Emerald Destiny

(2:50 p.m. EST) -- In a first for the line, Emerald Waterways has chosen a Canadian godmother -- newscaster Coleen Christie -- for one of its new ships, Emerald Destiny, which will be christened in May.

A Victoria, B.C., native, Christie has had a successful career on screen as a news anchor in Vancouver and as a host for the CTV network. She also has worked as a producer and creative director in television promotion and marketing.

 "We're thrilled that Coleen Christie has agreed to be the Destiny's godmother," Lisa Norton, vice president of brand management for Emerald Waterways North America, said in a statement. "Canada is a strong market for us, and Ms. Christie's impeccable reputation as a newscaster along with dedication to charitable work makes her an excellent fit for our brand."

Known for her charitable and volunteer work, Christie has involved herself with more than a dozen organizations, including Arts Umbrella, The BC Cancer Foundation, Covenant House, Dress For Success, Friends for Life, Girls Can Do, The Heart and Stroke Foundation, Orangutan Foundation International, The Pacific Autism Family Centre and others.

Emerald Destiny, carrying 186 passengers, will be the fifth ship in the line's Star Ship fleet, offering French balconies in most staterooms, as well as an aft swimming pool and movie theater, which are a rarity on river vessels. The line has two other ships, Emerald Liberte and Emerald Radiance, also debuting in spring 2017.

--By Ashley Kosciolek, Editor