Emerald Cruises’ newest luxury yacht, Emerald Sakara, has been christened by CLIA President and CEO Kelly Craighead in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
Craighead, who has headed the international cruise body since 2019, joined Scenic Group owner Glen Moroney and Scenic Group Managing Director for the US, Ken Muskat at the port’s Pier 4 East terminal.
The ceremony featured a local cultural band and was attended by an audience of VIPS, travel agents and trade partners with traditional champagne bottle breaking.
Glen Moroney, Founder and Chairman of Scenic Group said:
“We are a pretty unique entity in the cruise industry when it comes to both our river and ocean luxury ships.
“We are intimately involved with every aspect of the build process—coming up with the concept, doing the design, overseeing the engineering, then building the ships including all interior design in house then employing all of the crew members directly.
“Having Kelly as the godmother of our newest luxury yacht, Emerald Sakara, follows that same thought process as she embodies a similar can-do attitude and history, and her leadership and guidance with CLIA over the recent challenging years for the industry is inspirational.”
Kelly Craighead said:
“The dedication of Emerald Sakara was extraordinary, and I am honoured to be an ambassador for the entire CLIA team in the esteemed maritime tradition of godmother.
“The stunning luxury of Emerald Sakara, complemented by Emerald Cruises’ commitment to environmentally responsible tourism, exemplifies CLIA’s advocacy for sustainable tourism and preservation of cruise destinations around the world for future generations.
“Thank you to Emerald Cruises for this very special recognition.”
The luxury yacht carries 100 guests in 50 deluxe staterooms and suites ranging from 185 to 1,185 square feet with 44 featuring large walk-out balconies.
The open-air infinity pool is surrounded by lounge chairs and day beds ideal for relaxing and enjoying a cocktail from the nearby Aqua Café.
A wellness deck complete with spa, infrared sauna and gym allows guests to keep focused on their health goals, while the top deck Sky Bar offers the ideal spot to watch the sunset.
Located off the yacht’s stern, a marina platform boasts water toys galore—kayaks, standup paddleboards, snorkel equipment, SEABOBs and a giant trampoline available to guests when the platform is deployed.
The extra-spacious La Cucina dining room specialises in fresh, seasonal cuisine with seating indoors as well as on the adjacent terrace.
The warm and welcoming Amici Lounge is a friendly place to gather and enjoy live music in the evenings. With 76 crew members onboard, guests can count on receiving attentive, personalised service.
For more information, go to emeraldcruises.co.uk
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