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Game show hostess Meredith Vieira has been named godmother of Avalon Waterways’ new ship Avalon View scheduled to sail the Danube River in 2020.

She will christen the 166-passenger Avalon View in Ybbs, Austria on 6 April next year.

“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 could not be happier to celebrate Meredith and her many accomplishments, when she honours us as godmother, christening the Avalon View,” said Pam Hoffee, managing director of Avalon Waterways.

Avalon View will feature panorama suites with the widest-opening windows in river cruising, Ms Hoffee added.

Ms Vieira is a 15-time Emmy award host and currently hosts the Fox-syndicated game show “25 Words or Less” which premiered two months ago.