Staff, 2022-11-18 10:21:11,
With the launch of Emerald Azzurra, river cruise operator Emerald Cruises made an impressive debut on the oceans. This 100-passenger beauty is not your typical cruise ship, either. I’d call it more of a luxury superyacht, with a beautiful profile and intimate, elegant spaces on board — plus service that shines.
When you take a cruise on Emerald Azzurra, you just might feel like a member of the jet-set crowd cruising the Mediterranean with a big gathering of your newest friends. I know this because I was invited onboard and hosted by Emerald Cruises during a weeklong sailing in the Western Med that took us all around charming small port towns in Italy.
Here is a batch of my best experiences aboard the new Emerald Azzurra.
1. Charming Port Stops
Port stops on our voyage included the quaint towns of Monopoli and Otranto in the southern region of Italy called Puglia (you know it as the heel of the “boot”). We also visited Crotone and Giardini Naxos in the Taormina region of Sicily, as well as Amalfi and Sorrento on Italy’s western coast, before disembarking in Civitavecchia in the Metropolitan City of Rome.
We were always the only cruise ship in the ports we visited, and our small group of about 95 allowed us to blend in with the locals seamlessly.
These places offer a wonderful mix of shops, restaurants, and cafes, as well as cathedrals,…
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