Emerald Azzurra to reposition for winter 2024-25 to ‘prioritise guest safety’

Emerald Cruises will reposition Emerald Azzurra from the Seychelles to the Caribbean for the winter 2024-25 season due to the ongoing conflict in the Red Sea.

The line said it is experiencing “strong demand” for Caribbean sailings on Emerald Sakara and departures have “nearly reached full capacity” for the winter season, so it will homeport Emerald Azzurra in the region as well, with new itineraries available.

Emerald Cruises said it is “pushing back” the ship’s original Seychelles season “to prioritise guest safety in light of the ongoing situation in the Red Sea”.

The new Caribbean itineraries will operate from December 7 this year until February 22, 2025.

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A 15-day Discover the Yachting Islands of the Caribbean cruise on Emerald Azzurra will call at Jost Van Dyke and Norman Island in the British Virgin Islands, Montserrat, Antigua and St Barts.

Prices start at £6,526 based on a December 14 departure including flights, transfers, meals, Wi-Fi and excursions.

Nichola Abaslom, managing director for sales and marketing, said: “Our decision to increase our Caribbean presence reflects the strong guest interest in this region and aligns with changes in the Red Sea conditions.

“This adjustment not only enhances our offerings in highly sought-after destinations, but ensures guests’ safety and satisfaction.

“Emerald Azzurra’s new schedule has been meticulously crafted to access unique ports that larger vessels simply cannot reach, providing exclusive and intimate exploration for all on board.”

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