EMERALD Cruises has taken delivery of the first of its two luxury superyachts, Emerald Azzurra, from Ha Long Shipyard in Vietnam.

The 100-guest luxury yacht will welcome her first guests on board on 11 March for a Best of the Red Sea cruise from Aqaba.

Azzurra will then embark on a season of Mediterranean and Adriatic cruises between April and November, which will include a transit of the Suez Canal.

Rounding out her inaugural season, Azzurra will travel to Doha in December, owing to a partnership between Emerald and Qatar Tourism.

The eight-day itineraries out of the Qatari capital will take in Sir Bani Yas in Abu Dhabi, Khasab & Zighy Bay in Oman, as well as Fujairah & Dubai.

Available packages will offer three-day pre- and post-cruise tours of Qatar, following the country’s hosting of the FIFA World Cup.