Lancashire Times
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Phil Hopkins
Group Travel Editor & Theatre Correspondent
7:00 AM 18th December 2021

Emerald Set To Sparkle In 2022

Bratislava Old Town
Bratislava Old Town
Emerald Cruises is preparing for a landmark 2022 with the inaugural season of the line’s new river cruise Star-Ship, Emerald Luna, and the first of the brand’s ocean-going luxury superyachts, Emerald Azzurra, launching in the Spring.

Furthermore, the award-winning European river cruise collection will also be bolstered with the addition of two new special interest cruises that will set sail for the first time next year.

The Emerald Azzurra

Emerald Cruises’ first superyacht, will embark on its inaugural sailing in the Spring carrying just 100 guests in 50 deluxe suites and staterooms – of which more than 80 per cent feature a balcony – taking guests to ports and harbours only accessible to small yachts.

Emerald Azzurra boasts a variety of areas to dine and relax and an on-board Wellness Centre, complete with a spa, gym and sauna for the ultimate indulgence. The superyacht’s Marina Platform is designed for easy access to watersport activities including snorkelling, paddleboarding, swimming, Zodiacs, and the yacht’s three on board tenders.

The luxuriously appointed superyacht’s inaugural sailing is The Best of the Red Sea itinerary, sailing round trip from Aqaba (Jordan). Guests will visit Saint Catherine’s Monastery, which contains the world’s oldest still-functioning library, embark on a glass-bottom boat trip at Naama Bay in Sharm el-Sheikh, and enjoy a guided tour of Timna Park & Eliat’s underwater observatory.

Prices for the eight-day inaugural itinerary on 11th March start from £4,020 per person.

The Emerald Luna
Setting sail in April 2022, Emerald Luna will become the 9th Star-Ship in Emerald Cruises river cruising fleet. Emerald Luna will feature a contemporary, elegant design to transport guests along Europe’s rivers in complete style and ease. #

During her inaugural sailing, Emerald Luna will sail from Amsterdam on 8 April 2022 with the eight-day Holland & Belgium in Bloom river cruise. Prices start at £1,445 per person.

New Special Interest Europe River Cruises

For those looking to broaden their palate and gain their amateur sommelier certificate, Emerald Cruises will also sail the first of its eight-day Wines of the Moselle river cruise in 2022. Sailing from Frankfurt to Bernkastel on board Emerald Sun, highlights include a visit to Schloss Vollrads castle and wine estate, where guests will take a guided tour of the castle, glass in hand, and learn about the estate’s Rieslings and its 800-year-old history, with a different wine at each station.

Prices start from £2,395 per person staying in a Panorama Balcony Suite, departing 21 August 2022.

In addition, Emerald Cruises brand new eight-day Danube, Spa, Arts & Culture cruise will launch next year. Sailing from Budapest to Passau by way of Bratislava and Vienna, guests have the opportunity to immerse themselves in the history of central Europe and the way of life of the people who inhabit the region.

Prices start from £2,945 per person departing 27 August 2022 on board Emerald Sky.

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