Emerald Cruises’ new luxury ship Emerald Sakara has been floated out ahead of its final interior fit-out.
The vessel is currently being built by The Halong Shipbuilding Company in Vietnam and is due to depart on its maiden voyage from Athens, Greece, to Rome, Italy, on 5 August 2023.
Emerald Sakara will accommodate a maximum of 100 guests across 50 suites and staterooms, similar to its sister ship Emerald Azzurra.
It will also feature an infinity pool, public areas for guests to relax in, a marina platform with easy access to the sea, and a Wellness Centre, which includes a spa, gym and infrared sauna.“Our director of product design – Karen Moroney – and I have overseen the development and construction of Emerald Sakara, and having visited the shipyard recently, can say it certainly exceeds our expectations,” said Glen Moroney, chairman and founder of The Scenic Group, Emerald Cruises’ parent company. “Being able to add to the Emerald Cruises fleet again so swiftly is a sign of the reception our new Emerald yachts have received from guests and our travel partners. Emerald Sakara opens up a whole world of new destinations that are sure to spark greater demand.”
Emerald Cruises aims to create an exclusive experience by exploring ports and harbours that are only accessible to small yachts. Following its inaugural voyage in August, Emerald Sakara will operate in Italy, Greece, Turkey and the Adriatic for the rest of its summer season. Then, it will offer cruises in the Caribbean and around Central America for the winter season, beginning 17 November 2023.