Emerald Cruises’ First Ocean Yacht, Emerald Azzurra, Christened in Venice
On Saturday, May 29, Emerald Cruises’ first ocean luxury yacht, Emerald Azzurra, was christened in an intimate ceremony in Venice, Italy.
In attendance were Glen Moroney, Founder and Chairman of Scenic Group, of which Emerald Cruises is part; his wife Karen Moroney, Director of Project Design; embarking guests; Emerald Cruises staff who worked on delivering the yacht; and local dignitaries.
Speaking during the ceremony Glen Moroney offered “Scenic Group holds a unique position of owning the complete end to end process where we design, build, and operate our vessels. Special thanks must go to the project team, headed by Ivo Skelin, for their commitment and dedication during the building of Emerald Azzurra.”
Godmother Sarah Wikevand, joint Managing Director at Reader Offers Ltd (ROL), was unable to attend the ceremony. However, Rosie Cairns, joint Managing Director at ROL stepped in.
David Winterton, Global Director of Brand and Marketing at Emerald Cruises said: “The team at Reader Offers Ltd are true advocates for the cruising market and their dedication reflects our own commitment to growing the popularity of luxury yacht cruising. As one of Emerald Cruises’ top performing agents for both river and yacht cruising, ROL has been instrumental in the success of launching Emerald Cruises’ first ocean-going luxury yacht, Emerald Azzurra. We are truly honored that Sarah has agreed to serve as an Emerald Cruises Godmother.”
Emerald Azzurra entered service on March 12 and is currently sailing an eight-day Croatia in Depth itinerary. The luxury yacht will continue sailing the Adriatic and Mediterranean coastlines before repositioning to Doha, Qatar in December 2022 to cruise the Arabian Peninsula between Doha and Dubai. Emerald Azzurra will be joined by sister yacht Emerald Sakara in 2023, with itineraries to the Mediterranean on sale now.