Emerald Cruises’ new Southern Italy cruise with Chef Michael Bonacini expected to sell out
Chef Michael Bonacini

Emerald Cruises’ new Southern Italy cruise with Chef Michael Bonacini expected to sell out

VANCOUVER — Emerald Cruises is once again teaming up with famed Canadian chef Michael Bonacini for a culinary-themed sailing in Southern Italy aboard the ultra-luxe Emerald Azzurra.

Departing from Rome on April 4, 2023, this special departure will call on some of Southern Italy’s most beloved food destinations, including Sorrento, Amalfi, Sicily and Monopoli, before crossing the Adriatic and ending in Dubrovnik.

During the sailing, guests will be treated to exclusive culinary experiences with Chef Bonacini, including a private cocktail reception, a special southern Italian-inspired dinner, and a visit to a market in Minori with a stop at Sal de Riso’s award-winning pastry shop to taste Amalfi’s famous lemon dessert, Delizia al Limone. They’ll also take part in a live pasta-making session onboard with the Chef, and visit a local Masseria to tour the olive groves and sample extra virgin olive oil.

Emerald Cruises’ new Southern Italy cruise with Chef Michael Bonacini expected to sell out

Emerald Azzura in Portofino Bay, Liguria, Italy

On the upcoming voyage, Chef Bonacini said: “Travel is such an important component to understanding the culture and history behind the foods we love. I am very much looking forward to sharing the rich traditions of southern Italian cuisine with our guests on this special sailing.”

Guests who book their cabin by June 30, 2022 will receive free roundtrip air to Europe. With just 50 cabins onboard the intimate Emerald Azzurra, the company is urging guests to book quickly as it anticipates the itinerary selling out long before June.

In addition to free flights, balcony suites start at $8,350 per person, including gratuities, all meals including snacks by the pool, select onboard drinks, port charges, Wi-Fi and airport transfers. An online brochure detailing the sailing is available here.

The new Emerald Azzurra superyacht welcomed its first guests onboard in March 2022. It offers 50 luxuriously appointed suites, more than 88% of which boast balconies, a large infinity pool, a spa, gym and marina platform with SEABOBs, paddleboards and snorkelling equipment for guest use, plus a fleet of electronic bikes from Gocycle. Emerald Sakara will be the brand’s second superyacht, launching in the Seychelles in 2023.