Courtesy Emerald Cruises: Boston (April 2020) – Emerald Cruises has released a new video showcasing the initial build of its first oceangoing super yacht, Emerald Azzurra, along with first look images from the building of Emerald Luna, the line’s newest Star-Ship on the rivers of Europe. Both Emerald Azzurra and Emerald Luna are scheduled to launch in 2021.
“As much as life can feel uncertain during this period of societal disruption, we believe travel can serve as a true emotional healing agent for when we are again able to wander the world,” said Jayne O’Brien, managing director, Scenic Group USA. “We are committed to the future of small ship travel and looking to tomorrow’s adventures helps keeps hope front and center. In that spirit, we are proud to share the first of our Emerald Azzurra new build videos and look forward to welcoming guests next year.”
“Our time-lapse video shows the building of Emerald Azzurra is still on schedule, with the shipyard progressing their work on construction and pre-outfitting of hull blocks as expected,” said Glen Moroney, owner and chairman of Scenic Group. “While there are some delays in equipment delivery from Europe and China, we continue to work with the shipyard on how to minimize that impact. The entire Emerald Yacht Cruises team is excited to see the project progressing and look forward to welcoming guests onboard this magnificent yacht as it begins cruising the Mediterranean in 2021.”
The images of Emerald Luna showcase its ongoing progress as well. “All construction and equipment deliveries are on schedule,” said Moroney. Emerald Luna will be the ninth ship in Emerald Waterways’ fleet and will join Emerald Sky, Star, Sun, Dawn and Destiny cruising the Rhine, Maine and Danube Rivers. Emerald Liberté, sailing on the Rhône River, Emerald Radiance on the Douro River and Emerald Harmony on the Mekong river.
The 360-foot-long Emerald Azzurra is being built in Ha Long City, Vietnam, and is scheduled to set sail in August 2021. Her 47 itineraries throughout 2021 and 2022 will explore destinations including the Mediterranean – Greece, Croatia, Italy, France, Cyprus, Turkey, Malta and Spain – and the Red Sea – Israel, Jordan and Egypt. Emerald Yacht Cruises will offer guests an intimate yacht cruising experience on board with a capacity set at just 100 guests and on shore, providing unrivalled access to smaller and less touristic ports and harbors only small yachts can reach.
The new addition to Emerald Waterways’ Star-Ship river fleet, Emerald Luna is set to sail in spring 2021. The 180-guest vessel promises all the line’s innovative and contemporary Star-Ship features including the signature indoor heated pool that seamlessly transforms into an evening cinema, the panoramic Sun Deck and beautifully appointed suites and staterooms.
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