Evergreen Tours’ sister company Emerald Waterways held a dual christening event on Friday, August 21, in the Hungarian capital city of Budapest as it officially launched its two newest ‘Star Ships’ – the Emerald Sun and theEmerald Dawn – with Godmothers from the UK and US travel industries, Julie Kendrick (Emerald Sun) and Kelly Bergin (Emerald Dawn).
Evergreen’s award-winning Emerald ‘Star Ship’ fleet now totals four, with a fifth ship, Emerald Belle due in 2016.
UK travel industry stalwart Julie Kendrick, carried out the godmother duties for the Emerald Sun and offered these words of praise: “The Emerald Sun, with her innovation and style, will bring immense enjoyment and everlasting memories for everyone who sails in her and to be not only part of that experience but to be Godmother means I am an Ambassador for her and a brand which I believe is leading the way in putting stylish and iconic vessels into the river cruise market…this privilege would take those ‘pinch me moments’ to another level!!”
US travel industry veteran Kelly Bergin, the godmother of the Emerald Dawn, preceded her christening effort with her own words of excitement, “It is truly an exciting honour to be selected as the Godmother of the new Emerald Dawn and to be part of the Emerald Waterways brand, which represents the best of what our industry has to offer.”
Julie Kendrick who, having starting her career as counter sales staff at Co-operative Travel over 25 years ago, has risen through the UK travel industry’s ranks to become Head of Commercial and Marketing at Midcounties Co-operative Travel, the UK largest independent Co-operative.
Kelly Bergin has more than 25 years experience in the travel industry and was recently named President of OASIS, a national affiliation of independent travel consultants, and one of the largest Internet-based travel companies in the US.
Both Godmothers share a true love and passion for cruising – and as strong advocates of the fastest growing segment known as river cruising, support and train countless other travel professionals.
Evergreen Tours and sister company Emerald Waterways are part of the Scenic Tours Group. Emerald ‘Star Ship’ cruises are exclusively marketed in Australia by Evergreen Tours.