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Emerald Azzurra cruise to visit Saudi Arabia during inaugural season 

Emerald Cruises has unveiled two brand-new itineraries featuring the kingdom in the superyacht’s 2022 schedule

Both Emerald Azzurra itineraries will take guests on a voyage that includes Saudi Arabia, a new and exciting addition to Emerald Cruises’ list of destinations.

Launching in January, Emerald Azzurra is the first custom-built ocean superyacht from Emerald Cruises, offering a luxury cruising experience to small ports and harbours only accessible by small ships. The superyacht will carry just 100 guests, spread across 50 deluxe suites and staterooms, with the majority of cabins having access to private balconies. With a variety of areas in which to dine and relax, Emerald Azzurra has a Sky Deck with a Spa Pool, and a Wellness Deck featuring a spa, gym, sauna and salon. The superyacht’s marina platform is designed for easy access to the water for snorkelling, paddle boarding and swimming during swim-stops.

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The 10-day ‘Mysteries & Treasures of the Red Sea and Saudi Arabia’ voyage will sail from the Cypriot city of Limassol, with its tavernas and medieval castle, and end in Saudi Arabia’s second-largest city, Jeddah. En route, guests will visit the Great Pyramids of Giza and the Great Sphinx, when calling at Port Said; snorkel in the Red Sea at Sharm El-Sheikh; visit Petra, Jordan’s ancient city carved from sandstone, classified a World Heritage Site and both Duba and Al Wahj in Saudi Arabia, visiting AlUla, one of the oldest cities on the peninsula.

The longer 12-day ‘Ancient Wonders of the Red Sea and Mythical Greece’ itinerary sails from Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, and calls at Al Wahj, Duba in Saudi; Aqaba in Jordan; Sharm-el Sheik and Ain Sokhna, the nearest beach resort to Cairo, in Eygpt; and Crete, Santorini and Athens in Greece.

Highlights include a glass-bottom boat trip at Naama Bay in Sharm El-Sheikh; an optional visit to AlUla, Saudi Arabia’s first UNESCO World Heritage site; sailing on a traditional Felucca cruise on the Nile and a visit the Great Pyramids of Giza. Before disembarking in Piraeus, Athens, guests can soak up Santorini’s world-famous caldera views.

Prices for the 10-day voyage start from US$6,161 per person, departing on 14 February 2022; for the 12-day voyage, price start from US$7,304 per person, departing 18 March 2022.

Prices include some flights, plus transfers, gratuities, onboard meals and excursions with knowledgeable local guides. Emerald Cruises is currently offering limited-time Super Earlybird savings of up to 25% on selected cabins. For more information or to book visit www.emeraldcruises.co.uk

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