Introducing two new 2022 Red Sea yacht cruises

We are delighted to announce the launch of two brand new 2022 yacht cruises in our Red Sea collection, taking you to intriguing and undiscovered destinations just waiting to be explored.

The Mysteries and Treasures of the Red Sea and Saudi Arabia await you on this 10-day luxury yacht cruise. Sailing from the Cypriot city of Limassol and after a day at sea, arrive in Port Said, where you will witness the magnitude of the Great Pyramids of Giza and embark on a traditional Felucca cruise along the mighty Nile River. Connecting the Mediterranean Sea and the Red Sea, the Suez Canal is your route to the white sandy beaches and crystal-clear waters of Sharm-el-Sheikh, before an included excursion to the ancient city of Petra, which is sure to inspire. The Saudi Arabian destinations of Al Wajh and Duba are bursting with historic landmarks and atmospheric old towns just waiting to be discovered.  

The 12-day Ancient Wonders of the Red Sea and Mythical Greece begins in Jeddah, where ancient and modern converge. Take in more of Saudi Arabia as you uncover Al Wajh, the gateway to AlUla and Saudi Arabia’s first UNESCO World Heritage-listed site. Immerse yourself in local life during a stop in Duba, lovingly known to locals as the ‘Pearl of the Red Sea’ before arriving in Aqaba, where you can enjoy an included excursion to Jordan’s famous archaeological site, Petra. Pay a visit to the popular Egyptian resort town of Sharm-el-Sheikh before traveling the Suez Canal towards Greece. Upon arrival in Crete, embark on an included walking tour of the charismatic fishing town of Agios Nikolaos and see the iconic whitewashed buildings, and onward to beautiful Santorini.

To celebrate the launch of these new itineraries, we are offering a FREE Premium Drinks Package for bookings made before September 30, 2021, entitling you to enjoy beer, wine, cocktails and spirits from our bar menu during your time on board. In addition, choose to pay your balance in full at the time of booking and take advantage of our Super Earlybird savings on select suites. 

Our new itineraries

Uncover our new destinations

Al Wajh – Saudi Arabia

Located in the Tabuk Province in north-western Saudi Arabia, Al Wajh is an atmospheric coastal city perched along the coast of the Red Sea oozing a laidback ambiance.

The abandoned old town, Al Balad is a hidden gem. Wander through its virtually abandoned streets and admire the Hijazi-style architecture with its Red Sea coral buildings and colorful balconies and discover the city’s many mosques. 

Just a short drive from the city is the magnificent AlUla, home to Saudi Arabia’s first UNESCO World Heritage-listed site - the tombs of Hegra and one of the oldest cities on the Arabian Peninsula. This magnificent site referred to as ‘The World’s Masterpiece’ is home to ancient, preserved tombs, natural wonders, and is bursting with arts and culture. AlUla remains largely off the beaten track, giving you the opportunity to really immerse yourself in these spectacular surroundings and appreciate the vast desert and the monumentality of its natural assets.

Duba – Saudi Arabia

Lovingly known by locals as the ‘Pearl of the Red Sea’, Duba is a small port city in the Tabuk region and is the nearest Saudi Arabian port to the Suez Canal. Despite being one of the regions smaller cities, this undiscovered treasure is bursting with history, fresh seafood restaurants overlooking the harbor, and picturesque beaches.

Without a doubt, the historic King Abdulaziz Fort is Duba’s main attraction. Built in 1933 CE during King Abdulaziz’s reign, the fort acted as the ruling center of the city and is proudly perched right on the sea front overlooking the port.

Immerse yourself in local life with a visit to Duba Fish Market where you can experience the hustle and bustle of a traditional Arabian fish market or visit one if the city’s many sun-kissed beaches.  

Jeddah – Saudi Arabia

Where the past and present collide, Jeddah is a captivating port city along the Red Sea that blends the old with the new. A gateway for pilgrimages to the Islamic holy cities Mecca and Medina, the city boasts a mix of ancient mosques and towering, modern skyscrapers. This once ancient city is believed to be the final resting place of the mother of humanity, Eve, and today, Jeddah is a modern commercial hub, with a cosmopolitan and diverse approach to life.

This forward-thinking city is home to the contemporary Corniche waterfront, high-end shopping malls, bustling souqs, beautiful mosques and seafront restaurants serving the finest Middle Eastern cuisine. 

The city’s historic district Al Balad (translated as ‘The Town’) is a UNESCO World Heritage-listed site that dates to the 7th century. Retaining its traditional charm with buildings made from coral, Al Balad is home to the city's oldest mosque, Masjid Shaffie and the old pilgrimage road, also known as Al Dahab Street, where you can haggle with vendors for trinkets, nuts, spices, fabrics, and more.

Agios Nikolaos, Crete – Greece

Nestled in an enviable location, on a sprawling hillside beside the Gulf of Mirabello is the laid-back town of Agios Nikolaos, a picturesque coastal port with a quaint small town feel, and a rich history. Situated on Crete’s northeast coast the town is partially built on the ruins of the ancient city of Lato pros Kamara.

The town’s most treasures gems is Voulismeni Lake, a cobalt blue lagoon steeped in Greek mythology and legend has it, that the goddess Athena and Artemis bathed in its waters. Relax lakeside by day in one of the many cafes, and as night falls watch as the lake comes to life with locals and tourists alike in its lively bars and traditional tavernas.

Many of Crete’s most beautiful beaches are found with a stone's throw from Agios Nikolaos including the white sands and turquoise waters of Voulisma Beach, plus there are several other attractions nearby including olive farms and typically Greek rural villages. 

EmeraldDISCOVERY

A vacation with Emerald Cruises provides the perfect platform for new experiences, with each port of call introducing a wealth of culture, and an included excursion almost every day brings these fascinating destinations to life. Adventure abounds on our excursions and experiences, you’ll have plenty of time to relax and explore independently too.

EmeraldPLUS

Our exclusive EmeraldPLUS program provides you with unique encounters where excursions will take you to the heart of local culture. Hand-picked by our Journey Planners, these extra-special experiences provide a fascinating insight into authentic customs and traditions during social events with residents and tours of significant landmarks, as well as on board performances and workshops.

EmeraldVALUE

When traveling on one of our coastal yacht cruises, we want you to have complete peace-of-mind. With so much included, courtesy of our exceptional EmeraldVALUE promise all you have to think about is which part of the world you would like to see next and let us take care of the rest.

Airport transfers and tips are included in the price you pay, as well as spacious, modern accommodation, delicious dining with wine, beer and soft drinks to enjoy with lunch and dinner, plus immersive excursions and experiences and much more. With each of our insightful itineraries offering unique inclusions, see the following pages for more information, or speak to one of our cruise experts.

Your Peace of Mind

Terms and Conditions: For new bookings made by September 30, 2021 on select 2022 yacht cruises. Premium drink package includes a all beer, wine, cocktails, spirits and soft drinks from our bar menu available all day. Drink packages are only available until 11:00 p.m. daily or during bar/lounge operating hours. Minibar excluded. No cash value. Offer available to residents of the 50 United States and Washington DC only. Offers and fares are capacity controlled and may be extended, cancelled or withdrawn at any time without notice.

Super Earlybird Savings for all new bookings in cabin categories SA, S, A & B and are limited in number, once sold out the Full Fare will apply. Super Earlybird savings applies when paying in full 12 months before departure, or at the time of booking if your sailing departs within 12 months of your booking date. Savings are applicable on the cruise element only, excludes air fares, port charges, hotel stays and other additional items. In the event of suitable flights not connecting with cruise embarkation/disembarkation timings, overnight accommodation may be required at an additional cost. Itineraries and inclusions are subject to change.