Emerald Cruises’ second superyacht christened in San Juan

CLIA President and CEO Kelly Craighead becomes a Godmother

Emerald Cruises‘ second superyacht, Emerald Sakara, was christened by Kelly Craighead, President and CEO of Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) in San Juan, Puerto Rico last weekend.

In the presence of Glen Moroney, Scenic Group Founder and Chairman, and Ken Muskat, Scenic Group Managing Director for the US, the warm water luxury yacht was christened by Craighead with a traditional champagne bottle at the Pier 4 East terminal.

Guests watching on included Brad Dean, CEO of Discover Puerto Rico; Crystal J. Bell, Air & Cruise Director of Puerto Rico Tourism Company; Christian Trinidad De Jesus, Deputy Executive Director of Puerto Rico Ports Authority; and Captain Rob O’Leary, captain of Emerald Sakara, local travel advisors and US trade partners.

Emerald Sakara

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“We are a pretty unique entity in the cruise industry when it comes to both our river and ocean luxury ships,” remarked Glen Moroney, Founder and Chairman of Scenic Group.

“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,” Moroney said.

As President and CEO of CLIA, Craighead represents a broad and growing community of the world’s most prestigious ocean, river, and specialty cruise lines, as well as a network of more than 75,000 CLIA Travel Trade Members and stakeholders.

Kelly Craighead, President and CEO, Cruise Lines International Association.

As President and CEO of CLIA, Craighead represents a broad and growing community of the world’s most prestigious ocean, river, and specialty cruise lines, as well as a network of more than 75,000 CLIA Travel Trade Members and stakeholders.

Under Craighead’s leadership, CLIA has honed its focus on leveraging its diverse community to advocate for a sustainable cruise industry. During the multi-year pandemic, Craighead and the CLIA team worked tirelessly to help ensure the long-term viability of cruising and the ability to safely return to operations in line with other travel sectors. In 2023, the cruise industry is projected to carry 31.5 million passengers – surpassing historically strong 2019 levels.

“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,” said Kelly Craighead, President & CEO, Cruise Lines International Association. “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 17 square metres to 110.8 square metres – 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 sun set.

Lead image: Glenn Moroney, Scenic Group Founder and Chairman; Ken Muskat, Scenic Group Managing Director for the US; Kelly Craighead, President and CEO, CLIA; Jason Flesher, Expedition Operations Manager – Scenic and Captain Rob O’Leary, Captain of Emerald Sakara.

More at emeraldcruises.com.au.

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