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Avalon Waterways has announced that 15-time Emmy Award-winning host, executive producer and anchor Meredith Vieira, will be christening Avalon View in 2022.

Having been originally scheduled for April 2020 and worked through the difficulties of the pandemic, Avalon View is now finally ready to debut in Bratislava, Slovakia this April.

When commenting on her duty as godmother of Avalon View, Ms 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 on 12 April 2022.”

The team at Avalon Waterways was equally excited to have Ms Vieira joining.

“In our search for the perfect godmother for the Avalon View, we were inspired by Meredith Vieira,” said Pam Hoffee, managing director of Avalon Waterways.

“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, honouring us as godmother, for this long-awaited Suite Ship debut.”

Avalon View will be joining Avalon’s Suite Ship fleet when it sails the Danube River in 2022.

Like the rest of the fleet, View will feature unique panorama suites with the widest-opening windows in river cruising as well as rooms with Open-Air balcony and beds.

The Panorama Suite’s feature floor to ceiling windows, from 11 to 14 feet-wide, aiming to blur the lines between outside and in.

Ms Hoffee said: ““Beyond Avalon’s wall-to-wall, floor-to-ceiling windows is a world waiting to be explored.”

“Whether travellers want to enjoy a guided walking tour of one of Europe’s great cities, join a cooking class or paddle a canoe, our Avalon Choice selections of Classic, Discovery and Active excursions offer a wide range of possibilities, inviting our guests to customise their holiday each and every day.”

Emmy Award-winning host, executive producer and anchor Meredith Vieira