Actress and comedienne, Cheri Oteri, has been revealed as the Godmother for Avalon Waterways‘ new ship on the Douro River, debuting in March 2024. Widely known for the rise of female entertainers on Saturday Night Live in the US, Oteri will christen Avalon Alegria in an international ceremony on 28 March 2024 in Pinhão, Portugal.
Speaking of her godmother duties, Oteri said, “I am beyond excited to have the honour of godmother to the beautiful Avalon Alegria. Taking a river cruise with a constant scenic view of rich landscapes and picturesque villages is the best way to holiday I could ever imagine. I can’t wait to sightsee with my fellow passengers in different ports while appreciating the spectacular waterways that help support the surrounding ecosystem we all get to enjoy.
“The beauty of this boat and everything it offers will make the best memories. Wishing us all the voyage of a lifetime aboard the magnificent Alegria,” she said.
“In our search for the perfect godmother for the Avalon Alegria – our first ship in Portugal with a name that means ‘happiness’ – we knew Cheri Oteri would be the perfect choice,” said Pam Hoffee, President of Avalon Waterways.
“As a difference-making entertainer – and one of the ground-breaking women who inspired modern comedy in America – Ms. Oteri has brought so much inspiration and joy into our lives. We are thrilled she has chosen to honour as us the godmother of our newest, ‘happiest’ ship in Europe, and we very much look forward to celebrating her and her accomplishments in Portugal at our ship christening.”
After the christening ceremony, the 102-passenger Avalon Alegria – with 14 Deluxe Staterooms and 37 Panorama Suites, built exclusively to sail the Douro River – will become the first Suite Ship from Avalon Waterways to set sail in Portugal.
The Panorama Suite on all of Avalon’s Suite Ships, these wall-to-wall, floor-to-ceiling windows open 11-feet wide in Europe and 14-feet wide in Southeast Asia, wider than any other balconies in the industry. The Avalon Alegria’s Sky Deck also offers guests panoramic views and a pool.
“We’ve waited a long time for the perfect opportunity to add Portugal to our robust holiday portfolio and that day has nearly arrived,” said Hoffee. “Inviting our guests to sail the Douro for the first time, we’re bringing the Suite Ships of Avalon, the grandest views in cruising and whim-powered itineraries to Southwestern Europe. And we couldn’t be more excited.”
Avalon Alegria will invite guests on board to cruise the Vida Portugal: Vineyards & Villages Along the Douro itinerary in 2024.