Avalon Waterways has announced that Meredith Vieira, 15-time Emmy Award-winning host, executive producer and anchor, will move forward with plans to christen the Avalon View as godmother in 2022.
Originally scheduled for April 2020 but delayed due to travel restrictions brought-on by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Avalon View will finally make its debut in April 2022 in Bratislava, Slovakia.
Of her godmother duties, Vieira said, “I am extremely honoured to be godmother to this beautiful ship. What a relaxing and magical way to travel through Europe. So, come on board, raise a glass of bubbly, and, as I like to say, Take a little time to enjoy the VIEW.”
Vieira will christen the Avalon View in an international ceremony that will take place on the Danube River in April 12.
Pam Hoffee, managing director of Avalon Waterways, said that: “In our search for the perfect godmother for the Avalon View, we were inspired by Meredith Vieira. As a difference-making broadcast journalist, executive producer and television host, she 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. We are thrilled Meredith stuck with us, honoring us as godmother, for this long-awaited Suite Ship debut.”
After the christening ceremony, the 443-foot, 166-passenger Avalon View will join Avalon’s Suite Ship fleet to sail the Danube River in 2022.