As the Canadian government recently announced that it will soon open its border to fully vaccinated international travellers, Canadians at home are expressing more confidence—and excitement—about the prospect of finally booking their long-awaited vacations internationally.
In a recent study by Flight Centre Travel Group, nearly 80% of Canadians polled said they would travel to countries accepting vaccinated travellers in the next 12 months, and 85% said they expected to travel an equal or greater amount than they did in 2019.
With this in mind, Emerald Cruises has made it easy for those looking to indulge their wanderlust with their new Epic Voyages collection, which is comprised of longer, curated journeys ranging from 15 to 26 days to allow guests a chance to realize their travel dreams, visit countries they’ve longed to see and cross a few items off their bucket lists.
Available on both Emerald Cruises’ award-winning European river cruises as well as luxury ocean yacht sailings on board the soon-to-launch Emerald Azzurra, all Epic Voyages combine two or three complementary itineraries—complete with transfers between ships when necessary—to create a single seamless adventure that calls on multiple countries.
Instead of worrying about the logistics of hotel rooms, rental cars and crossing international borders, guests booking these extended cruise itineraries are free to focus on what’s really important—relaxing, discovering iconic cities and villages, and making memories with loved ones.
In Europe, Emerald Cruises has crafted a selection of Epic Voyages connecting some of their most beloved routes.
The 15-day Discover the Vineyards of the Rhine & Moselle itinerary sails through idyllic ports in Germany and France with plenty of opportunities to learn about and sample the wine varietals found in the region.
Sailing between Bernkastel, Germany and Basel, Switzerland, guests will sail the picturesque Moselle River with ports of call in quaint towns like Trier and Cochem before changing course to the mighty Rhine.
Highlights of this itinerary include an afternoon sailing through the castle-studded Rhine Gorge, a visit to the Black Forest, and multiple opportunities to visit local vineyards along the route.
Other popular Epic Voyages on the rivers include the 16-day Discover the Treasure of the Danube between Bucharest and Nuremberg, and the 15-day Discover the Rivers of France and Portugal sailing between Nice and Porto.
For those looking to unplug on an incomparable Mediterranean journey, the 26-day Discover Gems of the Mediterranean Coastlines also visits four countries, providing a deep dive into the beauty and culture of both the Western and Eastern Med.
Departing from Nice on April 25, 2023, this expansive sailing carries guests onboard the 100-guest superyacht, Emerald Azzurra, from the stylish French Riviera, down the Western coast of Italy with ports in Corsica and Sicily before heading to the Greek Isles and Turkey before concluding in Athens.
Guests will have a hard time choosing a favourite port on a route that calls on the likes of Rome, Portofino, Amalfi, Athens, Mykonos and Istanbul, to name a few.
With 26 days on board, there’s plenty of time to see everything, or spend an entire relaxing day on board without worrying about missing out.
Those interested in doing a deep dive into the Eastern Med will want to book the 15-day Discover the Eastern Mediterranean sailing between Dubrovnik and Athens which calls on Montenegro, Albania and Turkey in addition to Greece and Croatia.
Guests booking select Epic River Voyages can save up to $2,000 per person, and those who book by August 31 can save an additional $200 per person with the current Summer Sale offer.
Paying in full 12 months prior to departure earns guests an extra 10% off with the Super Earlybird Early Payment Offer. Guests booking an Epic Yacht Voyage can save up to 30% off the cost with the Super Earlybird Savings offer.