AmaWaterways names CLIA president newest godmother

AmaWaterways has announced that Cruise Line International Association (CLIA) president Christine Duffy is to be the godmother of its newest ship, the AmaCerto. Duffy is entrusted to guide the AmaCerto and will bless it at the christening ceremony in Vilshofen, Germany on May 16. “We knew the AmaCerto needed a godmother befitting to the modern elegance of the beautiful ship,”said Kristin Karst, AmaWaterways’ executive vice-president and co-owner. “Christine Duffy’s long history in the industry and her love for cruising makes her the perfect fit. We are so pleased to know our beloved AmaCerto is under great guidance.”Prior to joining CLIA, Duffy was the president and CEO of Maritz Travel, one of the largest meeting, event and incentive travel management companies in the world. She has been recognized by the St. Louis Business Journal as one of the “25 Most Influential Business Women,”Corporate Meetings and Incentives chose her as a “Top Women Leaders in the Meeting Industry”and Meeting News Magazine named her as one of the “25 Most Influential People in the Meetings Industry”four times. AmaWaterways’ new AmaCerto is a 164-passenger vessel that incorporates the most advanced river cruise ship design including Twin Balconies in the majority of its spacious staterooms and suites, which range up to 31.5 square metres. Passengers can enjoy gourmet dining with free-flowing local wine at the multiple fine dining venues available onboard. The AmaCerto also features a heated sun deck swimming pool with a “swim-up”bar, fitness centre and spa, complimentary Internet and Infotainment system in all staterooms plus Wi-Fi. For passengers wanting to explore the serene paths along the rivers, the AmaCerto offers a fleet of bicycles onboard (capacity controlled). The AmaCerto will serve the Dutch and Belgium Waterways and the Danube and Rhine Rivers on nine itineraries: Tulip Time Cruise; The Romantic Danube; Melodies of the Danube; The Legendary Danube; Blue Danube Discovery; Magnificent Europe; Christmas Time Cruise; Legendary Danube Jewish Heritage; and Christmas on the Rhine. (