Emerald Sakara

Former name: hull EW02

Emerald Sakara current position

Emerald Sakara current location is at Aegean Sea (coordinates 37.90011 N / 23.61696 E) cruising en route to Piraeus-Athens. The AIS position was reported 4 minutes ago.

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Current itinerary of Emerald Sakara

Emerald Sakara current cruise is 7 days, one-way from Dubrovnik to Piraeus-Athens. Prices start from USD 4968 (double occupancy rates). The itinerary starts on 06 Jul, 2024 and ends on 13 Jul, 2024.

Date / TimePort
06 Jul    Departing from Dubrovnik, Croatia, Port Gruz hotels
07 Jul    Kotor, Montenegro
08 Jul    Sarande, Albania
09 Jul    Corfu Island, Kerkyra, Greece
10 Jul    Parga, Greece
11 Jul    Kefalonia Island, Argostoli-Fiskardo, Greece
12 Jul    Itea, Delphi, Greece
13 Jul    Arriving in Piraeus-Athens, Greece hotels

Specifications of Emerald Sakara

Year of build2023  /  Age: 1
Flag state Bahamas
BuilderHalong Shipbuilding Company (Ha Long City, Vietnam)
ClassMega Yacht
Speed22 kn / 41 km/h / 25 mph
Length (LOA)110 m / 361 ft
Beam (width)16 m / 52 ft
Gross Tonnage5175 gt
Passengers100
Crew76
Decks7
Cabins50
Decks with cabins4
Sister-shipsEmerald Azzurra, Emerald Kaia
Former nameshull EW02
Christened byKelly Craighead
OwnerScenic Group (Australia) via GMK Consulting Ltd (Malta)
OperatorEmerald Yacht Cruises

Emerald Sakara Itineraries

DateItineraryDeparture PortPrice from
2024 Jun 29 7 days, one-way from Civitavecchia-Rome to Dubrovnik Civitavecchia-Rome $4295
2024 Jul 06 7 days, one-way from Dubrovnik to Piraeus-Athens Dubrovnik $4968
2024 Jul 20 7 days, round-trip Greek Islands Turkish Coastline Piraeus-Athens $3745
2024 Jul 27 7 days, one-way from Piraeus-Athens to Dubrovnik Piraeus-Athens
2024 Aug 03 7 days, one-way from Dubrovnik to Venice Dubrovnik
2024 Aug 10 7 days, one-way from Venice to Dubrovnik Venice $5152
2024 Aug 17 7 days, one-way from Dubrovnik to Venice Dubrovnik $7395
2024 Aug 24 7 days, one-way from Venice to Civitavecchia-Rome Venice $5309
2024 Aug 31 7 days, round-trip Enchanting Italian Coastlines Civitavecchia-Rome
2024 Sep 07 7 days, one-way from Civitavecchia-Rome to Piraeus-Athens Civitavecchia-Rome
2024 Sep 07 14 days, one-way from Civitavecchia-Rome to Piraeus-Athens Civitavecchia-Rome
2024 Sep 14 7 days, round-trip Greek Islands Turkish Coastline Piraeus-Athens
2024 Sep 21 7 days, round-trip Greek Islands Turkish Coastline Piraeus-Athens
2024 Sep 28 7 days, one-way from Piraeus-Athens to Civitavecchia-Rome Piraeus-Athens
2024 Oct 12 7 days, one-way from Villefranche-sur-Mer to Civitavecchia-Rome Villefranche-sur-Mer $3617
2024 Oct 12 17 days, one-way from Villefranche-sur-Mer to Civitavecchia-Rome Villefranche-sur-Mer $12237
2024 Oct 19 10 days, round-trip Amalfi Coast, Sicily Gulf of Naples Civitavecchia-Rome $7898
2024 Oct 29 11 days, one-way from Civitavecchia-Rome to Barcelona Civitavecchia-Rome $6104
2024 Nov 30 7 days, round-trip Cruising the Leeward Islands Marigot $7380
2024 Dec 07 7 days, one-way from Marigot to Bridgetown Marigot
2024 Dec 14 14 days, one-way from Bridgetown to Marigot Bridgetown $7089
2024 Dec 14 21 days, one-way from Bridgetown to Marigot Bridgetown $13942
2024 Dec 21 7 days, one-way from Bridgetown to Marigot Bridgetown $4388
2024 Dec 21 14 days, one-way from Bridgetown to Marigot Bridgetown $7053
2024 Dec 28 7 days, round-trip Cruising the Leeward Islands Marigot $4338
2025 Jan 18 7 days, one-way from Bridgetown to Marigot Bridgetown
2025 Jan 18 14 days, one-way from Bridgetown to Marigot Bridgetown
2025 Jan 25 7 days, round-trip Cruising the Leeward Islands Marigot $11855
2025 Jan 25 21 days, one-way from Marigot to Bridgetown Marigot
2025 Feb 01 7 days, one-way from Marigot to Bridgetown Marigot $4388
2025 Feb 01 14 days, one-way from Marigot to Bridgetown Marigot
2025 Feb 08 7 days, round-trip Grenadines Windwards yachting Bridgetown $10554
2025 Feb 08 14 days, one-way from Bridgetown to Marigot Bridgetown
2025 Feb 08 21 days, one-way from Bridgetown to Marigot Bridgetown
2025 Feb 15 7 days, one-way from Bridgetown to Marigot Bridgetown
2025 Feb 15 14 days, one-way from Bridgetown to Marigot Bridgetown
2025 Feb 22 7 days, round-trip Cruising the Leeward Islands Marigot $4558
2025 Feb 22 21 days, one-way from Marigot to Bridgetown Marigot $15535
2025 Mar 01 7 days, one-way from Marigot to Bridgetown Marigot $4388
2025 Mar 01 14 days, one-way from Marigot to Bridgetown Marigot $7436
2025 Mar 08 7 days, round-trip Grenadines Windwards yachting Bridgetown $4599
2025 Mar 15 7 days, one-way from Bridgetown to Marigot Bridgetown
2025 Mar 22 7 days, round-trip Cruising the Leeward Islands Marigot $4338
2025 Mar 29 7 days, one-way from Marigot to Bridgetown Marigot $4388
2025 Apr 05 7 days, one-way from Bridgetown to Marigot Bridgetown $4388
2025 Apr 25 9 days, one-way from Malaga to Villefranche-sur-Mer Malaga
2025 Apr 25 16 days, one-way from Malaga to Civitavecchia-Rome Malaga
2025 May 04 7 days, one-way from Villefranche-sur-Mer to Civitavecchia-Rome Villefranche-sur-Mer
2025 May 11 11 days, one-way from Civitavecchia-Rome to Villefranche-sur-Mer Civitavecchia-Rome
2025 May 22 5 days, round-trip Monaco Grand Prix and the Italian Riviera Villefranche-sur-Mer
2025 Jun 07 7 days, one-way from Civitavecchia-Rome to Piraeus-Athens Civitavecchia-Rome $5268
2025 Jun 07 14 days, one-way from Civitavecchia-Rome to Piraeus-Athens Civitavecchia-Rome
2025 Jun 14 7 days, round-trip Greek Islands Turkish Coastline Piraeus-Athens
2025 Jun 14 14 days, one-way from Piraeus-Athens to Dubrovnik Piraeus-Athens
2025 Jun 21 7 days, one-way from Piraeus-Athens to Dubrovnik Piraeus-Athens $6636
2025 Jun 28 7 days, one-way from Dubrovnik to Venice Dubrovnik
2025 Jul 05 7 days, one-way from Venice to Dubrovnik Venice
2025 Jul 05 14 days, one-way from Venice to Piraeus-Athens Venice
2025 Jul 12 7 days, one-way from Dubrovnik to Piraeus-Athens Dubrovnik $4247
2025 Jul 12 14 days, one-way from Dubrovnik to Piraeus-Athens Dubrovnik $10317
2025 Jul 19 7 days, round-trip Greek Islands Turkish Coastline Piraeus-Athens $5723
2025 Jul 19 14 days, one-way from Piraeus-Athens to Civitavecchia-Rome Piraeus-Athens $10047
2025 Jul 26 7 days, one-way from Piraeus-Athens to Civitavecchia-Rome Piraeus-Athens $3925
2025 Aug 02 7 days, round-trip Enchanting Italian Coastlines Civitavecchia-Rome $4271
2025 Aug 02 14 days, one-way from Civitavecchia-Rome to Villefranche-sur-Mer Civitavecchia-Rome $7438
2025 Aug 09 7 days, one-way from Civitavecchia-Rome to Villefranche-sur-Mer Civitavecchia-Rome $4048
2025 Aug 16 7 days, one-way from Villefranche-sur-Mer to Barcelona Villefranche-sur-Mer
2025 Aug 30 7 days, round-trip Riviera Rendezvous Villefranche-sur-Mer $3874
2025 Sep 06 7 days, one-way from Villefranche-sur-Mer to Civitavecchia-Rome Villefranche-sur-Mer
2025 Sep 06 14 days, one-way from Villefranche-sur-Mer to Civitavecchia-Rome Villefranche-sur-Mer
2025 Sep 13 7 days, round-trip Enchanting Italian Coastlines Civitavecchia-Rome $4271
2025 Sep 13 14 days, one-way from Civitavecchia-Rome to Villefranche-sur-Mer Civitavecchia-Rome $9808
2025 Sep 20 7 days, one-way from Civitavecchia-Rome to Villefranche-sur-Mer Civitavecchia-Rome $5391
2025 Sep 27 7 days, round-trip Riviera Rendezvous Villefranche-sur-Mer $3874
2025 Oct 04 7 days, one-way from Villefranche-sur-Mer to Barcelona Villefranche-sur-Mer $3829
2025 Oct 12 6 days, one-way from Port-Vendres to Barcelona Port-Vendres $3945
2025 Oct 19 6 days, one-way from Port-Vendres to Barcelona Port-Vendres $3945
2025 Oct 26 6 days, one-way from Castellon de la Plana to Gibraltar Castellon de la Plana $4548
2025 Nov 15 7 days, round-trip Grenadines Windwards yachting Bridgetown $3493
2025 Nov 15 14 days, one-way from Bridgetown to Marigot Bridgetown $5698
2025 Nov 15 21 days, one-way from Bridgetown to Marigot Bridgetown $11743
2025 Nov 22 7 days, one-way from Bridgetown to Marigot Bridgetown $3502
2025 Nov 22 14 days, one-way from Bridgetown to Marigot Bridgetown $5661
2025 Nov 29 7 days, round-trip Cruising the Leeward Islands Marigot $3452
2025 Nov 29 21 days, one-way from Marigot to Bridgetown Marigot $11743
2025 Dec 06 7 days, one-way from Marigot to Bridgetown Marigot $3502
2025 Dec 06 14 days, one-way from Marigot to Bridgetown Marigot $5698
2025 Dec 13 7 days, round-trip Grenadines Windwards yachting Bridgetown $3493
2025 Dec 13 14 days, one-way from Bridgetown to Marigot Bridgetown $5835
2025 Dec 13 21 days, one-way from Bridgetown to Marigot Bridgetown $15179
2025 Dec 20 7 days, one-way from Bridgetown to Marigot Bridgetown $3677
2025 Dec 20 14 days, one-way from Bridgetown to Marigot Bridgetown $7328
2025 Dec 27 7 days, round-trip Cruising the Leeward Islands Marigot $4513
2025 Dec 27 21 days, one-way from Marigot to Bridgetown Marigot $15339
2026 Jan 03 7 days, one-way from Marigot to Bridgetown Marigot $4563
2026 Jan 03 14 days, one-way from Marigot to Bridgetown Marigot $7337
2026 Jan 10 7 days, round-trip Grenadines Windwards yachting Bridgetown $3633
2026 Jan 10 14 days, one-way from Bridgetown to Marigot Bridgetown $5945
2026 Jan 10 21 days, one-way from Bridgetown to Marigot Bridgetown $12303
2026 Jan 17 7 days, one-way from Bridgetown to Marigot Bridgetown $3677
2026 Jan 17 14 days, one-way from Bridgetown to Marigot Bridgetown $5936
2026 Jan 24 7 days, round-trip Cruising the Leeward Islands Marigot $3627
2026 Jan 24 21 days, one-way from Marigot to Bridgetown Marigot $12303
2026 Jan 31 7 days, one-way from Marigot to Bridgetown Marigot $3677
2026 Feb 07 7 days, round-trip Grenadines Windwards yachting Bridgetown $3633
2026 Feb 07 14 days, one-way from Bridgetown to Marigot Bridgetown $5945
2026 Feb 07 21 days, one-way from Bridgetown to Marigot Bridgetown $12303
2026 Feb 14 7 days, one-way from Bridgetown to Marigot Bridgetown $3677
2026 Feb 14 14 days, one-way from Bridgetown to Marigot Bridgetown $5936
2026 Feb 21 7 days, round-trip Cruising the Leeward Islands Marigot $3627
2026 Feb 21 21 days, one-way from Marigot to Bridgetown Marigot $12303
2026 Feb 28 7 days, one-way from Marigot to Bridgetown Marigot $3677
2026 Feb 28 14 days, one-way from Marigot to Bridgetown Marigot $5945
2026 Mar 07 7 days, round-trip Grenadines Windwards yachting Bridgetown $3633
2026 Mar 07 14 days, one-way from Bridgetown to Marigot Bridgetown $5945
2026 Mar 14 7 days, one-way from Bridgetown to Marigot Bridgetown $3799
2026 Mar 21 7 days, one-way from Marigot to Bridgetown Marigot $3799
2026 Mar 28 7 days, one-way from Bridgetown to Marigot Bridgetown $3799
2026 Apr 15 10 days, one-way from Santa Cruz de Tenerife to Barcelona Santa Cruz de Tenerife $6013
2026 Apr 15 20 days, one-way from Santa Cruz de Tenerife to Valletta Santa Cruz de Tenerife $10930
2026 Apr 25 10 days, one-way from Barcelona to Valletta Barcelona $6162
2026 May 05 9 days, one-way from Valletta to Civitavecchia-Rome Valletta $5770
2026 May 05 16 days, one-way from Valletta to Villefranche-sur-Mer Valletta $9250
2026 May 14 7 days, one-way from Civitavecchia-Rome to Villefranche-sur-Mer Civitavecchia-Rome $4517
2026 May 21 5 days, round-trip Monaco Grand Prix and the Italian Riviera Villefranche-sur-Mer $3554
2026 May 26 11 days, one-way from Villefranche-sur-Mer to Civitavecchia-Rome Villefranche-sur-Mer $6824
2026 Jun 06 14 days, one-way from Civitavecchia-Rome to Villefranche-sur-Mer Civitavecchia-Rome $7970
2026 Jun 06 7 days, round-trip Enchanting Italian Coastlines Civitavecchia-Rome $4362
2026 Jun 13 7 days, one-way from Civitavecchia-Rome to Villefranche-sur-Mer Civitavecchia-Rome $4517
2026 Jun 20 7 days, round-trip Riviera Rendezvous Villefranche-sur-Mer $4465
2026 Jun 27 14 days, one-way from Villefranche-sur-Mer to Civitavecchia-Rome Villefranche-sur-Mer $7820
2026 Jun 27 7 days, one-way from Villefranche-sur-Mer to Civitavecchia-Rome Villefranche-sur-Mer $4517
2026 Jul 04 7 days, round-trip Enchanting Italian Coastlines Civitavecchia-Rome $4192
2026 Jul 11 9 days, one-way from Civitavecchia-Rome to Valletta Civitavecchia-Rome $5558
2026 Jul 20 10 days, round-trip Mediterranean delights Valletta $6212
2026 Jul 30 9 days, one-way from Valletta to Civitavecchia-Rome Valletta $5558
2026 Aug 08 14 days, one-way from Civitavecchia-Rome to Villefranche-sur-Mer Civitavecchia-Rome $7708
2026 Aug 08 7 days, round-trip Enchanting Italian Coastlines Civitavecchia-Rome $4192
2026 Aug 15 7 days, one-way from Civitavecchia-Rome to Villefranche-sur-Mer Civitavecchia-Rome $4389
2026 Aug 22 7 days, round-trip Riviera Rendezvous Villefranche-sur-Mer $4295
2026 Aug 29 7 days, one-way from Villefranche-sur-Mer to Barcelona Villefranche-sur-Mer $4291
2026 Sep 28 10 days, one-way from Barcelona to Lisbon Barcelona $6521
2026 Oct 08 10 days, one-way from Lisbon to Barcelona Lisbon $6521
2026 Oct 19 6 days, one-way from Castellon de la Plana to Tangier Castellon de la Plana $5216
2026 Nov 21 6 days, one-way from San Juan to Nassau San Juan $3724
2026 Nov 28 2 days, round-trip Yachting Pop-up Miami Roundtrip Miami $845
2026 Dec 01 6 days, one-way from Nassau to San Juan Nassau $3724

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 - with sisterships Azzurra (2022) and the larger Kaia (2026).

Sakara was constructed in Vietnam (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 was managed by a separate project team.

The vessel (IMO number 9948827) is currently Bahamas-flagged (MMSI 311001261) and registered in Nassau.

Inaugurated in August 2023 (postponed from February), Sakara is Emerald Cruises' 11th boat, having as fleetmates 9x riverboats and the sisterships Azzurra and Kaia.

The superyacht Emerald Sakara has max passenger capacity 100 (plus 76 crew/staff).

The vessel features a sleek, megayacht design (hull and superstructure), premium accommodations (ultra-modern hotel amenities), spacious restaurants, a large wellness complex (gym, infrared sauna, spa, massage rooms), two tender boats (used for passenger debarkation and embarkation in tender ports / without docking facilities), two Zodiacs (large-capacity motorized boats for coastal and inland expeditions), 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 (2014-established) 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 started 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% (44) 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 6 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 a 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.

Shipboard facilities

The onboard food offering features local cuisine specialties (based on the visited ports along the current itinerary) and gourmet dishes (prepared with the 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 an 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. The Observation Lounge is a small indoor venue 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 that serves beverages and light snacks to Sky Deck's sundeck area (with Jacuzzi/spa pool).

Emerald Sakara yacht sundeck pool

On Wellness Deck (deck 2) are located the Medical Center (Infirmary served by a resident physician and nurses on 24-hour duty), Beauty Salon (hairdresser studio), Elements Spa, 3x Sauna Rooms (including an Infrared Sauna), and the Fitness (Gym Room fitted with professional training equipment. Aft is the Marina Deck (sundeck with seating) and the Marina Platform (for launching watersports activities) and the Garage (for watercraft and equipment). Also aft are stored the yacht's Tender Boats (3x) and the Zodiacs (2x).

Zodiacs are large-capacity, high-speed RIBs (rigid inflatable boats) used for coastal cruising, navigation on inland waterways and expedition landings.

Emerald Yacht Cruises Emerald Sakara's 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). Emerald Yacht Cruises also offers full ship charters for corporate and private clients.

Sakara's inaugural season was initially scheduled to start in February 2023, but was eventually postponed for August 2023.

  • The boat's first voyage was scheduled to start on February 25, 2023. The 7-day "Tropical Charms of Seychelles" itinerary (roundtrip from Victoria, Mahe Island) was planned to visit the islands Sainte-Anne, Cousin, Praslin, Grande-Soeur, Curieuse, La Digue and Aride.
  • Bookings were opened on September 28, 2021.
  • Sakara's 2021-announced inaugural 2023 season included a total of 32x Seychelles departures.

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

Sakara's inaugural season (2023) was entirely changed as the ship was deployed first in the Mediterranean (August through November) then in the Caribbean (Nov 2023 through March 2024).

The Maiden Voyage (Aug 5th) was a 7-day Mediterranean itinerary from Athens to Rome (Piraeus-Civitavecchia).

The first Transatlantic crossing started on Nov 7th (12-day from Lisbon to St John's Antigua) and is without any call ports.

The first Caribbean voyage departed on Nov 18th (6-day itinerary) from Antigua. The yacht also offers homeporting in/roundtrips leaving from San Juan Puerto Rico with the "West Indies Island Hopping Cruise" itinerary.

Inaugural cruise schedule (2023 Seychelles/canceled)

Next are listed the departure dates of Emerald Sakara's canceled program (2023) announced in 2021.

  • (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)

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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).

Emerald Sakara's physical construction/assembly started with the keel-laying ceremony on October 27, 2021, held at Halong Shipyard (Ha Long City, Vietnam). The yacht was launched/floated out from drydock on April 25, 2023.

The vessel has volume 5175 GT-tons and DWT-Deadweight 1125 tons. The registered shipowner and management company is GMK CONSULTING LTD (2019-incorporated, Naxxar Malta-registered).

In April 2023 was announced that Emerald Sakara's godmother will be Kelly Craighead (President and CEO of CLIA/Cruise Lines International Association). Kelly Craighead is also the Vice Chair and Executive Director of CICF/Cruise Industry Charitable Foundation (1998-founded) which supports programs designed to improve the quality of life in communities often visited by cruise vessels.

The ship's first Masters were the captains Jonathan Edwards (who captained Emerald Azzurra in 2022) and James Griffith.

The christening ceremony was on December 9 (2023), held dockside in San Juan Puerto Rico, at Pier 4 East Cruise Terminal. The special event was led by the godmother Kelly Craighead and attended by Glen Moroney (Scenic Group's owner), Ken Muskat (Scenic Group's Managing Director USA), as well as travel agents, trade partners, international media representatives, and the embarking passengers.

The last set of sea trials was successfully conducted on July 2-3, 2023, and on July 6th (at 20:30 UTC) the ship left Vietnam (Halong Shipyard) on a relocation voyage (via Suez Canal) to Europe. The relocation itinerary included bunkering stops (for supplies and fuel) in Port Klang Malaysia (July 12), and Suez Canal transit (July 28-29), arriving in Piraeus-Athens on July 31st.

Inaugural itineraries 2023

Next are listed Emerald Sakara's inaugural cruise itineraries by homeports and destinations/regions.

(MAIDEN VOYAGE) 7-day "Ionian Sea Adventure" itinerary from Athens to Rome

Date / TimePort
05 AugDeparting from Piraeus-Athens, Greece
06 AugItea-Delphi, Greece
07 AugKefalonia Island, Greece
08 AugGiardini Naxos-Taormina, Sicily Italy
09 AugAmalfi, Italy
10 AugSorrento, Italy
11 AugCapri Island, Italy
12 AugArriving in Civitavecchia-Rome, Italy

(homeporting in Athens) 7-day "Greek Islands and Turkish Coastline" itinerary

Date / TimePort
16 SepDeparting from Piraeus-Athens
17 SepPatmos Island, Greece
18 SepKusadasi-Ephesus, Turkey
19 SepBodrum, Turkey
20 SepRhodes Island, Greece
21 SepAmorgos Island, Greece
22 SepMykonos Island, Greece
23 SepArriving in Piraeus-Athens

(inaugural Caribbean voyage) 7-day "Eastern Caribbean and Grenadines Cruise" itinerary

Date / TimePort
18 NovDeparting from St Johns, Antigua
19 NovSaint-Pierre, Martinique
20 NovBequia Island, Grenadines (Port Elizabeth)
21 NovTobago Cays, Grenadines
22 NovMayreau Island, Grenadines
23 NovSoufriere, St Lucia Island
24 NovTerre-de-Haut Island, Guadeloupe
24 NovArriving in St Johns, Antigua

(inaugural) 7-day "Hidden Charms of the Caribbean Cruise" itinerary

Date / TimePort
25 NovDeparting from St Johns Antigua
26 NovFriar's Bay, St. Kitts Island
27 NovGustavia, Saint-Barthelemy Island France
28 NovSpanish Town, Virgin Gorda Island BVI
29 NovCruz Bay, St John Island USVI
30 NovVieques Island, Puerto Rico
01 DecCulebra Town, Culebra Island, Puerto Rico
02 DecArriving in San Juan, Puerto Rico

(inaugural) 7-day "West Indies Island Hopping Cruise" itinerary

Date / TimePort
02 DecDeparting from San Juan, Puerto Rico
03 DecCulebra Island, Puerto Rico
04 DecVieques Island, Puerto Rico
05 DecSpanish Town, Virgin Gorda Island BVI
06 DecGustavia, Saint-Barthelemy Island France
07 DecMarigot, St Martin Island France
08 DecBelle Vue, Jost Van Dyke Island BVI
09 DecArriving in San Juan, Puerto Rico

The 7-day itineraries "Hidden Charms of the Caribbean" and "Eastern Caribbean and Grenadines" are combinable into the 14-day B2B/back-to-back cruise "Discover the Caribbean in Depth".

Godspeed!