Yorkshire Times
A Voice of the North
Phil Hopkins
Arts & Travel Editor
8:00 AM 16th April 2021

Demand Surge Prompts Release Of Emerald’s 2023 Programme

A surge in demand has prompted small ship specialists Emerald Cruises to unveil the 2023 programme for its new ocean-going 5-star luxury superyacht, Emerald Azzurra.

The 2023 collection features the highly anticipated yacht’s first voyages to the Black Sea on two new itineraries.

The 15-day Mykonos, Gallipoli & Essence of the Black Sea itinerary sails from Athens to Istanbul and calls at Mykonos, Çanakkale, Bartin, Sinop, Trabzon (all Turkey), Batumi (Georgia), Sochi (Russia), Odessa (Ukraine), Sulina (Romania), Varna and Nessebar (both Bulgaria) en route. Guests will explore the whitewashed alleyways of Mykonos on a guided tour, revel in a historical Sinop prison tour and experience the Palaces of Odessa with a captivating private recital. Prices start from £6,120 per person departing 5 and 19 August 2023.

For a more in-depth exploration of the Cyclades, the 22-day Discover the Greek Islands, Turkey & the Black Sea itinerary is an extension of the above voyage with additional ports of call in Patmos (Greece), Kuşadasi, Bodrum (both Turkey), Rhodes and Amorgos (both Greece). The extra days are filled with guided city and historical site tours, including a hike to the Monastery of St. John while on Patmos – arguably one of the most beautiful Greek islands – and a folklore show in Amorgos, complete with local delicacies. Prices for the 22-day itinerary start from £8,870 per person departing 19 August 2023.

Launching in January 2022, Emerald Azzurra is the first custom-built ocean superyacht from Emerald Cruises – offering a luxury cruising experience to small ports and harbours only accessible to small ships.

The superyacht will carry just 100 guests across 50 deluxe suites and staterooms, with majority of cabins benefiting from their own private balcony. Emerald Azzurra features a variety of areas to dine and relax and an on board wellness centre, complete with a spa, gym and sauna for the ultimate indulgence, as well as three tenders and a Zodiac. The superyacht’s marina platform is designed for easy access to snorkelling, paddle boarding and swimming.

In celebration of the 2023 season release, Emerald Cruises is offering limited time Super Earlybird savings of up to 30 per cent on selected cabins, as well as a complimentary deposit protection plan and a flexible booking policy. The Super Earlybird offer is valid on new bookings that are paid in full 12 months before departure*.

All prices include return UK flights, transfers, the cruises as stated, all tipping and gratuities, all on board meals, as well as included excursions and experiences with knowledgeable local guides.

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