Emerald Sakara

Specifications of Emerald Sakara

Year built2023 new ship
BuilderHalong Shipbuilding Company (Ha Long City, Vietnam)
ClassMega Yacht
Speed22 kn / 41 kph / 25 mph
Length (LOA)110 m / 361 ft
Gross Tonnage5300 gt
Passengers100
Crew64
Decks7
Cabins50
Decks with cabins4
Sister-shipsEmerald Azzurra
Christened bytba
OwnerScenic Group (Australia)
OperatorEmerald Yacht Cruises

Emerald Sakara Itineraries

DateItineraryDeparture PortPrice from
2023 Aug 05 7 days, one-way from Piraeus-Athens to Civitavecchia-Rome Piraeus-Athens $4315
2023 Aug 12 7 days, one-way from Civitavecchia-Rome to Dubrovnik Civitavecchia-Rome $4440
2023 Aug 12 14 days, one-way from Civitavecchia-Rome to Venice Civitavecchia-Rome
2023 Aug 19 7 days, one-way from Dubrovnik to Venice Dubrovnik
2023 Aug 26 7 days, one-way from Venice to Dubrovnik Venice $4825
2023 Aug 26 14 days, one-way from Venice to Civitavecchia-Rome Venice
2023 Sep 02 7 days, one-way from Dubrovnik to Civitavecchia-Rome Dubrovnik $3434
2023 Sep 09 7 days, one-way from Civitavecchia-Rome to Piraeus-Athens Civitavecchia-Rome
2023 Sep 16 7 days, round-trip Greek Islands Turkish Coastline Piraeus-Athens
2023 Sep 23 7 days, round-trip Greek Islands Turkish Coastline Piraeus-Athens
2023 Sep 23 14 days, one-way from Piraeus-Athens to Dubrovnik Piraeus-Athens
2023 Sep 23 21 days, one-way from Piraeus-Athens to Venice Piraeus-Athens
2023 Sep 30 7 days, one-way from Piraeus-Athens to Dubrovnik Piraeus-Athens $10500
2023 Sep 30 14 days, one-way from Piraeus-Athens to Venice Piraeus-Athens $16490
2023 Oct 07 7 days, one-way from Dubrovnik to Venice Dubrovnik $10600
2023 Oct 14 7 days, one-way from Venice to Dubrovnik Venice $3711
2023 Oct 21 7 days, one-way from Dubrovnik to Civitavecchia-Rome Dubrovnik $3434
2023 Oct 21 17 days, one-way from Dubrovnik to Lisbon Dubrovnik $6827
2023 Oct 28 9 days, one-way from Civitavecchia-Rome to Portimao Civitavecchia-Rome $4427
2023 Nov 07 0 day, round-trip Ocean Voyage Lisbon - St. Johns Lisbon $4455
2023 Nov 18 6 days, one-way from St Johns Antigua to Terre-de-Haut Island St Johns Antigua $4857
2023 Nov 18 13 days, one-way from St Johns Antigua to Culebra Island St Johns Antigua $7573
2023 Nov 25 6 days, one-way from St Johns Antigua to Culebra Island St Johns Antigua $4907
2023 Dec 02 6 days, one-way from San Juan to Jost Van Dyke Island BVI San Juan $4907
2023 Dec 09 6 days, one-way from San Juan to Gustavia St Barths San Juan $5177
2023 Dec 10 13 days, one-way from Culebra Island to St Johns Antigua Culebra Island $8013
2023 Dec 16 6 days, one-way from St Johns Antigua to Terre-de-Haut Island St Johns Antigua $5082
2023 Dec 23 6 days, one-way from St Johns Antigua to Terre-de-Haut Island St Johns Antigua $5082
2023 Dec 23 13 days, one-way from St Johns Antigua to Culebra Island St Johns Antigua $8013
2023 Dec 30 6 days, one-way from St Johns Antigua to Culebra Island St Johns Antigua $5177
2024 Jan 06 6 days, one-way from San Juan to Jost Van Dyke Island BVI San Juan $4907
2024 Jan 13 6 days, one-way from San Juan to Gustavia St Barths San Juan $4907
2024 Jan 13 13 days, one-way from San Juan to Terre-de-Haut Island San Juan $7573
2024 Jan 20 6 days, one-way from St Johns Antigua to Terre-de-Haut Island St Johns Antigua $4857
2024 Jan 27 6 days, one-way from St Johns Antigua to Marigot St Johns Antigua $4807
2024 Feb 03 6 days, one-way from St Johns Antigua to Marigot St Johns Antigua $4807
2024 Feb 10 6 days, one-way from St Johns Antigua to Terre-de-Haut Island St Johns Antigua $4857
2024 Feb 10 13 days, one-way from St Johns Antigua to Culebra Island St Johns Antigua $7573
2024 Feb 17 6 days, one-way from St Johns Antigua to Culebra Island St Johns Antigua $4907
2024 Feb 24 6 days, one-way from San Juan to Jost Van Dyke Island BVI San Juan
2024 Mar 02 6 days, one-way from San Juan to Gustavia St Barths San Juan $4907
2024 Mar 02 13 days, one-way from San Juan to Terre-de-Haut Island San Juan $7573
2024 Mar 09 6 days, one-way from St Johns Antigua to Terre-de-Haut Island St Johns Antigua $4857
2024 Mar 16 6 days, one-way from St Johns Antigua to Terre-de-Haut Island St Johns Antigua $4857
2024 Mar 16 13 days, one-way from St Johns Antigua to Culebra Island St Johns Antigua $7573
2024 Mar 23 6 days, one-way from St Johns Antigua to Culebra Island St Johns Antigua $4907
2024 Mar 30 6 days, one-way from San Juan to Jost Van Dyke Island BVI San Juan $4907
2024 Apr 06 0 day, round-trip Ocean Voyage San Juan - Santa Cruz de Tenerife San Juan $4894
2024 Apr 17 10 days, one-way from Santa Cruz de Tenerife to Civitavecchia-Rome Santa Cruz de Tenerife $5548
2024 Apr 17 17 days, one-way from Santa Cruz de Tenerife to Civitavecchia-Rome Santa Cruz de Tenerife $7578
2024 Apr 27 7 days, round-trip Enchanting Italian Coastlines Civitavecchia-Rome $4532
2024 May 04 7 days, one-way from Civitavecchia-Rome to Dubrovnik Civitavecchia-Rome $4461
2024 May 11 7 days, one-way from Dubrovnik to Civitavecchia-Rome Dubrovnik
2024 May 11 14 days, one-way from Dubrovnik to Villefranche-sur-Mer Dubrovnik
2024 May 18 7 days, one-way from Civitavecchia-Rome to Villefranche-sur-Mer Civitavecchia-Rome $4350
2024 May 25 7 days, one-way from Villefranche-sur-Mer to Civitavecchia-Rome Villefranche-sur-Mer $4350
2024 May 25 14 days, one-way from Villefranche-sur-Mer to Venice Villefranche-sur-Mer $7904
2024 Jun 01 7 days, one-way from Civitavecchia-Rome to Venice Civitavecchia-Rome $4923
2024 Jun 15 7 days, one-way from Dubrovnik to Venice Dubrovnik $4813
2024 Jun 22 7 days, one-way from Venice to Civitavecchia-Rome Venice $4923
2024 Jun 29 7 days, one-way from Civitavecchia-Rome to Dubrovnik Civitavecchia-Rome $4461
2024 Jun 29 14 days, one-way from Civitavecchia-Rome to Piraeus-Athens Civitavecchia-Rome $7648
2024 Jul 06 7 days, one-way from Dubrovnik to Piraeus-Athens Dubrovnik $4534
2024 Jul 06 14 days, one-way from Dubrovnik to Piraeus-Athens Dubrovnik
2024 Jul 13 7 days, round-trip Greek Islands Turkish Coastline Piraeus-Athens
2024 Jul 20 7 days, round-trip Greek Islands Turkish Coastline Piraeus-Athens $4495
2024 Jul 27 14 days, one-way from Piraeus-Athens to Venice Piraeus-Athens $7872
2024 Jul 27 7 days, one-way from Piraeus-Athens to Dubrovnik Piraeus-Athens $4534
2024 Aug 03 7 days, one-way from Dubrovnik to Venice Dubrovnik $4723
2024 Aug 10 7 days, one-way from Venice to Dubrovnik Venice $4723
2024 Aug 17 7 days, one-way from Dubrovnik to Venice Dubrovnik $6541
2024 Aug 24 7 days, one-way from Venice to Civitavecchia-Rome Venice $4878
2024 Aug 31 7 days, round-trip Enchanting Italian Coastlines Civitavecchia-Rome $4532
2024 Sep 07 14 days, one-way from Civitavecchia-Rome to Piraeus-Athens Civitavecchia-Rome $7550
2024 Sep 07 7 days, one-way from Civitavecchia-Rome to Piraeus-Athens Civitavecchia-Rome $4311
2024 Sep 14 7 days, round-trip Greek Islands Turkish Coastline Piraeus-Athens $4585
2024 Sep 21 7 days, round-trip Greek Islands Turkish Coastline Piraeus-Athens $4585

Emerald Sakara Review

Review of Emerald Sakara

The 2023-built Emerald Sakara cruise ship is a superyacht with max passenger capacity 100. This is the second of two newbuilds in the Emerald Cruises fleet, as well as the company's second ocean-going vessel - following the sistership Azzurra (2022). Sakara is currently under construction in Vietnam, being built by Halong Shipbuilding Company (HLS) in Ha Long City. HLS was contracted to build the hull and install all the yacht's machinery, while the interior fit-out is managed by a separate project team.

The vessel (IMO number 9948827) will be Bahamas-flagged (MMSI tba) and registered in Nassau.

When inaugurated (in February 2023), Sakara will be Emerald Cruises' 11th boat, having as fleetmates 9x riverboats and the sistership Azzurra.

The superyacht Emerald Sakara has max passenger capacity 100 (plus 68 crew/staff). The ship design is sleek (megayacht-like hull and superstructure), with premium accommodations (ultra-modern hotel amenities), spacious restaurants, a large wellness complex (gym, sauna, spa, massage rooms), two tender boats (used for passenger debarkation and embarkation in tender ports / without docking facilities), two Zodiacs (large-capacity, high-speed RIB boats used for coastal cruising and landings), aft Marina (platform for launching watersports activities - swimming, snorkeling, paddleboarding, kayaking, etc), a large infinity pool (with a stern-facing glass front), a dedicated pool deck (aft location, oval-shaped pool, sunbathing area with padded loungers, open-air Bar).

Emerald Sakara also carries its own electronic bikes (Gocycle brand) from the premium manufacturer Karbon Kinetics Ltd (2002-founded by Richard Thorpe/McLaren Cars design engineer).

Emerald Sakara yacht cruise ship

Emerald Waterways is a new (established 2014) river cruise shipping company and brand owned by Scenic Group (Scenic Tours Australia). Emerald Waterways riverboats are well-known as some of the best on the market newbuild ships with premium facilities and superb services provided by professionally trained staff and crew.

On February 1, 2020, Emerald Waterways introduced the new brand "Emerald Yacht Cruises". It officially starts operations in 2022 (February) with the inauguration of the Azzurra superyacht, which was initially planned for July 2021.

The yacht's name (Sakara) is a Sanskrit word that means “thoughts become things”. Also similarly sounds Saqqara (Sakkara/Saccara) - the Egyptian kings' and royals' necropolis at Ancient Egypt's capital city Memphis/Menefer.

Decks and Cabins

Of all Emerald Sakara staterooms (50 total), 88% are with a step-out balcony - excluding only Deck 3's Oceanviews (with windows). Standard Balcony cabins are sized 29 m2 (310 ft2, including the veranda). The cabin balcony access is via floor-ceiling sliding glass doors. The veranda is furnished with two deckchairs and a small table. The ship's largest passenger accommodations are the two Owner Suites (on Pool Deck 6) each sized 111 m2 (1195 ft2, including a large terrace). The smallest are the six Oceanview cabins (forward on Deck 3) each sized 19 m2 (205 ft2).

The boat has 7 decks, of which 5 are passenger-accessible and 4 with cabins. Two Lifts (midship Elevators) interconnect all decks.

All staterooms are with contemporary design, luxurious en-suite bathrooms (WC, shower, single-sink vanity, hairdryer, premium toiletries, bathrobes, slippers), twin beds (convertible to double / Queen-size, Egyptian cotton linens, quality pillows), bedside cabinets (with recessed lights), wardrobe, electronic safe box (in the closet), mirrored writing desk (dressing table with chair), sofa, coffee table with chaise lounge chairs, mini-bar (refrigerator), phone, smart HDTV (satellite reception, infotainment system / Internet, movies-on-demand), free Wi-Fi, individually controlled air-conditioning, bottled water (daily restocked), umbrella (used on land tours).

Bonus amenities (suite-only perks) include walk-in closet, pillow menu, Welcome Gifts (bottle of champagne and fruit platter / upon arrival), mini-bar (daily restocked), coffee machine, tea-making facility, free laundry (2 items daily for Yacht Suites and Terrace, and 4 items daily for Owner Suites). Both Owner Suites additionally receive free room service (in-cabin dining) with served pre-dinner canapes and after-dinner sweets.

Emerald Sakara yacht cruise ship

Shipboard facilities

The onboard food offering features local cuisine specialties (based on the visited ports along the current itinerary) and gourmet dishes (prepared with freshest, locally sourced produce). The ship has 3 restaurants and 3 bars (lounges), including the pool deck's lounge. Breakfast and lunch buffets and a la carte dinners are served at Reflections Restaurant (full-capacity Dining Room on Deck 3). Adjacent to the restaurant (aft) is The Terrace - an outdoor lounge that doubles as alfresco dining venue (weather permitting). Onboard dining is complimentary and inclusive of beverages - soft drinks, beer and wine (by the glass) are waiter-served and free at all lunches and dinners.

Emerald Sakara yacht pool deck

Horizon Bar Lounge is the largest and serves as the main lounge. Observation Lounge is a small indoor lounge with bow-location (Deck 4). On Pool Deck (deck 6) is located The Cafe (outdoor lounge served by its own bar). Sky Bar (Deck 7) is an outdoor poolside bar the serves with beverages and light snacks Sky Deck's sundeck area (with Jaccuzi / spa pool).

Emerald Sakara yacht sundeck pool

Emerald Yacht Cruises Emerald Sakara' prices are inclusive of return flights (economy-class, from London Heathrow Airport), transfers (airport, and to/from the ship), port fees, airport taxes, all onboard meals, select drinks, onboard tipping (gratuities), shore excursions, enrichment program (lectures, media presentations, live performances), watersports (equipment and activities). Ashore, passengers enjoy the complimentary EmeraldPLUS cultural program (professionally guided tours) and EmeraldACTIVE program (guided bicycle tours). Additionally, Emerald Yacht Cruises customers can book optional shore excursions (by the company's DiscoverMORE program) which come at extra cost.

Emerald Yacht Cruises sells fly-cruise deals which are ATOL-protected (Air Travel Organiser's Licence) and ABTA-protected (directly booked flights with non-ATOL airlines).

Itineraries

While certified for unrestricted passenger shipping operations in all regions (except polar), the yacht Emerald Sakara is custom-designed to navigate in warmer climates, like Southern Europe's Mediterranean (Adriatic Sea, Aegean Sea), Red Sea (Arabia) and Indian Ocean (Seychelles), offering a unique superyacht cruising experience. The boat's smaller size (and water draft) allows it to visit ports that larger ships can't access.

Emerald Cruises' yachts offer seasonally (in spring and fall) cheap Transatlantic crossings between the Caribbean and Europe (RepositionCruises.com).

Sakara's inaugural cruise season is currently scheduled to start in 2023-Q1.

  • The Maiden Voyage (February 25, 2023) is a 7-day itinerary (themed "Tropical Charms of Seychelles") with which Emeral Cruises introduces Seychelles as the company's new destination in the Indian Ocean. The roundtrip from Victoria (Mahe Island) visits the islands Sainte-Anne, Cousin, Praslin, Grande-Soeur, Curieuse, La Digue and Aride.
  • Sakara's inaugural 2023 season includes a total of 32x Seychelles departures, which dates are expected to be announced soon.
  • Bookings were opened on September 28, 2021.

Inaugural cruise schedule (2023)

  • (Feb 25, Mar 4, Mar 11, Mar 18) 10-day "Tropical Charms of the Seychelles" (roundtrip from Victoria-Mahe)
  • (Apr 4) 11-day "Ancient Wonders of the Red Sea and Mythical Greece" (Jeddah Saudi Arabia to Piraeus-Athens Greece)
  • (Apr 15) 7-day "Mediterranean Enchantment" (from Athens to Dubrovnik Croatia)
  • (Apr 22, Aug 19, Oct 7) 7-day "Croatian Coast and the Best of the Adriatic" (from Dubrovnik to Venice Italy)
  • (Apr 29, Aug 26, Oct 14) 7-day "Croatian Coast and the Best of the Adriatic" (from Venice to Dubrovnik)
  • (May 6, Sept 2, Oct 21) 7-day "Highlights of Southern Italy" (from Dubrovnik to Civitavecchia-Rome)
  • (May 13, Oct 28) 7-day "French and Italian Rivieras with Corsica" (from Rome to Nice France)
  • (May 20) 7-day "French and Italian Rivieras with Corsica" (from Nice to Rome)
  • (May 27, Sept 9) 7-day "Ionian Sea Adventure" (from Rome to Athens)
  • (June 3, June 10, July 15, Sept 16, Sept 23) 7-day "Greek Islands and Turkish Coastlines" (roundtrip from Athens)
  • (June 17) 14-day "Mykonos, Gallipoli and Essence of the Black Sea" (from Athens to Istanbul Turkey)
  • (July 1) 14-day "Mykonos, Gallipoli and Essence of the Black Sea" (from Istanbul to Athens)
  • (July 22, Sept 30) 7-day "Mediterranean Enchantment" (from Athens to Dubrovnik)
  • (July 29) 7-day "Mediterranean Enchantment" (from Dubrovnik to Athens)
  • (Aug 5) 7-day "Ionian Sea Adventure" (from Athens to Rome)
  • (Aug 12) 7-day "Highlights of Southern Italy" (from Rome to Dubrovnik)
  • (Oct 21) 17-day "Discover Western Mediterranean" (Dubrovnik to Lisbon)
  • (Oct 28) 10-day "Charming Mediterranean" (Rome to Lisbon)
  • (Oct 28) 7-day "French and Italian Rivieras with Corsica" (Rome to Nice)
  • (Nov 7) 11-day "Ocean Voyage Lisbon to St. Johns" (Transatlantic relocation crossing/RepositionCruises.com)
  • (Nov 18, Dec 16) 7-day "Eastern Caribbean and Grenadines" (roundtrip from Antigua/St Johns)
  • (Nov 25, Dec 9, Dec 30) 7-day "Hidden Charms of the Caribbean" (Antigua roundtrip)
  • (Nov 18, Dec 9, Dec 23) B2B/14-day "Discover the Caribbean in Depth" (Antigua roundtrip)
  • (Dec 2) 7-day "West Indies Island Hopping" (roundtrip from San Juan Puerto Rico)

In Oct 2022 was announced that starting in November 2023, the boat will be deployed in the Caribbean with homeporting in St John's Antigua. The 7-night roundtrip from Antigua was themed "Eastern Caribbean and Grenadines Cruise" visiting Martinique (Saint-Pierre), St Vincent and The Grenadines (Bequia/Port Elizabeth, Tobago Cays, Mayreau), St Lucia (Soufriere) and Guadeloupe (Terre-de-Haut).

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    In August 2020, Scenic Group (shipowner) contracted Viking Crew (part of the Dover UK-based Viking Maritime Group Ltd) as the vessel's crew managing company. Viking Crew is responsible for Scenic Cruises yachts' crew recruitment, management, deployment and placement, including officers and staff-crew from the onboard Engine, Hotel and Deck departments. Viking Crew was also contracted for the crew management of the superyachts Scenic Eclipse 1 (2019) and Scenic Eclipse 2 (2022).

    Sakara yacht's keel-laying ceremony was held on October 27, 2021, at Halong Shipyard (Ha Long City, Vietnam).

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