What to expect from small yacht cruises

Exploring the world in sheer luxury is a dream for many of us, and small yacht cruises provide a way to make that dream come true. A measured number of guests keeps the experience more intimate and accommodating, which in turn leads to a higher class of service and enjoyment.

When travelling with Emerald Cruises, you’ll benefit from an exclusive level of care and attention on board our luxury yachts. Sit back and relax with a drink in hand as the wonderous marvels of your chosen destination provide a stunning backdrop or spend some time getting to know your like-minded fellow guests. Enjoy all of this while our staff focuses on creating the perfect cruising experience for you.

Small luxury yacht cruises come with unparalleled freedom. Choose to unwind in a manner that suits your lifestyle and allow Emerald Cruises to help you get the most enjoyment from your travels. We specialize in crafting comprehensive small ship experiences, from arranging insightful excursions to providing you with peace and tranquillity. Here’s what you can expect when joining us on a luxury yacht cruise.

Your choice of suites and staterooms

Emerald Cruises Luxury Yacht Suite
Emerald Cruises Luxury Suite
Our custom-built yachts are your home away from home. A boutique floating hotel, our range of suites and staterooms features as standard:

A king-sized or twin hotel-style beds with the finest Egyptian cotton linen
An ensuite bathroom with luxurious ESPA toiletries
Complimentary bathrobes and slippers
A HDTV flatscreen TV with infotainment system
Complimentary Wi-Fi
Complimentary bottled water restocked daily
Individual climate control
A personal safe for your belongings

We believe choice is what makes small yacht cruises more personable. This is why you have the option to choose from six different grades of suites and staterooms.

Oceanview Stateroom

Located close to the Amici Bar & Lounge, our Oceanview Staterooms boast ample space. Being situated on the Emerald Deck provides stunning views from your ocean-view window, and your ensuite bathroom will be fully stocked with luxurious ESPA toiletries.

Balcony Suite

Our Balcony Suites are located across the Observation and Panorama Decks, meaning you can choose which option you prefer. Your own private outdoor balcony offers exceptional views and the opportunity to enjoy the delightful ocean breeze.

Deluxe Balcony Suite

The Deluxe Balcony Suite boasts additional space for added comfort, with separate lounge and bedrooms areas. To help you feel truly at home, you’ll find a complimentary fruit platter on arrival, plus tea and coffee making facilities for you to use at any time.

While journeying with us, the Deluxe Balcony Suite will be like your second home. Room service will be available to you during mealtimes, and you’ll have full access to a complimentary minibar that’s restocked daily. When it’s time to rest after a day of adventuring, select your ideal pillow from the pillow menu for that perfect night’s sleep.

Terrace Suite

The Terrace Suite offers spectacular views and plenty of space with a large private terrace for your pleasure. You’ll be provided with many of the luxuries that come with the Deluxe Balcony Suite, but with the additional delight of a complimentary bottle of Champagne as a welcome gift to start your small luxury yacht cruise in true style.

Terrace Suite guests will also benefit from our laundry service. If you would like to wear a particular outfit for a certain occasion, we are happy to launder up to two items per day for you.

Yacht Suite

With even more space than the Terrace Suite, the Yacht Suite boasts the same luxurious surrounds and complimentary amenities but with the added benefit of a walk-in wardrobe.

We want you to feel completely at home while cruising with us, so remember to take advantage of the room service, tea and coffee making facilities, free mini-bar restocked daily, pillow menu, and welcome Champagne and fruit platter.

The Owner’s Suite

Our most prestigious offering, the Owner’s Suite is the most exclusive and highly sought-after suite we have available on our small yacht cruises. Revel in sumptuous surrounds with separate luxurious lounge and bedrooms areas, as well as a walk-in wardrobe for plenty of storage.

An envious position located at the front of the Pool Deck, you’ll benefit from unparalleled views from your large private terrace, which you can enjoy while sampling your complimentary Champagne and fruit platter. When the Champagne bottle is empty, select your favourite drinks from the free mini-bar to continue the relaxing and luxurious ambience.

Providing a service like no other is our mantra. Guests staying in our Owner’s Suites can also relish in the delights of pre-dinner canapés and after-dinner sweets delivered straight to your suite. As an additional perk, you can also select up to four items of clothing to be laundered per day.

Spacious socialising

Enjoying a drink on an Emerald Cruises Ship
Emerald Cruises Infinity Pool
The suites and staterooms found on our luxury yachts are personal sanctuaries of serenity, but it’s the social spaces on board that set our cruises apart. Measured guest numbers allow for plenty of room to share with your loved ones and fellow travellers, adding to the pleasures of small yacht cruising.

You’ll enjoy a range of social areas all designed with guest satisfaction in mind. Bar and dining options include:

La Cucina Dining, where our expert chefs create the finest dishes inspired your cruise destinations with locally-sourced ingredients
La Cucina Terrace – perfect for a light snack or refreshing drink while enjoying the seasonal weather
The Amici Bar & Lounge complete with a well-stocked bar for a nightcap in good company
The Aqua Pool Café where you can enjoy a quick bite without having to leave the infinity-style Aqua Pool area
The Sky Bar – take in the awe-inspiring panoramic views from the top deck of the yacht with your favourite drink in hand

Finding a spot to leisurely while away the hours on small yacht cruises is made simple with Emerald Cruises. We encourage our guests to interact with each other whether at the bar, while dining, or when spending some time pool-side. Share stories of your adventures and learn about the fun and exotic explorations enjoyed by your fellow travellers.

On selected days, your captain will drop anchor in breathtaking destinations where you will have the opportunity to explore the waters from the Marina Platform. Be as adventurous or relaxed as you like with our range of Marina toys including:

Stand-up paddleboards
Inflatable kayaks
Floating mats
Snorkel kits
SEABOBs (water scooters)

For your own safety, life jackets will be provided when venturing into the water.

Self-care and pampering

Emerald Cruises Treatment Room
Emerald Cruises Salon
If peace and wellness is a key priority, you’ll be enamoured with our Elements Spa & Wellness Centre. Seek solace and care by indulging in a range of treatments (at an additional cost) from immersive massages to blissful facials. 

Infrared saunas on board our small yacht cruises provide an even deeper level of self-care. Let the gentle heat circulate around you to alleviate any niggling aches and pains you may have, or simply relax in a warm, tranquil setting.

If a fresh look is needed for a special dinner, activity, or excursion, our salon is available to you (at an additional cost). Treat yourself to a manicure, pedicure, or visit the hairdresser to invigorate your style.

We understand that daily exercise may be an important part of your routine, which is why you’ll find our well-equipped gym perfect for regular workout sessions, complete with the latest Technogym and Concept 2 machines.

Activities and excursions included

Couples Activities
Couple getting ready for the evening
Small luxury yacht cruises wouldn’t be complete without a wealth of activities and excursions for you to enjoy. Our handpicked itineraries are designed to satisfy a range of needs, from broadening your horizons through cultural immersion to providing unrivalled sightseeing tours of each destination’s most scenic treasures.

An excursion is available almost every day, so there is plenty to see and explore. Also included are our selected EmeraldPLUS and EmeraldACTIVE activities. EmeraldPLUS provides further local traditions to enjoy, including exclusive concerts and opportunities to meet and converse with the locals. EmeraldACTIVE is for those seeking a more energetic experience, including hikes and bike rides along coastlines, hilltops, and old towns.

If exploration is the main driver for your cruise, our extra-special DiscoverMORE excursions have been designed to grant you rare insights that venture beyond ordinary travel encounters. Available at an additional cost, these optional tours complement our included tours and our EmeraldPLUS and EmeraldACTIVE programs, bringing to you a wealth of immersion that highlights the gems of each destination.

The freedom of choice is always at the heart of small yacht cruises. All included excursions are yours to enjoy if they pique your interest, but if going out to see the sights at your own pace suits you best, then you will have plenty of time to explore at your leisure.

Exemplary dining

Sunday Roast
The culinary prowess of our expert chefs ensures a selection of sumptuous dining options. We believe that small luxury yacht cruises should feature tantalizing local flavours, which is why freshly prepared cuisine is offered at every evening meal, with the ingredients and inspiration all provided by the destinations you’re travelling through.

If the regional dishes don’t make your tastebuds sing with delight, our chefs are happy to accommodate by preparing an array of home favourites. Breakfast, lunch, and light snacks are also catered for on board our luxury yachts. A range of continental and cooked options are available for you to indulge in to start your morning, or we can provide fresh fruit, tasty sandwiches and even afternoon tea for you to enjoy as the day goes by.

And of course, complimentary drinks are available with lunch and dinner. Choose from your favourite beers, wines, and soft drinks to enhance your meals. Our team carefully select choice wines each evening, sourced from local and regional vineyards.

A wealth of generous inclusions

Toiletries and Bath Flannel
Cheersing wine on an emerald cruise
Luxury yacht cruises should always provide guests with complete peace of mind. This is why we take care of all the important things while you’re with us. You won’t have to spend a single penny extra on board if you don’t want to, with the following inclusions forming part of our high level of service:

Return economy flights from London Heathrow (regional departures available on request)
Airport transfers to and from your luxury yacht
Breakfast, lunch, and dinner on board
Complimentary beer, wine, and soft drinks to accompany lunch and dinner
Access to state-of-the-art tea and coffee making facilities
Complimentary bottled water, restocked daily
ESPA luxury toiletries in your ensuite bathroom
First-class service from an English-speaking crew
Included excursions with knowledgeable local guides
Complimentary Wi-Fi
Use of our Gocycle electric bicycles
All airport taxes and port charges taken care of
All gratuities on board taken care of

For additional peace of mind, small yacht cruises with Emerald Cruises are ABTA and ATOL protected.

Small yacht cruises: the experience of a lifetime

Emerald Cruises luxury yacht
Time spent on board a luxury yacht should provide a constant and consistent level of indulgence. When sailing with Emerald Cruises, you will receive this high-class service from our dedicated team. Whether it’s creating decadent dishes daily or supplying ample activities and excursions for your enjoyment, small guest numbers and an excellent staff-to-guest ratio ensures our small yacht cruises provide the experience of a lifetime.

If you’re looking to explore the tropics of the Caribbean & Central America, the azure waters of the Mediterranean & the Adriatic Sea, the timeless beauty of the Red Sea & Middle East, or voyage across the Transatlantic, Emerald Cruises is on hand to guarantee an adventure like no other.