Interior view: Emerald Cruises’ Emerald Azzurra

The cruise line’s first ocean-going superyacht offers a luxurious environment for voyages

Interior view: Emerald Cruises’ Emerald Azzurra
Emerald Azzurra carries a maximum of 100 guests per cruise to ports and harbours that are only accessible to small yachts

By Alex Smith |

The interior of Emerald Azzurra, Emerald Cruises’ first ocean-going superyacht, is designed to convey a sense of spacious and relaxing luxury for guests sailing on its itineraries to some of the most incredible destinations in the world. 

The custom-built ship comprises 50 suites and staterooms, of which more than 88 per cent feature a balcony. Emerald Azzurra carries a maximum of 100 guests per cruise to ports and harbours that are only accessible to small yachts, offering a new and exclusive luxury sailing adventure exploring the coastlines of the Adriatic, Mediterranean and Arabian Peninsula.  

Featuring designer furnishings throughout, the pool deck boasts Paola Lenti day loungers and Kettal lounge chairs to complement the infinity-style pool that offers sweeping views over the warm-weather destinations Emerald Azzura will visit. Indoors, the Observational Lounge includes Dedon MBrace wing chairs and footstools, as well as L’Objet games such as chess and tic-tac-toe for guests to play. 

À la carte dining and breakfast and lunch buffets in the Reflections Restaurant take inspiration from the yacht’s Mediterranean ports of call. Guests can expect fresh, locally sourced dining in an open, elegant space, with complimentary sommelier-paired wine, beer or soft drinks. At the back of the restaurant is the Horizon Bar & Lounge, where guests can appreciate the ocean breeze from the comfort of a large al fresco terrace. 

All cabins, suites and staterooms include queen-size or twin hotel-style beds fitted with Egyptian cotton linen, en suite bathrooms with luxurious toiletries, complimentary bathrobes and slippers, and a flat-screen HD TV and infotainment system. Also included is complimentary water, which is restocked daily, wi-fi, individual climate control and a minibar. Every cabin, stateroom and suite also comes equipped with Missoni towels and ESPA amenities – the same luxury brand found in the onboard Elements Spa. 

The yacht also features a Wellness Centre with an infinity pool, spa, gym and infrared sauna, as well as a marina platform, with Seabobs, paddleboards and snorkelling equipment available for guests to enjoy. A fleet of the very latest in electronic bikes from gocycle are also available onboard for use during local village trips and active explorations. 

“Continuing the yacht’s sleek exterior, the onboard experience really lives up to the superyacht lifestyle expectations,” says David Winterton, global director of brand and marketing at Emerald Cruises, who has recently sailed onboard Emerald Azzurra. “With luscious design-led furnishings and artwork at every turn, it’s hard to pinpoint my favourite area of the yacht. 

“While onboard I enjoyed the Paola Lenti day loungers with Kettal cushions on the Pool Deck, as we sailed into the picturesque Rhodes harbour. Another great location is the Observation Lounge, where guests can kick back into a Dedon MBrace wing chair and footstool and use the binoculars to get an amazing close-up view of coastline activity.” 

Emerald Azzurra will be officially welcomed to the brand’s fleet in Venice, Italy, on 28 May before the ship repositions to the Mediterranean and the Adriatic Coast for the 2022 summer season. The new yacht will be joined by sister yacht Emerald Sakara in February 2023, which will sail itineraries to the Seychelles and the Middle East. 

This article was first published in the 2022 issue of Cruise & Ferry Interiors. All information was correct at the time of printing, but may since have changed. 

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