Emerald Waterways Emerald Radiance

Emerald Waterways has officially launched its new ship Emerald Radiance in Porto, Portugal, bringing the total number of ships in its fleet to seven.

Karen Moroney, who owns Scenic and Emerald Waterways along with her husband Glen, said at the ceremony that the delivery of Emerald Radiance represents “phenomenal growth”.

She added: “In reality this is just a small part of where we’re heading for Emerald Waterways. We love Emerald heart and soul because when we started with Scenic we were new to the industry. Now we know and love our clients, and we listen to what they want. To deliver Emerald Radiance for the first time and to have this smaller size along with Emerald Liberte is just fantastic. We’ve loved every minute.

“What guests can expect when they go on board Emerald Radiance in particular are the crew; it’s absolutely going to be the country and the all-Portuguese crew. We employ people who absolutely love everything about Portugal. I just spoke with two guests from the end suites and they were blown away. We’ve listened to our clients and this ship in particular with the fantastic team that we have makes her special.”

The ship was christened by godmother Gillian Williams of The Cruise Village. She said: “I’m absolutely thrilled to have been selected as the godmother to Emerald Radiance. It’s a huge honour as I’ve loved Emerald Waterways since my first ever trip on board Emerald Star, and to be an official ambassador and godmother to such a great ship is a privilege.”

Since the launch of its first Star-Ship, which was christened in Amsterdam three years ago by worldwide fashion icon, Twiggy, Emerald Waterways has enjoyed growth within the European river cruise market.

Each of its three new ships has been built to follow the design specifications of its current fleet, and customised to sail a variety of Europe’s best-known rivers.

Emerald Liberté has been custom-built to sail France’s Rhône and Saône, as part of the new Sensations of Southern France itinerary, from Lyon to Avignon.

While Emerald Radiance, sailing from Porto to Porto, has a Serenity Pool on the Sun Deck that is perfect for making the most of the Portuguese sun, as it sails on the Secrets of the Douro cruise. With a capacity of 112 guests, Emerald Radiance is the smallest of the three new ships.

Finally, Emerald Destiny will be the river cruise line’s fifth ship to sail through the heart of Europe on the Rhine, Main and Danube rivers.

David Winterton, Global Brand Curator for Emerald Waterways, said: “We are thrilled to unveil the Emerald Liberté, Radiance and Destiny, as we continue to build on our fleet of innovative river ships, currently the youngest on European waters.

“When building our latest ships, it was important to listen to our guests, and the overwhelming feedback was that they love our relaxed, contemporary design which complements our fully-inclusive approach when crafting our cruise itineraries.”

To watch a video of the moment Emerald Radiance is christened, visit our Facebook page.