It was a special day for both ship and the company’s founder, when Scenic boss Glen Moroney’s mother christened Scenic Gem.
Lillian Moroney was appointed godmother of the 126-passenger ship, and carried out her first duties in the role at a naming ceremony in the French town of Caudebec-en-Caux.
Scenic Tours officials as well as representatives from the De Hoop shipyard, the mayor of Caudebec-en-Caux, the president of the district of Caux Vallee de Seine, and the abbot of the Abbey St. Wandrille all attended the event.
Mrs Moroney broke a Champagne bottle over the bow of the ship as she said: “Herewith I christen you in the name of Scenic Gem. I wish you, your passengers and crew always enough water beneath your keel. I wish you always a good journey.”
She was moved to France earlier this week to sail on Scenic’s new French itinerary – an 11-day Gems of the Seine River Cruise from Paris to Honfleur.
She is the line’s tenth ‘Space-Ship’, a fleet of luxury river ships that were the first to offer luxury suites with private full-size balconies.
Breaking new ground, Scenic Gem is custom built to sail to the port of Honfleur and also sail the tidal stretch of river between Rouen.
She is also certified to navigate further along the Seine than any other river ship.
Scenic Tours is currently building two new ‘Space-Ships’ to launch in 2015. According to reports, Scenic Opal and Scenic Jasper will feature bigger private balconies and a unique pool that will be split with one half for leisure and the other for passengers who want to swim laps.