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Godmother of Newest Luxury Yacht Emerald Sakara

Emerald Cruises is honored to announce Kelly Craighead, President and CEO of Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA), has been named godmother of Emerald Sakara, the line’s second ocean-going luxury yacht, due to launch in August. The naming ceremony will take place on December 2, 2023 in San Juan, Puerto Rico.


“Kelly portrays perfectly what we find special about Emerald Sakara, whose translated name means ‘thoughts become things,’ a meaning that represents both how we designed and built Emerald Sakara, and how we view Kelly’s leadership and contributions to the cruise industry as she guided us through some of our most challenging times, only to emerge stronger than ever,” stated Ken Muskat, Managing Director of Scenic Group USA. “Kelly’s unwavering commitment to our valued travel advisors and to responsible tourism at sea and in destinations around the globe aligns with Emerald Cruises’ passion for growth and success. As our fleet continues to expand with our newest luxury Ocean Yacht designed to respectfully explore the world’s most unique destinations, we find it only befitting that Kelly, and through her, the CLIA team, be recognized and honored by Emerald Cruises as the Godmother of Emerald Sakara.”


Beetlejuice Onboard

Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL) announced “Beetlejuice” The Musical as the headline production aboard its newest groundbreaking ship, Norwegian Viva, along with the ship’s full lineup of onboard entertainment offerings debuting August 2023. David J. Herrera, incoming president of Norwegian Cruise Line said, “NCL has a history of pioneering the cruise experience and delivering the high-caliber entertainment programming our guests expect.  We are dedicated to pushing the envelope, delivering on those expectations, and putting our guests first as we elevate our onboard offerings for the ultimate vacation at sea.  This summer, I cannot wait to bring the fun and nostalgia of ‘Beetlejuice’ to our all-new Norwegian Viva.” 



New Ship

Celestyal Cruises, the award-winning, number one choice for travelers to the Greek Islands and the Eastern Mediterranean, announces the arrival of the Celestyal Journey. Following an extensive, €20 million (approximately $21 million), refurbishment and technical maintenance overhaul, Celestyal’s newest ship will set sail on September 2, 2023, taking over the Celestyal Crystal’s program, initially on its popular seven-night “Idyllic Aegean” itinerary. The ship’s name symbolizes exploration, discovery and progress. The Journey embodies a spirit of ambition and adventure and a desire to take her guests further and get closer to the destinations she visits.


Preview Sailings on New Ship

Offering two exclusive preview sailings prior to her official maiden voyage, Celebrity Cruises, is giving travelers the chance to sample a taste of relaxed luxury at sea on board the brand-new Celebrity Ascent, the fourth ship in the industry-transforming Edge Series. The two new sailings include: a four-night Western Caribbean itinerary departing Port Everglades on November 22, 2023, and taking guests to Cozumel, Mexico over the American Thanksgiving holiday; and a three-night Bahamas cruise departing Port Everglades on November 26, 2023 and visiting the lively street markets of Nassau, Bahamas. 



Top Producers

On the heels of an incredibly busy and successful wave season, Cruise Planners proudly hosted their bi-annual Elite Summit for top producers on Avalon Waterways’ Envision in Europe. The event had over 85 attendees from all over the U.S. Advisors, Cruise Planners executives and supplier partners gathered on the Danube to network, learn and revel in the fruits of their labor. Cruise Planners CEO and Founder Michelle Fee, Chief Operations Officer Theresa Scalzitti and Chief Strategy Officer Scott Koepf hosted the six-day event. “This year has been electric when we think of the incredible work our advisors have done in handling the awesome rebound and demand for travel,” said Michelle Fee, CEO and Founder of Cruise Planners. “Celebrating our top producers is always special and we love to recognize their success and point to an even better future!”



Cruising The USA

The newest riverboat for the Mississippi River passed sea trials and is on the way to New Orleans for its inaugural season exploring the country’s most iconic River. American Cruise Lines announced that it has accepted delivery of the American Serenade from Chesapeake Shipbuilding. The 180-passenger boat will immediately join the company’s expanding Mississippi River fleet. American Serenade’s first cruise is set to depart April 20th from New Orleans, and American Cruise Lines plans to christen the new riverboat during its inaugural cruise on April 23rd while visiting Vidalia, Louisiana.


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