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Travel Veteran Kelly Bergin Named Emerald Godmother

Cruise Line & Cruise Ship | Theresa Norton | July 21, 2015

Travel Veteran Kelly Bergin Named Emerald Godmother

Kelly Bergin, the president of the OASIS host agency, was named godmother of Emerald Waterways’ new river ship Emerald Dawn, which will be christened Aug. 21 in Budapest.


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“The agent relationship is integral to our strategy of growth in North America, and Kelly exemplifies the high standard of quality that fits so well with our products,” Scenic Chairman Glen Moroney said.

The 182-passenger Emerald Dawn will be christened in a double ceremony along with a sister ship, Emerald Star. The other godmother is Julie Kendrick of Midcounties Co-operative Travel in the U.K.

Prior to joining Boca Raton, Fla.-based OASIS, Bergin owned her own leisure travel agency in Salt Lake City and worked for Princess Cruises and Funjet Vacations as a business development manager. Upon moving to South Florida, Bergin was briefly involved in the real estate industry but soon moved back into the travel industry. OASIS is a division of Smart Travel Group.

Bergin serves on the board of directors for the Professional Association of Travel Hosts, the agent advisory board for Cruise Lines International Association and the leadership committee for the South Florida Chapter of the National Association of Career Travel Agents (NACTA). A graduate of Florida Atlantic University, she and her husband Michael reside in Boca Raton.

“It is truly an exciting honor 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,” Bergin said. “As an early convert and proponent of the river cruise experience, I use every opportunity to sing the praises of river cruising to our agents and extoll the tremendous value it offers to their clients. I look forward to continue this effort on behalf of Emerald Waterways.”

The two new “Star Ships” have 72 suites and 20 staterooms, including two for solo occupancy. Many of the accommodations have “indoor balconies” in which the upper half of the floor-to-ceiling window drops down to allow in fresh air.

The ships have heated swimming pools with a retractable roof that transform into movie theaters in the evening. They also have two restaurants, a hairdresser, massage therapy room and fitness area.

Fares include all transfers to and from the ships; wine, beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner; bottled water in the cabins; continental breakfast, pre-dinner canapés and after-dinner sweets in the top suites; Wi-Fi on the ship; most shore excursions; and all gratuities.

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