Avalon Waterways christens 14th Suite Ship

Meredith Vieira officially names Avalon View in Bratislava

Avalon Waterways christened its 14th Suite Ship in Europe last week – Avalon View – during a ceremony in Bratislava, Slovakia.

US Emmy Award-winning host, executive producer and anchor, Meredith Vieira, was bestowed with the honour of christening the 166-passenger ship.

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After reciting a blessing, Vieira cut a rope tethered to the locally produced sparkling wine – Johann Hubert Exclusive – causing the bottle to smash against the newly named ship’s bow. Managing Director of Avalon Waterways Pam Hoffee, Captain Ambrose Manolache and the ship’s crew of 47 – as well as 75 guests that included travel agents, local dignitaries and tourism boards – cheered the ship’s christening.

“As a difference-making broadcast journalist, executive producer and television host, Meredith Vieira has given us a unique, up-close-and-personal view into her life – and the lives of countless others – with unparalleled storytelling, compassionate interviews and an extraordinary ability to connect with those she meets,” Hoffee said. “We are thrilled to celebrate Meredith, and her many accomplishments, today as she honoured us as godmother, christening the Avalon View.”

Avalon View features a mix of light and dark woods, accented by rich taupe, brown and red décor in public spaces and touches of blue throughout the Suite Ship’s Suites and Deluxe Staterooms, inspired by Dutch interior designer Liane van Leeuwen. Original art in common areas is by Dutch artist Eelco Maan and cabin paintings were created by another Dutch artist, Sofie Fisher.

Each Suite Ship in Avalon’s fleet offers Panorama Suites, what the river cruise line refers to as “the industry’s only Open-Air Balconies with the widest-opening windows in cruising”.

Avalon Viewn Panorama Suite

New glass balcony panels on Avalon View provide an extra outlook with completely unobstructed views. Avalon Waterways’ Open-Air Balconies were designed with views in mind. A Panorama Suite highlight on all of the Suite Ships of Avalon, the wall-to-wall, floor-to-ceiling windows open 11-feet wide in Europe and 14-feet wide in Southeast Asia.

“Off our Suite Ships, we invite guests to dive into new experiences and exploration, each and every day, with industry-changing Active & Discovery itineraries and our Avalon Choice program, available on every Avalon cruise,” added Hoffee.

Avalon View, Dining Room

Avalon Choice offers up to 28 included excursions: from classic sightseeing to immersive discoveries and active adventures.

Avalon View will sail the Danube River on several itineraries including Taste of the Danube, Danube Symphony, Active & Discovery on the Danube and Gone Girl! (a storyteller series cruise with celebrity host, Gillian Flynn).

Avalon View, Bar

For more information on Avalon View, see avalonwaterways.com.au/ships/avalon-view

Lead image: Pam Hoffee, Managing Director, Avalon Waterways and Captain Ambrose Manolache with Avalon View Godmother, Meredith Vieira.

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