Emerald Cruises has named its first superyacht, Emerald Azzurra, in a ceremony in Venice.
The event was attended by Scenic Group founder and chairman Glen Moroney, and his wife Karen Moroney, director of project design, along with embarking guests.
The ship’s godmother, ROL Cruise MD Sarah Wikevand, was unable to attend the ceremony, however, the company’s joint MD Rosie Cairns was present.
The 100-guest Emerald Azzurra features à la carte dining restaurants and a water sports boat.
It will now sail on a series of 8 to 25-night itineraries around the Mediterranean and Adriatic.
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Moroney said: “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.”
Emerald global director of brand and marketing David Winterton added: “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 honoured that Sarah has agreed to join a number of global travel industry professionals to serve as an Emerald Cruises godmother.”
Azzurra will be joined by sister ship Emerald Sakara in 2023, with itineraries to the Seychelles along with the Mediterranean and Adriatic, on sale now.