Travel Trade Journal

Qatar Tourism, Emerald Cruises to launch superyacht sailings in 2023

- Team TTJ

Qatar Tourism has announced new superyacht luxury cruises in partnershi­p with Emerald Cruises, sailing from Doha and launching in January 2023. Qatar Tourism is working on expanding the company’s tourism value propositio­n. The yacht launch is part of Qatar National Vision 2030. The new itinerarie­s being launched with Emerald Cruises are another step towards achieving this vision. Vacationer­s are welcome from around the globe to experience the best of Qatari hospitalit­y on land and sea.

As Qatar Tourism inked the partnershi­p deal with Emerald Cruises, the agreement further boosts Qatar’s cruise industry as it bounces back from the effects of the global pandemic.

Emerald Azzurra will offer seven-night, eight-day itinerarie­s from Doha, with stops at Sir Bani Yas Island, Abu Dhabi; Khasab, Oman; Fujairah, UAE; Zighy Bay, Oman; and Dubai and vice versa. Preand post-cruise tours are available where guests can opt for a three-day package to explore the sites and culture of Qatar. Highlights include the National Museum of

Qatar, designed by French architect Jean Nouvel, in the style of a desert rose, or a visit to Souq Waqif, to purchase local souvenirs and spices. Visitors can take a trip into the desert and visit the Inland Sea before enjoying dune bashing and a camel ride.

The news comes as constructi­on continues on the new Grand Cruise Terminal located in central Doha, near the Museum of Islamic Art and Souq Waqif. The terminal will have the capacity to host two mega-ships and will offer various attraction­s, including an aquarium and art gallery.

The superyacht, Emerald Azzurra, can accommodat­e 100 guests at an impressive 110 meters in length. Guests can enjoy a Sky Bar, observatio­n deck and lounge, wellness area, an infinity pool, and marina platform, which hosts several marina toys, including sea bobs and paddleboar­ds.

Elaboratin­g more on the Qatari experience, Chief Operating Officer of Qatar Tourism, Berthold Trenkel, said, “Qatar has an incredible range of hotels, restaurant­s, activities and cultural landmarks which can be enjoyed pre and post the cruise, allowing guests the freedom to explore Qatar at their leisure. We welcome travellers from around the world to experience our beautiful country and the best of the Middle East, all in one easily accessible place.”

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