AmaWaterways christened its newest ship in Vilshofen, Germany. The highlight of the event was the traditional christening of the AmaPrima by its honorary godmother, Valerie Wilson, founder, chairman and CEO of NYC-based Valerie Wilson Travel.
Wilson christened the AmaPrima in the time-honored tradition, breaking a bottle of champagne against the ship’s hull. Other highlights included a blessing of the ship by a local pastor, songs by soprano Heidlinde Schmid and an Indiana Jones-like whipcracking demonstration (a Bavarian tradition). Children from a folkloric 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, a sister ship to the AmaCerto (2012), is a deluxe 164-feet passenger vessel with Twin Balconies (an AmaWaterways exclusive) and staterooms that measure up to 350 square 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 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.
For more information, visit www.amawaterways.com.