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New Star-Ship Emerald Radiance Christened in Porto

On 16 June in Porto, Portugal, Emerald Waterways celebrated the christening of our new Star-Ship, Emerald Radiance, with Gill Williams taking the honours as the ship’s Godmother.

A UK travel agent with cruise specialist, Cruise Village, since 2013, Williams’ peerless support and exceptional sales for the river cruise brand makes her the perfect Godmother to Emerald Waterways’ newest addition.

Of this wonderful occasion, 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 the Emerald Star, and to be an official ambassador and Godmother to such a great ship is a privilege.”

A busy year for us all at Emerald Waterways, 2018 will also welcome three innovative new Star-Ships to our expanding fleet. Last month, we were introduced to Emerald Destiny in Vienna, while later this year, Emerald Liberté will have its christening in Lyon this September.

David Winterton, Global Brand Curator for Emerald Waterways, commented: “We’re delighted to have Gill as the Godmother to the 7th Star-Ship in our rapidly growing fleet, and with Emerald Radiance fully booked for the entire year, we look forward to welcoming our guests to such a beautiful part of Portugal.

"While the Emerald Radiance has been custom-built to sail the Douro, it still offers our guests modern luxury at an affordable price, and includes many of our trademark Emerald Waterways innovations.”

The Emerald Radiance will explore Portugal’s Douro River, passing through the beautiful vineyards which typify the region. The Emerald Waterways itineraries which pass along this awe-inspiring waterway will travel from Portugal’s historic second city, Porto, to the old university town of Salamanca in Spain.

Our most intimate ship to date, Emerald Radiance’s 112-guest capacity coupled with a crew-to-guest ratio of 1:3, allowing for incredible levels of service during its journey. Guests on-board Emerald Radiance can expect dedicated service from a knowledgeable crew, always happy to go above and beyond. 

With beautiful flourishes throughout, intelligent deck planning ensures Emerald Waterways’ innovative fleet design remains. From generously-proportioned suites and staterooms to the contemporary, chic public spaces; every inch of the Emerald Radiance has been carefully designed to ensure a delightful journey atop this beautiful waterway.

Amongst the brand-new additions featured aboard Emerald Radiance are the Riverview Suites. Located at the ship’s stern on the Horizon Deck, and boasting floor-to-ceiling windows encasing the innovative balconies; the two Riverview Suites offer amazing, unspoiled panoramic views of the river as it flows by. 

Purpose built to experience Portugal’s climate, Emerald Radiance incorporates sizeable outdoor spaces. The Sun Deck of the Emerald Radiance includes The Terrace, the perfect place to dine and drink with new friends. Or for a refreshing early morning dip, take in a few lengths at the Serenity Pool before breakfast under the beautiful Iberian sky.

If you’d like to experience the Emerald Radiance and the beautiful Douro region for yourself, click here to discover our full range of Douro river cruises, or call us today on 0808 159 7231.

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