Emerald Waterways held its final launch for 2017 with Emerald Liberté, the third in the trio of new Star-Ships, officially christened earlier this month in Lyon, France.

Australian travel industry veteran and long-standing cruise and tour director Maxine Collins took the honours as godmother during the official Christening ceremony, which follows the official launch of Emerald Radiance in Porto in June with top UK travel agent Gill Williams as godmother. Emerald Destiny, the first of the new 2017 Star-Ships, was christened in Vienna in May by godmother Coleen Christie, the award-winning Canadian newscaster. The line's fleet now totals seven ships since the company started in 2014.

David Winterton, global brand curator for the company, said: “We’re delighted to have Maxine as the godmother of Emerald Liberté, the latest Star-Ship in our rapidly growing fleet. She has lead many guests around the world during her 28 years with the company, and was a standout choice for the role.

“Emerald Liberté has been custom-built for cruising through the southern France rivers, Rhône & Saône, providing an authentic taste of Gallic life. Whilst offering our guests modern luxury at an affordable price.”

The boutique ship has a capacity of 138 guests and a crew-to-guest ratio of 1:3. Liberté cruises on the Rhône and Saône Rivers through the ever-popular Provence and Burgundy region on eight-night itineraries from either Lyon or Arles between April and October.

The itinerary includes Chalon-Sur-Saône, Beaune, Macon, Tournon, Arles and historic Avignon where guests are also treated to an on-board, Provençal-style highlight dinner by acclaimed local chef and Top Chef France finalist, Fabien Morreale.

For more information see emeraldwaterways.co.uk

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