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Images of new Emerald Azzurra released ahead of Qatar cruise season

Emerald Cruises has released the first images of its brand new luxury superyacht, Emerald Azzurra, ahead of her maiden cruise season homeporting in Qatar next year.

Emerald Azzurra was launched in March as the first of two identical vessels for the boutique luxury cruise line.

Each of the cruising superyachts will carry just 100 guests in 50 deluxe staterooms and suites, over 80 percent of which feature private balconies.

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Emerald Azzurra is currently sailing bespoke itineraries around the Mediterranean. Her current voyage is an 8-day Mediterranean Enchantment itinerary which finishes in Dubrovnik on April 16th.

In January, 2023, Emerald Azzurra will reposition to the Middle East, offering 7-night itineraries from Doha in Qatar calling at Sir Bani Yas Island, Abu DhabiKhasab, Oman; Fujairah, UAE; Zighy Bay, Oman; and Dubai.

Featuring designer furnishings throughout, the pool deck boasts Paola Lenti day loungers and Kettal lounge chairs, and an infinity-style pool offering incredible sweeping views over the stern.

Aqua Pool Deck

The stylishly appointed Observation Lounge includes Dedon MBrace Wing Chairs and footstool, as well as L’Object games such as chess and tic tac toe for guests to enjoy.

The 50 deluxe staterooms and suites are each equipped with Missoni towels and ESPA amenities – the same luxury line found in the onboard Elements Spa.

Terrace Suite

Emerald Azzurra sailed her maiden voyage from Aqaba in Jordan last month, and offers a small ship cruising experience to ports and harbors only accessible to smaller yachts.

The yacht will be joined by sistership Emerald Sakara in February 2023, with itineraries to the Seychelles, Black Sea and Middle East, on sale now.

Sky Deck Bar

Emerald Azzurra in Qatar

Emerald Cruises has promised a ‘magical’ cruise season in the Qatari capital, with a range of bespoke shore excursions being developed for guests.

“We are delighted to be taking our new superyacht, Emerald Azzurra to Qatar’s vibrant city of Doha next winter,” said Rob Voss, COO, Scenic Group, which includes Emerald Cruises.

“In partnership with Qatar Tourism our guests will experience first-hand and in luxury yachting style the immersive beauty and hospitality the Gulf region and specifically Qatar has to offer. It will be magical,” he added.

Chief Operating Officer of Qatar Tourism, Berthold Trenkel, said cruises offered a uniquely convenient way for tourists to experience all that the Arabian Gulf and Qatar have to offer.

“Qatar has an incredible range of hotels, restaurants, activities and cultural landmarks which can be enjoyed pre and post the cruise, allowing guests the freedom to explore Qatar at their leisure,” he said. “We welcome travellers from around the world to experience our beautiful country and the best of the Middle East, all in one easily accessible place.”

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