Yorkshire Times
A Voice of the North
Phil Hopkins
Arts & Travel Editor
7:00 AM 3rd November 2021

Seychelles Named As Maiden Voyage Destination

The inaugural sailing season of Emerald Cruises' new yacht, the Emerald Sakara, has been announced as it prepares to join its sister vessel, the Azzurra in 2023.

Emerald Sakara’s maiden voyage will be the 11-day Tropical Charms of the Seychelles itinerary, taking guests on a round-trip from Victoria, Mahé Island, the capital of the Seychelles.

The itinerary will call at the islands of Sainte Anne, Cousin, Praslin, Grande Soeur, Curieuse, La Digue and Aride – all in the Seychelles.

Marking not only the launch of the new superyacht, but also Emerald Cruises first sailing in the Indian Ocean,
highlights of the itinerary include an exploration of Sainte Anne Marine National Park, with its pristine sandy beaches, coconut trees, crystal-clear waters, polychromatic coral reefs and rich marine biodiversity; an orientation of Cousin Island, which, thanks to conservation efforts, has become one of the most significant nesting sites in the world for turtles; and a discovery of Aride Island, a nature reserve hosting one of the most substantial seabird populations in the Indian Ocean.

Departing 23 February 2023, prices for the 11-day yacht cruise start from £4,340 per person.

Both of Emerald Cruises’ custom-built superyachts feature balconies on 88 per cent of cabins, a large infinity pool, spa, gym and marina platform – with a number of marina toys available such as paddleboards and snorkelling equipment.

Each superyacht has a maximum guest capacity of 100, with a crew of 64, providing unparalleled levels of service.

Guests booking before 30 November 2021 can save up to 15 per cent with Emerald Cruises’ Earlybird Fares, and those paying for their cruise in full 12 months prior to departure will save an additional 10 per cent.

All prices include return UK flights, transfers, all on board meals, complimentary wine, beer and soft drinks at lunch and dinner, Wi-Fi and a selection of excursions with knowledgeable local guides.

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