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Emerald Azzurra to Visit Saudi Arabia During Inaugural Season on Two Brand New Voyages

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Emerald Cruises has unveiled two new itineraries for Emerald Azzurra’s 2022 inaugural season. Both itineraries will sail the Red Sea and take guests to Saudi Arabia, a new and exciting country on Emerald Cruises’ growing list of destinations. Both new itineraries offer guests an ideal balance of checking off bucket list spots like the Great Pyramids of Giza, ancient Petra and the Suez Canal with discovering novel, lesser-explored ports.

To celebrate the launch of these itineraries, Emerald Cruises is offering a bonus included Premium Drinks Package for bookings made by August 31, 2021, entitling guests to a selection of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages during their time on board. In addition, travellers can choose to pay their balance in full at the time of booking and take advantage of the company’s Super Earlybird savings up to 25% off selected cabins.

The new, 10-day Mysteries & Treasures of the Red Sea and Saudi Arabia itinerary will sail between Limassol, Cyprus, and Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, with ports of call in Egypt and Jordan. The port city of Jeddah is the second largest city in Saudi Arabia and a UNESCO World Heritage Site famed for being a gateway for pilgrims travelling to Mecca and Medina. This forward-thinking city combines the best of old and new, so guests can explore both its ancient mosques and modern, high-end shopping malls. Duba, Saudi Arabia, known as the Pearl of the Red Sea, offers guests the opportunity to visit the historic King Abdulaziz Fort overlooking the port, or engage in snorkelling or diving on one of the sunny beaches. In the port city of Al Wahj, also Saudi Arabia, guests will pay a visit AlUla – one of the oldest cities on the peninsula and the first World Heritage Site in Saudi Arabia, home to the tombs of Hegra. In addition to these new Saudi Arabian ports, guests booking this itinerary will have a chance to visit the Great Pyramids of Giza and the Great Sphinx at Port Said; travel through the world-famous Suez Canal; snorkel in the Red Sea at Sharm El-Sheikh; and visit Petra, the ancient city carved into sandstone. Prices for the 10-day voyage start from $5,326 per person, departing on February 14, 2022.

Alternatively, the longer 12-day Ancient Wonders of the Red Sea and Mythical Greece itinerary sails between Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, and Athens, Greece, calling on Al Wahj, Duba, Aqaba and Sharm-el Sheik, as well as Ain Sokhna, the nearest beach resort to Cairo, Crete, Santorini and Athens. Highlights include a glass bottom boat trip at Naama Bay in Sharm El-Sheikh, a traditional Felucca cruise on the Nile with a visit to the Great Pyramids of Giza, a walking tour of picturesque Agios Nikolaos, Greece and a day of soaking up the sun in Santorini. Prices for this 12-day voyage start from $6,255 per person, departing March 18, 2022.

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 a small group of just 100 guests, spread across 50 deluxe suites and staterooms, with the majority of cabins having access to private balconies. The ship will feature a variety of areas to in which to dine and relax, including the Sky Deck with its Spa Pool, and on the Wellness Deck find a spa, gym, sauna and hairdressers. The superyacht’s marina platform is designed for easy access to enjoy snorkelling, paddle boarding and swimming during swim-stops – just some of the many activities included.

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