiting Ain Sokhna and Sharm el-Sheikh, before finishing in Aqaba, the Jordanian Port city. Highlights of the cruise include a panoramic Alexandra city tour with a visit to the Montazah Gardens, a scenic Great Pyramids of Giza and Felucca cruise on the Nile, and a Naama Bay and glass bottom boat trip in Sharm el-Sheikh known for its clear waters and sandy beaches. 29 delicious meals are included. Save $3,808 per couple* with Super Earlybird savings on a Balcony Stateroom and cruise from just $9,666 per person*.
  • The 15-day Discover French & Italian Coastlines itinerary, starting from $9,304 per person* (departing 6 August 2022). Beginning in the French Riviera from Nice, guests will travel down to Southern Italy including stops in Calvi, Sorrento, and Amalfi, before finishing in Croatia’s Dubrovnik. Its stand out highlights include a city tour of Menton with a visit to the local farmers market, a hiking tour to Forte Filippo in the coastal town Porto Ercole, and a guided tour of Sorrento with a delicious gelato presentation and tasting to enjoy. Save $8,282 per couple* with Super Earlybird savings on a Balcony Stateroom and cruise from just $13,624 per person*.
The Emerald Cruises Cruise with Confidence policy gives guests peace of mind when booking ahead. For more information or to book please visit www.emeraldyachtcruises.co.nz or call 0800 330 340.
For more information please contact: Angus Crichton Director Sales Marketing & Product, Emerald Cruises & Evergreen Tours on +61 (0)2 8274 1331 angus.crichton@evergreentours.com or Judith Hainke, Senior Marketing Manager Emerald Cruises & Evergreen Tours, on judith.hainke@evergreentours.com or call +61 (0)2 8274 1336
*Terms & conditions apply, see website for details.

Emerald Azzurra

Emerald Cruises releases a first look at new super yacht Emerald Azzurra

April 2020

Emerald Azzurra Update

Emerald Cruises has released a new video showcasing the initial build of its new super yacht, Emerald Azzurra, set to launch in 2021. 

On releasing the new video, Glen Moroney, owner and Chairman of the Scenic Group, which includes the Emerald Cruises brands, commented: 
“Our time-lapse video shows construction progress of Emerald Azzurra is still on schedule, with the shipyard progressing their works on construction and pre-outfitting of hull blocks as expected. Whilst there are some delays in equipment delivery from Europe and China, we continue to work with the shipyard on how to minimize impact on delivery. The entire Emerald Yacht Cruises team are excited to see the project progressing and look forward to welcoming guests onboard this magnificent yacht as it begins cruising the Mediterranean in 2021.”

The new 110-metre-long Emerald Azzurra is being built in Ha Long City (Vietnam), and will set sail from August 2021 where she will embark on 47 itineraries throughout 2021 and 2022. The new sailings will explore destinations including the Red Sea – Israel, Jordan and Egypt – and the Mediterranean – Greece, Croatia, Italy, France, Cyprus, Turkey, Malta and Spain. Emerald Yacht Cruises will offer guests an intimate yacht cruising experience both on board with capacity set at just 100 guests and on shore, providing unrivalled access to smaller and quieter ports and harbours only small yachts can reach. 

Emerald Azzurra will become the first vessel owned by the new Emerald Yacht Cruises brand and will sit alongside Emerald Waterways as the two brands which make up the Emerald Cruises portfolio.

Introducing the latest innovation in Yacht Cruising

1 February 2020

The Scenic Group today launched its latest innovation in cruise, the new 100 guest super yacht – Emerald Azzurra – the first vessel launched under the new Emerald Yacht Cruises brand, part of the Emerald Cruises portfolio.
“Emerald Waterways has been operating award-winning river cruises since 2014,” said Mr Moroney, owner and Chairman of the Scenic Group. 
“The launch of Emerald Yacht Cruises and the stunning new Emerald Azzurra are a logical extension of the Emerald Cruises portfolio, adding intimate yacht cruising to its Emerald Waterways river cruise offering. 
“This launch also provides a unique opportunity to introduce the Emerald Cruises brand to the Australian market”.
While certified for unrestricted passenger ship operations in all ocean regions except polar, Emerald Azzurra has been uniquely custom-designed to cruise the waters of the Adriatic Coast, the Red Sea and the Mediterranean offering guests an intimate, boutique yachting experience. As well as exploring the major highlights in these regions, guests will also have unique access to the smaller ports and harbours which can only be reached by small yachts, giving them the freedom to explore the authentic local towns and villages off the beaten tourist track. 
As the newest yacht of its class sailing these waters, the spacious suites on the 110 metre long Emerald Azzurra have been designed with a modern feel, ensuite bathrooms and all of the quality finishes expected of a world-class super yacht.  More than 88% of suites also feature a balcony, with these spacious suites starting at 28sqm. 
Fine á la carte dinners and sumptuous breakfast and lunch buffets will be provide in the spacious Reflections Restaurant. Expect fresh, locally sourced produce, thoughtfully crafted by our expert chefs, with complimentary sommelier-paired wine, beer or soft drinks with lunch and dinner. In the true style of a super yacht, guests will have access to a special marina platform for a variety of activities, including paddleboards and snorkelling equipment. The ship features three tenders and two zodiacs for shore landings in true super yacht style. 
On shore, guests will enjoy included EmeraldPLUS cultural experiences, a range of included EmeraldACTIVE excursions, and have the opportunity to book DiscoverMORE optional excursions to tailor their cruise. 
Emerald Azzurra is being built by the Halong Shipbuilding Company (HLS) in Ha Long City, Vietnam and will be launched in July 2021. The Halong Shipbuilding Company is contracted to build the hull and fit all machinery for Emerald Azzurra, with all interior fitout being directly managed by Emerald Cruises project team.
The steel cutting ceremony was held at the shipyard on 7 December 2019 attended by Glen and Karen Moroney, shipyard management including General Director, Nguyen Tuan Anh, and Chairman, Nguyen Van Truong, and key member so the Scenic Group site project team -  Ivo Skelin, Le Hoang Nguyen, Cong Nguyen, Viet Lam Minh, Son Nguyen Truong, Minh Vu Hai
The Scenic Group has more than three decades of experience creating unforgettable handcrafted journeys for our guests. Scenic is an Australian founded company and has developed itineraries that travel to more than 60 countries and every continent on Earth. From humble beginnings to world-renowned luxury cruise and tour operator, Scenic is recognised as a true innovator in travel, and now has offices across the globe and two sister companies, Evergreen Cruises & Tours and Emerald Waterways. Scenic has earned a world-class reputation for creating and delivering the ultimate cruising and touring itineraries for travellers who seek wondrous experiences and exceptional 5-star service.

Fact Sheet Cruise Itinerary

Cruise the Adriatic Coast
Rocky cliffs, sandy beaches and fishing ports that have been trading for centuries, the Adriatic Coast is surrounded by Italy on the west and Croatia to the east. Cruise from the Gulf of Venice, along the Dalmatian coast, and island hop in Croatia, as verdant shorelines border crystalline waters and communities thrive just as they have since antiquity
  • Dubrovnik: Walk along its centuries-old, excellently preserved stone walls for truly extraordinary views of the city.
  • Split: Modern life coexists within an ancient Roman setting and seafood is passionately served in its many restaurants.
  • Kotor: Wonderfully located in a bay near the cliffs of Mt. Lovćen, the Montenegrin town of Kotor exemplifies long Venetian rule.
  • Venice: The capital of the Veneto region is unique for being built upon 117 islands divided by hundreds of canals.
  • Bari: A popular destination for beach-goers, this wonderful Italian city is full of artistic and historic heritage. 
Cruise the Eastern Mediterranean
The Eastern Mediterranean encompasses a variety of stunning locations, many of which have been the setting for legendary battles and lasting myths. Where breathtaking views insight awe and rich traditions thrive across tiny island communities.
  • Santorini: Created by a volcanic eruption, the rugged landscapes of Santorini have become iconic as the foundation for the whitewashed houses of Fira and Oia.
  • Paphos: Where the sea meets the mountains, the Cypriot city is historic and full of romance.
  • Istanbul: Straddling Europe and Asia, Istanbul is a wonderful contrast of cultures. 
Cruise the Western Mediterranean
The Western Mediterranean is abundant with glamour, from northeastern Spain’s Costa Brava, to the Italian southern and western coastlines, including the French Riviera. 
  • Nice: A hub of culture with an extraordinary climate and old-world beauty, Nice is the gem of the French Riviera.
  • Sorrento: Rugged cliffs house winding streets, bustling with café and restaurant culture.
  • Barcelona: The Catalonian capital, where the work of Antoni Gaudí transforms the city’s architecture into unique works of art, urban beaches lend themselves to a stunning climate and food-lovers can indulge at every turn. 
Cruise the Red Sea
Home to some of the world’s warmest and saltiest seawater, the Red Sea is a remarkable body of water. Where technicolour coral reef displays draw divers from around the world to view its thriving biodiversity, and luxury resorts line its shores. 
  • Sharm el-Sheikh: Located between the desert of the Sinai Peninsula and the Red Sea, the sandy beaches and coral reefs of Sharm el-Sheikh offer so much.
  • Aqaba: Jordan’s only coastal city is the gateway to the Wadi Rum desert. Gaze in awe as the sun sets over the red sand dunes for an ethereal experience and taste tea amongst friendly locals at Palm Beach.
  • Haifa: Bordered by Galilee, Haifa is northern Israel’s largest city. 

Fact Sheet Technical Specifications

Design Specifications:
  • Breadth: 16.00 m 
  • Depth to main deck: 7.50 m 
  • Draft (scantling) 4.30 m 
  • Draft, loaded, midship, 4.40 m 
  • Gross register tonnage abt. 5300 GRT 
  • Speed (trial,4.4m,100%MCR) 16 knots 
  • Service speed: 12 knots 
  • Endurance at 12 kts abt 10.000 Nautical miles 
  • Passengers capacity: 100 
  • Crew capacity: 64 (68 possible) 
Technical Specifications
  • Centralised navigation equipment 
  • Controlled limited emission and pollution (sea and air) 
  • Green passport for ship recycling (EU regulations)
Sailing area
  • Worldwide unrestricted sailing, including Panama Canal, Suez Canal and St.Lawrence canal (excluding the polar areas) 
Machinery and Components
  • Main Engines: CUMMINS QSK60-M1, 
  • (All engines comply with the IMO tier III emission regulations, with Selective Catalytic Reduction) 
  • System installed to remove NOx and SOx from exhaust gasses) 
  • Maneuvering: Electro-hydraulic steering gear with 2 rudders of high-lift fish tail 
  • Bow thruster, electro driven, 75 kN thrust, electric motor 500 kW 
  • Stabilisers: 5m2, retractable fin stabilisers
  • Sewage treatment: Sewage treatment plant complies with latest regulations and covers also protected/special areas such as Baltic Sea  
  • Economisers installed to recover energy from generator exhaust gasses 
  • HVAC Air handling units with energy recover wheel installed, making the ship eco friendly 
Emerald Yacht Cruises Brochure 2022 Edition 3