VANCOUVER — Emerald Cruises’ highly anticipated Emerald Azzurra has successfully completed its first sea trials ahead of its debut in January 2022.
As the cruise line’s first ocean-going vessel, the 100-guest luxury superyacht will sail the Mediterranean, Adriatic, Black and Red Seas when it officially launches next month. The sea trials took place within 48 hours in Vietnam, departing Ha Long Shipyard on Nov. 20. A short video documenting the sea trial can be viewed here.
Following the trials, the Emerald Azzurra will shortly undergo the final touches to its interior and exterior, as well as complete team training before it begins sailing in early 2022.
“During Emerald Azzurra’s sea trials, all design parameters were exceeded, including speed, noise, vibration and overall comfort and maneuverability whilst sailing. Emerald Azzurra really is a very special superyacht, and will undoubtedly deliver a fantastic experience for our guests,” said Glen Moroney, founder and chairman of parent company Scenic Group.
Captain Jonathan Edward added: “I’m delighted with the great teamwork that has been achieved in constructing not just the most elegant vessel on the seas, but one that can live up to the high standards we have all grown to expect from Emerald Cruises.”
The brand new superyacht will carry just 100 guests in 50 deluxe suites and staterooms, with more than 80% of cabins featuring a balcony. It will mark the 10th vessel in the Emerald Cruises fleet, joining nine river cruising Star-Ships. The line’s second superyacht, Emerald Sakara, will join the fleet in early 2023 and will add the Seychelles to the company’s destination lineup.
Earlier this year, Travelweek interviewed Juna Ueda, General Manager, Sales of Emerald Cruises Canada about the upcoming launch of the Emerald Azzurrra. To read the article, click here.