Qatar Tourism, Emerald Cruises Partner on Superyacht Cruises, Land Add-ons

Qatar Tourism announced that it's partnering with Emerald Cruises as the line's new superyacht, the 100-passenger Emerald Azzurra, will begin sailing from Doha, Qatar in January 2023.

Emerald Azzurra will offer seven-night itineraries from Doha, with calls at Sir Bani Yas Island, Abu Dhabi; Khasab, Oman; Fujairah and Dubai United Arab Emirates; and Zighy Bay, Oman, and in reverse. 

“In line with the national strategy, 'Qatar National Vision 2030,' we are expanding our tourism value proposition and are excited to welcome travelers from around the world to experience the best of Qatari hospitality both on sea and land," said Berthold Trenkel, chief operating officer, Doha Tourism, in a written statement. "The new itineraries launching with Emerald Cruises are another step towards achieving this vision.

Rob Voss, chief operating officer, Scenic Group, which includes Emerald Cruises, commented: “We are delighted to be taking our new superyacht, Emerald Azzurra to Qatar’s vibrant city of Doha next winter. In partnership with Qatar Tourism our guests will experience first-hand and in luxury yachting style the immersive beauty and hospitality the Gulf region and specifically Qatar has to offer."

The news comes as construction continues on central Doha's new Grand Cruise Terminal. It's located near the Museum of Islamic Art and Souq Waqif. The terminal will have the capacity to host two mega-ships and will offer such attractions as an aquarium and art gallery.

Add-On Land Tours

Pre- and post-cruise tours for Emerald's guests include a three-day package to explore the sites and culture of Qatar. Highlights include the National Museum of Qatar, designed by French architect Jean Nouvel, in the style of a desert rose, or a visit to Souq Waqif, to purchase local souvenirs and spices. Visitors also can journey into the desert and visit the Inland Sea with such activities as dune bashing and camel riding. 

“Qatar has an incredible range of hotels, restaurants, activities and cultural landmarks which can be enjoyed pre and post the cruise, allowing guests the freedom to explore Qatar at their leisure," said Trenkel. 

As for Emerald Azzurra, the new superyacht will offer a Sky Bar, observation deck and lounge, wellness area and an infinity pool. The vessel's marina platform will provide guests with such "toys" as Seabobs (for underwater exploration) and paddleboards.

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