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Emerald Cruises adds new itineraries to luxury yacht program

VANCOUVER — Emerald Cruises will debut several new voyages and ports of call as part of its 2023-2024 ocean-going program onboard the Emerald Azzurra and Emerald luxury yachts.

New additions include Caribbean and Central America cruises, transatlantic voyages and new ports of call across the Mediterranean and Adriatic Seas.

The Emerald Azzurra is the line’s first ocean-going vessel, which debuted in March 2022. Launching in 2023 will be Emerald Sakara. Both yachts carry just 100 guests in 50 deluxe staterooms and suites, 88% of which feature a large private balcony. Onboard, guests can enjoy al fresco dining at La Cucina Terrace or Aqua Café, unwind in the Observation Lounge and Amici Bar & Lounge, and enjoy the infinity-style Aqua Pool and Wellness Centre featuring an infrared sauna.

To entice guests to book now, Emerald Cruises is offering 30% off select 2023 Caribbean sailings as part of its Yacht Savings Canada Sale. Bookings must be made between July 1-14, 2022, with full payment due 72 hours after the booking is made.

Here are highlights of the 2023/2024 yacht cruising program:


CARIBBEAN AND CENTRAL AMERICA CRUISING

Emerald Cruises will add 15 new countries to its list of destinations when both Emerald Azzurra and Emerald Sakara homeport in the Caribbean during the 2023 and 2024 winter seasons. A total of 11 itineraries ranging from 8-18 days will take guests to islands in the Grenadines, Virgin Islands and west Indies, as well as ports in Puerto Rico, Panama, Costa Rica and Colombia. Among the new ports of call are Cartagena, Colombia; Terre-de-Haute, Guadeloupe; and Costa Rica’s Isla Tortuga, or ‘Turtle Island.’

In the Caribbean, the eight-day Eastern Caribbean & Grenadines itinerary sails roundtrip from St. John’s, Antigua and calls on ports in Martinique, Bequia Island, Saint Vincent, Mayreau Island, Saint Lucia and Guadeloupe. Fares start at US$5,441 per person, double occupancy, based on a Nov. 18, 2023 departure.

In Central America, the eight-day Coastal Adventures: Costa Rica and Panama sails between Puntarenas and Panama City, with ports of call in Isla Tortuga, Quepos, Isla Cebaco, Playa del Muerto and San José Island. Fares start at $5,776 per person, double occupancy, based on a Jan. 23, 2024 departure.


TRANSATLANTIC ODYSSEYS

Beginning in 2023, Emerald Cruises will offer three 12-day ocean-crossing itineraries aboard Emerald Azzurra and Emerald Sakara. These include Lisbon to Bridgetown, Barbados; Lisbon to St. John, Antigua; and San Juan, Puerto Rico to Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Spain.

The 12-Day Ocean Voyage between San Juan and Santa Cruz de Tenerife starts at $3,936 based on an April 6, 2024 departure.


NEW PORTS IN THE MED

The inaugural season of Emerald Azzurra saw guests sail throughout the Mediterranean and Aegean Seas. Starting in 2023, new destinations will be added to the lineup, including: Sardinia, Italy; the Balearics in Spain; Casablanca, Morocco; Gibraltar; and the Canary Islands.

Also available are extended European ocean voyages that pay call on five Mediterranean countries in one itinerary. Extended voyages will take guests from the coastlines of Southern Italy to beaches and coastal towns in Spain.

The 18-Day Discover Western Mediterranean & Morocco cruise sails from Santa Cruz de Tenerife to Rome, with ports of call in Spain, Morocco, Corsica and Italy. Fares start at $10,922 based on an April 17, 2024 departure.

For more information go to www.emeraldcruises.ca.