Christine Duffy Christens Riverboat

| Friday, 18 May 2012

Christine Duffy, as the president of the Cruise Lines, has not had it easy lately. She was called to testify in two congressional committee hearings on the cruise industry. I did not see the one in the House of Representatives, but I did see the Senate hearing presided by Jay Rockefeller. In fact, I wrote an editorial saying I do not believe she was treated in a very gentlemanly manner.

Well, someone else thought Christine needed a break from the hard work she has been doing; AmaWaterways, and so the line invited her to the scenic Danube town of Vilshofen, Germany, where she performed the traditional ceremony for christening and blessing the line's newest beautiful riverboat, the AmaCerto.

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AmaWaterways' newest ship, the AmaCerto, sails into Vilshofen, Germany for the May 16christening by its godmother, Cruise Line International Association President Christine Duffy.

The day's festivities began with a rendition of the "Triumphal March from Aida" while "stelzengehers" or stilt walkers welcomed the crowd as the AmaCerto sailed into view. Vilshofen Mayor Georg Krenn greeted the enthusiastic crowd of local dignitaries, AmaWaterways executives and passengers.

(L to R) AmaWaterways Executive Vice President and Co-Owner Kristin Karst, Cruise Line International Association President andAmaCerto Godmother Christine Duffy and AmaWaterways President & Co-Owner Rudi Schreiner attend the christening ofAmaWaterways' newest ship, the AmaCerto on May 16 in Vilshofen, Germany.

In preparation for the christening, local school children handed out celebratory balloons to the eager crowd of locals and visitors. Then, amid a chorus of cheers, Duffy christened the AmaCerto by breaking a bottle of champagne on the ship's hull. The gathered crowd simultaneously released their balloons and a brigade of Vilshofen soldiers dressed in authentic regional Bavarian garb sounded a traditional 10-gun salute.

Local school children dressed in traditional Bavarian garb prepare to hand out balloons in celebration of thechristening of AmaWaterways' newest river cruise ship, the AmaCerto on May 16 in Vilshofen, Germany.

Preceding highlights of the christening ceremony included a performance by the children's dance group Trachtenverein D'Wolfachtaler; moving renditions of "Ave Maria" and "Hallelujah" by soprano Heidlinde Schmid and a signing of Vilshofen's traditional "Golden Book."

AmaWaterways' new AmaCerto is a deluxe 164-passenger vessel that incorporates the latest in river cruise ship design and technology including Twin Balconies in the majority of its staterooms and suites, which range up to 350 sq. feet.

(L to R) AmaCerto Captain Jan De Bruijn, Cruise Line International Association President Christine Duffy, AmaWaterways President& Co-Owner Rudi Schreiner, AmaWaterways Executive Vice President and Co-Owner Kristin Karst, ceremony guests and VilshofenMayor Georg Krenn pose in front of AmaWaterways' newest ship, the AmaCerto at its May 16 christening in Vilshofen, Germany.

The AmaCerto also features gourmet dining with free-flowing local wine included at the multiple dining venues onboard. A heated sun deck includes a swimming pool with a 'swim-up' bar. There is a fitness center and spa; complimentary Internet and Infotainment system in all staterooms plus Wi-Fi, and for passengers wanting to explore the serene paths along the rivers, the AmaCerto offers a fleet of bicycles onboard.

Cruise Line International Association President Christine Duffy, pauses before she christens AmaWaterways' newest ship, the AmaCerto,by breaking a bottle of Champagne on the ship's hull at the traditional May 16 ceremony in Vilshofen, Germany.

The AmaCerto will serve the Dutch and Belgium Waterways and the Danube and Rhine Rivers on nine itineraries. For more information go to www.amawaterways.com.

What do you think about the new AmaCerto. Discuss it in the River Cruises forum.

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