Introducing two new 2022 Red Sea yacht cruises

We are delighted to announce the launch of two brand-new 2022 yacht cruises, both being fantastic additions to our Red Sea collection, and taking you to a number of exciting 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. Arrive in 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 during an included excursion. 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 uncovered.  

Or perhaps join us on a 12-day discovery taking in The Ancient Wonders of the Red Sea and Mythical Greece, beginning in Jeddah, where ancient and modern meets. 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 travelling 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 exciting new itineraries, we are offering a FREE Premium Drinks Package for bookings made before 31st August, entitling you to a selection of refreshing alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages during your time on board. In addition, choose to pay your balance in full at the time of booking and take advantage of our Earlybird savings on selected cabins. 

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 colourful balcony’s 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 harbour, 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 centre 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 street 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 north-east 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 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 holiday 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, whilst we’ve ensured you’ll have plenty of time to relax and explore independently too.

EmeraldPLUS

Our exclusive EmeraldPLUS programme 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 travelling 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.

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: All our holidays are subject to availability. Prices are per person based on two people sharing. Supplements apply for single travellers. All offers are valid between 09 August and 31 August 2021. Offers are valid for new 2022 Yacht Cruising bookings only. The Earlybird Fares are available on all cabin categories, except category D, and are limited in number, once sold out the Full Fare will apply. The up to 20% Earlybird Offer is available when paying in full 30 days before departure at at the time of booking, whichever is sooner. If full payment is not received 30 days prior, the Earlybird Fare will not apply. The Earlybird Savings are applicable on the cruise element only, excludes air fares, port charges, hotel stays and other additional items. Free Premium Drinks Package is available for new bookings made between 09 August and 31 August 2021 on the 10-day Mysteries & Treasures of the Red Sea & Saudi Arabia and the 12-day Ancient Wonders of the Red Sea & Mythical Greece itineraries only, is applicable to on board drinks only and excludes Champagne, wine by the bottle, premium spirits and cabin mini bar. In the event of suitable flights not connecting with cruise embarkation/disembarkation timings, overnight accommodation may be required at an additional cost. Our offers are not combinable, and we reserve the right to withdraw our offers at any time. Our itineraries, hotels, dates, and inclusions are subject to change. Flights may not be a direct service and a supplement may be charged. We recommend you seek independent advice regarding visas and vaccinations. For full booking conditions visit emeraldcruises.eu E&OE.