Emerald Sakara is the second custom-built 100-guest yacht from Emerald Cruises. Credit: Emerald Cruises

Ship of the month: Emerald Sakara

Author: Kaye Holland

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A second luxury yacht for Emerald Cruises, Sakara makes her debut this month (August), joining sister ship Emerald Azzurra on 5-star journeys around the Caribbean, the Mediterranean and the Adriatic

Her name comes from the Sanskrit for ‘thoughts become feeling’, and she’s the vision of designer Karen Moroney, whose inspiration was the super-yachts of Monte Carlo.

Accommodating just 100 guests – with 76 crew to pamper them – Sakara can explore the smaller ports and hidden coves that guests on big ships don’t even get to hear about. And when she drops anchor, a marina platform at the stern means she’s perfect for an impromptu dip in those balmy waters.

1. Suites
Blow the budget on one of the vast (110m2) Owner’s Suites (above) and you get a separate bedroom and lounge, plus a huge private balcony with the best view on the ship. But even the (comparatively) lowly Oceanview Staterooms are a generous 19m2.

Splash out on the Owner's Suites. Credit: Emerald Cruises

2. Dining
Emerald is known for its first-class cuisine, and main restaurant La Cucina (above) is a celebration of fresh, seasonal and local produce. Sun shining? You can enjoy the same menu, plus alfresco breakfast or lunch, at La Cucina Terrace on the open deck.

La Cucina is Emerald Cruises' main restaurant. Credit: Emerald Cruises

3. Sky Deck
Fancy a taste of the billionaire lifestyle? You’ll feel on top of the world – and the ship – as you sip an expertly mixed cocktail at the Sky Bar. With the Spa Pool just a few steps away, it’s the perfect place to while away a lazy afternoon.

The top deck Sky Bar offers the ideal spot to watch the sun set. Credit: Emerald Cruises

4. Elements Spa
Sakara’s wellness centre is a temple to relaxation with a huge menu of spa treatments, massages and bespoke facials. There’s also a state-of-the-art infrared sauna (above) and a well-equipped gym offering fitness classes.

Pamper yourself in Elements Spa. Credit: Emerald Cruises

5. Observation Lounge
Sometimes, all you want to do is to sit and watch the waves. Overlooking the bow of the ship, Sakara’s elegant Observation Lounge offers a grandstand view as you cruise your way around the Caribbean or the Med.

On the Observation lounge, you'll be treated to sensational ocean views. Credit: Emerald Cruises

6. Aqua Pool
Just back from a shore excursion? The infinity-style Aqua Pool could be your next destination. Once you’ve had a splash, it’s time to kick back on the super-comfy Paola Lenti day loungers and Kettal lounge chairs – all tailor-made for dreamy relaxation.

Make a splash in the Aqua pool. Credit: Emerald Cruises

100 guests

76 crew

50 suites & staterooms

3 restaurants

6 passenger decks

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About Kaye Holland

Kaye is a London-based wordsmith who has written for a range of publications including The Times, The Independent, The I, Culture Trip, The Sun, and ABTA among others. In June 2022, Kaye joined the Real Response Media where she looks – together with Lucy Abbott – after the World of Cruising website. Want to get in touch? Kaye can be reached at: [email protected]