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Key Milestone Reached for Emerald Cruises with Keel Laying on Newest Superyacht

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The keel-laying ceremony for the newest yacht in the Emerald Cruises fleet – Emerald Sakara – took place recently (Oct. 27), at the Ha Long Shipyard in Ha Long Bay, Vietnam. Sister yacht to the soon-to-launch Emerald Azzurra, Emerald Sakara is the second luxury superyacht from Emerald Cruises in their ocean fleet, and is due to launch in 2023.

“We’re very excited with the progress of our ocean yacht division at Emerald Cruises. Global demand from our guests for our yacht cruise product gave us the confidence to build a sister yacht to Emerald Azzurra,” said Glen Moroney, owner of Scenic Group, which includes the Emerald Cruises and Scenic Luxury Cruises & Tours brands. “I would like to thank our partners at the Ha Long Shipyard for their ongoing support.”

Following her maiden voyage through the Indian Ocean islands of the Seychelles in early 2023, Emerald Sakara will join Emerald Azzurra in sailing the Mediterranean, Adriatic, Red and Black Seas.

Emerald Sakara will boast balconies on 88 per cent of cabins, and more space per guest than similar vessels of her size. Guests will enjoy a large infinity pool, spa, gym and marina platform, with a number of marina toys available, such as paddleboards and snorkelling equipment. All guests will enjoy inclusive pricing which includes all onboard meals, complimentary wines, beers and soft drinks at lunch and dinner, plus a number of included excursions and onboard activities.

Emerald Sakara will be the 11th vessel in the Emerald Cruises fleet, which includes river ships that sail in Europe and Asia. Emerald Sakara is due to set sail in Q1 2023, with itineraries on sale now.

Emerald Cruises offers a diverse lineup of river and yacht cruises on three continents. Emerald Azzurra, the line’s first ocean-going vessel set to debut in January 2022, is a 100-guest, luxury superyacht that will sail the waters of the Mediterranean, Adriatic, Black and Red Seas. On the rivers, Emerald Cruises sails eight branded Star-Ships in Europe and one on the Mekong, as well as a chartered river ship sailing the Russian waterways (MS Nizhny Novgorod).

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