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AmaPrima’ is Christened in Germany, 6th August 2013

Award-winning river cruise line AmaWaterways Christened its newest ship, AmaPrima, in Vilshofen, Germany on 6th August, amid festivities provided by dancers, singers, musicians, stilt walkers and other local performers. The highlight of the event was the traditional christening of the ship by its honourary godmother, Valerie Wilson, founder, chairman and CEO of New York based Valerie Wilson Travel, Inc.

Christening river cruise ship AmaPrima / Photo © AmaWaterways

Christening river cruise ship AmaPrima / Photo © AmaWaterways

“Almost everyone in Vilshofen played some kind of role in the AmaPrima’s Christening ceremony today,” said Kristin Karst, AmaWaterways’ executive vice president and co-owner. “We couldn’t have asked for a more supportive or festive atmosphere, or for a warmer welcome for our godmother, Valerie Wilson. It’s been a simply wonderful day for all involved.”

Christening river cruise ship AmaPrima / Photo © AmaWaterways

Christening river cruise ship AmaPrima / Photo © AmaWaterways

Photo caption: (L to R)AmaWaterways Executive Vice President and Co-Owner Kristin Karst, honorary ship “Godmother” and top travel industry executive Valerie Wilson, and AmaWaterways President and Co-Owner Rudi Schreiner at the christening of AmaWaterways’ newest ship, AmaPrima, on Aug. 6 in Vilshofen, Germany.

The AmaPrima is a sister ship to the award-winning AmaCerto (launched 2012), a deluxe 164-feet passenger vessel that incorporates innovative design features such as twin balconies (an AmaWaterways’ exclusive) and spacious staterooms that measure up to 350 sq. feet. Guests also enjoy Chaîne des Rôtisseurs culinary creations with unlimited fine wine and beer, a choice of dining venues, a heated pool with swim-up bar, massage and beauty salon, fitness studio, and complimentary in-room Internet, Infotainment and Wi-Fi. The AmaPrima even carries a fleet of bicycles on board so guests can enjoy Europe’s scenic riverside bike paths on their own.

The afternoon’s Christening festivities kicked off with rousing `oom-pah’ music performed by a local band, and costumed stilt walkers who moved amongst the crowd gathered along the banks of the Danube River.

As the AmaPrima cruised into port, the Triumphal March from Verdi’s opera “Aida” played over loudspeakers and artillery experts shot ceremonial gun salutes from the top deck of the ship. AmaWaterways’ Manager of European Operations, Wade Korzan, served as Master of Ceremonies and greeted the enthusiastic onlookers, local dignitaries, river cruise executives, journalists and passengers. Kristin Karst and AmaWaterways’ president and co-owner President Rudi Schreiner made speeches, as did Valerie Wilson and Vilshofen Mayor Georg Krenn.

Wilson Christened the AmaPrima in the time-honoured tradition, breaking a bottle of champagne against the ship’s hull. Amid a chorus of cheers and applause, doves were released into the sky as the Vilshofen Fire Department sprayed a plume of water high over the river.

Other highlights included a special blessing of the ship by a local priest, songs by soprano Heidlinde Schmid and a traditional Bavarian whip cracking demonstration. Children from a folk club performed traditional dances and presented the Vilshofen flag to the AmaPrima’s captain, Jan de Bruin, who also signed the town’s ceremonial “Golden Book” along with other VIPs in attendance.

The AmaPrima will serve the Dutch and Belgium Waterways and the Danube and Rhine Rivers on 10 itineraries: Tulip Time Cruise; The Romantic Danube; Melodies of the Danube; The Legendary Danube; Blue Danube Discovery; Black Sea Voyage; Magnificent Europe; Grand Danube Cruise; Christmas Time Cruise; and Great Capitals & Vintages of the Danube.

Contact AmaWaterways freephone 0808 223 5009, www.amawaterways.co.uk

Further information

The tradition of Christening a ship originated more than 4,000 years ago. A respected and well-known woman is selected to serve as a new ship’s honorary “godmother,” entrusted with blessing the vessel to ensure the safety of its passengers and crew.

The AmaPrima’s godmother, Valerie Wilson, heads one of the largest privately owned and family-managed travel agencies in the United States. She has been honoured with many prestigious awards, serves on numerous advisory boards and has shared her expertise with readers of The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Town & Country and Travel + Leisure, among others. She is also the author of “Valerie Wilson’s World…The Top Hotels & Resorts.”

Information source: AmaWaterways UK

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