Avalon Picks Gilbert As Godmother

Avalon Waterways picked Elizabeth Gilbert to christen the Avalon Envision on the Danube River in 2019.

Gilbert – bestselling author of EAT PRAY LOVE – said of her godmother duties: “As somebody who is almost pathologically obsessed with travel and adventure, what could be more fun than being named the godmother of beautiful a riverboat? I’m honoured and delighted to be part of this lovely endeavour.”

She will christen the Avalon Envision in an international ceremony that will take place on April 7, 2019 in Budapest, Hungary.

Pam Hoffee, managing director of Avalon Waterways, observed that: “From EAT PRAY LOVE to BIG MAGIC, as an author, Ms. Gilbert has invited her readers to envision something different; a hint of a life or journey outside their comfort zone. An inspired choice as godmother of the Avalon Envision, she has helped us embrace curiosity each day in search of extraordinary. This is something we ask our travelers to do on their journeys across the world with Avalon.”

After the christening ceremony, the 443-foot, 166-passenger Avalon Envision will join an all Suite Ship fleet to sail the Danube River throughout 2019.

Hoffee pointed out that: “With the addition of the Avalon Envision, there’s only one point-of-view on an Avalon Waterways cruise — the suite view. For the first time, our entire fleet in Europe and Southeast Asia is comprised completely of Suite Ships, each featuring our signature Panorama Suites with the industry’s only Open-Air Balcony and an inviting bed facing the ever-changing scenery on two full decks of every ship. Even seasoned travelers have never seen — or experienced — the world like this.”