Emerald Cruises’ newest vessel has been christened by Clia president Kelly Craighead in Puerto Rico.
The ceremony to officially welcome Emerald Sakara to the line’s fleet, which took place at San Juan’s cruise port on December 2, was watched on by travel agents, trade partners and media, and accompanied by a live band.
Craighead, who is also the association’s chief executive, was joined by Scenic Group owner Glen Moroney and US managing director Ken Muskat as she smashed a bottle of champagne against the hull of the luxury yacht.
“Having Kelly as the godmother of 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,” said Moroney.
He added: “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.”
The yacht carries 100 guests in 50 staterooms and suites, with 44 featuring walk-out balconies.
Staffed by 76 crew members, it has an open-air infinity pool, a spa and gym, a restaurant serving seasonal cuisine and a bar that hosts live music called Amici Lounge.
A marina platform located off the stern boasts kayaks, stand-up paddleboards, snorkel equipment, seabobs and a trampoline for guests to use.
Emerald Sakara made its debut in August and is currently sailing the Caribbean and Central America until March 2024.