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Join Celebrity Chef Michael Bonacini in Sumptuous Southern Italy

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Don’t miss this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to join Chef Bonacini on an intimate, luxurious superyacht cruise. Be one of just 100 guests on board to nourish your palate and soul as you visit the sun-kissed Italian coastline and explore charming villages that inspired his passion for cooking.

Chef Bonacini believes that travel is an important component to understanding the culture and history behind the foods we love and is looking forward to sharing the rich traditions of southern Italian cuisine during this special sailing. Guests will be treated to exclusive culinary experiences, including a private cocktail reception hosted by the chef; a special southern Italian inspired dinner created by Chef Bonacini; a visit to a market in Minori with a stop at Sal de Riso’s award-winning pastry shop to taste the famous Amalfi lemon dessert, Delizia al Limone (also featured in Stanley Tucci's "Searching for Italy" TV series); a live pasta making session on board; and a visit to a local Masseria to tour the olive groves and sample their extra virgin olive oil.

Celebrity chef Michael Bonacini is the co-founder of Oliver & Bonacini Hospitality, which operates a diverse portfolio of restaurants across Canada including Canoe, Jump, Maison Selby, Bar George and Braven. Born and raised in Tenby, South Wales, Chef Bonacini was classically trained under Chef Anton Mosimann at London’s Dorchester Hotel. After emigrating to Canada in 1985, he partnered with veteran restaurateur Peter Oliver to open Jump in 1993, followed by Canoe in 1995. Michael has also enjoyed a successful media career that has included regular appearances on CTV’s The Marilyn Denis Show, hosting Gusto TV’s Cook Like a Chef and Bonacini’s Italy, as well as being a judge on CTV’s MasterChef Canada.

Highlights of Southern Italy with Chef Bonacini - Rome (Civitavecchia) to Dubrovnik

April 4 - 11, 2023 aboard the Emerald Azzurra

The ship sails from Civitavecchia, a coastal town northwest of Rome, with a first stop in a quaint resort town of Sorrento which provides a romantic introduction to the Amalfi Coast. The historic town has spectacular views over the Bay of Naples, and its maze of cobbled streets is punctuated with cosy cafés. Sitting in the foothills of Mount Cerreto, the ambient setting of Amalfi is a pleasant collection of piazzas and waterfront restaurants. Despite its diminutive size, this town was once a maritime powerhouse.Then onto Giardini Naxos, a gorgeous beach resort, with a resplendent horseshoe bay and seafront lined with bars and restaurants. At the very tip of Southern Italy is the Calabrian city of Crotone. Legend has it that it owes its name to Greek half-god Hercules, and there are Aegean influences at every turn, including the remnants of Apollo’s temple. Regarded as ‘the far east of Italy’, Otranto gazes out on to the Adriatic Sea and was a key port for trade and conquest during Roman times. Today, you’ll find a picturesque town of fortifications, mouthwatering seafood restaurants and a pleasant beach. Tracing its origins back to 545 AD, Monopoli is a melting pot of Byzantine, Venetian and Turkish influence. Its charming harbour is surrounded by medieval stone walls, while the Church of the Purgatory features a Baroque chapel of mummified citizens that passed on. Your luxurious yacht cruise concludes in the medieval city of Dubrovnik, in Croatia.

Enhance your trip by adding a pre-cruise hotel stay in Rome and post-cruise stay in Dubrovnik and fully explore these historically important cities.

Exclusive Culinary Experiences with Chef Bonacini

  • Indulge in Chef Bonacini’s southern Italian inspired menu at a special dinner on board
  • Attend a private cocktail reception hosted by Michael Bonacini in Sorrento
  • Visit a market in Minori with a stop at Salde Riso’s award-winning pastry shop to taste the famous Amalfi lemon dessert, Delizia al Limone in Amalfi
  • Visit a local Masseria, a rustic fortified farmhouse where you’ll join Chef Bonacini for a tour of the olive grove and taste the local extra virgin olive oil while in Monopoli
  • Watch Chef Bonacini during a live pasta making session on board while in Crotone

The 360-foot long Emerald Azzurra, Emerald Cruises' first ocean-going vessel which launched in March 2022, has been custom-designed to cruise the waters of the Adriatic Coast, the Red Sea and the Mediterranean, offering guests an intimate, boutique yachting experience. As well as exploring the major highlights in these regions, guests will also have unique access to the smaller ports and harbours only accessible by small yachts, giving them the freedom to explore the authentic local towns and villages off the beaten tourist track.

Emerald Azzurra’s spacious suites, which start at more than 300 ft², have been designed with a modern feel and upscale amenities. Of the 50 luxuriously appointed staterooms and suites, 88% feature balconies from which to admire the breathtaking views. In the true style of a super yacht built for warm-water destinations, the yacht features a large infinity pool and a marina platform from which guests can take part in a variety of watersport activities including paddle boarding and snorkelling. Emerald Azzurra also features three tenders and two Zodiacs for easy shore landings. A fleet of the very latest in electronic bikes from Gocycle are also available for guests to enjoy, ideal for local village trips and active explorations. A first for yacht cruising, Emerald Azzurra features an innovative infrared sauna for longer, relaxing experiences as well as a spa and gym.

When planning the yacht’s itineraries, and providing a range of included excursions in key ports, Emerald Cruises has ensured you'll have time to dedicate to independent exploration. Feel free to personalise your time onshore, with plenty of opportunity for you to disembark your yacht for unguided city visits and evenings ashore. You will also have the opportunity to explore each destination further by booking one of Emerald’s DiscoverMORE optional excursions.

After time spent ashore, fine á la carte dining as well as sumptuous breakfast and lunch buffets in the serene setting of the ship's spacious La Cucina Restaurant, take inspiration from the Mediterranean path you will be navigating.

Expect fresh, locally sourced dinners, thoughtfully crafted by expert chefs, with complimentary sommelier-paired wine, beer or soft drinks served with both, lunch and dinner.

In the evening, once you’ve enjoyed your meal, you can appreciate the ocean breeze from the ship’s large al fresco terrace, before a nightcap in the plush, relaxed Horizon Bar & Lounge.

It's All Included! Emerald Cruises' Exceptional EmeraldVALUE:

  • All airport transfers to and from your Superyacht
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner on board
  • Complimentary wine, beer and soft drinks to accompany lunch and dinner
  • State-of-the-art coffee machines and tea stations
  • Complimentary water, restocked daily
  • Included excursions with knowledgeable local guides
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi
  • Gocycle electric bicycles on board
  • All port charges and taxes
  • First-class service from an English-speaking crew
  • All gratuities on board and for excursions are included

Book by June 30th, 2022 and Enjoy Free Economy Class Airfare. Contact Your Travel Professional for complete details.

Terms, conditions and restrictions apply; pricing, availability, and other details subject to change and/ or apply to US or Canadian residents. Please confirm details and booking information with your travel advisor.

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