Emerald Sakara’s inaugural season will include the Seychelles as a new destination
Emerald Cruises has unveiled the details of Emerald Sakara’s maiden voyage in 2023. Joining the line’s established vessel, the Emerald Azzurra, the Emerald Sakara will embark on an 11-day Tropical Charms of the Seychelles itinerary, departing 23 February 2023.
The itinerary will take guests on a round-trip from Victoria, Mahé Island, the capital of the Seychelles, to the islands of Sainte Anne, Cousin, Praslin, Grande Soeur, Curieuse, La Digue and Aride – all in the Seychelles.
Marking not only the launch of the new superyacht, but also Emerald Cruises first sailing in the Indian Ocean, highlights include an exploration of Sainte Anne Marine National Park and its beaches; a chance to see Cousin Island’s turtle nesting sites, and a discovery of Aride Island, a nature reserve hosting one of the most substantial seabird populations in the region.
Both of Emerald Cruises’ custom-built superyachts feature balconies on 88% of cabins, a large infinity pool, spa, gym and marina platform with a number of “marina toys” available, such as paddleboards and snorkelling equipment. Each superyacht has a maximum guest capacity of 100, with a crew of 64.
In addition to the new Indian Ocean sailing, Emerald Cruises has four further itineraries departing for the first time in 2023.
Mykonos, Gallipoli & Essence of the Black Sea
Sailing from Athens to Istanbul, the 15-day Mykonos, Gallipoli & Essence of the Black Sea cruise will depart on 17 June 2023, visiting Mykonos (Greece), Çanakkale, Istanbul, Bartin, Sinop, Trabzon (all Turkey), Batumi (Georgia), Sochi (Russia), Odessa (Ukraine), Sulina (Romania), Varna and Nessebar (both Bulgaria).
Discover the Greek Islands, Turkey & the Black Sea
The 22-day Discover the Greek Islands, Turkey & the Black Sea itinerary sails the same route, with additional calls at Patmos (Greece), Kuşadasi, Bodrum (both Turkey), Rhodes and Amorgos (both Greece).
Discover the Red Sea, Holy Land, Turkey & Greece
On the 21-day Discover the Red Sea, Holy Land, Turkey & Greece journey departing 25 January 2023 on Emerald Azzurra, guests will sail from Aqaba (Jordan) to Athens, calling at Hurghada, Ain Sokhna, Alexandria (all Egypt), Ashdod, Haifa (both Israel), Limassol (Cyprus), Paphos, Rhodes (both Greece), Bodrum, Kuşadasi, Çanakkale, Istanbul (all Turkey), Volos and Ermoupolis (both Greece) along the way. Guests will enjoy a visit to the Great Pyramids of Giza, a Nile felucca cruise and a concert at Apollo theatre in Emourpolis.
Ancient Wonders of the Red Sea & Mythical Greece
Also on Emerald Sakara’s schedule is the 12-day Ancient Wonders of the Red Sea & Mythical Greece journey which will set sail from Saudi Arabia on 4 April 2023. Taking guests from Jeddah to Athens, there will be stops in AlUla, Duba, Aqaba (Jordan), Sharm el-Sheikh (Egypt), Ain Sokhna (Egypt) and Agios Nikolaos (Greece). Highlights include a guided tour including lunch at Jordan’s famous archaeological site of Petra.
Prices from US$6,688 per person for the 12-day Ancient Wonders of the Red Sea & Mythical Greece, based on a twin shared Oceanview Stateroom, excluding flights, including onboard meals, Wi-Fi and a selection of excursions. Guests booking before 30 November 2021 can save up to 15% with Emerald Cruises’ Earlybird Fares, and those paying for their cruise in full 12 months prior to departure will save an additional 10%.
For more information and to book, visit www.emeraldcruises.co.uk